It never occurred to me that I could make my own, and I could have easily. The funny thing is, I have made donuts once before in 7th grade Home Economics class. It's been so long since then, and I don't remember anything about it.
Digging around online I found two highly rated recipes: one was a method from scratch using a cake-like batter, and the other is what I call a "cheater method", or using a can of biscuit dough.
This weekend was a great weekend to do it. We went to the pumpkin patch today, and I thought it would be nice to have some donuts and cider for our family who we invited to go with us. So yesterday, I thought I would try the easier biscuit dough method first to see how good I am at making donuts (because I have never deep-fried anything in my life!).
p.s. I'm sorry the pictures are so bad - my kitchen has zero natural lighting!
Cheater-Method Canned Biscuit Dough Donuts
2 cans of Jumbo biscuit dough
small, 1" - 1.5" round dough cutter
1 large, deep pot
large bowl or paper bag
Open the biscuit cans and lay the biscuits out of wax paper. Use the round cutter to punch out your donut holes.
Roll the donut holes into spherical shapes for deep frying.
Heat the oil (1-2 inches worth) in a pot on medium heat for about 10 minutes. I didn't bring the oil to a boil so as to prevent spattering.
Place as many donut rings and holes as will fit in your pot - probably 2-5 donut rings and 2-5 donut holes. I only did 2 at a time to make sure that I didn't ruin them.
Once they start to brown, flip them over with the tongs.
Once the other side is lightly browned, remove from oil and place on paper towels to soak up excess oil. Immediately put in your next batch of donut dough.
Before the donuts cool too much, place them in a large bowl of cinnamon and sugar, and shake around until all sides are covered. Placing them in a paper bag and shaking that around will also work too.
Once all donuts are fried, sugared, and cooled, you are done!
You could also try experimenting with different coatings, such as powdered sugar, glazes, frostings, sprinkles, and even fillings!
It was so easy, and they taste so fresh - they reminded us of elephant ears! This is truly something I can't make too often though - they taste too good but aren't exactly the healthiest thing... I will probably try the batter from scratch around the holidays, and I will post how those turned out, too!