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Hi Bold Bakers!
Sure, the leaves have started to change their colors, and you’ve had to bust out your warmer sweaters — but is it really fall if you don’t have Apple Cider Donuts? I don’t think so!
Apple cider donuts are a staple of the fall season and one of our favorites here! My apple cider donut recipe is all-around perfect. The donuts are delightfully sweet, so soft on the inside, with a delicious crunchy cinnamon-sugar coating on the outside. I love the subtle tastes of the nutmeg and the tangy apple cider.
Apple cider donuts are good when you pick them up at a local farm stand — but warm, freshly fried apple cider donuts? Game. Changer.
What Are Apple Cider Donuts?
Apple cider donuts are a staple in northeast America, where cider mills and orchards sell them alongside their freshly picked apples and pressed cider.
My apple cider donut recipe is a no-yeast cake donut full of warm spices and tasty apple cider.
[ Want the taste of fall? Try my Best-Ever Pumpkin Bread! ]
The Type Of Apple Cider You Should Use
First, don’t use a boozy cider! And apple juice is not recommended either. Besides those two points, any apple cider you find at your favorite orchard, farm stand, or grocery store will work.
You could even make your own apple cider!
What You Need To Make Apple Cider Donuts:
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Shallow saucepan
- 2 Baking sheets
- Parchment paper
- Mixing bowl
- Deep saucepan for frying
How To Make Apple Cider Donuts
The perfect fall breakfast (or anytime snack) is just a few steps away. Here is how you make apple cider donuts (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below):
- First, reduce the apple cider by boiling in a shallow saucepan until the liquid is reduced to 1/3 cup. Allow the cider to cool completely.
- Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Sprinkle with flour.
- Beat the butter and sugar together for 5 minutes until it is light and fluffy. Then, beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the cooled cider, yogurt, and vanilla.
- In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and nutmeg. Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet.
- Once the dough is just combined, place it on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with more flour. Roll, or pat, out to be 3/4-inch thick.
- The dough will be very soft, so cover it with plastic wrap and place it in the freezer for 15 minutes to allow it to firm up. This will make cutting and handling the dough easier.
- While you wait for the dough to chill, heat 2-3-inches of oil in a saucepan over medium heat. If you are using a thermometer, let it heat to 325°F (165°C). Adjust the heat to keep it at that temperature.
- Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and place it next to the oil. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet and place near the oil and sugar as well.
- Cut circles out of the chilled dough with a 3-inch cutter. Gather, repat, and cut any scraps.
- Using a 1-inch cutter, cut the hole out of each circle’s center to make the doughnut shape.
- Carefully fry 2-3 donuts or 4-5 donut holes in the oil and put the rest of the dough in the freezer to stay chilled while waiting to be fried. If the dough gets too warm, it may break apart in the oil, so it’s best to keep it chilled.
- Fry the donuts for 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown on one side, then flip and fry the other side.
- Once done, remove the donut from the oil and let it drain for a minute, then toss in the cinnamon sugar and place on the wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining donuts.
Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Apple Cider Cake Donuts
- Use store-bought or my Homemade Apple Cider.
- You can reduce the apple cider a day or two in advance to save time on the day you plan to fry the donuts.
- Cinnamon sugar is a classic coating for cider doughnuts, but you can also try my vanilla or maple doughnut glaze for these doughnuts!
- For extra flavor, add a pinch of salt to your cinnamon sugar.
- Oil is HOT when frying! Make sure you stay safe: place doughnuts carefully in the oil to avoid splash burns, watch carefully to make sure that the oil doesn’t start to smoke, and never walk away from oil heating on the stove! If you are a child making this recipe, make sure to get an adult’s help!
- These donuts can baked for about 12-15 minutes at 350oF (180oC). Dust them in sugar when they come hot out of the oven.
How To Store Apple Cider Donuts
Donuts are best when they are eaten the day they are made, but you can store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
Make More Fall Recipes!
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Full (and printable) recipe below!