Apple Cider Donuts

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At Blahnik Baker, a dessert and lifestyle blog where I share my passion for delicious desserts. I love creating elegant sweets for everyday celebrations and from time to time my family’s favorite comfort food of the season. These apple cider donuts are our new fall favorite.

When I think of fall, apple cider is one of the first things that comes to mind. Here in Upstate NY, when the leaves start turning yellow and apples are ready for picking, we cozy up with hot apple cider, apple fritters and/or apple cider donuts. I am sure you know what I mean right? Nothing beats the warm spices of freshly brewed hot apple cider.

These apple cider donuts are just what you want to wake up to on a crisp fall morning. All you need is 30 minutes to assemble and you will have a breakfast bursting with fall flavors. They are soft, baked with cinnamon and nutmeg, browned butter and topped off with cinnamon sugar. Grab a cup of coffee, some tranquility and enjoy the day. I hope you enjoy these!


Apple Cider Donuts
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 8-10 donuts
  • 2 cups cake flour, sifted
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup concentrated apple cider
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted, browned and cooled slightly
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Topping:
  • ¾ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a doughnut pan with baking spray and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugars, baking powder, salt and spices. In a measuring cup, whisk together wet ingredients; buttermilk, apple cider, browned butter, eggs and vanilla extract.
  2. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not overmix as you will have rubbery donuts. Using a small spoon, scoop batter into prepared donut pan, filling each about ⅔ full.
  3. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the donuts are baked through and spring back when lightly touched. Let cool in pan for 1 minute and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. While cooling, make the topping.
  4. Mix sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. When donuts are completely cooled, dip each in melted butter and then cover in cinnamon sugar.

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