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  1. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    Anyone know how to make donuts? Not the cake-like kind. My son just loves donuts--specifically long johns. I hardly ever buy donuts because they are so unhealthy (and I'll eat a whole dozen if I'm left alone with them :blushing:), but he is placing his request extremely early for what he wants to take in for his birthday treat for school. (It's next fall :rolleyes:) I figured I'd ask now while it's fresh in my mind and it'll give me time to practice recipes every now and then.
     
    Apr 29, 2009
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  2. Beth1170

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    The ones we do in my family are more like "fried dough". Take refrigerator biscuits, flatten slightly with hands, use a bottle twist cap to push out a whole in the center. Place in hot oil and fry a few minutes on each side until golden. Drain on paper towel. Shake in bag with cinnamon sugar or drizzle a simple powder sugar glaze over the tops. It usually will satisfy the kids request for donuts, since we do not get them very often.
     
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  3. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    Have you ever tried biscuit donuts? I use the Pillsbury Grands. You can use them whole, cut a hole in the middle, or even cut them into quarters for donut holes.

    All you have to do is fry them in 1/4 to 1/2 inch of hot oil until golden brown, turning once. They fry quickly. I place mine on a cooling rack over paper towels to drain. You can frost them, but I use a glaze of a couple of tablespoons of melted butter, a couple of cups of powdered sugar, 1/2 t vanilla, and enough hot water to make it the consistency you want.

    My family loves these.
     
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  4. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    Sounds like Beth and I make similar donuts. ;)

    I used to have a donut recipe, but it took over 4 hours to make them. They have to rise twice. Plus, they didn't keep well, so you really needed to make them that morning. I immediately understood the old "Time to make the donuts" commercial for Dunkin' Donuts. Frankly, I didn't think they were worth the trouble.
     
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  5. BlessedWifeMommy

    BlessedWifeMommy Veteran Member

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    I wouldn't think making donuts would be worth it. I really doubt you would be able to make them any healthier. I would just find a good shop and buy them.
     
  6. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    Make Profiteroles in a long shape instead of balls. Pipe them out of a bag with a hole cut in the corner, then bake. Fill with vanilla pudding and ice with chocolate. Ta da! Eclairs!
     
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  7. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    Ann, you're brilliant.
     
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  8. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    Thanks for the ideas! I'll have to try them out--over time of course ;) It's hard to stick to my goal of losing weight if I bake too often. I promised myself I can only bake a treat once a week--and not be the majority eater. :D

    I've never made the profiteroles before. I just got the EAD, so I'm excited to try those out. I'm still waiting on a recipe from my friend for her raspberry cream filling that she uses w/ those. But that's more for me. My son would probably just like the regular filling with chocolate drizzled on top.
     
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  9. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

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    I'd stop by Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme...
     
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  10. Jennie4PC

    Jennie4PC Legacy Member

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    MY DH made cake donughts a couple weeks ago and it took forever. But they were good in the end and everyone loved them.
     
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