Baked Apple Cider Donuts

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 It may still be warm outside, but that didn’t stop me from going apple picking and getting the most beautiful and fresh apples! Now the Fall baking really begins. Previously I was only a big believer in fried donuts – but baked are so much healthier and taste just lovely. These were quite popular and went quick – I think they’ll make you a believer too! Baked with apple cider and covered in cinnamon and sugar. What more could you ask for?!

Donuts

2 cups flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp cardamom

1/2 cup apple cider*

1/4 cup buttermilk or milk

2 large eggs

1/8 cup butter, melted

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

*Apple cider can be store bought or homemade. For homemade, I like this one.

 

Coating

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tbsp cinnamon

Combine all dry ingredients for the Donuts in a large bowl and whisk together. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the wet Donut ingredients and mix well. In 3 parts, mix in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray your donut pans with non-stick baking spray. Fill a piping bag with the donut batter or use a large ziploc bag with the corner snipped off to fill the donut cavities. I piped about 1/2-3/4 full. Careful not to overfill the cavities so you don’t end up with donuts with no holes! Bake for 10-15 minutes. Mine took 12 minutes, but it depends on your oven, so check at 10. Donuts should bounce back when you lightly poke them – then they are done! Let cool a few minutes, then remove from pan onto a cooling rack.

Meanwhile, melt the butter for the coating in a microwave safe small bowl. Combine the granulated and brown sugar and cinnamon in a separate small bowl. Brush the donuts with butter, then coat them in the sugar-cinnamon mixture. Donuts are best that same day – not that you’ll be able to wait to eat them! They can be stored in an airtight container for up to two days.

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