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Delicious Apple Cider Doughnuts
Doughnut Ingredients:
1 cup apple cider
3 ½ cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp apple pie spice
½ tsp salt
4 tbsp margarine
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs ½ cup milk
Optional Topping Ingredients:
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
confectioner’s sugar
real maple syrup
 

Reduce the apple cider to ¼ cup in a saucepan over a low flame, and then set aside to cool. Combine the margarine, sugar, and eggs and stir until creamy. Blend in the reduced apple cider and milk. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly mixed. Gradually add the flour mixture and continue stirring until the dough forms a ball.
cutting doughnuts out of dough
Dust your work surface with flour and roll the dough to a thickness of approximately ½ inch. Doughnut cutters are great since they cut the doughnut and doughnut-hole at the same time. In a pinch, you can use the mouth of a cup to cut doughnuts then you just have to find a way to cut out the holes! Place the doughnuts aside for 15 to 20 minutes; this is a great point to start warming up the fryer.
frying apple cider doughnuts
Heat your deep fryer (or a pot with at least 3” of oil) to 350°. Gently transfer the doughnuts to the heated oil one at a time. Allow each doughnut to cook for 60 to 90 seconds before turning and cooking for an additional 60 to 90 seconds. Remove the golden brown apple cider doughnuts from the oil and place them on a cookie sheet covered with paper towels.

These treats are tasty plain, but they are absurdly delicious when they are topped with something sweet. A light dusting of confectioner’s sugar is a quick and easy way to top your cinnamon and sugar coated apple cider doughnuts doughnut off.

Drizzling caramel syrup over the confectioner’s sugar will turn your simple home made treat into a gourmet pastry. Another option is to mix ½ cup sugar with 1 tsp of ground cinnamon and place it in a small paper bag. Doughnuts are placed into the bag and gently shook to distribute an even coating. Apple cider doughnuts are great all year round, but they especially hit the spot in the fall and winter. Why don’t you put your home made apple cider to good use and try a batch today?