Apple Cider Donuts


When I saw this recipe, my mouth started to water.  I could just taste the apple flavor and imagine the fresh crispy outside of the donut, when biting into it.  I got this from Jessica Beck’s mystery novel called Killer Crullers.

Apple Cider Donuts

You will need:
-2 eggs, beaten
-1 cup fresh apple cider
-1/4 cup brown sugar, light
-1/4 cup sugar, white granulated
-4 cups all-purpose flour, unbleached
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
-pinch of salt
-2 tablespoons butter, melted

In one bowl, beat the eggs thoroughly, then add the cider.  In a different bowl, combine the brown sugar and granulated sugar together, and then add that to the mix.  After that’s incorporated, take another bowl and sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.  Add the melted butter last.  If the dough is still sticky, add flour until it can be worked easily.
Roll the dough out to 1/2 to 1/4 inch thick, then cut out donuts using a donut cutter (round with a hole in the center), a Bismarck cutter (log-type donut), or use your imagination!
Fry in hot canola oil (360 to 370 degrees F) 3 to 4 minutes, turning halfway through.  Dry on paper towels, and then serve dusted with confectioner’s sugar or glaze.

Yield: Depending on shapes, from 6-16 donuts

The author suggests sticking to real apple cider, as opposed to substituting it with apple juice because she claims the apple juice doesn’t give the donuts enough flavor as the cider would.  I am so tempted to make these and have them with a tasty cup of dark hot chocolate.  Donuts are a great guilty pleasure snack, especially in the Winter!

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