This is my little twist on plain ol’ boring a.) donut holes (TimBits to us Canadians) and b.) candy apples.
I’m pretty confident that this recipe should belong on This Is Why You’re Fat, but you should know by now that I preach moderation.
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Candy ‘Apple’ Donuts:
Ingredients: (recipe covers ~ 25)
- donut holes, we call ‘em TimBits on this side of the border, recipe from scratch below
- candy sticks (as many as you have donut holes)
- 2 cups Redpath white sugar
- ¾ cup water
- ¼ tsp cinnamon (optional)
- ¼ tsp red food coloring (optional)
- candy toppings (optional)
- parchment paper, candy thermometer, and a sauce pan.
- cold water bath ( large bowl + cool water); used to dunk your pot, too stop sugar from continuing to heat.
1. Heat and stir sugar and water in a saucepan until sugar has dissolved. Boil until the syrup reaches 300 degrees on a candy thermometer.
2. Remove right away from the stove, stir in cinnamon and food coloring (if using), and quickly (but carefully) dip the bottom of your pan into the cold-water bath.
This step is literally for a second; you just want to prevent the sugar from continuing to heat up. You’ll hear a fizzle and might see a little bit of steam—but don’t leave it longer than a second, or else your sugar will cool too much, and you’ll have instant caramel and won’t be able to dip your donut holes. Once you do that, place your pot down on a heatproof surface.
3. I find it easier to dip the sticks in the sugar first, and then into the center of your donut; it adheres the two together better. Once you’ve done this, dip the donut holes completely in the syrup and swirl it around a little with the stick to coat. Hold the donut above the saucepan to drain off excess. If you want, dip the donut in candy toppings, and place on parchment paper.
4. Repeat with remaining donuts. If syrup thickens or cools too much, simply reheat briefly before proceeding. Let cool completely before serving.
Wanna know my favorite topping out of the bunch? You might cringe… but… its… crushed up salted potato chips. YUCK right? – wrong; well at least I think so. It adds crunch, and salty-ness, which I think make an interesting pairing (think sea salt caramels).
Apple Donut Holes
Ingredients (makes ~ 20 regular size donuts, or 60 donut holes)
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 egg, beaten
- ¼ cup apple cider or ¼ cup apple juice
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 medium apple, peeled and finely grated.
oil (for deep frying)
1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon and set aside. In a small bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy, and add the egg.
2. Add the apple juice, milk, and vanilla to the creamed mixture, and mix until incorporated.
3. Add wet ingredients and apple to dry ingredients and stir until smooth. Cover and chill the dough for 1 hour.
4. Place half the dough on a floured board; knead lightly, and roll out to approximately 3/8-inch thick.
5. Cut with a floured 1 inch round cutter, or use the round edge of a shot glass—it does the trick.
6. Heat the oil to 375°F in a pan or skillet; fry the dough for 1 minute on each side, until golden and drain on paper towel to rid excess oil.
7. When cool, you can follow the instructions above for candy apple donuts.
I won’t tell anyone if you use store bought donuts, they do the trick just fine… It’ll be our little secret.
Woohoo. Congrats to lucky number 46, Donna, who is generously giving her iPod to her daughter.