March 28, 2009

"Wholey" cow, these are tasty.

Stress can be caused by many things, big and small. Like...oh, I don't know...realizing you're stuck in an unrewarding dead end job that uses none of your skills effectively. Like finishing off a busy week of business plan meetings by (finally) getting your taxes done, then starting to ever-so-slightly panic as soon as your accountant starts speaking.

Well, in this house, the stressed get baking. Ergo, you will see a lot of baking posts.

Baking is so relaxing to me. The mixing of flours and sugars and spices into something fabulous...the feel of the warm dough between your fingers...the rush of the sugar...the snap of the biscuit can...

That's right: I made the canned biscuit doughnuts I spotted recently on Southern Hospitality (via Southern Plate -- hop over to her blog for fabulous photos and a full tutorial on making these little buggers.).

They couldn't be easier. I popped the can when the mister was getting ready to go into the shower, and by the time he was out I had a plate of warm doughnuts.

I passed on the part of the recipe that called for you to dip the doughnuts in butter (I thought at this point I would be doing enough damage with the whole deep fried dough thing) and just rolled them in a mixture of coarse cane sugar and cinnamon. It stuck to the doughnuts with no problem.

They taste a lot like churros, which is fine by me. Judging from the comments on Rhoda's blog, lots of Southern ladies grew up eating these sugary biscuit treats. What other tricks do you lovely Southern Belles have up your little sleeves?

I also rescued my sugar cookie photos from my camera today. The
recipe is in my last post, but I thought you may want to see a few of the many (MANY) cookies that came out.

They held their shape quite well, making it perfect for more intricate cookie cutters. I mentioned using spelt flour, and I kind of like how it flecked the finished cookies with little brown dots. (Maybe I liked it because it fooled my pea brain into thinking there was something healthy about them.)

Before baking I dusted the tops of the cookies with organic cane sugar (I like the coarseness for finishing off baked goods) for a little extra crunch. They kind of tasted like a butter cookie/shortbread hybrid. In a very good way.

And there was more where those came from...another tray right next to the plate, and two more in the oven!

Now if you'll excuse me, there's a plate of fresh doughnuts calling my name...


tam said...

God bless you woman! LoL! What a yummylishous post! I had homemade blueberry pancakes for breakfast today which equals more time on the treadmill darn it! But these kinds of tasty treats are s worth it! have a rockin weekend sister~Smiles~Tam!

Keetha said...

We've made those biscuit donuts here too - - -YUM-EEEE.

When I was a kid, my aunt used to bake all her own bread. She would save some of the dough on bread baking day, fry it in a skillet, then sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on it. She didn't even cut it in donut shapes - - - just dough blobs. IT WAS THE BEST!!!

The biscuit donuts remind me of it.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

I haven't had those in years Laura, but my grandmother and mother used to make them.

Guess I may need to revive the tradition. Only problem is you can afford the extra calories...I can't!


The Quintessential Magpie said...



Sheila :-)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

YUMMY! Now how come I wasn't invited over for cookies and donuts? I love both!

Of course then I'd be on the treadmill trying to justify eating them :-)

I'm going to copy down the sugar cookie recipe for the holidays as that will fill a lot of gift cookie trays!

Renovation Therapy said...

Yum! Spread some Nutella on those cookies...and pass my a donut.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

What could be more perfect on a drizzly, grey day? I'll be showing this donut recipe to the kids (as you is in college-but home this week and the other is a junior in high school) as they have commandeered our kitchen anyway. It all looks so delicious.
♥, Susan

Tina said...

My Mom used to make donuts just like that. Brings back great memories.

Maya@CC said...

The doughnuts look divine. I really wish there was a way of baking all this goodies with whole wheat, I mean you can do that, but they just never taste as good. I'm not a baking genious, and the whole wheat muffins I created (with a pre-mix out of a box!) came out very (very) sticky, maybe just for once I should try following the recipe!

Blondie's Journal said...


I love a girl that can bake, because I can't. Maybe I haven't been inspired enough. Maybe I am afraid that I will eat every speck of it in one sitting!

I read Rhoda's post also and I too have been doing the donuts, right here in little 'ol Chicago (well, actually at the cottage in Michigan where we love great breakfasts!) for many years! What I learned from Rhoda was to use a small biscuit cutter to cut out the middle and have donut holes. I always just stuck my thumbs in the middle and pulled them apart!

At the lake I would have an assembly line of all the little kids (mine & guests) to help. I of course, did the frying and then the kids lined up & did the toppings. Chocolate cake frosting (right from the can) was FIRST, then the cinnamon, sugar, powdered sugar, etc... what fun, and in 3 minutes~gone!!!

Thanks for the sugar cookie recipe. My downfall is Saralee Butter Cookies, the ones that looks like daisies, (remember wearing them like rings?)

Sorry for being so long winded. The H is at the lake and I am lonely!!!


Weef! said...

OMG! Okay, I know what I'm doing tomorrow--- making these donuts!!! They look fabulous. I think we could all use a bit more cinnamon sugar in our lives! :)

heidi said...

you are KILLIN' me with that donut pic.... i could eat 6 of those without blinking an eye.

Liz@Violet Posy said...

Oh my those look fabulous! Thanks for sharing them. Sadly I'm just going on a diet, Lily took a picture of me yesterday that was frankly scary!

So I shall virtually enjoy these xx

Jen r. said...

Yum yum yummy! We make these at home too and they are fab. Sometimes I mix up a batch of ganache and dip them....mmmmmmm THanks for reminding me how yummy they are! Jen

desiree@lookiloos said...

My mom used to make these. I made them for my kids years ago...I think they've forgotten about them. Monday morning is a perfect day for a warm donut. What a way to start off the week. Of course I'll make eat fruit too! Thanks for reminding me how quick, easy and wonderfully delish these are!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Now I'm cravin the donuts again, Laura! I was just talking to my mom on the phone yesterday & reminded her of when she made these for us growing up. She had totally fortgotten about them & hasn't made them in ages. I told her they are back on the menu now at MY house. She laughed, since I never fry anything! For these, I'll fry.

another quick & easy way to coat them. Put cinnamon & sugar in a paper bag, throw in the hot donuts & shake well. Works like a charm. I skipped the dipping them in butter part too. They are SO good. I just bought a new can which is sitting in the fridge. We really don't need them, but they're such a good treat. So glad you loved them too.

Caren said...

I am so hungry right now and they both look delicious but alas, I would not eat either of them.

We learned to make those donuts in home-ec back in the 80s. They're great in powdered sugar too... just for a change of pace, you know.


abeachcottage said...

oh I wish I could bake when stressed, looks like you did a fabbo job, absolutely love doughnuts

not so good on the old weight gain though!


pve design said...

hey, who needs therapy when you can have a donut.
or a cookie.

Heather said...

Those donuts look absolutely delicious! I really really want one right now!

rh said...

Cooking stresses me out and the only baking I've ever attempted was pre-mixed cookie dough.

So when are you coming over?

Anonymous said... I now have a doughnut craving. You little bugger.
(Rrrring rrrring, "Honey, you mind picking up a can of biscuits on the way home from work?")
Here's to a stress free day, Laura!!!
(Love the printer stand, by the way. It looks great!)

stacilynfeldman said...

yummy. and so pretty! i'm so impressed!

Ms. Tee said...

I was just telling my husband this weekend that I needed to learn how to make doughnuts. Now that I see how easy it can be, I'm in deep trouble. Your butter comment was too funny - I think that would make for immediate angina if you added it! :)

please sir said...

OHH these look so darn good!!!!