How was your Halloween? Did you try one of the Six Great Drinks for Fall this week? Our final post for our Apple Fest series is an easy recipe for making Hard Cider Donut Holes. We know you are thinking that donuts seem like a lot of work and really hard to make. We thought that at first. Rhonda remembers making homemade donuts with her mom when she was a youngin’, but she hasn’t made them in years. Craig? Well… if you know Craig he’s eaten plenty of donuts in his life, but never made any. After reading this post, you will see how easy it is to make your own donuts. By the way, these donuts are not for breakfast. No way. These donuts are drizzled in a delectable chocolate sauce, to be served as a dessert!
To get started you will need 1 bottle of hard cider. (We used Angry Orchard Rose’ for this recipe.) You need all-purpose flour, wheat flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cardamon, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, eggs, melted butter, and oil for deep fat frying.
Bring cider to a boil in a saucepan and cook over high heat for about 12 minutes.
Whisk together flours, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and spices. In a separate bowl whisk eggs, melted butter and cooler cider. Stir into dry ingredients until moistened. Beware the dough is very sticky at this point, but the spices make it smell so yummy. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour.
Divide the dough in half. On a floured surface, pat the dough into 1/2 inch thickness. Flour a donut hole cutter and cut holes.
In a iron skillet, heat oil to 325 degrees. Fry donuts a few at a time until golden brown. Ours only needed to cook for about 1-2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Sift powdered sugar over the tops of donuts and continue to cool. Now wasn’t that easy?
To make the donuts even more delectable, we decided to drizzle Kerrygold Chocolate Sauce over the top. Yummo!
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Holey Moley: Hard Cider Donut Holes with Kerrygold Chocolate Sauce
- 1-12 ounce bottle hard apple cider
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp each of ground cardamon, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice
- 2 large eggs
- 6 Tbsp. melted butter
- Canola Oil for deep-fat frying
- Chocolate Sauce
- 1 cup non-sweetened cocoa
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup Kerrygold Irish Cream
- 1/3 cup half and half
- 1/4 cup butter
- In a small saucepan bring hard cider to boil. Cook over high heat for about 12 minutes. Cool.
- Whisk together flours, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda and spices. In a separate bowl whisk eggs, melted, cooled butter and cooled cider.
- Stir into dry ingredients until just moistened.
- Cover and refrigerate for about an hour.
- Divide dough in half. On a floured surface, pat dough into 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a floured donut hole cutter.
- In an iron skillet heat oil to 325 degrees. Fry donuts a few at a time, until golden brown. Then flip to other side.
- Drain on paper towels.
- Sift powdered sugar over the top and continue to cool.
- Chocolate Sauce:
- In a 3 quart sauce pan, mix cocoa and sugar, then blend in Kerrygold and cream.
- Add butter and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture is smooth.
- If made ahead, let sauce cool; cover and chill up to one week. Makes 1 1/2 cups
- Drizzle warm chocolate sauce over donuts and serve.
Hard cider donuts have a nice, spicy flavor and the chocolate sauce only adds to the overall yumminess. This recipe was a simple delicious hit in our house. Make them this weekend, and let us know what you think!