Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Donut Day

My mom is here for a couple of weeks and we have been having a great time. It's just so nice to have an extra set of hands and she has been so kind to help me with the kids, cooking, cleaning, shopping & I've dragged her into doing some crafting for the shop (more on that soon, hopefully).

Mom is an excellent cook. It used to drive me crazy because she's one of those "little of this, little of that" cooks. I just wanted specific directions to follow, and she doesn't cook that way. But she has humored me and adapted some things so I can be OCD about "following directions." But, when she's here, I don't have to worry about that. She does the cooking, we do the eating.

This past weekend I woke up one morning to "Hootie" (my 3-yr-old daughter) telling me Gran was making donuts. Now, this is one area where the "excellent cook" takes a few shortcuts, but these "homemade" donuts were one of my favorite things growing up and I still make them when I remember to buy canned biscuits. I'm sure we're not the only people to do this, but they are so good and so easy, I thought I'd share.

1 can refrigerated biscuits (try not to get the flaky kind - they're weird as donuts)
1 cup Powdered Sugar
2 tablespoons Milk
2 tablespoons Butter
1/4 tsp Vanilla
2 tsp Cocoa Powder

 If you have any kind of small circle cookie cutter (or something that works like that), use it to cut out the middle of each biscuit. Save the small circles - these will become donut holes. If you don't have a cutter, you can use a knife.

Heat oil for frying in a skillet on the stove on medium heat (amount of oil varies according to pan...you want it to be high enough to cover 1/2 of the donut).

Fry donuts & donut holes until they're a nice golden brown. Place on paper towel-lined plate to cool a bit.

While frying, make your icing. Microwave butter and milk to bring to a boil. Then mix in powdered sugar to desired consistency (you're looking more for a thick glaze, not really frosting). Separate icing into two bowls. Add vanilla to one, cocoa to other. Glaze donuts as desired. 

You can also add sprinkles, nuts, etc.

I know this doesn't have anything to do with crafting, but I'm reminded daily of how important it is to make sure my family is my priority (something I often fail at). Little, easy things like this mean the world to my daughter and it's a great project to have small children participate in (not so much the frying...).


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  1. Thanks for sharing-I'll have to try and make these sometime soon. They seem easy enough, and look delicious!

  2. Those look amazing! My girls' favorite treat is to get a donut hole...would love to make some at home. :)