Moist homemade fried apple cider donuts with three delicious ways to enjoy them; plain, cinnamon-sugar or topped off with caramel icing.
3 1/2Call purpose flour
1 1/2tspbaking powder
Vegetable oilfor cooking
Deep frying thermometer
Prepare one 12x17 jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Coat completely with a layer of flour. Set aside.
In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, apple cider and eggs. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients. Stir until ingredients are completely incorporated.
Spread batter onto prepared baking sheet. Coat completely with flour. Pat into a 1/2-inch thickness. Be sure all areas are coated with flour. Freeze tray for 30-40 minutes or until manageable.
Begin heating vegetable oil over medium heat in a deep pan, such as a French oven.
Using a 2 1/2 to 3-inch donut cutter*, cut out donuts, transferring to a second parchment lined baking sheet. Freeze for 10-15 additional minutes. Dough should not be soft. Chill until you can easily pick up the donuts shapes without the dough stretching or falling apart. Refreeze as needed.
When your oil has reached 375°F on a deep fry thermometer, begin frying 2-3 donuts at a time. Fry on first side for 60 seconds, flip and fry the other side for an additional 60 seconds. Drain on paper towels. Repeat process with remaining donuts.
For cinnamon-sugar topping: combine cinnamon and sugar in a large shallow bowl. Press donuts lightly into mixture, flip and coat remaining side.
For caramel icing: In a small bowl combing powdered sugar, caramel syrup and heavy cream. Whisk until smooth. Dip top of donuts in icing.
*Alternately a round cup or cookie cutter may be used with an apple corer or small shot glass to remove the center, in place of a donut cutter.An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
Apple Cider Donuts: 3 ways! - https://www.bakedbyrachel.com/apple-cider-donuts-recipe-3-ways/