$5 Dessert: Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnuts
- Prep Time 0:40 (including dough rising)
- Cook Time 0:03
- Estimated Cost $3.00
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If you can believe it, I actually found another use for pizza dough: doughnuts. These simple yet classic cinnamon-sugar doughnuts are nothing more than lightly fried pizza dough yet they taste entirely different. It’s also not necessary to deep fry them—an inch or so of vegetable oil in a deep frying pan or pot will do. This recipe was inspired by an episode of Giada De Laurentis’ Food Network show Everyday Italian.
- 1/2 recipe pizza dough $1.50
- flour for dusting Pantry
- 1/2 cup sugar Pantry
- 1 tsp cinnamon $1.50 for 1 oz.
- vegetable oil for frying Pantry
Recipe Serves 8
- Gently roll the dough out into an 8" x 8" square on a lightly floured surface. Use a wine glass to cut as many 3" circles out of the dough as possible. Use a narrow shot glass or large thimble to cut out a smaller hole inside the circle so it looks like a doughnut (save the cut-out holes to make smaller doughnut holes).
- In a medium bowl mix the sugar and cinnamon until fully incorporated.
- In a deep frying pan or pot, heat about 1 inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Fry the doughnuts and doughnut holes 2 or 3 at a time for about one minute per side or until lightly golden brown. Using tongs, transfer the doughnuts and doughnut holes 1 at a time into the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Use your hands to coat well with the cinnamon-sugar and transfer to a plate. Repeat until all doughnuts and doughnut holes have been cooked and coated.
- Serve hot with coffee or tea.