When I was a kid, mom used to make us homemade donuts on the weekends. I now do this once in a great while, it’s quick and easy, plus there is no place in my small town to get donuts.
I start with a tube or two of buttermilk biscuits. Regular size, el cheap o biscuits, I think these were $ .85 a tube.
I started by heating just under 3” of vegetable oil in a large pan. I don’t use a thermometer but I just heat it over medium and use a donut hole to test if the oil is hot enough. If it floats and bubbles the oil is ready.
While the oil heats, I use an apple corer to make the hole in the donuts.
When the oil is hot, fry the donuts 3 or four at a time. Stagger putting them into the oil by 30 seconds or so. When one side is brown, flip the donut and cook the other side. Too hot of oil will cook the outside too fast and it will be doughy inside, you want hot oil but not too hot, that’s why I used medium heat. You could use an electric skillet to keep constant heat, set to 350 to 375 degrees.
When cooked on both sides use a slotted spoon or the utensil that come with a home fryer and remove the donuts. Put directly into a bowl with 1 cup of sugar. Using a spoon (remember the donut will be HOT) coat the donut with sugar. When coated remove to a plate, I use a table knife to move the donut to the plate. Cook the donut holes in the same manner.
This is what I ended up with.
I find that having on the of the kids do the sugar part helps out a lot. I don't recommend letting young kids help out though since the donuts are really hot as they go into the sugar.
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