Oh yeah, we just went there. Can you tell we’re ready for fall? Now if only the heat here in LA would give up a bit so we could bring out the sweaters and cuddle up by the fire with these sweeties. Cakewalk Bake Shop is to blame for making your mouth water on this one, sorry (not really). These are good guys, truly, so go ahead and pin this pic so you can reference this yummy recipe when you’re ready for cuddle donut time.
2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cardamom
4 tbsp. unsalted butter
½ cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup apple cider
¼ cup buttermilk
Canola oil, for frying
Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1. Over med-hi in a sm. saucepan, heat and reduce apple cider to 1/4 cup. (Should take about 20 mins.) This gives the apple flavor an oomph.
2. Whisk dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
3. Cream butter with the sugar using the paddle attachment. Add yolks one at a time. Add the vanilla extract, cooled cider, and buttermilk; mix until smooth.
4. With the mixer on low, gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix until you get a smooth and slightly sticky dough.
5. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly oil hands (easier to handle dough with) and pat dough onto sheet pan about 1/2″ thick. Stick the pan with the dough into the freezer for about 20 minutes to harden for cutting.
6. Using a 3″ round cutter, cut donuts out of dough and place on clean, parchment-lined baking sheet. Use a 1″ round to cut out little donut holes and place on lined sheet. Stick back in the freezer for another 10-15 mins.
7. Meanwhile, in an electric fryer or deep saucepan over stove, heat at least 2″ oil to 350 degrees. Use a slotted spoon to fry donuts 1-3 mins per side, turning once until golden. Don’t crowd the fryer and be sure to let cool on a wire wrack lined with paper towels.
8. Once cooled completely, toss donuts in the cinnamon sugar mix to coat. Enjoy.
Don’t forget about those donut holes!
We styled the leftover holes in tiny wooden berry baskets perfect for yummy morning-after gifts for guests as they leave the wedding, or a super sweet addition to the guest welcome basket, or perfect for a bridesmaid brunch…so many options! Just stick a cute little tag on it, or happy note on a pick, and you’re done! Also great paired with a dark beer.