Lord Honey, One of my favorite ways to use the comfortin' Fall flavor of apple cider is in my cookin'. And I just know y'all are gonna love it in my "Apple Cider Donuts". Honey, there's nothin' better than eatin' a warm donut with the wonderful flavors of apple cider and cinnamon, slathered with a sweet, sticky, sugary apple cider glaze. Y'all may just have to double this recipe...or triple it...or---well y'all get the idea.
Apple Cider Donuts
Jason Smith, FNS
¼-cup apple cider
4-TBSP oil (canola or peanut)
2-cups all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar
1-tsp baking powder
Apple Cider Glaze:
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
2-3 TBSP apple cider
· In a mixing bowl, add the butter, milk, cider, oil and vanilla; whisk together.
· Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon into a bowl.
· Form a well in the center of the flour mixture, and add the wet ingredients into the well. Stir, using a light hand.
· If dough is sticky add more flour by tablespoons until it has the look and feel of biscuit dough.
· Once dough is mixed, turn out onto a floured surface. Don’t knead it. Pat into a ½ inch circle or square.
· Cut with a donut cutter or cookie cutter, make sure to cut a hole in center unless you want to fill them.
· Place a large Dutch oven on medium heat and add about 1 inch of oil, using a kitchen thermometer, bring temp to 350°.
· Place a few donuts in oil and cook for 3 mins per side until golden brown. Remove and place on a paper towel lined plate. Repeat frying until all are fried.
· Make the glaze while frying the donuts. Place the powdered sugar into a bowl, add the apple cider and vanilla; whisk together.
· Dip or drizzle the glaze over cooked donuts. For a little garnish and extra flavor, sprinkle with just a touch of cinnamon.
Tip: When working with dough never over handle it, as it will make it tough.