Apple Cider Beignets

February 27, 2020


  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Cider
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Sauce
  • 1/2oz Yeast
  • 1/2lb Melted Butter
  • 6 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2tbsp Salt
  • 4 Eggs

Warm milk and apple cider in a saucepan to 110f.  Remove from heat and whisk in the yeast and sugar.  Allow to rest for 10 minutes. In a large mixer pour in the liquid and remaining ingredients. Mix for about 3 minutes until the dough becomes shiny.  Cover mixing bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Roll out the dough on a clean floured cutting board to a ½ inch thick. Cut into 2 inch squares. Fry in 350f oil until puffy and golden brown.  Dust with powdered sugar and cinnamon. Serve warm.

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At nine years old, Ben Gaffney asked if he could work alongside his father, a chef, at Congress Rotisserie in New Haven. The elder Gaffney put the boy to work washing dishes for two years, in the hope that it would discourage his interest in the restaurant business.

But a calling is a calling. Ben Gaffney has spent his life since then pursuing the wonders of food, bringing Middlefield along for the ride as chef at Lyman Orchards since 2017.
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