Monday, October 12, 2015

Baked Apple Cider Donuts and Autumn Nostalgia

Okay so, I'll admit it. I do kind of miss fall.



Shh, don't tell anyone. I still would much rather enjoy a mild winter in Texas than live through a Massachusetts winter, and that's all fall is, really--the prelude to winter. Ahh I'm shivering just thinking about it!



But, if I could, I would visit New England in the fall. After all, it's the prettiest place that time of year. I miss picking fresh apples off the tree, or grabbing a pumpkin right out of the patch.


And apple cider donuts. Which are NOT a thing in Texas. Really, my coworker said "these are kind of like churros..." eek!

Since I couldn't find them ANYWHERE, I must assume this is just a New England treat. So I had to make my own. Thankfully, I happen to have a donut pan. And even more thankfully, though cider donuts are not a thing here, cider itself actually is.


Baked Apple Cider Donuts
(Adapted from Foodie MisAdventures)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted

Topping
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp apple cider
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted

-Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray or butter a donut pan, or line two muffin tins with cups.

-Over high heat, reduce the apple cider to 1/2 cup*.

-In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, spices, and salt. 

-Create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients about a cup deep. Crack the eggs into this well and gently whisk them. Add in the cider reduction, milk, vanilla, and melted butter.

-Gently fold the dry into the wet ingredients until just mixed.

-Fill donut cups or muffin cups 3/4ths full. Bake for ten minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the donut comes out clean. Let cool to room temperature.

-In a bowl, mix together the sugar, cider, and cinnamon for the topping.

-Dip each donut in the butter, then roll in the cinnamon sugar until well coated.

*Alternatively, you can use a half cup of cider and skip this step, but your donuts will not be quite as apple cider-y.


9 comments:

  1. These look so good! I will have to try them!

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  2. Fall is my favorite. I'll take a miserable Michigan winter if it means I can have a couple of fall days. Cider donuts are definitely a thing in the Great Lakes region. I think Texas just needs to catch up. Maybe you can start a trend.

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  3. Beautiful doughnuts! I too love fall! It was a beautiful day to walk my daughter to school. However, I FEEL the Canadian winter sneaking in and I am dreading it... I love snow and the cold, but walking in it every day has my mind torn, lol.

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  4. I love that you added ginger and coriander in these yummy donuts - wow! What an explosion of flavors in every bite!

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  5. My kids love apple cider donuts and would go crazy for these, they look so good!

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  6. Fall is my favorite time of the year! Plus it's the perfect time to eat all the donuts!

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  7. I absolutely need to make these. I wanted to make a similar recipe, but not being from the NE I knew they wouldn't be authentic enough. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I'm in the middle of a Whole 30 so when I went apple picking I did not get a cider doughnut :-(

    However, these look delish and I can't wait to try them out in 11 days!

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  9. Cider donuts look so great! I will try these, your sharing is very nice, thank you :)

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