Apple Cider Donuts

On the hunt for some killer apple cider donuts? Try a recipe you can bake or fry!

I am on the hunt for the perfect apple cider donut recipe. When I saw that one of my favorite bakeries in Salt Lake City, Les Madeleines, posted their apple cider donut recipe, I couldn't wait to try them!

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The dough, more of a thick batter, really, came together quickly. The reduced apple cider gives a wonderful punch to the donuts. Since I don't have a donut batter contraption for dropping donuts into the oil, I sprayed a sheet of parchment and piped out donut shapes, carefully using a greased spatula to place them in the hot oil.

Delicious Apple Cider Donuts for Fall

This is a delicious recipe, but I stink at frying. I'm really not great at it. Frying is all about managing the temperature of the oil and I just don't have the knack. That's why I decided to cut after a few donuts, and use my mini donut pans. I piped in the dough and baked the rings for 6 minutes at 400 degrees. They came out perfectly.

Apple Cider Donuts

1/4 cup heavy cream

2 1/2 cups cake flour

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp cardamom

1/8 tsp nutmeg

3 cups cider, reduced to 7 oz.

2 tbl melted butter

1 egg

2 egg yolks

1 tbl vanilla extract

Vegetable oil for frying

Boil apple cider over medium high heat until reduced to 7 ounces (a scant cup.) Put into a medium bowl and add butter, whisk until melted, cool. Add sugar, eggs, vanilla, and cream, whisking to combine. Put dry ingredients into a large bowl and whisk to combine and break up lumps. Pour in wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Drop dough into oil and fry over medium heat until golden. Work fast because the leaveners start rising quickly. While still hot, ice with a powdered sugar icing or dredge in cinnamon sugar.


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