Some of my favorite memories of my mom, who passed away right before our twins were born, was cooking with her. When I was a kid, she used to have me be her helper in the kitchen. I loved it. I miss it.
Fast forward to the present, and now, with my own kids, I find myself recreating those cherished memories with them.
In a world where the pursuit of healthier choices is increasingly prioritized, the idea of making sugar-coated donuts from flaky biscuits might raise a few eyebrows.
Yes, they are incredibly unhealthy, a sugary, golden ticket to a temporary state of guilty pleasure. Yet, sometimes, it’s OK to indulge in nostalgia’s sweet, comforting embrace.
Cooking with kids has become a tradition in our household, and I’ve realized that it’s about more than just creating delicious treats. It’s a valuable opportunity to pass down family recipes, instill a love for cooking, and strengthen the bond between generations.
In this blog post, I’ll share a simple yet delightful recipe for sugar-coated donuts made from flaky biscuits. It’s a recipe that has stood the test of time in my family, and now, it’s one that my kids look forward to creating with me.
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How To Make Donuts Using Biscuits
Ingredients to make donuts from biscuits:
- Flaky biscuits (specific type to be determined with the help of a call to my brother)
- Vegetable oil
- Toppings: Table sugar, icing, cinnamon, cinnamon sugar, vanilla, etc.
Heat the Skillet: Start by heating a skillet with 1/4 inch of oil. This step is crucial for achieving that perfect golden crispness.
Prepare the Biscuits: Open the biscuit can and lay out the biscuits. Here’s where the nostalgia kicks in – using a shot glass, create the iconic donut shape, complete with a hole in the center. If the biscuits resist, gently slide a butter knife to relieve the air pressure.
Test the Oil: To determine if the oil is ready, perform a water test. Wet your fingers and drop a tiny bit of water into the oil. The satisfying sizzle indicates you’re ready to begin. Remember, safety first – just a drop of water, and keep your hands at a safe distance.
Fry to Perfection:
Carefully drop the biscuit creations into the hot oil.
After 30-60 seconds, the bottom should achieve a glorious golden hue.
Flip the donut: Swiftly but safely flip them and let the other side cook for another 30-45 seconds. Vigilance is key – donuts can go from golden perfection to burnt in the blink of an eye.
Toppings Extravaganza Once the donuts are fried to golden perfection, the real fun begins. Drop the donuts into a gallon-size ziplock bag with the table sugar in it. Shake several times to coat the donuts.
Homemade Donuts Recipe
Frying Up Nostalgia: Flaky Biscuit Donut Recipe and Family Bonding
- 1 can Flaky biscuits
- 1/2 cup Vegetable oil pour enough to cover 1/4 inch of your skillet or pan
- 1 cup Table sugar
- Heat the Skillet: Start by heating a skillet with 1/4 inch of oil. This step is crucial for achieving that perfect golden crispness.
- Prepare the Biscuits: Open the biscuit can and lay out the biscuits. Here's where the nostalgia kicks in – using a shot glass, create the iconic donut shape, complete with a hole in the center. If the biscuits resist, gently slide a butter knife to relieve the air pressure.
- Test the Oil: To determine if the oil is ready, perform a water test. Wet your fingers and drop a tiny bit of water into the oil. The satisfying sizzle indicates you're ready to begin. Remember, safety first – just a drop of water, and keep your hands at a safe distance.
- Fry to Perfection: Carefully drop the biscuit creations into the hot oil. After 30-60 seconds, the bottom should achieve a glorious golden hue.
- Swiftly but safely flip them and let the other side cook for another 30-45 seconds. Vigilance is key – donuts can go from golden perfection to burnt in the blink of an eye.
- Toppings Extravaganza: Once the donuts are fried to golden perfection, the real fun begins. Drop the donuts into a gallon-size ziplock bag with the table sugar in it. Shake several times to coat the donuts.
This Donut Recipe Is Very Versatile
There are so many variations to this donut recipe. Below are a few alternate recipes:
- Icing Glaze:
Combine powdered sugar with a splash of milk and vanilla extract to create a smooth glaze. Dip the donuts while they’re still warm for a luscious coating.
- Cinnamon Sugar Delight:
Mix cinnamon and sugar in a bowl and roll the freshly fried donuts in this mixture. The warm donuts will absorb the sweet, spicy goodness.
- Vanilla Bliss:
Create a simple vanilla glaze by mixing powdered sugar, a drop of vanilla extract, and enough milk to achieve the desired consistency. Drizzle or dip for a touch of sweetness.
It’s important to acknowledge that these delicious homemade donuts, while a nostalgic treat, fall on the indulgent side of the culinary spectrum.
The deep-frying process and sugar coatings contribute to their delightful taste but also make them high in calories and fat. As with any indulgence, moderation is key.
Consider enjoying these donuts on special occasions and balancing them with a healthy lifestyle.
Tips and Tricks for Perfect Donuts
Ensure the oil is at the right temperature before frying. If it’s too hot, the outside might burn while the inside remains undercooked. Invest in a kitchen thermometer for accuracy.
Patience with Flipping
When flipping the donuts, use a gentle touch. A spatula or chopsticks work well for this delicate process. Quick, but careful movements prevent the donuts from losing their shape.
Even Coating Technique
To achieve an even coating of sugar or other toppings, place the toppings in a shallow, wide dish. Gently press the donut into the topping, then flip and repeat.
This ensures an all-around delicious covering. Or if using sugar, just shake them in a ziplock bag.
Freshness is Key
Enjoy the donuts fresh and warm for the best flavor and texture. If you have leftovers, consider reheating them briefly in the oven to restore their crispiness.
Experiment with Toppings
Don’t be afraid to get creative with toppings. Whether it’s a drizzle of chocolate, a sprinkle of chopped nuts, or a dash of sea salt, experimenting can lead to delightful flavor combinations.
Fry only a few donuts at a time to prevent overcrowding in the skillet. This ensures each donut has enough space to cook evenly and achieve that perfect golden color.
Use a Ziplock Bag for Coating
The ziplock bag method for coating is efficient, but make sure to use a sturdy bag to avoid leaks. A gallon-sized bag works best, providing enough room to shake and coat the donuts evenly.
Creative Donut Hole Options
Don’t discard the donut holes! Roll them in cinnamon sugar, dip in icing, or create a separate glaze for mini delights. Waste not, want not.
Always prioritize safety, especially when working with hot oil. Keep a close eye on the temperature, use long utensils to avoid splatters, and have a fire extinguisher nearby just in case.
As I carefully replicate my mom’s donut-making process, I am transported back to a time when the kitchen was filled with laughter and the sweet scent of anticipation.
It’s not just about the ingredients; it’s about the love and memories baked into every golden ring.
Sharing this tradition with my own family is not just about passing down a recipe; it’s about passing down a piece of my heart.
So, here’s to recreating moments, one donut at a time, and weaving the tapestry of family traditions that withstand the test of time, with a delicious twist.
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Greg is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with 22+ years experience in Financial Services. He has held numerous FINRA Securities licenses (series 7, 63, 65, and 66), and is an expert on Investment Products and Financial Planning. Greg has 22+ years experience as a real estate investor and degrees in Psychology and Philosophy.
Greg has been quoted/interviewed in Yahoo Money, Yahoo Finance, USA Today, Authority Magazine, Realtor.com, Business Insider, and others.
Greg is an avid runner, and the father to identical twin girls and their awesome brother. His love of budgeting and his kids led him to join The Great Resignation in 2021.
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