Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Powdered Doughnuts

Warning: This post is not about healthy food. It is not about healthy eating. No wise decisions will be shared here. If you are looking for ideas for a nutritious dessert to share with your little darlings, stop reading now. Do a search on Google. There are hundreds, nay, thousands of well-educated, superbly experienced cooks blogging about the good things you can feed your family. This is not what you will find here tonight. Continuing to read is at your own risk.

However, if you would like a little break from all that good-for-your-arteries kind of stuff, you have come to the right place. Let’s talk about doughnuts. This is the easiest way of making doughnuts you will ever find, short of driving down to the nearest Krispy Kreme location and picking up a dozen. (No, these are not even in the same category as Krispy Kreme, but when you want something quick, easy, and sweet, they will definitely suffice.)

The directions (this does not count as a recipe):

Pour 1 to 2 cups of powdered sugar into a pie pan or shallow bowl.

Pour about 1/4 inch of your favorite cooking oil into your deepest skillet (more oil if you wish, but a lot is not really necessary).

Heat the oil over medium high heat.

While the oil is heating, open a can of biscuits. (The bicuits that are layered do not work as well. They sometimes come apart. They will work if that's all you have, but if you are using Pilsbury, the red or blue cans are better.) Use your thumb to gently poke a hole in the biscuit and stretch it out a bit, so you have what looks like a doughnut.

Drop the biscuit into the pan and fry it, being careful not to let it or your fingers get burned. Repeat with the other biscuits in the can. These brown quickly. Turn them once.

When each doughnut is done, place it in the sugar and turn to coat.

Place powdered doughnuts on a clean plate and keep something nearby to swat at hands that try to swipe the doughnuts before you even get them to the table.

After the last doughnut comes out of the skillet, remember to turn off the burner. Your mouth will be watering and you will be focused on getting to the table, but leaving the oil on the stove will lead to a big fire. Not good.

Pour a glass of milk or your favorite beverage. (I recommend cold Diet Pepsi, but to each her own.) Dig in, being careful to wipe the sugar off your lips so as to protect your dignity.


We do not fry foods very often here, though my mom and grandmothers definitely cooked that way. While we were making these last night, my daughter looked at me very seriously and asked, “Is this the way you used to cook?”

I had to bite my lip to keep from saying, “Yes, back when I was skinny and hardly ever ate vegetables!”

I sort of thought that would be sending the wrong message, so I just said my mom occasionally fixed these for us when I was growing up. And that is the truth.

Have a wonderful night, and a wonderful Thanksgiving.


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