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Playing Orange-Sugar Fried Beignets

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 cups sugar (in various colors such as purple, yellow and green)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 container store-bought buttermilk biscuit dough (for 8 large biscuits)
  • 1/2 cup agave, or honey thinned with water

Yield

Serves: 32 donut holes

Preparation

Place oil in a deep pan until it comes about halfway up the side of the pan. Heat to 350°F.
 
Place orange zest, sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl or plate, and stir to combine; set aside. 
 
Cut biscuits into quarters and roll into balls to form 32 donut holes. Working in batches, place donut holes in the hot oil and fry until golden, about 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the hot donuts to a paper towel to drain. 
 
In a shallow bowl or plate, roll the warm donuts in the agave or thinned out honey. Toss in spiced colored sugar and serve immediately.