Look at that photo. Is your mouth watering yet? How about if I told you that you could make these amazing treats, serving them warm and golden to your family, with no knowledge whatsoever of yeast or dough, no special equipment other than what you likely have on hand, and have them done start-to-finish in under ten minutes, including prep time?
I sound like an infomercial, don’t I? I bet you’re half expecting me to cock one eye and say, “ShamWOW! You’ll just say, WOW!”
Seriously though, we Southerners (and humans in general) love our doughnuts. Mama says you always need to drink a Diet Coke with doughnuts because it cancels out the calories. This is what she and Aunt Sue did the time they were in Gatlinburg and stopped by the Krispy Kreme. They got one dozen hot doughnuts (the ultimate in luxury!) and two Diet Cokes. By the time they got back to the hotel, they had eaten the entire dozen. They had the good sense to throw away the doughnut box (hiding the evidence) before they got to the room, but then discovered their husbands were waiting on them so they could go out to eat. Still, by then there were stuffed (and feeling slightly ill) and couldn’t stand to eat.
Now one of the great things about these is that you don’t have to run to Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ and you don’t have any evidence to hide! The most important thing though is that they begin with canned biscuits. Seriously! No, they do not taste anything like a biscuit when you are done. They taste every bit as melt-in-your-mouth-good as they look!
One ten count can Texas-style biscuits (or your preference, just not flaky layers)
1 sup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
One stick margarine, melted
Vegetable oil for frying
Pour oil into skillet to the depth of a little less than 1/2-inch and heat on medium to medium high for about five minutes. In a bowl, melt margarine. In a separate bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar.
Using a plastic bottle cap, cut the center out of each biscuit. Drop dough into hot oil, watching carefully and turning when golden. Once doughnuts are golden on both sides, remove to paper towel-lined plate. Repeat until all dough is cooked, including doughnut holes.
Dip both sides of each doughnut into melted margarine and then press both sides into cinnamon sugar mixture. Serve warm.
Photo courtesy of SouthernPlate