Sunday, November 4, 2007

Mmmm doughnuts

Homer Simpson would be proud. I made doughnuts. Well, the cheater's kind at least. I saw a recipe in Real Simple magazine for Fake It, Don't Make It. Instead of using yeast, and allowing the doughnut dough to rise, you use packaged biscuits. My husband and I were hankering for something sweet, and I happen to have biscuits in the refrigerator (there goes my chicken and dumpling fixings......). So, why not?

I was hesitant. After all, biscuits can make doughnuts? Well, they did! With a little cinnamon and sugar, they turned out great! How can anyone resist cinnamon and sugar and cute little doughnut holes! So, next time you are in the mood for warm doughnuts, try these. Now I just need Homer Simpson to visit to take care of the leftovers.

Easy Doughnuts
from Real Simple Magazine, May 2007

3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 package (8 count) large refrigerated biscuits (such as Pillsbury Grands)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Heat 1/2 cup of the oil in a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Place the biscuits on a cutting board. Using a 1-inch round cookie cutter or shot glass, cut a hole in the center of each biscuit, reserving the extra dough for "holes". Test the heat of the oil by dripping the edge of a doughnut in the pan. When the oil is hot enough, the edge will bubble. Place 4 of the doughnuts and holes in the skillet and cook until golden brown, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes per side. Transfer to a wire rack or paper towel-lined plate to drain. Add the remaining oil to the skillet, reheat, and cook the remaining doughnuts and holes. In a large bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Gently toss the warm doughnuts in the mixture a few at a time. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Michelle said...

My mom has made these donuts for us since we were little kids, but instead of sugar and cinnamon, frosts them by dipping them in powdered sugar mixed with butter. Fattening, but oh so good. Krispy creme has nothing on these.