Apple Cider Donuts
Apple Cider Donuts for the win!
- step-by-step directions
Apple Cider Donuts
- 3 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (divided, plus more for dusting)
- 3 cups spiced apple cider
- 1/2 cup apple sauce
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon (plus 1 teaspoon, divided)
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 stick unsalted butter (softened)
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- canola oil (for frying)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and dust with 2 tablespoons of flour. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add the spiced apple cider. Allow to reduce until 1/2 cup remains. and about a 1/2 cup remains, about 20-25 minutes. Remove to a medium bowl, and whisk in apple sauce, milk, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Set aside until ready to use.
- In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, beating together until thoroughly combined. With the mixer on low, in batches, add the flour mixture and cider mixture. Start with 1/2 of the flour mixture and beat until combined, then add 1/2 of the cider mixture, beating until combined. Repeat this process for the remaining flour and cider mixture.
- Remove dough to prepared baking sheet and pat out to a 1-inch thickness. Dust the top with remaining 2 tablespoons of flour and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Allow dough to chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
- Fill a large Dutch oven with 3-4 inches of canola oil and preheat to 360ºF. Line a baking sheet with a baking rack and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together granulated sugar and remaining tablespoon of cinnamon and set aside.
- Using a 3-inch biscuit cutter, punch out as many rounds as possible. Using a 1/4-inch biscuit cutter, punch out the centers of the donuts.
- Working in batches, carefully place the donuts in the preheated oil and fry on both sides until deep golden brown, about 1-2 minutes per side. Using a slotted spoon, remove donuts to prepared baking sheet and allow to cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, but still a little hot, add a few donuts at a time to the bowl of cinnamon-sugar mixture and toss to coat. Alternatively, add the cinnamon-sugar mixture to a paper bag, drop 2-3 donuts at a time and shake until coated. Remove to a platter and serve!
- Tip: Roll the punched out dough into balls and fry to make donut holes!
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