Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cider Doughnuts

We've talked about cider doughnuts for a couple of days and some of you have expressed interest in this yummy treat. I dug around in my recipe card files and came up with a recipe to pass along to you. I haven't made doughnuts in many, many years although I still have a vintage aluminum doughnut batter dispenser somewhere in the kitchen cabinets. That's a black hole, let's not go there.

Makes 18 doughnuts and doughnut holes.

1 cup apple cider
1 cup granulated sugar
3 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 tablespoons butter (room temperature)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk

Put the apple cider into a saucepan and boil until it is reduced to 1/4 cup. (about 30 min.) Allow to cool.
Cream the butter and sugar together in your mixing bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until well blended. Add buttermilk and cider the 1/4 cup of reduced cider.

Stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg together in separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to liquid ingredients, stirring just enough to combine.

Transfer the dough to lightly floured work surface and sprinkle the dough with flour. Roll out the dough until it is approximately 1/2 inch thick. If the dough is sticky, work in a bit more flour.

Cut out the doughnuts using a doughnut cutter. Arrange the doughnuts and holes onto a cookie sheet. Refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes.

Pour cooking oil into a saucepan to a depth of at least 3 inches. Heat the oil to 350 F (check with a frying or candy thermomenter).
Fry doughnuts until golden brown, turning once or twice. It should take about 1-2 minutes per side.

Remove the doughnuts with metal tongs or a slotted spoon and set on paper towels to drain.
While still warm, shake a few at a time in a paper bag containing cinnamon sugar.

Cool on a rack OR eat while still warm.


Sorry no pictures of hot sugared doughnuts. You don't seriously think I have time to make the doughnuts! Well, not this week anyway.

NOTE: Thanks to all the fabulous blogs that are posting pictures of their fall decorations. My goodness they are beautiful. I'm loving those white, blue and even grey natural pumpkins. Unfortunately you're not going to find anything around here besides a ratty fall wreath on the front door. When the kids are grown and you're plumb out of enthusiasm for that type of thing, it falls by the wayside. Oh well, there's always NEXT YEAR!


Lori said...

Thanks for the recipe! If I'm feeling ambitious maybe I'll try it with the grandkids this weekend.

Gwendolyn said...

What a wonderful variation to a doughnut recipe!

Your blog is such fun! Thank you to Vee for directing me here!

Vee said...

It is not too late for such things. Just get a white pumpkin and plop some bittersweet around it right near the door. Serve those apple cider donuts and everyone will be in heaven. I bet that you are busy, busy, busy in the sewing room!

Tess said...

Thank you so much for the recipe. I thought if I read "apple cider donuts" one more time without seeing a recipe, I was going to have to drive to the mid west.

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

My husband pointed out that I could either spend time decorating for fall or go be out IN fall. I chose the latter and am grateful for his insight.

The donut recipe brought back happy memories of neighborhood hide and go seek and sardine games in the early fall dark. We played in a huge yard, then came in for apple cider donuts hot from the fryer. were the BEST donut maker in the neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

Thank you!