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Apple Cider Spice Doughnuts

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Apple Cider Spice Doughnuts
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Makes: 8 servings adjust

Directions

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Fresh Apple Cider, Preferably fresh apple cider or something high-quality like Simply Apple

Step 1

In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring the apple cider to a boil. Continue to cook over high heat for about 7-10 minutes or until it's reduced to 1/4 c. Remove from heat and allow to cool (you can transfer it to a heat-safe cup and place in the refrigerator or freezer to make things move a little more quickly. Also, if you're in a pinch, you can use 1/4 c. of undiluted apple juice concentrate).

Ingredients

  • 34 cup Sugar
  • 14 cup Butter Flavored Shortening

Step 2

While the cider is reducing, combine shortening and sugar in a large bowl and mix with an electric mixer on high for 2-3 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2 Eggs
  • 12 Buttermilk

Step 3

Add eggs one at a time, beating completely after each addition. Add reduced cider and buttermilk and beat until combined.

Ingredients

  • 3 12 All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 12 teaspoon Salt
  • 34 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

Step 4

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.
 

Step 5

Add flour mixture to the liquid mixture and beat until just blended. The dough will be very soft--it will be about the consistency of chocolate chip cookie dough
 

Step 6

Carefully lay a sheet of plastic wrap on top of a baking sheet. Transfer dough to the plastic wrap. Lightly flour a rolling pin and roll dough out to about 1/2" thick. Top with another layer of plastic wrap and transfer the pan to the freezer for about 20 minutes or the refrigerator for 1 hour.
 

Step 7

When the dough has chilled, remove from the freezer/refrigerator. Using a round cookie cutter, cut circles out of the dough. Using a smaller cookie cutter, cut the centers out of the circles and reserve the "holes" for little bite-sized pieces of apple-spiced goodness!
 

Step 8

Place cut dough pieces on a lightly floured baking sheet. When all the dough has been cut out, place the pan back in the refrigerator while you prepare the oil for frying.

Ingredients

  • 1 quart Canola Oil, for frying

Step 9

In a large, deep saucepan or Dutch oven, heat 1 quart of oil over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 325 degrees. While oil is heating, line a plate or baking sheet with paper towels.
 

Step 10

When the oil is hot, carefully place 3-4 at a time. The dough will sink down and then rise to the surface. Check the bottom side; when it's golden brown, flip the doughnut until it is also golden brown.
 

Step 11

Remove doughnuts from hot oil with a heat-proof slotted spoon and transfer to paper towels, then onto a baking rack.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

Step 12

Place spiced sugar mix in a large Ziploc bag and then shake a few doughnuts at a time in the mixture.
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