Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Apple Cider Glazed Donuts

Perfect for fall, these raised donuts are covered with apple cider glaze, made from scratch and full of cinnamon and buttery goodness!

Butchie and I had a heck of a time making these. Between metro delays, deadlines, and realizing we didn't have a few ingredients as we were making the donuts, we were well put out by the end of the night. We really need to get more sleep before we bake, especially when it's Daring Bakers day! [Yeast. You cannot make donuts without yeast. You also cannot make glaze without sugar. We are not always great planners. --B.]

The October 2010 Daring Bakers challenge was hosted by Lori of Butter Me Up. Lori chose to challenge DBers to make doughnuts. She used several sources for her recipes including Alton Brown, Nancy Silverton, Kate Neumann and Epicurious. [Our own recipe is a modification from a Krispy Kreme recipe that is so ubiquituous on the internet that, in J's words, "its rediculous." But must be mentioned, regardless. We used the same one for our pina colada doughnuts, way back when, but this time added a little cinnamon and nutmeg to the dough for extra flavor. --B. ]

So, anyway, we were not on our game. We started an hour and half after we wanted to, were finishing up well past my bed time, and you have no idea how much apple cider I spilled on the counter. Let’s just say hollowing out the apples takes some finesse, if you need them to be watertight, anyway. And we may have skipped a few steps and made some adjustments for our cider glaze. But who really cares? Baking with Butch is the fun night of cooking! Low stress, tons of laughter and if it has to go badly, at least she’s there for moral support! [And taking blame. The glaze issues were totally my fault. --B.]

At least the doughnuts didn’t suffer. I mean, really, if you add enough sugar and butter anything will turn into something worthwhile, right? [Hence the glaze was redeemed! --B.] We also--eventually--succeeded at hollowing out some lovely apple cups to drink our extra cider from! Adorable, right?

We hope you enjoy them! And daring bakers readers, I also made some chocolate buttermilk cake doughnuts and some pumpkin apple cinnamon doughnuts! Check those out also!

Apple Cider Glazed Donuts

1/2 ounce package yeast
1/4 cup hot water, roughly 110 degrees in temperature
1 1/2 cups milk, scalded and cooled
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup shortening
5 cups all-purpose flour
optional: about a teaspoon of cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
canola oil

Apple Cider Glaze

1/3 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup apple cider

Dissolve yeast in warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer.

Add milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening and 2 cups flour. Beat on low for 30 seconds, scraping bowl frequently to incorporate. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in remaining flour until smooth.

Cover and let rise until double, 50-60 minutes.

While dough is rising boil down roughly one cup of apple cider juice to form syrup. Set aside until you are ready to make the glaze.

Turn dough onto floured surface; roll around lightly to coat with flour. Gently roll dough 1/2-inch thick with floured rolling pin. Cut with floured doughnut cutter, or round cookie cutters. (I enjoy cutting fun shapes out as the donut holes, like hearts and stars).

Cover and let rise until double, 30-40 minutes. At 25 minutes, begin to heat vegetable oil in high-sided stock pot to 350°.

While donuts are rising, make the Apple Cider Glaze. Heat butter over low heat until it is melted. Remove from heat. Stir in powdered sugar until smooth. This will take a little arm work! Stir in tablespoons of apple cider syrup one at a time, until desired consistency. Set aside until ready to glaze. Warm the glaze gently if necessary.

When the vegetable oil is ready, slide doughnuts into hot oil with wide wooden slotted spatula. Fry until golden brown, about 1 minute on each side. Remove carefully from oil and drain well.

Dip the doughnuts into Apple Cider Glaze and set on rack for glaze to set.

Enjoy! I know we sure did!

32 comments:

  1. All of your donuts turned out great! Makes me want to take a second swing at this challenge!

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  2. Apple cider donuts have always been one of my favorite things about Fall.

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  3. These look so yummy :) I love the apple cider glaze, perfect for fall!

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  4. Mmmmm I'll take a dozen or two please. Your donuts are absolutely gorgeous (and so are all of the ones you make!) I love how you made an apple cider glaze for the donuts. Oh they look so delicious. Great job with the challenge! :)

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  5. The glaze sounds yummy! The doughnuts look awesome!

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  6. Hey your in the DK too hi hi. Well I would never guess you had problems, they looks FANTASTIC. Oh and yes, you can make doughnut without yeast... that is a recipe I chose for my doughnuts.

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  7. Despite all the issues you had, these look and sound absolutely amazing. I really love the fall theme. Way to go on the challenge this month!

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  8. Those doughnuts look very tasty and they look like Krispy Kremes! What more could anyone need from a doughnut? The apple cups was a good idea, I never would have thought of that. I'm a little intimidated by doughnuts, but I do want to make them eventually.

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  9. OMG...these look absolutely AMAZING!! The glaze looks so sweet and sticky and delish! Ok, I'm drooling now!

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  10. Beautiful setting and beautiful donuts!

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  11. I love how you put the glaze in apples; so clever. Really, those donuts sounds heavenly!

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  12. Yum! I love the little apple cups and your doughnuts look delicious. Nice job on the challenge!

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  13. The apple cups are definitely adorable, and I'd never be able to tell that you had so much trouble. Your photos are beautiful! I love the apple cider glaze too!

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  14. The donuts look super yummy and in this moment I have a big envy for your photography skills (I'm in photography crisis lately!) amazing job!

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  15. They look stunning! Love the photos too.

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  16. I really need a doughnut now! I love the apples hollowed out, how cute! I wish I could grab one of these off the screen.
    -Gina-

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  17. Yum! I love the photos and those donuts look amazing! I am a big fan of apple cider donuts, especially with the glaze!

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  18. YOur doughnuts are absolutely gorgeous. I'd be there eating them if I could! :)

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  19. Your post is amazing! Your photos are gorgeous and your donuts are mouthwatering!!!

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  20. I want one of those doughnuts now! They look so scrumptious, and I love apple cider doughnuts, especially if they're warm!

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  21. Those look really really tasty even if you did have some problems. Thanks for the recipe!

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  22. oh my gosh!! These look so delicious, I am seriously drooling!!

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  23. Oh my. These certainly have my taste buds tingling. They look amazing.

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  24. I'm wowed by these. They look professional!

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  25. All these doughnuts lately -- I've been inspired. Can't wait to try my hand at pumpkin spice cake doughnuts tomorrow! If those go well, your chocolate buttermilk rings are next. Oh and I love ingenious the apple caramel bowls!

    Cheers,

    *Heather*

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  26. That glaze looks so pretty and delicious too! Beautiful job on the challenge!

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  27. I'm salivating all over my laptop now, seating here with my cup of coffee, I want one so badly right now!!!

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  28. Wow, these look fantastic! I love the glaze in the hollowed out apples too! Very clever!

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  29. These are so completely fabulous. I simply have to try them. And I'm going to share them with my readers today too. YUM!

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