Delicious baked apple cider donut recipe

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

October 13, 2014 by Michelle

Easy and tasty apple cider donut recipe

Saturday was Mister Man’s birthday, and we’re lucky that his school still allows us to send in birthday treats. And homemade treats at that. This year, he requested that I make apple cider donuts. Apparently when I made them a couple weeks ago, they were a huge hit. I’ve made apple cider donuts before, but I fried them – and the last time I made donuts, I wasn’t up for the time and fuss of frying. So I decided to bake them instead. Best decision ever.

I have mini donut pans, which worked great, but I also used mini muffin pans to make donut “holes” because this makes something in the neighborhood of 80 little donuts. If you don’t have the mini donut pans, the muffin pans worked great. But the mini donut pans are way too much fun, too. I’m thinking about making little butter cakes and overfiling them so they make almost like mini bundt cakes and then filling them with chocolate ganache or caramel or both. But I digress…

I got smart this time around when I was putting the batter into the pans. The first time, I used a spoon and tried to be really careful about not putting too much in, not getting batter onto the wrong part of the pan, etc. It was time consuming. And a little messy, too. A much better idea? Once the batter is mixed, place it in a large zip top bag and seal the bag. Cut off a tiny corner – smaller than you would think – and pipe the batter into the pans. That worked so much better, and I had so much more control of how much batter I used and where it went.

So today they went into school – after I got up and made them. The good news is that I time myself and even half still asleep, I was able to get all 80 mini donuts and donut holes mixed, made, and rolled in cinnamon sugar in about an hour and fifteen minutes. More importantly, they were done before the bus arrived. And now? Every single donut is gone, and I didn’t get one – which only means that I’m going to have to make them again, right? Kids from his class are asking for the recipe, and how often do 10 and 11 year old boys want a recipe for anything?

Delicious baked apple cider donut recipe

Needless to say, this now 11 year old boy was thrilled with his birthday treat. And I’m glad it worked out as well as his Minecraft Cake Squares from last year. I can only imagine what next year will bring, although he’ll be in sixth grade then so no more treats go into school. I’m sort of sad about that. And that fact that Mister Man doesn’t look 11 years old. He looks way older to me.

Loving on his Star Fighters

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Ingredients:
1 1/2 c apple cider
2 c flour
1 T cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
1 T baking powder
3/4 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
2 T butter
1/2 c buttermilk
1 egg
1 t vanilla bean paste
cinnamon sugar, for rolling (about 1/2 sugar and 1 T cinnamon)

Baked apple cider donut holes

Directions:
In a small saucepan, bring your apple cider to a boil. You want to reduce the cider to about 1/2 cup, which will take 15 to 20 minutes, while you’re working on other parts of the recipe. Just let it boil by itself.

Reducing the apple cider

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and grease mini donut pans and/or mini muffin tins to accomodate approximately 80 small donuts and donut holes.

In a bowl, mix together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and sugars. Whisk together to ensure they’re fluffy and not compacted. This will help prevent some lumps later, although lumps will disappear during baking and not be an issue.

Prep your cinnamon sugar for rolling in another bowl and set aside until after the donuts are made.

Melt your butter and place it in another bowl with your egg, buttermilk, and vanilla bean paste. Whisk well until all ingredients are incorporated.

Check on your apple cider. If it has reduced to less than 1/2 cup, go ahead and add additional cider until it reaches 1/2 cup total. The idea is to concentrate the flavor, so if you have reduced it to less than a half cup, that’s fine. The more apple cider flavor, the better! Add it to your wet ingredients and whisk again.

Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and gently whisk just until combined. You will have some lumps remaining, but that is fine. You do not want to overmix this, or your donuts will become tough.

Lumps in your donut batter are fine

Set your plastic zip top bag into a small bowl for stability and roll the top outside the edge of the bowl to give you a wide opening. Pour the batter into the plastic bag then seal the plastic bag. Cut off a smaller hole than you think you’ll need.

Pipe the batter into each donut spot in the pans and/or muffins. You want to fill them about 2/3 full for the donut pans and a little less for the mini muffin pans. If you have any spillage outside the donut cavity, carefully clean it before baking.

Two ways to make baked donuts

Bake your donuts in your 350 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly golden brown and springy to the touch.

