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Fall has arrived! With it comes all things apples. This recipe for Cinnamon Apple Beignets with Caramel Sauce is the perfect addition to your fall bucket list.
I don’t think I can adequately describe the deliciousness of these Cinnamon Apple Beignets with Caramel Sauce. During the fall months is there anything better than the pairing of apples with caramel? I think not.
Just last week I was at the school helping out during Kindergarten’s Apple Day. The kids got to taste a bunch of different apple products – apple slices, applesauce, apple juice, and apple Jacks. I got to be in charge of the tasting station. While the kids enjoyed their snack we delved into the depths of how awesome apples are. I took a mental note of which apple seemed to be favored as I asked each group which color apple they enjoyed most.
Would you believe Granny Smith’s were by far the top favorite, while Red Delicious ranked lowest? Kids.
Anywho, Stevia In The Raw® sent me this recipe for Cinnamon Apple Beignets and I jumped at the chance to make it. Ever since Princess and the Frog came out, I’ve been searching for a good beignet recipe I can make at home. The plus with this recipe is that because it uses Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag in place of some of the sugar, it cuts a good number of the calories out. It’s my favorite sweetener to use these days.
The instructions seemed a bit intimidating at first since it’s all made on the stove and in a fryer, but please don’t let that stop you from making them. As the flavors combine over the heat your house will fill with the scent of cinnamon and apples. I got to share the first batch with this cute girl, and I’m so glad I did.
I was showered with compliments of “I like this“, “Can I have another one“, and “These are my favorites“. Awe. She was even sweet enough to let me take her photo (and her mom said I could too). Although I did try to sneak the camera on her to truly capture her joy over these cinnamon apple beignets, she caught me.
Doesn’t that tongue just say it all? She was so fun to hang out with and made my cooking efforts feel worth it that I’m headed back to the kitchen today to whip up another batch and hand deliver to her tonight.
Cinnamon Apple Beignets with Caramel Apple Sauce
You’ll notice this recipe still includes some sugar. This is because sugar is required for browning, rising, and caramelizing. Stevia In The Raw® can replace sugar cup for cup, but it’s suggested to only exchange 1/2 your sugar with Stevia when baking. You’ll never notice the missing sugar, as Stevia is a natural sweetener extracted from the leaves of the Stevia plant.
- 1/2 cup 2% Milk
- 1/2 cup PLUS 1/3 cup Apple Cider
- 1 stick Butter
- 1/4 cup PLUS 1 TBS Stevia In The Raw®, divided
- 1 tsp Sea Salt, divided
- 1 cup Flour
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 4 eggs
- 1 Granny Smith Apple, cored and finely diced
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/4 cup Water
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 4 Cups Vegetable Oil
- Powdered Sugar
- In a medium sauce pan bring the milk, 1/2 cup apple cider, butter, 1 tablespoon Stevia, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil.
- Immediately add flour and cinnamon and stir vigorously until the mixture comes together, and begins to pull away from the sides of the pan.
- Remove from the heat and transfer the dough to a mixing bowl.
- Let cool for 10 minutes, periodically stirring.
- Add eggs, 1 at a time. Mix between each egg until it's fully incorporated. The dough should be smooth and shiny.
- Mix in apples.
- Set aside.
- *In a small saucepan combine sugar, 1/4 cup Stevia, and 1/4 cup water.
- Cook over medium high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.
- Increase the heat to high and cook until it forms a deep amber color. Periodically swirl the pan to avoid burning.
- Remove from heat and slowly add 1/3 cup Apple Cider, while stirring. If sauce is too runny, return to heat and simmer until thickened to a syrup.
- Stir in Vanilla and 1/2 tsp salt.
- Set aside.
- Heat Vegetable Oil in a deep fryer, or large skillet to 365 F.
- Drop tablespoons of dough into hot oil.
- Cook until golden all over.
- Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
- Drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
- *Do not stir caramel with anything plastic or rubber. If you stir it instead of swirling, stick with a wooder spoon or metal wire whisk.
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