Easy Vegan Apple Cider Doughnuts

Recipe originally posted on veganrecipes.com
This weekend opened with a proper cool, crisp fall Saturday. A perfect day to see our friends in the city! We started in Brooklyn, strolling through the brownstones and crunching leaves. The birds were in full chat, preparing to leave town for the winter when we knocked on our friends’, Steph and Dan’s, door.
Steph, an avid baker, had promised vegan apple cider doughnuts in return for our travels from the suburbs and it didn’t take long for us all to get busy with the dough.The recipe was a simple wet into dry ingredients one, and full of items most bakers have stored in their cupboards.
Ingredients:

Dry
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg

Mostly Wet
1 cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar
½ cup + 2 Tablespoons apple butter
½ cup + 2 Tablespoons apple cider
3 Tablespoons unrefined coconut oil
½ teaspoon salt

Cooking
peanut oil (or vegetable) for frying
We mixed together most of the dry ingredients first: flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and baking soda, and put that aside. The wet ingredients were next: apple butter, coconut oil sugar, apple cider and salt, all went into a medium pot. We turned the heat to medium and stirred it up gently. Once the coconut oil had melted and the sugar dissolved, we took the pot off the heat and poured the contents over the first bowl of dry ingredients. After a good stir, a couple glasses of Prosecco and some hearty laughs, we had a bowl full of gooey appley goodness.

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Steph making vegan magic

We forgot to get the oil going, so while the 3 inches of veggie oil made its way to 375 degrees (F), Steph rolled out the dough and cut it into little apples. Adorable. Once the oil was hot enough, we carefully dropped 4-5 dough-apples in at a time for about 50 second per side. They all rested on a cooling rack to until just cooled enough to eat. Be sure to take note of the temperature and let the oil come back up to 375 between each load of doughnuts.
They were absolutely delicious! Crunchy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, just like freshly baked doughnuts should be. Also, they are not too sweet so having more than one is a must!
Try it out and let me know what you think!

Turra!

–Dawn