Who doesn’t love fresh donuts? There’s no denying the best is the Krispy Kreme donut shop up on the northwest corner of the city. When the neon light is on, it means they just glazed a fresh batch. They literally melt in your mouth! Then there’s the Jolly Pirates over on the far eastside of the city. They are one of the few donut places that still bake from scratch (not from some frozen concoction). It is open 24 hours a day and honestly, the best time to get donuts there is around 3AM. They are all incredibly fresh! But sometimes it’s nice to make donuts at home! They are super easy to make and require only 3 ingredients. Our Home-made Sugar Donuts satisfy our sweet needs late in the night when we already have our pj’s on and don’t want to go anywhere!
1 can of Pillsbury Country Style Biscuits (10 count)
Those 4 pack of Pillsbury Country Style Biscuits are a staple in our fridge. It is what we bake when we make our Sausage Gravy. They are also perfect for donuts! First pop the can open. For whatever reason, this was really hard to do tonight. I banged the heck out of it on the edge of the counter before the cardboard finally busted open. Whew! That was a workout, lol! Next, find something to use to make the donut hole. I just grabbed the plastic cap from a disposable bottle of water. You just need something about the diameter of a dime. Punch out the donut holes in the 10 biscuits. Don’t toss the donut holes! They are perfect little bites for little ones like Spencer!
In a frying pan, add a thin layer of vegetable oil (about 1/4 inch). Heat oil up over medium heat. It is important the oil be hot! If it’s not, then you get an oil soaked donut and they aren’t too tasty. I check how hot my oil is by sticking my finger in it . . . NOT! LOL I run my fingertips under water and flick a little water into the oil (I mean very little). If the water pops, the oil is hot. While waiting for your oil to heat up, pour some sugar (1/2 cup) into a shallow, wide bowl. Drop your donuts and donut holes into the frying pan.
If the oil is heated up enough, it will bubble immediately around the dough. They will balloon up and only take approximately 2 minutes on each side to cook up.
Check your donut by using the handle of a wooden spoon (or in my case my plastic spoon that looks like a wooden spoon) and stick it through the donut hole to see if it golden on the bottom. If it is, flip it over and cook until the other side is golden.
Place the cooked donuts on paper towels to drain the excess oil. Once cooled enough to touch, place the donut in the sugar and give your bowl a little shake to coat the donut. Flip the donut over and coat the other side with sugar. Don’t forget to sugar up the donut holes! Alternatively, you could add cinnamon to your sugar or just use powdered sugar.
Any way you add sweetness is good because these fried donuts are an easy and perfect treat!