Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Doughnuts - Homemade, Sort of

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My mom used to make doughnuts as a breakfast treat when I was a kid. There were no doughnut makers, only ingenuity. I have no idea if she made this up or if she had seen it done somewhere, but it didn't matter to me - they were great. It was messy so we'd only do it on Saturday mornings. She always let me help. What was needed? Her cast iron skillet full of hot oil (probably melted Crisco since oil wasn't that popular to use as I recall). Two tubes of refrigerator biscuits, two brown paper lunch bags, granulated sugar, and powdered sugar. After taking the biscuits out and separating them, Mom would poke a hole in the middle with her finger, making it large enough that it wouldn't go back together. We would put some granulated sugar in one bag and the powdered sugar in the other. Mom would drop a couple of doughnuts in the hot oil. When they had puffed up and turned golden, she would take them out with tongs, give them a little shake and drop them in the paper bags one by one. My job was to hold the bag shut and shake like crazy to coat them with the sugar inside. She'd start another set while I shook. We'd take the them out of the bag put them on a plate and start the next ones.

We did buy store made doughnuts from time to time from the store bakery or Winchells doughnuts (there were no Krispy Kremes on the West Coast). But in my memory - these were the best doughnuts ever.

D is for Doughnuts / A to Z Blogging Challenge

15 comments:

  1. Those donuts sound amazing, but even better are your memories. Such a nice post.

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  2. Yum! I've never made doughnuts, but my mom would make fried dough occasionally which is almost the same! Which leads me to question the cost of Fried Dough and Funnel Cakes at fairs!

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  3. My ex made donuts like this over a camp fire, cooked in the Crisco can. Yummy.

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  4. Oh my goodness, Sheila! This is EXACTLY how we made our doughnuts growing up. We'd get crafty and roll the dough taken out for the holes into balls and cook them too. (My favorite part.) We used Crisco as well.

    Reading this brought back a ton of memories, and also made me crave some biscuit doughnuts! : )

    Glad I popped over to read, now following.

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  5. What a nice memory, I'll bet they were delicious donuts. I've never tried deep frying donuts.

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  6. And now ... I need a donut. *sigh*

    haha - YUM!!

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  7. Okay, this Saturday my family is having donuts!

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  8. *It's amazing how a donut and coffee for breakfast can really make my day! I just love them, especially with sprinkles. Never tried making them at home, though. Maybe someday...

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  9. You had me at doughnuts! So hungry for those sugary sweet pastry....must eat...

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  10. We have a Krispy Kremes doughnut shop here in Kuwait! And a Starbucks coffee shop on every other corner.

    This morning, I ran 5km on the treadmill. Then, ruined my exercise/workout by coming home and finishing off last night’s half-a-dozen doughnuts (just one) from....yep, you guessed it—Krispy Kremes!

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  11. Never had homemade doughnuts. We have Krispy Kremes here but I actually prefer Dunkin Donuts.

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  12. I love this idea!! I am going to have to try it! :) I wish we had Krispy Kremes here...we use to. :( Happy A to Z!

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  13. Hi Sheila, I think the homemade food is made with that little extra love, and tastes better!

    This is me, Duncan D. Horne, visiting you from the A-Z challenge, wishing you all the best throughout April and beyond.

    Duncan In Kuantan

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  14. Have you tried this recently, Sheila? I want to try it! (Since I'm going to the store for eggs, I might as well pick up some biscuits...

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  15. Wow, those sound delicious! Catching up on my A to Z reading. :)
    A2ZMommy and What’s In Between

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