Let cool for just a few minutes, then begin to pull them out. I find that using a thin tool like a fondue fork to carefully loosen them then pop them out works the best. As you remove each donut hole or mini donut, immediately roll it in your cinnamon sugar, then set onto a plate. The cinnamon sugar will stick to all the sides that were touching the pan, which means the tops won’t be covered in sugar, but they simply become the bottom and don’t need the extra sugar.

Roll donuts in cinnamon sugar

Serve immediately. If not serving immediately, store on your counter in an airtight container for up to two days though they are most definitely best eaten the day they are made.

Baked mini apple cider donuts

 

And yes, you absolutely can make these dairy free. In place of the butter, use the same amount of coconut oil. For the buttermilk, I use my old trick of mayonnaise. It has the perfect tang and texture. Fill a measuring cup to over 1/3 cup but not much beyond. Add mayonnaise until it reaches 1/2 cup in total, then whisk to combine. With those two easy substitutions, you have a perfect dairy free donut!

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 80 mini donuts

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

An easy donut recipe that uses mini muffin pans to make holes. Healthier than frying donuts and much less mess, too, these little bombs of apple goodness are as fun to make as they are to eat!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c apple cider
  • 2 c flour
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 3/4 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 2 T butter
  • 1/2 c buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla bean paste
  • cinnamon sugar, for rolling (about 1/2 sugar and 1 T cinnamon)

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, bring your apple cider to a boil. You want to reduce the cider to about 1/2 cup, which will take 15 to 20 minutes, while you're working on other parts of the recipe. Just let it boil by itself.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and grease mini donut pans and/or mini muffin tins to accommodate approximately 80 small donuts and donut holes.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and sugars. Whisk together to ensure they're fluffy and not compacted. This will help prevent some lumps later, although lumps will disappear during baking and not be an issue.
  4. Prep your cinnamon sugar for rolling in another bowl and set aside until after the donuts are made.
  5. Melt your butter and place it in another bowl with your egg, buttermilk, and vanilla bean paste. Whisk well until all ingredients are incorporated.
  6. Check on your apple cider. If it has reduced to less than 1/2 cup, go ahead and add additional cider until it reaches 1/2 cup total. The idea is to concentrate the flavor, so if you have reduced it to less than a half cup, that's fine. The more apple cider flavor, the better! Add it to your wet ingredients and whisk again.
  7. Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and gently whisk just until combined. You will have some lumps remaining, but that is fine. You do not want to overmix this, or your donuts will become tough.
  8. Set your plastic zip top bag into a small bowl for stability and roll the top outside the edge of the bowl to give you a wide opening. Pour the batter into the plastic bag then seal the plastic bag. Cut off a smaller hole than you think you'll need.
  9. Pipe the batter into each donut spot in the pans and/or muffins. You want to fill them about 2/3 full for the donut pans and a little less for the mini muffin pans. If you have any spillage outside the donut cavity, carefully clean it before baking.
  10. Bake your donuts in your 350 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly golden brown and springy to the touch.
  11. Let cool for just a few minutes, then begin to pull them out. I find that using a thin tool like a fondue fork to carefully loosen them then pop them out works the best. As you remove each donut hole or mini donut, immediately roll it in your cinnamon sugar, then set onto a plate. The cinnamon sugar will stick to all the sides that were touching the pan, which means the tops won't be covered in sugar, but they simply become the bottom and don't need the extra sugar.
  12. Serve immediately. If not serving immediately, store on your counter in an airtight container for up to two days though they are most definitely best eaten the day they are made.
http://www.honestandtruly.com/baked-apple-cider-donuts/

    Comments

  • Heather M


    Stopping by from Tasty Tuesday. I so love apple cider donuts and now I desperately want one. Thank you for the recipe.

  • E.S. Ivy


    Arg! You know how we pack-rats say “If I throw that out I’ll find a use for it later?” Case in point here – donut pans.:) But I’m glad they made such a yummy birthday treat.

    Oh, and in middle school, our school doesn’t object to them taking treats for friends they eat lunch with. I ceded over baking things like that to my kids themselves, but they’ve done this for their friends birthdays and sometimes their own.

  • Audrey


    This is going to be one of my features on Tasty Tuesdays tomorrow.

  • Tammy @ creativekkids


    I’ll have to buy those donut pans! I love apple cider donuts but have never made them myself. I will definitely have to try your recipe. Thanks for linking up to the Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party at Creative K Kids. I have pinned this post to the Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party.

  • Jenna Wood


    I know there’s food here, but how about those nails, I love them! I have a donut pan on the way and I think your recipe will be the first I make!

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