Happy Hump Day, Chitlins! This fine mid-week treat is brought to you by buttermilk biscuits and a quart of oil. And the number 20, for the minutes it will take you to fry yourself up a fresh batch of chewy, warm donuts.
Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away I once volunteered at a local church’s summer fair. Lucky me I was put on donut duty. It was like they knew I was destined to be a food lover. Little did I know at the time, but my sole job was to rip open those terrifying tubes of biscuit dough, pull a hole through the middle and toss them to the next person who would toss them in the frier.
For reals, my mind was blown.
I mean I won’t lie. I scoffed at first. UGH BISCUIT DOUGH? But you guys, who cares? Because holy heaven are these delicious!
We tossed ours at the fair with powdered sugar but I was feelin’ cinnamon sugar on Sunday when I fried these up, and in a stroke of genius a tossed in a little cardamom for good measure. Probably the best decision I made all day.
So whip out your heaviest stock pot and candy thermometer and start a-fryin’ yourself some donuts. Cuz you know you wanna.
- 1 package biscuit dough (not the flaky layers and not the crescent rolls)
- 1 quart (or more) of vegetable oil for frying
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cardamom
- In a large, heavy bottomed stock pot pour in enough oil so that it is 2 inches deep.
- Stick in a candy thermometer and heat until it reaches deep fry (approx. 350F)
- Meanwhile, prep your dough. Open the package and separate the biscuits. Using your fingers pull a hole in the center and set aside.
- Alternately you could use a small cookie cutter to cut a circle in the center and also make donut holes.
- In a brown paper bag or a shallow wide bowl mix together the sugar, cinnamon, and cardamom. Set aside.
- Once oil is heated place 2-3 donuts in the pan taking care not to crowd. Let look for 2 minutes, until nicely browned and flip, finishing for 1-2 minutes.
- Using a slotted spoon remove the donuts to a paper towel lined plate to drain briefly.
- When cool enough to handle toss the donuts in the sugar mix. Place on another paper towel lined plate or in a paper bag.
- Best within a day of making.