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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Apple Cider Donuts

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
YIELD 16 donuts

Ingredients

Donuts

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (360 ml) apple cider
  • 1 and 3/4 cups (245 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cardamom , optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup (65 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (65 g) dark or light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (40 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) buttermilk (or milk)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Topping

  • 6 tablespoons (85 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg , optional

Instructions

  1. Reduce the apple cider: In a small saucepan, bring apple cider to a gentle boil and let simmer over medium heat until thick and reduced to about 1/3 cup (80 ml), 15-25 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Grease donut pans with butter or nonstick spray. Set aside.

  3. In a large bowl sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together the egg, granulated sugar and brown sugar, until well combined. Whisk in the melted butter. Add the reduced apple cider, buttermilk and vanilla extract, and mix until combined. Pour the mixture into the flour mixture and whisk just until combined and smooth. Don't overmix the batter.

  5. Divide the mixture between the donut cavities, filling about halfway full. I recommend using a piping bag to pipe the batter, it will be much easier and less messy. Bake for about 10 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the donuts comes out clean. Let donuts cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack.

  6. Meanwhile, make the topping: In a medium bowl mix together the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Once cool enough to handle, for each donut, dip both sides in melted butter and then generously dip into the sugar mixture.
  7. Donuts are best served immediately. Leftovers can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days. Serve them warm or at rom temperature.