2) Cut out dough with a 2 1/4-inch round cutter. Cut out center of doughnuts with a 3/4-inch round cutter. Re-roll dough as needed.
3) In a Dutch oven, heat vegetable oil over medium heat to 180 degrees C. Cook doughnuts, in batches, in hot oil, 2 minutes per side, or until lightly browned. Drain on paper towels. Ice top of doughnuts with Maple Icing, and sprinkle with chopped pecans.Maple icing:
1) In a small bowl, combine icing sugar and 3 tablespoons milk; stir well. Add additional milk to reach desired consistency. Stir in maple extract.