Apple Cider Doughnuts

I saw this recipe for Apple Cider Doughnuts on Tastespotting and had to give them a try.  The recipe was shared by A Bowl of Mush.  I have never made cake type doughnuts before.  I have only made the raised version, so this was all new for me.  The dough to me looked just like sugar cookie dough.  I didn’t make doughnut holes.  I added them to the scraps when I re-rolled the dough.  The original recipe said it makes 12 doughnuts, but I got more like 17.  These were tasty, but I was hoping you could taste the apple.  I really couldn’t taste the apple at all.  However, they were still yummy.  They tasted very similar to the recipe I have talked about before for French Breakfast Puffs.

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Apple Cider Doughnuts

1 cup apple cider
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup of butter (softened)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
oil for frying
1 cup cinnamon-sugar for coating fried doughnuts
Boil cider until it reduces to 1/4 cup, allow it to cool completely. Mix 3 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg in a bowl. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, and mix until blended. Add buttermilk and reduced cider, blend until incorporated. Add flour mixture gradually, until just incorporated. Turn dough out on a well floured board, knead it a few times to make sure ingredients are well-mixed. (The dough to me looked just like sugar cookie dough)  Pat or roll into a 1/2 inch thick circle. Using a 3″ round cutter (or doughnut cutter), cut as many circles as you can. Cut smaller hole in center. Set aside centers to make doughnut holes, or collect them along with dough around the larger circles, form a ball, flatten to 1/2 inch and repeat the cutting of doughnuts (This is what I did and I got like 17 doughnuts). Heat appox 3 inches of oil in a high-sided pan or dutch oven. When oil is hot, place as many doughnuts/holes as will fit into pan without crowding them. Allow the doughnuts to brown, then turn them over and brown the other side. Turn carefully, these babies are delicate.  Remove them from the oil and set them on a paper towel. When all of the doughnuts are fried, coat them in the cinnamon sugar mixture and serve. Doughnuts are best eaten the day they are made.

19 comments on “Apple Cider Doughnuts

  • For stronger apple flavor try King Arthur’s boiled cider. I use it in my apple pies.

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  • We made these tonight as a family (my only adjustments were adding 1/2 cup more flour until the dough seemed more like it would roll out and I used a packet of apple cider flavored drink mix with one cup water and simmered that down to 1/4 cup.
    We loved these! This made so many doughnuts that we called our neighbors and invited them over impromptu to help us eat them! These are dangerous to have around!

  • I have been dying for one of these donuts! They make them up in Lancaster Country PA and I had them a few years ago and I can't get them out of my mind since then!

  • Oh, gosh, Laura, I swear I didn't steal your apple cider doughnut recipe, lol! I'm so sorry for posting this, like, 3 days after you did–I'm feeling a little sheepish! I didn't realize, I swear… 🙂

  • My husband loves these so thank you for the recipe.

  • I love Doughnuts but can't eat them, I am busy drooling over this one tho!

  • You can get the apple taste back by mixing some instant cider powder with your dusting sugar.

  • I'm thinking that you could probably use frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed, instead of the cider and boil that down. Or, maybe omit the spices and use either all apple butter or half apple butter with half of the condensed cider. I've seen this recipe before, and I couldn't imagine that it could be very apple-y flavored either.

  • Ooh, these look amazing! I'm bookmarking this for a nice lazy Saturday morning with my kids! Yum!

  • Ok that looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  • yummy! Raised donuts are my favorite. I've never made any kind of donut. I may have to try these one Saturday!

  • The Yager's,
    I thought about using applesauce too, but was too scared since it was my first time to do cake doughnuts. I would worry about what the applesauce may do to the dough. It is very tender. I am on the look out to see what other people do with this recipes. I'll update if anything comes up. This is more like a spice doughnut flavor in my opinion.

  • Would you have any ideas on making the apple taste pop out more? I was thinking of maybe adding applesauce but not sure how that would affect the baking…

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