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Apple Butter Doughnuts

 Apple Butter Doughnuts
In my family, it's a tradition to make these lovely spiced doughnuts after sledding. The whole family gathers in the kitchen to talk and laugh while we mix these up and fry them. We all think they are the best ever!—
30 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup apple butter
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • BROWNED BUTTER ICING:
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2
  • minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Beat in vanilla.

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Apple Butter Doughnuts (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and
  • nutmeg. Combine evaporated milk and lemon juice; let stand 1 minute.
  • Stir in apple butter. Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture
  • alternately with apple butter mixture, beating well after each
  • addition. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 5-6 times. Roll to 1/4-in.
  • thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. doughnut cutter.
  • In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry
  • doughnuts, a few at a time, until golden brown on both sides. Drain
  • on paper towels.
  • In a small heavy saucepan, cook butter over medium heat until golden
  • brown, about 5 minutes. Pour into a small bowl; beat in the
  • confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla. Frost doughnuts. Yield:
  • 2-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 doughnut equals 223 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 176 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.