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pear butter or apple butter doughnuts

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Recipe by
Brenda Newton
New Bern, NC

I made some pear butter this year for the first time and had found this apple butter doughnut recipe so thought I would try it with the pear butter. Use your holdiday cookie cutters to add a little seasonal flair to them. To give credit to the person this recipe came from was Mary June Donavan in Clinton Mass. Thanks Mary June for a wonderful recipe I got to adapt with my homemade pear butter.

(1 rating)
yield 2 1/2 dozen
prep time 2 Hr 45 Min
cook time 5 Min

Ingredients For pear butter or apple butter doughnuts

  • 2 Tbsp
    butter softened
  • 1 c
  • 2
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 c
    evaporated milk
  • 1 Tbsp
    orange juice or lemon juice
  • 1 c
    pear or apple butter (this can be store bought)
  • oil for deep fat frying
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 c
    butter, cubed
  • 2 1/2 c
    powdered sugar (have extra on hand in case it gets to runny)
  • 1/4 c
    evaporated milk (i have used regular milk it just may need more powdered sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp
    vanilla extract or orange if you used orange juice above

How To Make pear butter or apple butter doughnuts

  • 1
    In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes.
  • 2
    Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg. Beat in vanilla.
  • 3
    Combine the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Combine evaporated milk and juice; let stand 1 minute. Stir in pear or apple butter. Add flour mixture, beating well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • 4
    Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead 5-6 times. Roll to 1/4" thickness. Cut with a floured cookie or doughnut cutter.
  • 5
    In an deep skillet or deep fryer heat oil to 375 and fry doughnuts a few at a time until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.
  • 6
    In a small heavy saucepan, cook butter over medium heat until golden brown. Roughly 5 minutes. Pour into a small bowl and beat in the confectioners' sugar, milk and extract. Frost doughnuts. You can add food coloring for seasonal shapes and sprinkle with favorite sprinkles. Enjoy!

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