Apple Cider Cinna-Knots

Addiction Cured~

Confession~ After I tried the apple cider donuts at Sky Top Orchard, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them! You may remember, the ones I mentioned in my Curried Apple Turnover post?

I’ve been craving them for a couple weeks. To be a bit more accurate, I physically ache for them morning, noon and night. I lay in bed at night and see floating golden rings of heaven, covered in sugar crystals…and they’re smiling at me. This has been going on for days. It’s become a bit of an issue. I’m seeking therapy.

One thing I’ve learned about food obsessions, is that a sure cure comes from developing a perfect recipe. That way, you KNOW you can get your fix any time you want. It removes the lure, you see.

One problem. Donuts are fried. And as you know if you’ve been around a while…I. HATE. TO. FRY. I avoid it at all costs! Well, would I let a little thing like frying stop my desperate need for homemade apple cider donuts? Of course not. There are always ways to get around frying!

In my last post I developed several recipes for a Saucy Mama contest. One of the recipes was Hot Knots, made out of pizza dough. These tender little dough knots seemed to hold infinite possibilities. What if they were dunked in butter and tossed in cinnamon sugar? OR, what if the pizza dough was made with apple cider…THEN dunked in butter and tossed in cinnamon sugar???

See what I’m getting at?

Apple Cider Cinnamon Knots have cured me! They aren’t quite the same as the famed donuts, BUT they are ultra-soft, apple-icious, bathed in butter, kissed with shimmering sugar, and EASY TO MAKE!

This might be my best invention yet.

For the dough: Place ½ cup of warm apple cider in your electric mixing bowl. Add the yeast and allow it to swell for 5 minutes. It should look foamy. Then add 1 ¼ cups of room-temperature apple cider, plus the oil and salt.

Using a bread hook, mix on low, adding the flour a little at a time. “Knead” in the mixer for 3-5 minutes until well combined but tacky.

Oil a large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and turn it to cover in oil. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for 2 hours.

When to dough is more than double the original size, punch it down and place it on a floured work surface.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Divide the dough into two equal pieces, to make it easier to work with. Use your hands to turn the edges of the dough under to create a perfectly round, smooth mound.

Roll the dough (from the middle out) into a 12 inch circle. Then using a pizza cutter (or sharp floured knife) cut the dough into strips ¾ X 4 inches long.

Flour you hands and roll each strip into a 6 inch “snake.” Then cross the ends and tie the snake into a loose knot. Place it on a piece of parchment paper and repeat with the rest of the dough. The knots will expand, but not much. You can put them fairly close together.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Melt the butter in a large bowl. While the knots are still hot, toss them in the butter—coating each completely.

Place the sugar and cinnamon in a brown paper bag. Using a slotted spoon, scoop the knot out of the butter and place them in the bag.

Shake the knots until they covered in cinnamon sugar. Serve warm! The paper bag absorbs the extra butter!

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Yield: 60 knots

Apple Cider Cinnamon Knots

Ingredients:

1 ¾ cups apple cider, divided
1 envelope dry active yeast
2 Tb. oil
4 cups bread flour
1 ½ tsp. salt
Extra oil and flour for prep
½ cup melted butter (1 stick)
½ cup sugar
1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
A brown paper bag

Directions:

For the dough: Place ½ cup of warm apple cider in your electric mixing bowl. Add the yeast and allow it to swell for 5 minutes. It should look foamy. Then add 1 ¼ cups of room-temperature apple cider, plus the oil and salt.

Using a bread hook, mix on low, adding the flour a little at a time. “Knead” in the mixer for 3-5 minutes until well combined but tacky.

Oil a large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and turn it to cover in oil. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for 2 hours.

When to dough is more than double the original size, punch it down and place it on a floured work surface.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Divide the dough into two equal pieces, to make it easier to work with. Use your hands to turn the edges of the dough under to create a perfectly round, smooth mound.

Roll the dough (from the middle out) into a 12 inch circle. Then using a pizza cutter (or sharp floured knife) cut the dough into strips ¾ X 4 inches long.

Flour you hands and roll each strip into a 6 inch “snake.” Then cross the ends and tie the snake into a loose knot. Place it on a piece of parchment paper and repeat with the rest of the dough. The knots will expand, but not much. You can put them fairly close together.

Bake for 10 minutes. Melt the butter in a large bowl. While the knots are still hot, toss them in the butter—coating each completely.

Place the sugar and cinnamon in a brown paper bag. Using a slotted spoon, scoop the knot out of the butter and place them in the bag.

Shake the knots until they covered in cinnamon sugar. Serve warm! The paper bag absorbs the extra butter!

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64 Responses to “Apple Cider Cinna-Knots”

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    Anna — September 20, 2010 @ 3:37 am

    Oh Dear! I will be dreaming with those tonight. They look divine. And the pictures are great, I can almost get them, almost Sigh*
    Have a great week.

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    Nirmala — September 20, 2010 @ 3:38 am

    These look so great. How creative. Can't wait to make the turnovers now that we're heading into apple season.

