Apple Cider Donuts: 3 Ways!

Moist homemade fried apple cider donuts with three delicious ways to enjoy them; plain, cinnamon-sugar or topped off with caramel icing.

Apple Cider Donuts: 3 Ways! from bakedbyrachel.com

It’s unofficially Fall, we’re just going to go ahead and call it Fall since it’s September even though that’s not really accurate until the end of the month. Technicalities. Fall brings cooler weather, falling leaves, school days, apparently pumpkin flavored drinks at every local and national coffee or donut chain and all things APPLE! If you go apple picking in New England, you can expect a few things, besides the obvious – apples. There’s always pie, cider and apple cider donuts! They’re a classic and for good reason.

These donuts are always fried. Do not. No wait, let me emphasize that a big more. DO NOT ever bake cider donuts or really any donut for that matter. It’s a crime against humanity. Too dramatic for you? I take my donuts seriously. If you’re going to indulge in a donut, indulge in the real thing. You want real flavor, truly moist and traditional donuts. Fry them. Don’t eat cake shaped like a donut.

Apple Cider Donuts: 3 Ways! from bakedbyrachel.com

Up until last week, I’d never made cider donuts before. Of course, now that I have, I’ll be making them far more frequently. And definitely a time or two more this season. I kid you not, my family of five devoured this batch within hours. And that’s probably stretching it. I mean factor in the photo session time etc and yeah. Too good to resist. They’re perfectly tender and full of flavor. Just how they should be.

The best thing about these is that you have your choice in how you want to indulge. Eat them plain – delicious! Eat them topped off with sweet caramel icing – scrumptious! Or eat them coated in cinnamon and sugar – my absolute favorite of all three! But honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of the three options. I’d cut off a small piece of each to keep taste testing because I couldn’t decide which way was my favorite. They’re all that good and truly irresistible.  A must make!

Yield: 1 dozen, plus

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 90 minutes

Apple Cider Donuts: 3 ways!

Moist homemade fried apple cider donuts with three delicious ways to enjoy them; plain, cinnamon-sugar or topped off with caramel icing.

Ingredients:

Donuts:

  • 3 1/2C all purpose flour
  • 1C granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2C buttermilk
  • 1C apple cider
  • 2 eggs

Cinnamon-Sugar topping:

  • 1/2C sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Caramel icing:

  • Vegetable oil, for cooking
  • Deep frying thermometer

Directions:

  1. Prepare one 12x17 jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Coat completely with a layer of flour. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, apple cider and eggs. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients. Stir until ingredients are completely incorporated.
  4. Spread batter onto prepared baking sheet. Coat completely with flour. Pat into a 1/2-inch thickness. Be sure all areas are coated with flour. Freeze tray for 30-40 minutes or until manageable.
  5. Begin heating vegetable oil over medium heat in a deep pan, such as a French oven.
  6. Using a 2 1/2 to 3-inch donut cutter*, cut out donuts, transferring to a second parchment lined baking sheet. Freeze for 10-15 additional minutes. Dough should not be soft. Chill until you can easily pick up the donuts shapes without the dough stretching or falling apart. Refreeze as needed.
  7. When your oil has reached 375°F on a deep fry thermometer, begin frying 2-3 donuts at a time. Fry on first side for 60 seconds, flip and fry the other side for an additional 60 seconds. Drain on paper towels. Repeat process with remaining donuts.
  8. For cinnamon-sugar topping: combine cinnamon and sugar in a large shallow bowl. Press donuts lightly into mixture, flip and coat remaining side.
  9. For caramel icing: In a small bowl combing powdered sugar, caramel syrup and heavy cream. Whisk until smooth. Dip top of donuts in icing.

*Alternately a round cup or cookie cutter may be used with an apple corer or small shot glass to remove the center, in place of a donut cutter.

Adapted from Celebrate magazine Fall 2012

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    Lauryn Linley — September 30, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    I love fresh apple cider donuts, or pumpkin donuts!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — September 30, 2013 at 10:25 pm

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    ET — October 1, 2013 at 1:09 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE plain glazed doughnuts. YUMMY!! :O)

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    Ali Burtt — October 15, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Agreed. Donuts are always fried. This baked donut thing drives me crazy. Just thought I’d chime in and tell you that.

    • Rachel — October 15th, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

      Haha I’m glad you share the same views :)

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    Cassie — December 31, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I just made these. they are incredible! they came out perfect. i ate half a batch instantly. moist. fluffy. yeah.

    • Rachel — January 1st, 2015 @ 8:44 am

      So glad you enjoyed them! :)

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