Thursday, April 28, 2011

Apple Cider Donuts (or is it doughnuts...)

There is nothing yummier than a nice hot donut and a warm drink on a cold winters day! I discovered some scrumptious doughnut recipes today on the Recipe Goldmine site.

This one particularly grabbed my attention; I haven't tried it out yet, and of course will be substituting the flour for a gluten free option,  but think this will be one to try out over the weekend! After I go hunting for a donut cutter tomorrow!

Makes: 20


1 cup apple cider
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup solid vegetable shortening
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Vegetable oil or shortening (for frying)

For Glaze:

2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup apple cider


Boil apple cider in small saucepan until it is reduced to 1/4 cup, 8 to 10 minutes; cool.

Beat sugar with shortening until smooth. Add eggs and mix well, then add buttermilk and reduced cider. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg in another bowl. Add to liquid ingredients; mix just enough to combine.

Transfer dough to lightly floured board and pat to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with 2 1/2- to 3-inch doughnut cutter; reserve doughnut holes and re-roll and cut scraps.

Add enough oil or shortening to fill a deep pan 3 inches; heat to 375 degrees F. Fry several doughnuts at a time, turning once or twice, until browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes. Remove to paper towels with slotted spoon.

For glaze, mix confectioners' sugar and cider. Dip doughnuts while warm; serve warm.

Happy baking everyone

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