Saturday, March 5, 2011

Canned Biscuit Donuts

Grey day today - so a bit of easy good cheer was in order. These donuts are easy - easy enough that I had the idea and made them all in the span of time Deanna was in the shower.   All it takes is a can of biscuits - I used the Buttermilk Grands (I am told to avoid the extra buttery flaky styles for this)

I have an electric deep fryer, but it felt like too much hassle to pull it out, so I just used my wok and poured enough oil in it to give me 2" worth.  I heated that up (I know there are ways to be sure of the exact temperature - I just waited for that point where water droplets tossed on the oil sizzles good but doesn't explode into oily shrapnel all over the place).

While the oil was heating, I used the cap from the bottle of oil to cut out holes in the center of each biscuit. (Also, a knife to complete the cut out)  Naturally, if you have a small biscuit cutter, you can use that - but don't let not having one stop you!  One can gets 8 donuts and 8 donut holes.

Once the oil is ready, I used a wire spoon to ease a donut or two into the oil - they'll float and it doesn't take long at all for them to be ready to flip and then to remove...maybe a minute each side?  The donut holes would automatically flip when they were browned - for the donuts, the wire spoon or a fork would be needed to turn them.

The standard rule for deep frying applies here - don't crowd them!  It lowers the temperature of the oil, makes things stick together and otherwise just is a bad idea.  And this is so fast, there's no need to get impatient about it.

Once they're done, remove them to a dish covered in paper towels to drain - if your oil was the right temperature, they won't be greasy, just hot, and they only take a couple minutes to cool down. 

You can see in this picture that there were a couple that got a bit too brown - fortunately, they still tasted fine, but its only a matter of seconds between perfectly golden and very dark.

By the time they were all done, they were cool enough to finish off - I had some leftover frosting in the refrigerator, so.. two of the donuts got chocolate frosting, two got caramel frosting (yum), two got the drizzle from a leftover packet included with some toaster pastries, and the remaining two donuts along with all the donut holes got a good shaking in a baggie of cinnamon sugar.

The frosted ones are good - but the cinnamon sugar donuts were our favorite, and I'll probably just do all cinnamon sugar next time.  Well...unless next time I try filling them with jelly or custard...

There will be a next time - these were awesome!

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  1. I love this post! I've made donuts this way and the "real" way - this makes so much more sense! :)
    My donut post:

  2. lol - well your post makes it official - oil bottle caps make the perfect donut hole cutter!

  3. Mmmmm!! These look yummy. What a cute idea. I'm your newest follower. I would love it if you linked your project up to my link party.
    More The Merrier Monday.

  4. I had no idea it was so easy to make donuts. Thanks for sharing. My family will love these!

  5. I am going to try these and definitely with the cinnamon. By the way, I witnessed one of those oil explosions, (not by me) and it was truly a mess- luckily no one was seriously hurt.

    Stopping by from Aquariann's Spring Blog Hop.

  6. Oh this looks so yummy! I came over from Lamb Around and I wanted to let you know that I have a blog hop too on Sundays: Savory Sunday, and I'd love if you came over and shared a recipe! Have a great weekend!