Apple-Cinnamon Doughnuts Recipe

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Apple-Cinnamon Doughnuts Recipe
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Donna Turner Ruhlman

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This is a very easy preparation for what I find to be an addictive pleasure. A quickly made dough called pâte à choux — the dough used to make cream puffs — is loaded with diced apple, fried, and rolled in cinnamon sugar. The doughnuts make a wickedly good start to the day and also a surprisingly easy and impressive passed dessert after dinner.

30
Servings
70
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients
Makes
About 30 doughnuts

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 -2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced finely (about 1-1 ½ cups)
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Oil, for deep-frying

Directions

In a small saucepan over high heat, combine the butter and water. When the butter has melted and the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and add the flour. Stir until the flour absorbs the water and becomes a paste. Continue cooking the flour for another 30 seconds or so. Remove from heat. Stirring rapidly, add the eggs one at a time, and stir until completely incorporated. Let the dough cool enough to handle.

Add the apples to the dough and stir until well combined. Invert a large plastic bag over your hand and scoop out the apple dough. Cut a ½-inch hole in the corner of the bag. In a bowl large enough to toss doughnuts, combine the sugar and cinnamon and stir to mix.

Line a bowl with paper towels, and heat the oil in a pan for deep-frying to 350 degrees. (The oil should only come up about 1/3 of the way up the sides.) Pipe the dough into the oil, cutting the dough off at roughly 2-inch intervals or as desired. (Or shape them using 2 spoons and drop them into the oil off the spoons.) Cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 3 minutes. Remove 1 doughnut, cut it open, and see if the center is set and warm. Remove the doughnuts from the oil to the paper towel-lined bowl to drain, then roll them in the cinnamon sugar. Serve immediately.

Apple Shopping Tip

When buying apples, they should be firm, free of bruises, and heavy for their size.

Apple Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
2g
3%
Sugar
10g
N/A
Saturated Fat
1g
6%
Cholesterol
16mg
5%
Protein
0.7g
1.3%
Carbs
12g
4%
Vitamin A
19µg
2%
Vitamin E
0.2mg
0.8%
Vitamin K
0.6µg
0.7%
Calcium
4mg
N/A
Fiber
0.2g
0.9%
Folate (food)
2µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
8µg
2%
Folic acid
3µg
N/A
Iron
0.2mg
1%
Magnesium
1mg
N/A
Monounsaturated
0.7g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
0.1mg
0.7%
Phosphorus
10mg
1%
Polyunsaturated
0.2g
N/A
Potassium
13mg
N/A
Sodium
5mg
N/A
Sugars, added
10g
N/A