Apple Doughnuts

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2004/10/06 09:44:21 (permalink)

Apple Doughnuts

Have any of you had fresh apple doughnuts? My daughter took her school class on a field trip yesterday to Windy Hill Apple Orchards in York, South Carolina. She brought home apples, Wassail, and freshly made apple doughnuts. They are a cake like doughnut sprinkled with a cinnamon sugar. Very good.

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    RE: Apple Doughnuts 2004/10/06 17:54:58 (permalink)
    Erickson's Orchard in Bayfield, Wisconsin (way, way up North!) makes great apple donuts. If you get there in the morning they're usually fresh out of the fryer and still warm. Mmm, mmm, good!
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    RE: Apple Doughnuts 2004/10/06 23:57:45 (permalink)
    The Apple Barn in Bennington VT has fresh cider doughnuts this time of year. Simple, plain, utterly scrumptious.
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    RE: Apple Doughnuts 2004/10/07 09:31:50 (permalink)
    Last weekend my girlfriend and I took a trip up around Lake George, Ticonderoga and Lake Placid NY and fresh apples, fresh apple cider and apple cider doughnuts were everywhere !!!
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    RE: Apple Doughnuts 2004/10/07 09:43:14 (permalink)
    How timely! The Washington Post's popular Food section yesterday printed an "Apple Cider Doughnuts" recipe courtesy of New York City's East Village Hearth restaurant and here it is:

    Apple Cider Doughnuts
    Makes 18 doughnuts and doughnut holes

    These apple cider doughnuts -- dense, richly spiced and with a faint taste of buttermilk -- are adapted from a recipe by pastry chef Lauren Dawson from Hearth restaurant in New York City's East Village. Hearth serves the doughnuts with applesauce and whipped cream.

    For the doughnuts:

    1 cup apple cider

    3 1/2 cups flour, plus additional for the work surface

    2 teaspoons baking powder

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature

    1 cup granulated sugar

    2 eggs

    1/2 cup buttermilk (low-fat or nonfat work fine)

    Vegetable oil for frying

    For the glaze:

    1 cup confectioners' sugar

    2 tablespoons apple cider

    For the doughnuts: In a saucepan over medium or medium-low heat, gently reduce the apple cider to about 1/4 cup, 20 to 30 minutes. Set aside to cool.

    Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Set aside.

    Using an electric mixer on medium speed (with the paddle attachment, if using a standing mixer) beat the butter and granulated sugar until the mixture is smooth. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and continue to beat until the eggs are completely incorporated. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the reduced apple cider and the buttermilk, mixing just until combined. Add the flour mixture and continue to mix just until the dough comes together.

    Line 2 baking sheets with parchment or wax paper and sprinkle them generously with flour. Turn the dough onto 1 of the sheets and sprinkle the top with flour. Flatten the dough with your hands until it is about 1/2 inch thick. Use more flour if the dough is still wet. Transfer the dough to the freezer until it is slightly hardened, about 20 minutes. Pull the dough out of the freezer. Using a 3-inch doughnut cutter, cut out doughnut shapes. Place the cut doughnuts and doughnut holes onto the second sheet pan. Refrigerate the doughnuts for 20 to 30 minutes. (You may re-roll the scraps of dough, refrigerate them briefly and cut additional doughnuts from the dough.)

    Add enough oil to a deep-sided pan to measure a depth of about 3 inches. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan and heat over medium heat until the oil reaches 350 degrees. Have ready a plate lined with several thicknesses of paper towels.

    For the glaze: While the cut doughnut shapes are in the refrigerator, make the glaze by whisking together the confectioners' sugar and the cider until the mixture is smooth. Set aside.

    To fry and assemble: Carefully add a few doughnuts to the oil, being careful not to crowd the pan, and fry until golden brown, about 60 seconds. Turn the doughnuts over and fry until the other side is golden, 30 to 60 seconds. Drain on paper towels after the doughnuts are fried. Dip the top of the warm doughnuts into the glaze and serve immediately.

    Per doughnut: 201 calories, 3 gm protein, 33 gm carbohydrates, 6 gm fat, 31 mg cholesterol, 2 gm saturated fat, 200 mg sodium, 1 gm dietary fiber
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    RE: Apple Doughnuts 2005/04/05 22:21:10 (permalink)
    Check out Lyman Orchards Farm Market in Middlefield CT. for a superb apple cider doughnut. An all around great spot with fresh produce,fruit,baked goods,sandwiches and apple cider.
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