Apple Cider Doughnuts #SundaySupper

apple cider doughnuts

It’s Sunday, which you know means I’m posting another #SundaySupper dish! Our theme this week was “I Got You Covered” which meant we could do one of three things; 1) a covered dish, like something you’d take to a potluck; 2) something that has a “covering” like a cake covered in frosting; or 3) an “I’ve got you covered” for a need or a problem you might have. I’m going with the last category.

Apple Cider Doughnuts

Starting in late September and ending in December, it seems like for the past few years apple cider doughnuts have become all the rage. You see them in bakeries, grocery stores, farm stands, and fruit orchards. There’s usually a long line. And I don’t know about you, but I am rarely impressed with them.

apple cider doughnuts holes

The last ones I bought were at the orchard we go to for apple picking. Supposedly they are renowned for their apple cider doughnuts and people drive for miles to get them. And yes, there was about a 45 minute line we stood in to sample some for ourselves. They were …. good. But were they stand-in-line-for-45-minutes-in-front-of-negligent-parents-who-let-their-toddler-blow-a-piercingly-loud-whistle-in-your-ears-for-20-of-those-minutes good? No. Not even.

apple cider doughnuts

So I set about making them at home. the problem most people have with the store-bought apple cider doughnuts is that they don’t taste like apple cider. The ones I’ve tasted haven’t, pretty much across the board.

Apple cider doughnuts

But when you make these at home, they definitely, definitely do. They are soooo delicious. And this is how “I’ve Got You Covered!” – you can have apple cider doughnuts that actually taste like apple cider without having to wait in line! If that isn’t exciting, then I just don’t know what would be. Try them soon, you’ll love ‘em!

apple cider doughnut, eaten

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{One year ago: Pumpkin Cheesecake}

Source: adapted from Glazed, Filled, Sugared and Dipped by Stephen Collucci

½ cup apple cider
2 tbs unsalted butter
½ cup sugar
1 large egg
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup buttermilk
Vegetable oil, for frying

Cinnamon Sugar:
½ cup sugar
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt

Pour the cider into a small saucepan and boil about 5 minutes, letting it bubble until reduced to a syrupy 2 tablespoons. Set aside to cool.
Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the egg and mix well, then add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix until just combined, scraping down the sides with a spatula as needed. Drizzle in the reduced cider and the buttermilk. Mix until just combined. The dough should hold together, but still be on the sticky side. Place the dough in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes or in the freezer for about 10 minutes – just until it’s nicely chilled.
Place the dough on a floured surface and knead with floured hands until no longer sticky and you can work with it, adding more flour as needed. Roll it out with a floured rolling pin to about ½ an inch thick. Using either a doughnut cutter or 2 biscuit cutters, a 3” and a 1”, cut out doughnuts and doughnut holes. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet and chill in the refrigerator about 20 minutes.
While the doughnuts are chilling, make the cinnamon-sugar by combining all the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mixing well.
Meanwhile, heat at least 2 inches of oil in a deep fryer or a large skillet. Heat to 350 F. Fry the doughnuts and doughnut holes in batches, taking care not to crowd the pot, until golden brown all over, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Immediately toss them in the cinnamon sugar and serve.

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51 responses to “Apple Cider Doughnuts #SundaySupper

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  4. Oh my gosh! Love the donuts! They look just perfect and I can only imagine how wonderful it must taste with all of the great flavors you added!

  5. Yummo! When we lived in Wisconsin, there was a bakery nearby that made applesauce donuts, and they were seriously moist and amazing…years later I’m still thinking about them! I have never made donuts at home, but this recipe sounds like one worth trying, stat!

    • Texan New Yorker

      Oooohhh, that sounds delicious and I don’t even like applesauce, lol! Yeah, doughnuts at home are really awesome and worth it.

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  7. Yes! The lines at the cider mill are way too long for the sub par doughnuts they sell. They look fantastic!

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  9. Those look so good, I have never made homemade donuts before!! Fresh and hot would be so delicious!!!

  10. Homemade donuts – impressive! Apple and cinammon is one of my favourite flavour combos, so I would love these!

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  12. Thank you for educating this Ninja Baker of what is en vogue. Your apple cider doughnuts do look delicious. Wonder if I could adapt the recipe for baked doughnuts.

    • Texan New Yorker

      No, not really. At the very least you cannot just take this dough and pop it into the oven and expect good results. Or maybe you can, but I’ve tried, and it was a disaster. I’m sure there’s a good baked apple cider doughnut recipe out there, but this one was meant to be fried. Trust me. Oy…

  13. Oooh, boy, do I love a sugar coated doughnut! Perfect fall flavor, too!

  14. Oh man, I haven’t made homemade doughnuts in years. My kids have actually been pestering me to make some, and after seeing yours…well…I think I need to acquiesce!

  15. My cousin served apple cider doughnuts in lieu of a cake at her backyard BBQ-themed wedding and they were an absolute hit. Such a delicious doughnut flavor!

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  17. I can’t say that I have ever waited in line for the real thing, Julie, but I am sold by your description. I must give your lovely doughnuts a try!

  18. Okay, I love apple cider doughnuts, but I’ve never waited in line for them. Most of our orchards are small, family-owned deals, so maybe that’s why. But see all three of those stacked doughnuts there? I want them all in my mouth.

  19. Haha! Your description of the donut line is so spot-on. This year, our line included hoards of bees as well. Terrible. Next time, I’ll stay home and make these instead!

  20. Very rarely is it worth standing in line for that long for any donut especially when you can make them at home so much better. These are ones I want to try and real soon.

  21. I never had an apple cider donut. Sounds really good.

  22. This reminds me of trips to the orchard… they look divine

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