I don’t make doughnuts very often because I always think of them as being a lot of work. When I saw this Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe I thought it looked really good. I happen to have some fresh apple cider on hand so I decided to give them a try.
This is a simple recipe that doesn’t even require the use o of a rolling pin – you push the dough flat using your hands, and then cut the doughnuts. This recipe does take a little time because the dough has to refrigerate 1 hour before you can cut the dough and form the doughnuts. I used a deep fryer to fry the doughnuts, but I am sure a Dutch oven with cooking oil would also work out fine.
For the glaze, I used chocolate, which pared very well with this recipe, but you could eliminate the glaze completely if you wanted, or use your favorite glaze recipe.
These Apple Cider Doughnuts are delicious – give them a try this fall with some fresh apple cider; you won’t be disappointed this is almost a fool proof recipe. Enjoy
- Doughnuts Ingredients
- 2 cups apple cider
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- ⅔ cups dark brown sugar (packed)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon allspice
- 2 large eggs
- 6 tablespoons butter (melted)
- Oil for deep frying
- Ingredients for Chocolate Glaze
- ½ cup whipping cream
- 2 ounces semisweet chocolate (shaved – I used chocolate chips)
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup.
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- In a small sauce pan over high heat bring the cider to a rolling boing. Boil until reduced to about 1 cup. Let cool.
- In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and all the spices.
- In another bowl whisk the eggs, and then mix in the cider, brown sugar, vanilla, and butter. Using a large spoon combine the egg mixture into the dry ingredients until moistened.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or until dough is firm enough to handle.
- Divide the dough in have to make it easy to handle. Place the dough on a floured surface and flatten using your hands down to about ½ inch thickness. Form the doughnuts using a 3 inch doughnut cutter.
- Deep fry doughnuts a few at a time at 365F on each side or until golden brown and cooked through. (Check the 1st batch when you take them out to see if they are done. If not adjust the time as needed.)
- Drain on paper towels and let cool.
- While doughnuts are cooling prepare the glaze.
- In a small sauce pan mix together the cream and corn syrup. Bring the mixture to a boil, remove from heat, and mix in the chocolate, stirring until chocolate is melted, and then stir in 2 teaspoons of vanilla.
- Dip one side of the doughnuts into the chocolate mixture
Adapted from Taste of Home Magazine.