My husband and I realized the other day that we both fondly remember a childhood treat — homemade donuts. His mother made them for him with cinnamon and sugar. My grandmother made them for me with powdered sugar. Being that we have been snowed/iced in for a few days, I decided it would be a great time to make some homemade donuts with our daughter.
It is easy as pie to make these donuts, you just start out with some biscuits. My grandmother made hers from scratch but my mother-in-law used tin biscuits. Either will work great. For ours, I used tin biscuits, because I am not much of a from-scratch biscuit-makin’ kind of girl. For it to work with canned biscuits, you need to make sure you buy a “southern style” variety and not the ones with flaky layers. Here are the simple step-by-step instructions:
- Heat oil to 325 degrees in your deep fryer.
- Open your can of southern style biscuits and place them on a cutting board or plate.
- Use a bottle top from a water bottle or a soda bottle to make a hole in the middle of the donut. (Save the holes and fry them, too!)
- Place donuts in fryer basket and fry for 2-3 minutes per side. Use a fork or tongs to flip the donut over to brown the other side.
- Pour powdered sugar out onto a plate. (You can also use cinnamon and sugar, top with glaze or pour melted chocolate on top.)
- Right before removing the donut from the oil, flip it over to coat the top side with oil again, then immediately move into the powdered sugar.
- Cover thoroughly with the powdered sugar and set aside to cool slightly.