Delicious Homemade donuts
When someone craves a donut, there are some obvious choices that come to mind. I can go to Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme, Tim Horton’s or even locally where I live I can go to Apple Castle. Without a doubt these donuts taste great (unless you come at a time they’ve been sitting out for a while). But what if I told you there is an easy way to make your own donuts that would rival any other place you get donuts? Would you try to make them on your own?
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My wife, Dez, made these homemade donuts the other morning when Peepaw came to visit. They were absolutely incredible and when I watched her make them, it seemed simple enough that even I could make them.
She got our small fryer out and filled it with peanut oil (could probably use other oils as well). Then here is the crazy part, instead of making a dough for donuts she used grands biscuits to make the donuts…yes, that is right, she used biscuits to make donuts.
So she laid the biscuits out and cut out the holes for the donuts with one of Elli’s caps to her bottles, but later that was substituted with a small cookie cutter that was more effective.
Next, it was fryer time! She tossed a few in at a time and they turned out beautifully.
Now while she was cooking these up, she made a glaze out of powdered sugar and vanilla which rivaled any glaze I have ever tasted. While the donuts were still warm, she dipped them in the glaze and they literally looked like they came from a professional shop! She also made a chocolate glaze and dipped it in sprinkles as well as a donut dipped in a cinnamon sugar mixture. All three types were a great success.
What happened to the leftover middles to those biscuits??? I am never a fan of wasting anything, so naturally I was in favor of Dez turning those into donut holes! Just as good as the full donuts and you feel less guilty eating more of those!!!
I know, I know…the guy who is supposed to be eating healthy is writing post about donuts. But I have always been under the belief that you can indulge every once and a while for special moments. Sharing this experience with my daughter, wife and father is worth the calorie investment!
- 1 can Pillsbury Grands biscuits
- Oil for Frying (we have an at-home fryer, which makes this easy recipe even easier, because you don't have to worry about the temperature of the oil. The fryer does it for you!) If you don't have a fryer, no problem, you'll need about 5 cups of oil in a dutch oven or saucepan.
- Candy Thermometer (if using saucepan)
- Pour oil into fryer/dutch oven.
- For saucepan, insert candy thermometer.
- Heat oil to 350 F.
- Open your can of biscuits and lay them out on a flat surface.
- Cut a hole in the center of each biscuit. Keep the middle piece, these can be fried too! (you'll have to experiment with sizes here- we initially used a bottle lid, but ultimately felt it was a bit big. So we found a round mini cookie cutter that worked much better.)
- Once oil is heated to 350 F, you're ready to fry your delicious donuts!
- Using a slotted spoon, carefully place your donuts into the oil.
- Fry 1 - 2 minutes on each side, or until the donuts are golden brown.
- With a slotted spoon, carefully remove donuts from oil.
- Place on paper towels to cool 2-4 minutes.
- Repeat with remaining biscuits.
- Once slightly cool, add desired toppings.
- 1/2 c sugar
- 2 t cinnamon
- In a large bowl, mix cinnamon and sugar.
- Add donuts to bowl and roll around in mixture until fully coated.
- Transfer to cooling rack.
- Serve immediately.
- 1 can chocolate frosting (we used Pillsbury, but any brand will do)
- Pour sprinkles into a bowl.
- Add frosting to microwave safe bowl.
- Microwave 20 seconds. Stir.
- If frosting is not completely melted, microwave in 10-sec increments until melted and smooth.
- Dip one side of donuts into chocolate mixture.
- Dip one side of donuts into sprinkles.
- Place on cooling rack to fully dry.
- Serve immediately.
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 3-4 tbsp milk
- In a large bowl, mix powdered sugar, vanilla, and 3 tbsp of water together.
- Add more water until glaze reaches desired consistency.
- Add donuts to glaze mixture.
- Roll around and flip until donut is completely coated.
- Transfer donuts to cooling rack to allow excess glaze to drip off.
- Serve immediately.