Total Calories: 888
Dissolve yeast in warm water let set until foamy, 5 to 10 minutes. Combine with 3 cups flour and milk. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, until light and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Cream shortening, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, salt and vanilla until fluffy add eggs and beat well. Stir into batter. Add remaining flour to make a soft dough. On a lightly-floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl turn dough to coat surface. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, until doubled, about 90 minutes.
To Make Doughnuts: Roll out dough 1/2 -inch thick on a lightly-floured surface. Cut with a floured doughnut cutter and place 1 inch apart on greased waxed paper. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, until doubled, about 30 to 45 minutes. Fry in 1-inch deep preheated 375° F lard or vegetable oil until golden, turning once. Drain on paper towels glaze or sprinkle with sugar while still warm.
To Make Bismarcks: Roll dough 1/2 -inch thick cut into 3-inch rounds. Let rise and fry as for Doughnuts cool. With a sharp knife, cut a short slit in side of each Bismarck through to the center. Put a teaspoon of jelly or custard in center and close tightly. Dust with powdered sugar or granulated sugar.
To Fill Bismarcks with Bismarck Filler Tube: Attach tube to pastry bag. Fill with desired jelly or custard insert tube into side slit of Bismarck and squeeze gently to fill with about 1 to 2 teaspoons filling.
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