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Apple Cider Donuts

Donut outside 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 🙁

apple cider donuts from above

 

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!?

I’m sharing this at CookBlogShare this week and also at Fiesta Friday hosted by Suzanne and Ginger.

 

apple cider donuts on sheet

apple cider donuts on plate


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Apple Cider Donuts
apple cider donuts from above
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Servings
Ingredients
For the donuts:
For the frosting:
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Servings
Ingredients
For the donuts:
For the frosting:
apple cider donuts from above
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl combine the sugar, melted butter, eggs, apple cider and vanilla. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and stir to combine.
  3. Carefully spoon the batter into a donut pan and bake for 10-12 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the donuts comes out clean
  4. Remove the donuts from the donut pan and let them cool. While they are cooling, prepare the frosting. Whisk together the powdered sugar additional apple cider.
  5. In a separate bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon. Once the donuts have cooled dip them in the frosting, then in the cinnamon sugar. Enjoy!
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