December 9, 2009

Apple Donuts

Apple Donuts
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons vegan butter, softened
1 egg substitute
1/4 cup apple cider or apple juice
1/4 cup plant milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 medium apple
oil (for deep frying)

For Topping
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
2. Make a well in the center.
3. In a small bowl, cream together the sugar and butter, then beat in the egg.
4. Add the apple juice, milk, and vanilla to the creamed mixture, and beat all together.
5. Pour mixture into the center of the dry ingredients and stir until smooth.
6. Peel, core, and finely chop the apple, then stir it into the batter.
7. Cover and chill the dough for 1 hour.
8. Place half the dough on a floured board; knead lightly, and roll out to approximately 3/8-inch thick.
9. Cut with a floured 2 1/2-inch doughnut cutter.
10. Heat the oil to 375°F in a wok or skillet; fry the dough for 1-2 minutes on each side, until golden brown (do not overcrowd); drain on absorbent paper.
11. When cool, dust doughnuts with a mixture of 1 cup confectioners sugar mixed with 1 tbsp cinnamon placed in a sieve; shake off excess.

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