Food + Recipes

Homemade Donuts

Have you ever considered making homemade donuts before?  There is pretty much nothing I haven’t considered trying to make at home in the pursuit of eating a real foods diet, but donuts definitely seemed like one that would be at the very bottom of that list. (I mean, c’mon, they are donuts.) That is until I learned this amazing hack — now almost two years ago. (Thank you Bryce and Kelly!)

  • 1 can of refrigerated biscuit dough (the prepared kind you just pull apart and bake) — we use Annie’s Organic Flaky Biscuits
  • 24 oz. vegetable/canola oil
  • Cinnamon/sugar or powdered sugar (to serve with)

Heat the oil in a large pan on medium-high heat.  Open and break apart all biscuit dough rounds.  Then further pull each dough round apart by halving it’s height. (If they are the layered kind, find a natural layer to halve it at.  If they do not break in half easily, you may need to use a knife to cut them in half, height-wise, and then use your hands to reshape.

Once you have each round pulled apart use your finger(s) to poke a hole in the middle of each biscuit.  Stretch and shape the hole slightly to allow for the donut to grow when cooking.  Place donuts in hot oil (there should be enough oil in the pan for the donuts to just ever so slightly float),  and cook for 1 minute or less on each side.  Use tongs to check and flip when they begin to turn golden brown.  (Don’t walk away, it all happens pretty fast!)

After donuts are all cooked, place them baggies filled with you desired topping: cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, etc.  Shake each donut in the baggie to completely cover them, and ta-da! Semi-homemade donut deliciousness.

Best served with a hot cup of coffee, cold glass of milk or apple cider.  Store in a brown paper bag (if there happen to be leftovers.)

Do you have any other awesome homemade hacks like this to share for some other favorites that might otherwise be intimidating? Do share!

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  • Reply
    Grace Rose...
    October 13, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Hi Laura!

    I just recently made a recipe for potato doughnuts made from mashed potatoes. They were really very good I coated them in cinnamon sugar, but it would be interesting to see what kind of a savory doughnut could be made from that recipe. Meatloaf and mashed potato doughnut hmmm…. could be worth a shot : )

    I enjoy reading your posts! God bless.

    P.S. This is your cousin by the way.

    • Reply
      October 16, 2017 at 8:51 am

      Hi Grace! Sounds like a great experiment, let me know how it goes! Thank you so much for reading and for your kind words. :)

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