Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Nothing Says Autumn Like Apple Cider Donuts

Oh my.

These donuts are absolutely delicious, and worth the effort to make. If you haven't had the pleasure of flipping through Food Network Magazine, please treat yourself to a copy. The October issue included this recipe for Apple Cider Donuts, and they are fantastic! I love Food Network - - I dare say, it is my favorite channel, but that is another post all together.

Ever since I saw this recipe, I've been wanting to try it, and so yesterday, I did. Although there are quite a few steps involved, I found this to be a very easy recipe. I have made many batches of baked donuts for my boys, but this was the first time that I actually fried donuts in oil. It is going to be very, very difficult to go back to my healthier baked donuts after yesterday, I can tell you! I will definitely be frying up more donuts in our future, but will save them for a once-in-awhile treat, lest my hips need their own zip code.

The only issue I took with the recipe was that the first step (reducing the apples in the apple cider) took quite a bit longer than stated. I think the total time the recipe gave was 13 minutes, but it took closer to 30. No matter - - the scent of the fresh apples simmering in apple cider was heavenly.

My candy thermometer worked fine for watching the oil temperature, and I'm happy to report that I managed to fry up the whole batch without splashing myself with scorching hot oil. Phew!

I prepared half the batch using the cider glaze with cinnamon and sugar, and then the remaining half we just rolled in cinnamon and sugar. The boys just loved the end result, and I'm pretty sure Camden and Griffin have consumed more donuts in the past 24 hours than they have in their entire lives. I'd say that's a sure mark of a successful recipe!

Come back tomorrow, when I'll be sharing a recipe for the absolute best vanilla butter cream frosting in the world. I'm not kidding. I don't kid about frosting.


Chocolate on my Cranium said...

Oh YUM!!!! I think I'll my daughter this recipe as it's her week to cook and she LOVES making doughnuts.

Cheryl said...

Yummy! Oh how I would love to have one of those donuts....I will look forward to the frosting receipe.

Karen said...

I may attempt to make those for our Halloween party as they are just what the party needs! My mother used to fry donuts every Saturday morning and I did for years until they started sticking to my thighs! I also LOVE the food network and their website!

Kate said...

I had to go to Dunkin Donuts after reading this! I have been wanting cider donuts for weeks. I might have to try them this weekend. I just have to buy a thermometer and get over my fear of heating up oil.

Heather said...

Kate, don't be afraid of the heating oil thing. That was my problem, too. Now, I'll be frying anything and everything, I fear. One word of advice: When lowering the raw donuts into the oil, use a large spoot or something. Don't just drop them in by hand. Not a good idea...tried it! May I also add that I think I am suffering from a deep-fried hangover. Ick.

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