If there's anything synonymous with fall in New York it's apple cider. By default, that means apple cider doughnuts as well. You know the old saying: "where there's cider, there's doughnuts"! Actually I just made that up, tell the others.
We all love fall, and the leaves and everything that goes with it. But sometimes you just don't want to leave the house. The fire's just been stoked, the furbabies are cool as cucumbers, and your mulled cider is just starting to do its thing. The only thing missing is that sugar coated circle of pure love - the apple cider doughnut.
Time to Make the Doughnuts!
Apple cider doughnuts can somewhat easily be made at home. You may already have most of the ingredients on hand already. Recipes usually call for cider, sugar, eggs, flour eggs and spices as basics. These lovely treats are always prepared fried in oil. I would not recommend using a thin, metal pot. Rather, a cast iron Dutch oven from Le Creuset or Lodge or similar fits the bill here.
A Real Deal Holyfield Recipe
I did some research so you didn't have to, dear reader, and I found a recipe that is as authentic as it is local. I Love New York has been promoting tourism in our state since 1977, and I trust their tastes when it comes to New York State foods. Their apple cider doughnut recipe states:
Nutmeg and apple cider in the dough and the cinnamon-sugar coating add the perfect balance of sweetness and texture. Served warm, with a cup of warm cider (or cold hard cider), these donuts taste like the air on a perfect fall day in the Hudson Valley—crisp, slightly sweet, and refreshing!
...and now I'm hungry for hot doughnuts. You can find the full recipe by clicking here. Like Mr. Food used to say....sooooooo gooooood.