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Pumpkin Cider Doughnut Holes with Hot Fudge

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten¬†
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup hard pumpkin cider or non-alcoholic pumpkin apple cider
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • vegetable or canola oil for frying
  • for rolling: stir together 1/3 cup sugar + 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice

hot fudge

  • 6 ounces quality semi-sweet chocolate chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, pumpkin cider, pumpkin puree and butter. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir together until just combined.
  • Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and fill it with about 3 inches of oil. Fit the pot with a candy thermometer - you want the oil to be about 375 degrees F to fry.
  • You can either take the dough and scoop it into the oil once hot, or you can lightly flour you hands and roll the dough into 1-inch balls so the holes are smoother. I did the latter.
  • Once the oil has reached 375 degrees F, add the dough balls 2 or 3 pieces at a time and fry until golden brown (keep an eye on the oil temp!), turning over a few times, for 2 to 3 minutes total. Remove the doughnut holes and place them on a paper towel to drain any excess grease.
  • Once the doughnuts are finished, roll them in the mixture of the sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Serve with the hot fudge!

hot fudge

  • Place the chopped chocolate in a bowl. Heat the heavy cream in a saucepan over low heat just until the cream bubbles around the edges. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let it sit for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir it thoroughly until smooth and a chocolate fudge ganache forms. Use immediately for dipping.

Notes

lightly adapted from taste of home
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