Baked Apple Cider Donut Recipe

October 19, 2015

I have a severe hankering for donuts these days. So now come Monday morning, I am pulling out ingredients to make this mouthwatering recipe by the talented Abbey of The Butter Half. Read on for the recipe!

Apple Cider Donut Recipe

Baked Apple Cider Donut Recipe

Prep time: 25 minutes
Bake time: 7-8 minutes
Yields: 1 dozen apple cider donuts

Donut Dough Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups apple cider
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cinnamon sugar coating:

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 stick butter, melted

Apple Cider Donut Recipe
Apple Cider Donut Recipe

1. In a small saucepan, simmer the apple cider over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes. Reducing it will bring out a strong, vibrant flavor for the donuts. Take 1/2 cup of the mixture and place it in the refrigerator to cool.

2. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease your donut pan. While the oven is heating, mix together all of your dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together your egg, butter and sugars. Once those are mixed and smooth, add in the buttermilk, vanilla extract and reduced apple cider. Mix thoroughly. Add your mixture of wet ingredients into the large bowl of dry ingredients. Whisk together gently, and be sure to not overmix! This is important to give it a chewy, doughy texture.

5. Pour your batter into your donut pan, filling each mold 3/4 full. If you add more, they will puff up and lose the hole in the middle, and then you will have one sad-looking donut. We don’t want that, now do we? Bake for 7-8 minutes until golden.

6. While the donuts are cooling, mix together your sugar and cinnamon for the coating. Once they have cooled, use a pastry brush to apply a light coat of melted butter to each donut, and then dip them in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Pour yourself a cold glass of milk and bite into these warm, spiced treats and savor every bite!

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