Apple Cider Donuts
Yes, it’s Fall. Everyone is excited about pumpkin flavored everything, cozy sweaters and apple picking. I feel like it’s against some unwritten blogger rule to say this, but I’m not a big fan of Fall. I much prefer warm weather, long days and Summer dresses. When the weather starts to change and the Fall excitement sets in for most people, I actually get a little sad thinking about the end of Summer.
One thing I do get excited about in the Fall, is the food we all start to make. While I don’t love having to bundle up before going outside, I do love chili, fruit crisps and all the warm fall dishes. One of my favorite indulgences in the Fall is fresh apple cider donuts! Growing up, each year I would visit Hollenbeck’s Cider Mill with my family for fresh apple cider and their piping hot donuts. Hollenbeck’s has barrel after barrel filled with various apple varieties. They also make delicious fresh pies and cider, but the real star of Hollenbeck’s offering is their apple cider donuts. I was lucky to be home while they were open this season, but unfortunately I went during an off time and they weren’t serving donuts 🙁
In an attempt to make up for my missed donuts, I used the apple cider I purchased to make my own apple cider donuts. Since I made these at home, they are baked instead of fried, making me feel like they are healthier and therefore I can eat more of them! While I know it’s traditional to simply coat these donuts in sugar, I couldn’t resist making an apple cider frosting to dip these in.
I also believe I learned a new homemade donut making trick while baking these. Typically, I’ve always read that you should pipe your donut batter into the donut pan. However, whenever I did this I felt that my donuts would come out kind of misshapen and uneven. I decide to try spooning the batter into my donut pan this time, and it worked much better! Am I the only one who has had this problem!?