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Apple Cider Doughnuts

Making the pumpkin spice doughnuts was fun and they turned out really well so I decided to try a recipe I found for apple cider doughnuts. One of the first stands visible at the farmers market, always front and center is also one of my favorites, apples, apple cider and doughnuts and it’s a favorite of mine and IMHO it epitomizes Fall. The recipe is from Bon Appetit and sounded really wonderful. The cake doughnuts contain homemade apple butter and apple cider syrup, at my last trip to the farmers market I bought a jar of apple butter which eliminated one step but I did make the cider syrup, it’s a bit of a slow process but fills your house with the most wonderful aroma of apples and cinnamon.  I love apples so much I decided to devote the next several blog posts to recipes using apples. This is the first in the apple installment and it’s a great way to kick off all things apples.

This is a really really good recipe, the doughnuts are the perfect texture and crumb, love how they get a bit craggy when frying, gives them character. The flavor is out of this world delicious. Highly recommend you give this a try if you want to make doughnuts. They are the perfect dunking donut if you know what I mean, it always makes me laugh thinking of the Seinfeld episode where they were all wondering if Joe DiMaggio dunks when they were in Dinky Donut, so funny.

I am bringing these bad boys to Fiesta Friday #195 this week, you must check out all the Halloween goodies, amazing. The co  hosts this week are  Monika @ Everyday Healthy Recipes and Sandhya @ Indfused

That was 3 cups of cider

Apple Cider Syrup

3 cups apple cider

2-3 cinnamon sticks

Boil on medium high heat in large wide pot (makes the process quicker). The cider will reduce to a thick syrup and the yield will be about 1/3 cup. It takes approximately 30 minutes. Make sure you watch it because it can burn and removing the burnt cider is a challenge, (burned my first batch).


1/2 cup apple butter

1/3 cup apple cider syrup

1/2 cup buttermilk

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbs + 2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 tbs + 1 tsp cinnamon divided

3 1/2 cup all purpose flour

6 tbs unsalted butter softened and at room temperature

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 1/4 cup granulated sugar (divided)

Vegetable oil for frying

Whisk together the apple butter, apple cider syrup, buttermilk, vanilla and set aside. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and 1 tsp cinnamon. Set aside. Using an electric mixer on medium high speed cream the butter, brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar until light and fluffy (takes about 4 minutes) Add the eggs one at a time beating between each addition. Reduce mixer to low and add the dry ingredients in 2 additions, alternating with the cider mixture. Make sure you start with the dry, add half the cider mixture, then the other half of dry ingredients and ending with cider mixture. The dough will be soft and sticky.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread about 1/3 cup of flour on the sheet. Put the dough on the parchment and sprinkle with a little flour. With your hands gently pat the dough spreading it on the lined sheet pan, you want the dough to be about 1/2 inch thick. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours or longer.

When dough is sufficiently chilled, start heating your oil, pour about 3 inches of oil in a pot and heat to 350 degree’s using a deep fry thermometer. While oil is heating cut out your doughnuts using a 3 inch round biscuit cutter and to make the hole in the center a 1 or 1/2 inch. Place cut doughnuts on a floured piece of parchment and drop them carefully in the hot oil. Fry 2 or 3 at a time letting them get nicely browned on both sides. After the doughnuts are done fry the holes.

Mix 1 cup sugar and 1 tbs cinnamon in a bowl and roll the warm doughnuts in the sugar mixture and place on cooling rack.

love to dunk



26 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oh. My. Gosh! 🎃

    October 28, 2017
  2. Yummy!

    October 28, 2017
  3. Please mail donuts to: ….. LOL! I can’t wait to see the rest of your apple recipes!

    October 28, 2017
  4. Irresistible! 🙂

    October 28, 2017
  5. Oh, what fun! Suzanne, I’ve never heard of apple cider doughnuts or syrup! But I’d certainly be up for a bite (and beg someone to stop me, since that’s about all my egg allergy would let me have). It’s easy to see that autumn is your favorite season. You’re really in the spirit of it.
    The photo is lovely too. I like the bat mug in the background — cute touch. Happy Halloween hugs!

    October 28, 2017
  6. What a great time for apple recipes. Last night I craved cider and donuts. Now I can have it all in one with a cup of coffee. Yum. Thanks for sharing, Suzanne. Looking forward to more apple recipes. Enjoy your day.

    October 28, 2017
  7. These look yummy.

    October 28, 2017
  8. I love this recipe Suzanne, I too am mad about apples. I really want to try this, sounds sooo good! (And looks it too, obvi ☺).

    October 28, 2017
  9. Your doughnut recipe came at the right time, Suzanne! I was thinking in morning about trying one. Saving this recipe and will be referring it soon!

    October 28, 2017
  10. Yum! I have been making baked doughnuts but I suppose that nothing beats the real deal. I LOVE apple cider doughnuts in particular. Yours look amazing!!

    October 28, 2017
  11. Recipe looks great!

    October 29, 2017
  12. Michelle Williams #

    So good I can practically taste them!

    October 29, 2017
  13. Yummy breakfast doughnuts, thanks for sharing!

    October 29, 2017
  14. Adding apple cider to donuts is genius – this is a great seasonal recipe! Thank you for bringing it to FF:)

    October 29, 2017
  15. mistimaan #

    Such a lovely recipe by you……..loved it 🙂

    October 29, 2017
  16. hocuspocus13 #

    One of my sinful pleasures…at least one that I will speak of


    October 29, 2017
  17. Mmmm! I must try making these very soon, Suzanne! 😀

    October 29, 2017
  18. Oh my goodness, these sound so delicious ! 🙂

    October 30, 2017
  19. Your donuts sound very yummy!

    October 30, 2017
  20. Apples and cinnamon is a match made from heaven so I know these doughnuts are full of yum!

    October 30, 2017
  21. I made Apple Cider Donuts last week, too, but followed a baked donut recipe from King Arthur’s Flour – usually they never fail me. But the texture was strange and bizarre so I didn’t post! I saw this recipe on Epicurious – I’ll give it a go with your recommendation! 🙂 They look lovely!

    October 31, 2017
  22. This does look and sound like Fall! I can imagine the smell was wonderful! Lovely

    November 3, 2017
  23. Sandhya #

    Absolutely love this fall favorite !I can only imagine the aroma of the cider syrup in your home. the donuts look scrumptious!

    November 4, 2017
  24. Wow Suzanne– these look mouthwatering! You are amazing– can make recipes that seem complicated look so do-able! And I agree about apples– love baking with them. I make my mom’s apple cake again and again every fall. So how’s your weekend gone?? Hope you got to relax!! hugs hugs!

    November 5, 2017
  25. This is beyond excellent…

    December 19, 2017

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