November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving: Cheater's Doughnuts

Thanksgiving morning.  You've got the turkey sitting patiently on the counter, half a million things to attend to, and a house full of people waiting for breakfast.  You need something quick, something fun, and something that will tide them over till you start rolling out the food at 3 p.m.  I make doughnuts.  Cheater's Doughnuts, to be exact.

You take a can of the Pillsbury biscuits (though I use Trader Joe's brand now--much better!), and lay out each biscuit. Cut out a hole from each one. Heat several cups of canola oil in a stock pot, and, after a while, drop a bit of dough in to see how it's doing. You want the oil hot enough to fry each side in about 30 second, but not so hot that the inside ends up raw. When it is hot enough, drop the doughnut née biscuits into the hot oil and fry, quickly, turning once.  Lay them on a paper towel or piece of newsprint to drain.

We used to make these at sleepovers.  They are involved, but the kids can help, and in fact love to help.  
Especially glazing/frosting them. Personally, I like the simple cinnamon sugar dusting, but we've made glazes from orange juice and powdered sugar, from chocolate, from thinned out jam, from maple syrup.  If you are one of those clever people who saves vanilla beans in jars of sugar, vanilla sugar is really good on these.  But cinnamon sugar is by far the best and easiest: pour your mix into a brown lunch bag and let the kids shake the doughnuts up till they're covered (or, just put the mixture on a plate and flip the doughnuts over a couple times...boring.)

Scramble up some eggs and serve.  

1 comment:

  1. Oh yum! I haven't seen those TJ brand biscuits--I'm going to have to try :) My mom always used just frozen roll dough for quick ones, but these sound much better!