Apple House Cinnamon Donuts
4 ½- 4 ¾ cup unbleached all purpose flour
3 ½ tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tsp. vanilla
¾ c. granulated sugar
3 Tbsp margarine, melted
1 cup milk
Vegetable oil for frying
In a large heavy pot heat 2-3 inches of vegetable oil until candy thermometer reaches 375 degrees.
In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine applesauce, vanilla and sugar. Add margarine and mix well. In a separate medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon with a wire whisk. Add flour mixture and soy milk alternatively with margarine mixture. Add more flour if needed to make a smooth and not too sticky dough.
Transfer dough to a lightly floured board. Knead for about a minute and roll out to a ½ inch thick circle. Dip doughnut cutter into flour and cut into dough. Remove trimmings and reroll, repeating process.
Jack's job was to cut out the donut shapes.
It was hard work! Save those donut centers, they fry up nicely and are the perfect bite size donut. Keep re-rolling the dough to cut out as many as you can.
Drop 3-4 donuts at a time (don't over crowd the pan) using metal tongs. Fry for about 2 minutes until they rise to the surface, and flip over with tongs and fry for another two minutes until golden and cooked through. Drain on paper towels or a brown bag,.
In a small brown lunch bag, mix 1/2 cup of sugar with 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. While your donuts are still warm place in bag (one at a time) and shake to fully coat with the mixture.
Then they are ready to eat, and these were devoured.
Jack really enjoyed eating donuts. I think he ate at least 5 yesterday!
Ethan thought they were pretty good too!
And Papa liked them as well.
Jack and Ethan were my little helpers. Jack actually helped, while Ethan made a mess.