Makes: 30 servings
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
- 1 1/2 cups flour, plus more for rolling
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons powdered buttermilk
- 2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Vegetable shortening or oil, for frying (approximately 2 quarts)
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, powdered buttermilk, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, cloves and salt. Make a well in the center. Stir the cider, egg, butter and vanilla into the dry ingredients until well blended. Refrigerate half of the batter.
- In a large, deep skillet or a deep fryer, heat the shortening until rippling but not smoking, or until a deep-fat thermometer registers 360 degrees .
- While the oil heats, using a teaspoon, form the dough into 15 one-inch pieces and roll the pieces into balls with lightly floured palms. Working in 2 batches, fry the balls until deep brown all over, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the doughnut holes to paper towels to drain. Repeat with the refrigerated batter. Serve warm.