Friday, November 12, 2010
Cakey Applesauce Doughnuts
I was craving something sweet and homemade and the first thing that came to mind to make was doughnuts (or is it donuts?) I haven't had a lot of experience making homemade doughnuts--last year I bought a mini doughnut pan to make oven-baked doughnuts and was not particularly impressed with the results. But those were baked, and, in my opinion, doughnuts were meant to be fried.
Although there's applesauce and apple cider in these doughnuts, they don't taste particularly apple-y. If you wanted a more intense apple flavor, you could start with a greater amount of cider and reduce it down to the amount required in the recipe, or you could grate some fresh apple into the dough. I like them the way they are--moist, sweet, and not too heavy.
Now it's tine for the flour. You'll be adding it in four additions, so here's how I break it up (rather than sifting it all together in another bowl):
I beat well after every addition.
I fried mine about a minute and a half per side. You may want to start with one doughnut, to get a sense of how long they need. Otherwise, you may end up with doughnuts that look pretty on the outside but are raw on the inside.
They're best when still hot, so don't be afraid to dig in!
Recipe: Cakey Applesauce Doughnuts
1/4 c. (4 tbsp.) butter, room temperature
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
4 oz. (1/2 c.) applesauce
1/4 c. apple cider
1/4 c. buttermilk
3 3/4 c. flour, divided
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
Oil, for frying
Cinnamon and sugar mixture (adjust for personal taste), or other toppings
In a mixing bowl, combine butter and sugars; cream until sugar is fully incorporated.
Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Add applesauce; beat well.
Add cider and buttermilk; beat well.
In 4 additions, add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Pat out dough onto well-floured surface. Cut out doughnut shapes.
Chill dough for at least 30 minutes.
Fry in oil until fully cooked through. Coat with topping of choice (cinnamon/sugar, powdered sugar, dusted cocoa, frosting, etc.)