by Paula Deen
My favorite donut is a gooey glazed one. If you ask Michael his favorite kind, he’ll say, “Round.”
As much as I enjoy getting a nice donut for breakfast at our local donut shop, I’m a slow riser. It takes me a good while to get my eyes open and my joints moving, so I’d rather stay curled up in my pj’s most Sunday mornings (or afternoons as the case may be) than drive across town for fear that somebody will see me with my morning face on. On those days I whip up some melt in your mouth Homemade Glazed Donuts. And let me tell you, nothing beats a homemade donut!
My momma used to make donuts from canned biscuits. She would poke a hole through them with her finger, pulling them apart into the shape of a donut and deep-fry ‘em. Then she would quickly drop them into a paper bag that was full of powdered sugar. I can still see her shaking that bag and Bubba and I reaching in to get those hot, steamy donuts out. Every now and then the bag would get a hole in it and powdered sugar would fall like snowflakes—the closest we ever got to snow in Georgia.
Momma could do just about anything with canned biscuits—a skill she passed on to me. I’ll never forget the time I was on the Food Network show “Ready, Set, Cook!”—one of those shows where two chefs compete in front of a live audience to make the best meal in a limited amount of time. They put me—a Southern cook—up against a world-famous French chef! He beat me pretty good the first round because I couldn’t even recognize the ingredients we were given. But I think it was the third show when we were given canned biscuits to work with. I was tickled, but Frenchy looked as confused as a cow on Astroturf. He tried using a can opener and those biscuits blew up right in his face! Touché, right Momma?
As much as I loved momma’s donuts, she would’ve flipped for these yeast-based ones. Funny thing is, they’re pretty darn easy to make too. And, to make it even easier, we did a Donut 101 article here for you with photos of the steps! They may take a little extra time, but they are sure worth the wait! Just sink your teeth into these little darlings and I’m certain you’ll be starting a new Sunday tradition with the family. How about making some for your momma this Mother’s Day. Just make sure you clean up the kitchen real good after.