Pillsbury canned biscuits make delicious biscuit donuts, also known as Dutch Donuts, that are easily fried right on the stove. This simple way to repurpose biscuit dough into a fresh warm cinnamon sugared donut is not only great for Saturday mornings, but can be duplicated over a fire and a cast iron pan for outdoor camping as well. The extra dough from the center of the biscuit can be used for donut holes. Canned biscuit donuts also have a variety of toppings that go great - cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, drizzled chocolate, melted Nutella, melted peanut butter or glaze.
Mix together sugar and cinnamon in a brown paper bag by shaking well. Set aside.
Remove biscuits from can.
Locate a small lid in order to cut out a donut hole. Soda or water bottle caps work great as well as spice jar lids. Spray lid with a bit of non-stick cooking spray and press down in the center of the biscuit until on the other side. Carefully remove extra dough from center and set aside. This dough can be used to make donut holes or discarded.
Heat vegetable oil in a deep sauce pan on medium-high heat. Oil is ready to use once a drop of water sizzles on top. Using tongs, carefully lower biscuit dough into hot oil and let fry for 2 minutes.
After about 2 minutes, flip donut over (tongs work best) to fry the other side. Biscuit should be golden brown.
Set finished donut on a paper towel covered plate to cool and drain excess oil. Complete all donuts.
Place still warm donuts into cinnamon sugar bag.
Shake bag to fully cover donut on all sides.
Remove donuts and enjoy!
How to create holes:Remove the donut holes from the biscuit by using one of the following: Apple Corer, Milk Jug, Bottle Cap or Spice Jar lidTake note of type of biscuit: If using jumbo flaky biscuits, you will need to pinch the outer edges together or the donut will fall apart when you fry it. Also roll the removed donut hole into a large ball in the palm of your hand or again, all the layers fall apart when frying. The dough needs to be solid and not lifted. ToEasyTopping Ideas:While we prefer cinnamon sugar mixture for biscuit donuts, powdered donuts work great! Plus donuts can easily be dipped into chocolate, Nutella, or melted peanut butter for another treat. What is the best oil to fry donuts with? Vegetable oil works best for canned biscuit donuts. While other oils will work for frying, most other types of oils (particularly peanut oil and EVOO) will alter the flavor of a dessert donut as well as darken the dough. It is not uncommon to see Peanut oil used in donut shops. Can the donuts be glazed? Yes, and its so easy to make an amazing lemon glaze for donuts as well. Just combine (whisk works great) 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar and 1/4 cup of lemon juice until smooth and creamy. Dip warm donut tops right into the glaze and set aside to set. Done! If you prefer a plain glaze, combine 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar and 1/4th cup of milk until smooth. Its always best to slowly add milk until consistency is reached that you want.