Apple Cider Donuts

Apple Cider Donuts - delicious hot on a cold day!

1 cup apple cider
1 cup sugar
1/4 vegetable shortening
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
3.5 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
vegetable oil

Boil 1 cup of cider in sauce pan until reduced to 1/4 cup, then set aside to cool about 10 min's
In large bowl, beat sugar with shortening until smooth
Add eggs to sugar mixture, mixing completely
Add buttermilk and room temperature cider to sugar mixture, mixing completely
In medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt
Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients bowl, mix well
Lightly flour a cutting board
Cover cookie sheets with wax or parchment paper
Transfer your dough to the floured cutting board and gently pat to 1/2" thickness
Cut out donuts using a 3" donut cutter. Put them onto waxed cookie sheets
Collect donut holes and excess dough. Rework to 1/2" thick and cut out more donuts
Store donuts in refrigerator at least 20 minutes to harden them up

Set out some plates lined with paper towels
Fill a frying pan 3/4ths full with cooking oil
Heat until it starts to bubble. Maintain minimum heat to keep it bubbling. Don't go any hotter.
Using a spatula, gently drop some donuts into the oil. Flip them over at 2 minutes to cook the other side. Remove from heat when browned and cooked thoroughly, about another 2 min's
Lift donuts out of pan and set onto paper towel lined plates.
Start up another batch and keep going until the dough is all used up.

Put some cinnamon and sugar into a ziplock bag. Add a few warm donuts and gently shake. Put donuts onto wire rack for further cooling.

You've got to try one while it's still hot! Oh, boy, they are good!

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