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
- 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.