Healthy Eating

Applesauce Doughnuts/Donuts

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3 13cups all-purpose flour
  • 1cup applesauce
  • 34cup sugar
  • 2tablespoons shortening
  • 3teaspoons baking powder
  • 1teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 12teaspoon salt
  • 2eggs
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • cinnamon-sugar mixture

DIRECTIONS

  1. Beat 1-1/3 cups of the flour and remaining ingredients (except oil and cinnamon/sugar mixture)with an electric mixer on low speed, until just blended.
  2. Stir in remaining flour and beat on medium speed for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Cover dough and refrigerate for about 1 hour (dough should be stiff after refrigeration).
  4. Heat 2 to 3 inches of vegetable oil in a fryer or heavy (3 quart) saucepan to 375°F (for perfect doughnuts use a themometer).
  5. Divide dough in half and roll each half out on a well floured pastry board to 3/8″ thick. Cut with a well floured doughnut cutter, or use a 3″ cup and a clean pop bottle lid for the center.
  6. Carefully slide cut doughnuts into hot oil, using a wide spatula. Cook 2 or 3 doughnuts at a time, so as not to lower the tempeture of the oil too much. Fry 1 to 1-1/2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  7. Carefully remove from the oil (do not prick) and drain on papertowels.
  8. If desired, sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture while still hot.

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