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Make Great Doughnuts at Home Without a Mixing Bowl — Using Store-Bought Dough

Here's how to use store-bought doughs to make delicious doughnuts easily and fast
The Secret to Making a "World Famous" Doughnut

Scottish Francis, chef and former 'MasterChef' contestant, tells you the secret ingredient to his "world famous" doughnut.

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These mini cake doughnuts taste just like the ones you might buy at the grocery store.

Do you wake up on the weekends craving fresh, hot doughnuts or just want to impress your friends at your next brunch party? Well, put away your mixing bowl and instant yeast, because we have a trick that will make frying doughnuts at home so much simpler.

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Making dough always seems like a better idea in theory than in practice. Midway through the process, a thin coat of flour covers your entire kitchen and you have a yeast ball that is either growing at an improbable rate or not at all. Skip the tricky part and enjoy your doughnuts without the agonizing overnight wait time — by using store-bought dough.

Yes, you can make delicious doughnuts using store-bought doughs. Just use virtually any yeast dough for “yeast doughnuts” and cake batter for “cake doughnuts.”  The Daily Meal has rounded up the best store-bought doughs for making your quick and easy doughnut recipes a reality. Depending on your preferred doughnut style, select the canned or frozen dough for your recipe, heat your oil, and start frying!

Need a little guidance? We have the facts, from doughnut styles to techniques, to get you started making semi-homemade doughnuts at home.

Biscuit Dough: Doughnut Style

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Biscuit dough has a similar consistency to the brioche-style dough typically used to make doughnuts. However, biscuits are usually flakier than your traditional yeast doughnut. For a more traditional doughnut texture, opt for home-style over flakey canned biscuit doughs.

Biscuit Dough: Technique

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Heat about an inch of vegetable oil in a heavy cast-iron pan or pot until your thermometer registers 350 degrees F. Take your store-bought can of biscuit dough and separate the biscuits, laying them flat on a cookie sheet. Next, use a small round cookie cutter to cut the center out of each biscuit (reserve these center pieces for doughnut holes). Next, fry your doughnuts in the oil in batches, being sure not to overcrowd the pan. Cook the doughnut for 1 to 2 minutes per side or until golden brown.

While they’re warm, you can dip your doughnuts in a doughnut glaze or granulated sugar spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom to your taste.

Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter @angelaccarlos.