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How To Make Easy Doughnuts

Most people who love doughnuts are willing to spend the money to go to a shop that bakes them fresh or buy a box in the store. Why? Because making them the traditional way seems too complex. Even for those who know how do not have the time to prepare this item. There is an easy way that anyone can make delicious doughnuts without having to be a master baker. The secret is in your tube of biscuits.

If you go to the store you will see all kinds of plain uncooked biscuits in tubes that you are supposed to use to put in your oven to make fresh hot biscuits. Those same biscuits can be used to make the easiest and most delicious doughnuts you have tasted. There are many varieties you can use to make each batch different, but once you get the basic idea, you can play around with the suggestions to create the doughnut of your dreams.

Here is the basic recipe for the easy doughnut:

1 tube of biscuits - [uncooked dinner rolls like Pillsbury, Hungry Jack, store generic]
1-1/2 cup of cooking oil (any oil will do, but will alter the flavor with the different types)

In a frying pan, heat oil to boiling.

For doughnuts with holes in the center, puncture a hole and save hole to make doughnut holes. For doughnuts that will have filling, cut a hole in the side of the biscuit and expand a space inside. Or you may just choose to leave the biscuit in tact.

Place biscuits in hot oil and fry each side for 30 seconds (doughnut holes take only 30 seconds). Remove from hot oil and place on a paper towel to absorb extra oil for about 10 seconds then prepare in the way you like your doughnuts.

For simple doughnuts, doughnut holes and unaltered biscuits:

Sprinkles - prepare a glaze that consists of 1/4 cup vanilla frosting heated in a microwave oven on high for 25 seconds and stir to keep the mixture smooth. In one bowl, put in 1 cup of sprinkles and the other bowl will be the melted frosting. Cover doughnuts in the melted frosting and quickly dip in sprinkles. Put back on paper towel to dry for a minute.

Powdered - in a small bowl, put in 1 cup of powdered sugar. Roll doughnuts or balls in powder and place on paper towel for a minute.

Cinnamon - in a small bowl, put in 1 cup of powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Roll doughnuts or balls in powder and place on paper towel for a minute.

Glazed - using whatever you favourite flavor of cake frosting, put about 1/2 cup in a microwave oven on high for 35 seconds and stir to keep the mixture smooth. Pour in a bowl that you can dip your doughnuts or balls. Coat the doughnuts and let cool on a paper towel for a minute. Glaze will harden.

Frosted - just use your favourite cake frosting and spread on a cooled doughnut or hole.

For filled doughnuts:

Fruit filled - use your favourite jam or jelly and a turkey baster or plastic sandwich baggy with a cut corner on the bottom. Microwave the 1/2 cup jam or jelly on high for 15 seconds. Fill up turkey baster or plastic baggy with your fruit filling. Squeeze in the hole you made before you fried the doughnuts. Try to aim as far down the back of your hole as possible and slowly pull it out as you squeeze.

Cream filled - prepare instant pudding of your choice according to the directions of using it for pie filling (it uses less milk). Just as you would use the turkey baster or plastic baggy for the jelly doughnuts, you do the same with the cream filling.

You can use the above suggestions for the simple doughnuts after you fill the doughnuts to add a bit more of a doughnut experience to these filled ones.

Yeast Doughnuts

For those who have come here looking for traditional doughnuts, here is a recipe. It is not as easy as the one above, but it is good.

1 1/2 cups milk
2 1/2 ounces vegetable shortening, approximately 1/3 cup
2 packages instant yeast
1/3 cup warm water (95 to 105 degrees F)
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
23 ounces all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting surface
Peanut or vegetable oil, for frying (1 to 1/2 gallons, depending on fryer)

Place the milk in a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat just until warm enough to melt the shortening. Place the shortening in a bowl and pour warmed milk over. Set aside.

In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and let dissolve for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, pour the yeast mixture into the large bowl of a stand mixer and add the milk and shortening mixture, first making sure the milk and shortening mixture has cooled to lukewarm. Add the eggs, sugar, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and half of the flour.

Using the paddle attachment, combine the ingredients on low speed until flour is incorporated and then turn the speed up to medium and beat until well combined. Add the remaining flour, combining on low speed at first, and then increase the speed to medium and beat well. Change to the dough hook attachment of the mixer and beat on medium speed until the dough pulls away from the bowl and becomes smooth, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a well-oiled bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

On a well-floured surface, roll out dough to 3/8-inch thick. Cut out dough using a 2 1/2-inch doughnut cutter or pastry ring and using a 7/8-inch ring for the center whole. Set on floured baking sheet, cover lightly with a tea towel, and let rise for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 365 degrees F. Gently place the doughnuts into the oil, 3 to 4 at a time. Cook for 1 minute per side. Transfer to a cooling rack placed in baking pan. Allow to cool for 15 to 20 minutes prior to glazing or other topping/filling procedures as above for the easy doughnuts.

Makes about 20 doughnuts.

Cake Doughnuts

4 1/2 cups of all purpose four or unbleached flour
1 cup of sugar
3 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 cup of buttermilk
1/4 cup of margarine or butter, melted
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 eggs, slightly beaten

In a large bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. just until the dry ingredients are moistened. If desired chill dough for easier handling.

In an electric skillet or large saucepan, heat 2-3 inches of oil to 375 degrees. Be very careful when handling hot oil. On a well-floured surface, toss dough lightly until no longer sticky. Roll half of the dough at a time to about 3/4 inch thickness.

Cut with a floured doughnut cutter. With a spatula, slip donuts into hot oil. Fry doughnuts 1 to 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Use your favorite frosting or toppings as listed above for the easy doughnut recipe.