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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.

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.

Nutritional Facts
Servings30
Calories Per Serving70
Total Fat2g3%
Sugar10gN/A
Saturated1g6%
Cholesterol16mg5%
Protein0.7g1.3%
Carbs12g4%
Vitamin A19µg2%
Vitamin E0.2mg0.8%
Vitamin K0.6µg0.7%
Calcium4mgN/A
Fiber0.2g0.9%
Folate (food)2µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)8µg2%
Folic acid3µgN/A
Iron0.2mg1%
Magnesium1mgN/A
Monounsaturated0.7gN/A
Niacin (B3)0.1mg0.7%
Phosphorus10mg1%
Polyunsaturated0.2gN/A
Potassium13mgN/A
Sodium5mgN/A
Sugars, added10gN/A
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