Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Easy Homemade Doughnuts

I don't know about you but I love doughnuts!!!  My husband (then boyfriend) would go out on either Saturday or Sunday to the grocery store to get us fresh doughnuts- just two or three so we didn't go to crazy eating them all.  Please don't get me started on the first time I was introduced to Krispy Kreme!!  Like heaven with the melt in your mouth goodness.  My friend, Nancy, and I sat in the car with our dozen hot doughnuts and we pretended that they wouldn't be all gone but they went quickly.

I really like sweets but doughnuts were also something that I used to get with my dad on Sunday mornings after church.  My dad and I were the early risers and that was the special time that I got to spend with my dad, just the two of us.  We would finish up at church and he would take me to pick out a dozen doughnuts (not just for me but to share with my mom and brother too).  It was a great honor to be able to pick out the whole dozen myself even if I did have to share it :)

So when I saw a recipe to make simple and more homemade doughnuts, I decided to jump on the opportunity.  I made these for the first time right before our trip to Myrtle Beach and then I realized that they would be the perfect treat to share with the family at the house that where we were staying.  This was almost two years ago now and I have made it many times since then but it has been a long time since I have made it.  I have been wanting these doughnuts for many months but unwilling to pay the huge cost for the dough... and still looking for a good recipe to make them from scratch...soon coming to a kitchen near you.

These are super easy to do on a busy weekend when you still want a home cooked and yummy breakfast.  I got these yummy new rolls at the store for $0.50 per roll so the whole breakfast cost me a little over $0.50 for 8 doughnuts and doughnut holes. 

Open the biscuits and lay them out on the cutting board.  I suggest using the heel of your hand to flatten the biscuit a little.  Then, cut the middle of the doughnut out with a cutter.  If you don't have the multi-sized biscuit cutter, you can use the top to a Gatorade container or anything about that size that you can twist into the dough.  I find that the normal soda top is a little too small but it will also do the job.

It makes a neat little doughnut shape which is ready to cook!  If the center isn't cut big enough, the doughnut won't cook through to the center and you will have gooey and not so tasty doughnut.

Heat the oil in a skillet.  I usually do it high and then lower it to lower heat to cook the doughnuts.  Add the doughnuts to the pan and make sure you leave enough room in between that they don't get stuck and so that have enough room to brown.

Flip when the doughnut browns and puffs up.  You can see if around the edges and the oil stops bubbling as much when the side is cooked.  There is a lot of wiggle room on how light or dark they are so do it to your taste.  I am fearful that they are going to be uncooked so I often cook them a little too long but they still taste great.

Take the first batch out of the skillet and drain on paper towels.  Don't they already look like doughnuts??

Certainly good enough to eat if you like a plain doughnut but we love cinnamon in this house so I mixed powdered sugar with cinnamon in a container.  If you aren't into cinnamon, feel free to use just powdered sugar.  You can also look on the internet to find glazes but we have never made it any farther than the powered sugars because they are so super yummy.  Put into a shallow bowl deep enough to coat the edges of the doughnut.

Move the doughnut around in the powdered sugar mixture and when it is done, flip and repeat.  Don't forget the outside and the middle.  If you have any trouble with a second, toss a little sugar over it and it should stick.

Don't forget the little centers.  After you cook your first two batches, cook the doughnut centers.  Don't forget the yummy sugar on the outside of these ones too!

These are super yummy and tend to walk off my plate as soon as I get them done!  Although I did sneak one while I was still cooking.  Yum!!! 

I highly recommend trying these for you and your family sometime soon.  This brand of buttermilk biscuits were really good because they weren't super greasy but you can do it with any store bought biscuits.  The flaky or layered biscuits still work but it sometimes hard because they rise in different directions and make a mess. 

I hope that you enjoy a homemade doughnut soon!!

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