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The people closest to me know that I love me some Sur La Table. The funny thing is, when I was younger I was anything but a foodie — in fact, my mother would argue that I was the pickiest eater alive. I wouldn’t touch much of anything aside from the foods I’d eaten as a child (yes, I’m talking about pasta, chicken nuggets, and hamburger helper). When The Hubby and I got married and moved out on our own, I knew it would be on me to cook every meal; he’s one of the greatest guys I know but he doesn’t really know his way around the kitchen. Slowly, I started building a repertoire that was both uncomplicated and palate-expanding. As my marriage deepened, so did my love for cooking.
One thing that hasn’t changed about me, however, is my sweet tooth. I’ve always enjoyed cookies and cupcakes, whether store-bought or homemade (and there, from scratch or a box mix). Sur La Table sells some really great mixes, and I recently discovered that one of the brands they carry — Stonewall Kitchen — offers several varieties of donut mixes. Since we’re in the midst of autumn, I’ve been craving apple cider doughnuts; when I saw a Stonewall Kitchen mix in the Sur La Table catalog, I knew I had to try it.
If you subscribe to the Sur La Table catalog (which you can do here), you’ll usually get a coupon inside for a dollar amount or percentage off a purchase. Every time I get one, I get excited and hit my local store — and, as it happens, I used one to purchase the apple cider doughnut mix along with two others, plus a standard and a mini doughnut pan (both from Wilton).
Making these donuts was wonderfully uncomplicated! inside the box, you will find two pouches: one contains the doughnut mix itself, and the other holds the yummy cinnamon-sugar topping.
Aside from the included pouches, you’ll need:
1/2 cup milk
1/3 stick butter, melted
1 egg, lightly beaten
Extra butter for brushing the doughnuts (before coating them with the cinnamon sugar)
First things first: prepare your doughnut pan by spraying it with nonstick spray or greasing it with butter, and then preheat your oven to 400*.
In a large bowl, combine the doughnut mix with the milk, egg, and butter. Blend them with a hand mixer until they look a little something like this…
Next, spoon the batter into a piping or Ziploc bag (and cut off a very small piece of the corner if you’re using a Ziploc). Squeeze it into the depressions of the doughnut pan so that each is filled up roughly halfway.
Side note — I don’t keep piping bags in my house. I wouldn’t call myself a professional baker by any means, and for someone like myself, why purchase piping bags when I could just snip the corner off a Ziploc bag? It works just as well, in my opinion…as long as you make a very small cut in the corner of the bag. (Cut off too much and you’re looking at a disaster.)
Anyway, when you’re done piping, your pan should look like this.
Now all you have to do is to let them bake for 10-12 minutes! I used the bake time to wash all the dishes I dirtied while prepping the batter, with the exception of the mixing bowl itself — if you’re using a standard-size pan and only have one (like me), you’ll have enough batter to refill it and put it back in the oven.
Once they come out of the oven, give them a minute or two to cool off a bit.
Now the real magic happens: one by one, brush both sides of each doughnut with butter…
…and dip it into the cinnamon sugar topping.
And that’s it! You’re done! Could these be any easier?!
Not only do they look delicious, but they taste fantastic, too. The Hubby and I took Joshua Bear to a farm last October for pumpkin picking, and the farm sold apple cider doughnuts. I can say with complete confidence that Stonewall Kitchen’s were just as good, if not better, than the farm’s. I’m not kidding. I will definitely be purchasing this mix again, and I’m looking forward to making more!
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