Today is a laundry day. Well, every day is a laundry day, but today, or, rather, I should say, this morning is a laundry morning. Laundry is a chore that I really don't mind. My washer and dryer are in a convenient closet in my kitchen. I think if I had to lug laundry up and down stairs I would feel differently about it. I also love having my dryer on the first floor because it heats the house and I need that in the mornings. It's in the 40's these days so every little bit of heat helps!
Yesterday I roasted two more chickens, made a fun Halloween cake for the kids, and baked a big pan of banana bread. Today, I'm making apple crisp and orange mousse.
The weekend was warm enough for me to hang freshly washed linens on the line and let them dry in the sun. This afternoon might give us a few hours of warm sun so I can hang out some bleached towels.
Last week I found a doughnut pan at a local kitchen store. I bought two. The pan is made by Wilton and you can find it here. I decided to make apple cider doughnuts for the kids because we always end up buying those at the orchard and they are gone in seconds! I played around with a basic doughnut recipe until I was happy with the results and came up with these cider doughnuts.
I was hoping the kids would like them, and happy because they devoured them. I've since made 3 dozen and the most recent batch I made at about 8:00 p.m. and my 8:00 a.m. the next morning they were gone!
Here's my recipe:
Apple Cider Doughnuts
2 C. all purpose flour
3/4 C sugar
2 t baking powder
1/2 t cinnamon
3/4 t salt
3/4 C apple cider
2 T melted butter
For the cinnamon sugar glaze
2 T melted butter and pastry brush
mix together in a separate bowl:
1 C white sugar
1 T cinnamon
Mix all the dry ingredients together. Add the cider, eggs, and melted butter. Spray the pans with cooking spray and fill about half way. The dough is not like batter, it's like dough so you have to nudge it into the pans a bit. Bake for about 8-9 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest about a minute. Brush the doughnut lightly with butter and roll both sides in the cinnamon sugar. Place on a wire rack to cool.
They really are easy. My kids love doughnuts and they've always been so much work to make what with making the yest dough, rising, frying, etc. and baking them is so much easier and healthier!
You can play around with this recipe too. I was thinking I might toast some coconut and then put it in the blender and try using that as a coating for my next batch!
Well, that's about it for today, I hoping to get some housework done, keep up with my reading schedule for the kids (3-4 books daily with my 4 year old) and a chapter a night of Prince Caspian for the boys. I'm about to put a big pot of coffee on and get to work!