I seriously slapped myself when I tried these. I expected them to taste good, but what the heck?!?! Warm, soft doughnuts coated in sugar and cinnamon. Filled with a hard apple cider cheesecake, creamy goodness. Spiked or virgin, however you like. What the heck.
After consuming these puffs of inconceivable madness I have come to certain undeniable conclusions:
- Since I have experienced the most wonderful thing there is in life, I am now prepared for the end of the world this December.
- Now that I have these, I have absolutely no desire to run around thrashing people’s faces off for the last of the Hostess products.
- Apple cider doughnuts are fuel for courage. Maybe so much courage, I just might be able to overcome my fear of centipedes.
Okay, maybe I will just settle with this version for now. Work my way up to up to real thing. [shudder] These things are so disgusting.
Quickly make apple cider doughnuts before the end of the world. For Thanksgiving, in particular. The best part? You can make the dough and filling ahead of time and quickly fry them up for dessert. Or breakfast if you’re having guests stay over. The doughnuts actually puff up and fluff more when you let the dough in the refrigerator for longer. Nothing like one less thing to deal with on Turkey day.
Here’s What You Need for Your Apple Cider Doughnuts With Cheesecake Apple Cider Filling
- 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
-1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 egg
-4 tablespoons butter, softened as much as possible to room temperature (or warmer)
-1/2 cup apple cider
- Oil for deep frying
- Sugar and cinnamon (For coating doughnuts with)
- Cookie cutters (I suggest either an apple cookie cutter if you desire medium-sized doughnuts, or an Autumn leaf cookie cutter set if you like them mini. Just clicked on the underlined text to order.)
If You Would Like a Filling For Your Doughnuts,
- Apple Cider Dip Recipe (The recipe is here. It is incredibly easy, and only a handful of ingredients. If you want the doughnuts alone, they are tasty as is. This filling does, however, take them to the next level. You can make them boozy or not. It’s up to you.)
Measure out your ingredients. If you bake and cook, you should have most ingredients as they are common basic staples. I usually only need to pick up apple cider.
In mixing bowl, cream butter. Add in eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, apple cider, and brown sugar.
It does not look very pretty but trust me, it really comes together.
Cover in plastic wrap and place in fridge more no less than one hour. I cooked a few after the hour, and then some more a day later and the second batch came out perfectly. So I say make ahead. Less fuss, more eating.
Don’t forget, if you want to make the filling that can be made ahead as well. Several days, even. Just keep tightly covered. Recipe here.
Roll your dough out on a lightly floured surface and cut out shapes with cookie cutters. The links to purchase are in the ingredients list.
Heat oil to about 365 degrees. I don’t even use a thermometer to measure the temperature, to be honest. I usually just turn the heat to medium high, then once the oil looks hot enough throw in a piece of dough to test. If it floats to the top, is bubbling rapidly, and puffs up, then the oil is ready.
Place on paper towels to drain some of the oil. Here are some apple and heart doughnuts.
Toss doughnuts in cinnamon and sugar. Use a condiment bottle, piping bag with tip, or a plastic bag with the hole cut off (the plastic bag is least effective, but still an option if you do not own the other tools) to pipe the filling into each doughnut. You may need to cut a slit through the bottom to get it through.
Serve while still warm.
Bring it, Mayan calendar.
Another option is to use the cheesecake filling as dip, make mini doughnuts and dip them in. Recipe.
Every time I have served this at an event or at a personal gathering, people are obsessed with this thing. Like Sting obsessed. I’ll be watching you.
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