28 September 2008

Apple Doughnuts

A couple weeks ago we went to the Apple Orchard and Bella was so excited about apple doughnuts. She talked about them (all day!), she ran to put them into the basket, then she gobbled an entire one in the car on the way home. I can't say I blame her, they are delicious!

So, I thought we'd try to make our own. We browsed around and printed out a recipe. Then found the old doughnut cutter. We mixed up the dough, patted it out, and Bella used the cutter.

Making Apple Donuts

We fried them up. Then coated them in cinnamon sugar.

Cinnamon Sugaring Apple Donuts

Didn't they turn out pretty?

Apple Donuts

And a little tasty too.

Donut Taste Tester

They weren't as good as the apple orchard's. I thought they had an oily aftertaste. Maybe the orchard uses lard? Or maybe my oil was a little old? (entirely possible). They weren't as much work as I thought they would be, so maybe I will try again using shortening instead of peanut oil. But until then, we are heading back to the apple orchard for our fix!


  1. Do you still have the donut dough dispenser? And a deep fry thermometer? And a can of crisco?

  2. Do you know this italian song titled "Bella" (not the one you heard on Primo Maggio)?

  3. who are you? seriously.

  4. Dad--so you think they would work better with Crisco? I wondered about that. Mini donuts at the fair are cooked in shortening. Lots and Lots of shortening.

  5. Solitaire--That song is great! I wish I could read your blog--but it is too authentically Italian!!

  6. It easily could be the peanut oil, as it is not famous for having no taste. Perhaps try frying a small piece of white bread or a little thick pancake batter in some of the candidate fats as a test.

    You want something with a high smoke point and a "neutral" (means no) flavor. Crisco is the classic, although back in the day lard was used for donuts. mmmm lard. They still sell it in the shorting section in pound blocks.

    I sometimes use it for pie crust.

  7. Oh, and cake donuts usually use a batter rather than a dough. The roll and cut deal is more raised donuts.