Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Camp Donuts - #11 of 52 Donuts

December 2011:
Me: "I really want a mini donut maker for Christmas."
Carrie: "You will never use it."
Me: "Yes I will. I want a donut maker - preferably a red one..."
Carrie: "You'll use it once and never again."
Me: "Nuh-uh! Maybe I'll do a blog feature and make a different donut recipe every week for a year..."
Carrie: "Oh my gosh."
Me: "I'll call it 52 Donuts."
Carrie: eyes rolling, head shaking, heavy sigh... "Oh Mother..."

Right. So, I made it to 10 different donuts and by the time I made it that far we were really sick of mini donuts. Truth be told, I haven't touched the donut maker for about a year now. {You can see the 52 Donuts posts here.}

There was still one more donut recipe I wanted to make, but it required a camp stove. Ok, not really - you can make these at home - but in my head I wanted them to happen on a camping trip. And there's not really a recipe - just a simple set of instructions to follow. Like this:

Using canned biscuits, poke a hole in the center of each with your finger. Get these ready while your oil is heating in the frying pan.

I used cheap canned biscuits for these. Don't get the fancy layered kind - just the store brand buttermilk biscuits work great for these. {For my readers who know a "cookie" as a "biscuit" - you can make these with any pre-made dough.}

Drop the biscuits in hot oil and fry on both sides until golden brown.

Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Toss in sugar and serve while still warm. 

My mom used to make these for us when we were kids and we loved them! This was the first time I'd made them myself, and they were every bit as good as the ones I watched her make. They were a quick and easy camping treat that will definitely be made again sometime.

And with that, I'm calling the 52 Donut challenge done over.
11 out of 52 donuts is a rather weak showing, but sometimes
you've gotta' know where to draw the line.

Tips: Before you start frying, make sure you have everything ready: holes poked in biscuits, plate with paper towels set up, bag with sugar for tossing warm donuts. I had the oil a little too hot - camp stoves are tricky - and the insides of some were still a little dough-y. These taste like warm Krispy Kreme donuts when they are fresh, and they go fast!


Becky said...

They look lovely! We have just recycled our mini doughnut maker! We used it about three times and it has been sitting in a cupboard ever since, for about 3 years!

Cheri said...

I'm perfectly content with the idea of you stopping at 11! All those donut photos were making me hungry!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

I wouldn't have thought of making donuts from biscuit dough. I think I may try these for the hubs though!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Wow - time passes quickly. I would have guess you got the donut maker in 2012, not 2011. LOL!

Sian said...

Oh I remember the donut maker. Ours has been packed away for many many months now too. Definitely time to unearth it..

Irene said...

This brought back memories when my mom made those donuts when I was a child. I'll have to make some for my boys.

debs14 said...

They look scrummy! I'm going to have to check out the chiller cabinet in the supermarket to see if we have anything similar.

Ruth said...

I remember thinking at the time, that's one heck of a lot of doughnuts!

Karen said...

My mother made these; I'd forgotten all about them. I imagine some occasion will call for donuts in the future, and you'll be able to drag out the donut maker one more time. :-)

Carrie Rosalind said...

I want you to make some of these when you're not camping so that I can try them!

Sad that you're giving up the donut project. :(

Abi said...

Oh they look so good! I have never made doughnuts. I think the hot oil freaks me out a bit but I might have to give it a go!

Margaret said...

They do look delicious. Yum.

Amy said...

I haven't made doughnuts either, actually we don't really eat them ... but, we do stop once a year at a road side vendor for fresh hot jam filled doughnuts on the way to the snow - the kids think all their Christmases have come at once. I know, they lead a sheltered life! ;-)

traci said...

oh man. these look so god. and with biscuit dough. hmmmm. your donut posts always make me hungry.

Anonymous said...

Oh dear - you've just made me very hungry. :) They look delicious.

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