Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter! Semi Homemade Doughnuts with Cinnamon Sugar

This was a little Easter breakfast request and why would I not fulfill it?  These are really easy, really yummy, and Stella likes to make them as well.  Winners all around.

1 package/roll of Pillsbury Biscuits
Pot of oil for frying, I used canola oil
1/3 cup bakers sugar
1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon (or to your taste)

In a small bowl mix together sugar and cinnamon.
Separate the biscuits into rounds and cut each round into quarters.  If you want to get fancy, or don't need as many doughnuts as one package will make, you can use a small round cutter and cut the rounds out.  This is what we did this morning, but it does incur some waste.  I say go with the quarters, it's what I normally do if I'm feeding a sleepover crowd of kids.  And, as we found today, they are easier to flip and fry evening when they are cut into quarters.  
Heat oil to 320.  Fry the doughnuts in batches.  This makes for more even frying and easier sugar coating.  Fry each side until golden brown.  If your oil is too hot, they will brown too quickly and you'll find the centers not fully cooked and doughy.
Line a large bowl with paper towels.  Drain the doughnuts on the paper towels and let cool for a minute.  
Pull the paper towels out and sprinkle the doughnuts with some of the sugar mixture.  Toss to coat evenly.  
Repeat this process until all doughnuts are cooked.
These come out not greasy, lightly sugared, and are a hit every time.  Eat as is or for a sweet dessert, serve with a little jam and whipped cream.  Yu-um!

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