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Apple Cider Doughnuts

(Makes about 18)
Apple Cider Donuts
How about some apple cider donuts with a steaming mug of coffee or apple cider?
These apple cider doughnuts don't have an overwhelming flavor of apple or cider just a subtle sweetness. They have a cake-like texture. You can make them with the cinnamon-sugar coating or you can dust them with confectioners' sugar or drizzle them with the apple cider glaze.
Ingredients:

2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
6 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1 cup apple cider
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Oil for deep-fat frying
Confectioners' sugar or cinnamon-sugar, optional


Directions:

In a mixing bowl, beat the first seven ingredients until thick, about 5 minutes.
Gradually beat in butter, then cider.

In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
Add the flour mixture to the sugar-spice mixture; beat just until blended.
Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.

Divide the dough in half. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; pat to 1/2" thickness.  Cut with a floured 2 1/2" doughnut cutter. Repeat with remaining dough.

In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375 degrees.
Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, for 2 minutes per side.
Drain on paper towels.
Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired or shake in cinnamon-sugar.


Alternate Apple Cider Glaze:
Stir together 1 cup of confectioners' sugar and 2 tablespoons apple cider.
Drizzle over doughnuts.

Other Variations:
"Use 1/2 cup whole wheat flour in place of 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
"Add 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
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