Homemade Apple Fun: Apple Cider Donut Holes

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Hip hip hooray for apple season! My daughter started school this week and we decided to celebrate with some homemade apple cider donut holes. My friend Nicole actually asked me for a cider donut recipe last year because her kids are addicted to them as my daughter is. I’ve been dragging my feet in coming up something because I really wanted to wait for apple cider season. Now that it is here, these donut holes are one of the first things I made with my first half gallon of the season! Moist and sugary, they are just the perfect fall treat for your family this season.

Apple Cider Donut Holes

adapted from Lara Ferroni

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 cup superfine sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large egg yolks

1/4 cup apple cider

1/4 cup buttermilk

Vegetable oil for frying

1. In a small bowl whisk the flours, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside.

2. Using an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar, then add the egg yolks and mix well until pale and fluffy. Then, add in the vanilla, cider and buttermilk. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients until a sticky dough forms. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

3. Pour 2-inches of oil in a heavy-bottomed pot and heat to 300F (use a candy thermometer to check the temperature). Pinch off 2 1/2-inch sized balls of the dough and drop in the hot oil, turning them once so each side cooks for about 1 minute. Use a ladle to spoon out the cooked donut holes and place on a plate lined witha paper towel. Let cool slightly then roll in cinnamon sugar, or desired glaze, before eating!

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