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    sara @ CaffeIna — September 20, 2010 @ 4:07 am

    You can't post something so delicious when it's evening! And on a Sunday night! Now I'll be craving and I won't have time to try them tomorrow! Unfair! i want one, pleeease!

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    Suzanne — September 20, 2010 @ 4:56 am

    Yum these look heavenly!

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    Koci — September 20, 2010 @ 5:14 am

    You have officially passed on the craving for apple cider cinnamon knots to me! Those look so delicious–how am I supposed to pay attention to writing a Government paper now?! :D

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    Belinda @zomppa — September 20, 2010 @ 5:25 am

    I now can see why I might be up all night dreaming about these! Bathed in butter and cinnamon. =)

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    Kulsum@JourneyKitchen — September 20, 2010 @ 7:23 am

    I passed out. Period.

    Sommer! thats AWESOME! got to make it

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    Angie's Recipes — September 20, 2010 @ 8:46 am

    OMG..buttery, aromatic..these knots look fantastic!

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    Wheels and Lollipops — September 20, 2010 @ 9:06 am

    Yummy !!! When I was a wee little one there used to be donut store right next to my school and my mom as a treat on Friday mornings would buy me an apple fritter – can't begin to tell you how much I loved it. This reminds me of that and the fact that oil is involved is even better !!

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    Cherine — September 20, 2010 @ 10:44 am

    WOW!! I bet those are addictive!! Great job!!

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    Joshua Burgin - New Day, New Way — September 20, 2010 @ 11:38 am

    Oh, goodness! I definitely have to make these soon! Here in Normandy, France, we have apple cider everywhere(I'm an American doing study abroad)! Merci!

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    High Plains Drifters — September 20, 2010 @ 11:44 am

    You had better copyright that asap!

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    Suchitra — September 20, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

    look heavenly! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

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    Eileen — September 20, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

    Oh, they look so good. I wish I had time to make some right now!

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    Lori — September 20, 2010 @ 12:40 pm

    Oh my goodness! I need to make these for my kids! (I hate frying too).

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    Susi — September 20, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

    I feel so much better that I'm not the only one who gets obsessed with a certain food LOL These knots are amazing looking and since I've been thinking about apple cider donuts quite often as well I will give your version a try since I really dislike frying at home too :o)

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    Katerina — September 20, 2010 @ 1:21 pm

    They are indeed heavenly. I wish I had one or two or three right now.

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    laura — September 20, 2010 @ 1:44 pm

    Ahhhh! These are gorgeous, Sommer – I must try them. And when we are in H'ville in a couple weeks, I am now going to have to visit Sky Top Orchard!! ( :

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    5 Star Foodie — September 20, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

    These look so scrumptious! I need to make them asap!

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    My Kitchen in the Rockies — September 20, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

    I love the pictures and would give anything to have one of those yummy pastries jump out of the screen onto my plate. I never fry anything either and like your idea of baking them in the oven.

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    Tara — September 20, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

    Those look too delicious for words!!

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    Priscilla - She's Cookin' — September 20, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

    I loved your curry apple turnovers, and these are fantastic, too! If only I had one with my coffee right now!

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    Prerna@IndianSimmer — September 20, 2010 @ 5:06 pm

    Mmm Mmm Mmm!! I can almost smell them through the screen of my computer. They look SO good!

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    Isabelle — September 20, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

    These look fabulous. I can totally relate to the fear of deep-frying, which is what keeps me from trying all the awesome deep-fried food I keep seeing on other people's blogs. Plus, apple fritters and their ilk are like my kryptonite. I could eat them all day and still beg for more.
    So how much do I love that this recipe is actually doable even for us non-frying types? Tons, that's how much. Yay! :)

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    sweetlife — September 20, 2010 @ 6:27 pm

    OMG, you genius you, how awesome are these, I love this recipe…..great job recreating your craving….
    sweetlife

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    Karen — September 20, 2010 @ 6:52 pm

    Wow! You can tell something must be good if it's soaking through the paper bag!! These look amazing. Great invention.

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    Rosa's Yummy Yums — September 20, 2010 @ 7:02 pm

    Cider is so wonderful. Those doughnuts look divine!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    A Little Yumminess — September 20, 2010 @ 7:41 pm

    I hate to fry as well – phobia of some sort that I need to get over. These look amazing and look FRIED :)

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    Kristen — September 20, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

    Those sounds wonderful! What a great idea..and so glad you cured your yearning for those cider donuts.

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    Juliana — September 20, 2010 @ 8:52 pm

    Wow, never heard of apple cider donuts…and after seeing these…I don't even need to have tried them in order to crave them…they look so light and tasty…yummie!

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    Magic of Spice — September 20, 2010 @ 9:36 pm

    Those do look addicting :)

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    Shirley — September 20, 2010 @ 9:55 pm

    They look mouthwatering! I want 1. Or 10.

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    Foodessa — September 20, 2010 @ 10:12 pm

    Sommer…if it's not particularly that girl's time of the month…then, yes, I'd seek therapy.
    Before, you do…send some knots my way…those look scrumptious ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

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    amy — September 20, 2010 @ 10:44 pm

    Sommer,

    I just made a batch up for dessert and the fam LOVED them! I am thinking it might be fun to try them using the Brioche recipe from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day- a bit lighter/flakier but not too much.

    Loving reading your blog and trying out some of your recipes!

    Amy

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    Tanvi — September 20, 2010 @ 11:29 pm

    Wow…u baked these and coated these with cinnamon sugar!! If I would not have read the post , I would have thought that they are fried!really clever!!
    Love anything apples…gotta try this one for sure!

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    Julie M. — September 21, 2010 @ 1:15 am

    Good grief Sommer! These look mouthwatering! I can't believe I've lived in NC for 2 years and haven't had an apple cider doughnut yet. I definitely need to whip a batch of these up!

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    Margaret — September 21, 2010 @ 4:00 am

    I am willing to tackle yeast again for these….thats saying A LOT :) thanks!

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    unmacaronrose — September 21, 2010 @ 5:05 am

    They sound really good. I'm also not a big fan of frying things, so this sounds perfect to me. I'll definitely have to try it out one autumn evening!

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    Gitte — September 21, 2010 @ 10:53 am

    You simply must get help immediately, those look very addictive indeed. Delishhh

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    Mary — September 21, 2010 @ 1:18 pm

    They look and sound delicious. It's always wonderful to be able to recreate a favorite treat. Taste memory is a wonderful thing. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    claire — September 21, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

    never seen or even thought to make one of these! they look scrumptious!

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    Velva — September 21, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

    Holy cow! These look good. I love it.

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    Umm Mymoonah — September 21, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

    Looks simply awesome, hey how to follow your blog, at the moment I'm just bookmarking this recipe.

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    Evan @swEEts — September 21, 2010 @ 8:35 pm

    So many recipes to try when I get home!! All these fall treats are making me want to get in the kitchen immediately!

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    Megan — September 21, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

    Wow, these look and sound delicious. I want to run home and start baking these guys up right away! Yum!!

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    The Mom Chef — September 22, 2010 @ 1:00 am

    Not to belabor a frying point, but with all that butter, is there much of a difference? :)

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    The Mom Chef — September 22, 2010 @ 1:01 am

    PS: I'll take a dozen!

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    Debbie — September 22, 2010 @ 7:34 am

    Oh these do sound great, first time i had a knot was in NY on this recent trip, but it was garlic and delicious. Love the idea of a sweet knot…nice pics too!

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    Emily Malloy — September 22, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

    I hardly think I'm now able to focus on the rest of my day after seeing this. Divine. Delish. to Die for.

    You should absolutely submit this to my Best Tastes of Fall Challenge. Fantastically amazing.

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    Rick — September 22, 2010 @ 8:14 pm

    Ever try to get those cider doughnuts that have the longest lines of all humanity? Next time I'm skipping the line and just making these.

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    denise @ quickies on the dinner table — September 23, 2010 @ 12:03 am

    Oh Cinna-YES, Sommer, Cinna-yes!!!

    My God, I've just realised, you are some kind of evil genius! These are beyond wonderful because they are also absolutely do-able. I love deep fried food but deep frying – meh!! Not so much :P

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    Tasty Eats At Home — September 23, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

    These sound positively evil! :)

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    Joudie's Mood Food — September 25, 2010 @ 9:39 am

    Oh you are Clever. This is AMAZING! I loove and adore and worship andything doughy, cinammony and sugary. YUM YUM YUM! I am making this today. WIll let you know how it goes. How did you manage to have any left for photos? I would have gobbles them up for sure!!!!

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    Monet — September 27, 2010 @ 1:59 am

    I read a lot of blogs…and this is a recipe that I'm jumping up and down about! Wow! What a delicious treat. I have a lunch group that I'm going to on Friday, and I think that these would be perfect to bring along. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    LEROY — September 27, 2010 @ 6:14 am

    Thanks for a great recipe.It looks so good!It is exactly the dish I’d love to eat

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    Jen@Twenty-Something and Starving — October 2, 2010 @ 2:47 am

    Holy goodness these look spectacular!!

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    Alison — October 7, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    Thanks so much for posting this recipe. My husband and I crave apple cider donuts so much (we even served them at our wedding) but like you hate to fry. I'm still hopeful that I'll find a way to do the donuts (maybe baked?) but these knots will go a long way to tide us over 'til then.

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    Ninette — October 26, 2010 @ 11:24 am

    These look fabulous. Great idea!

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    Cécykn — October 27, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    I made it this morning with whole wheat flour and it worked out beautifully. My first knots were a little big and the tails broke off when I tossed them in the butter. So I made the second batch with half size knots and I’ll take them for my co-worker to enjoy this afternoon. Thank you.

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    • Sommer — October 28th, 2012 @ 12:02 am

      I’m so glad you liked them! :)

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    kate — November 5, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    I have a question: In Europe apple cider is sparkling and has an alcohol content of around 4%, is that what you use? Or are you refering to unfiltered apple juice?
    Thanks

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    Fizza — May 30, 2014 @ 7:01 am

    Looks yummy. Can I use instant yeast and all purpose flour?

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