You have 30 minutes to spare right? Ok if it was for exercise you might be saying nope, too busy! Sorry! But this is for doughnuts. Or is it donuts? Oh who cares. We are talking doughnuts, here people! We are talking homemade baked apple cider doughnuts. Melt in your mouth, so darn fluffy it's crazy, rolled in cinnamon sugar goodness. These doughnuts actually were inspiration from an apple picking excursion where they were handing out free samples of apple cider doughnuts. Whole FREE doughnuts. Yup swoon. Ok, I might have had two free samples, but please don't judge me. When I got home I knew I had to whip up my own batch. These doughnuts unlike the ones I had that day but they are baked, so that means they are healthy right? Sure. Let's call them healthy.
When I set out to make these, I realized I already had a great apple cider doughnut muffin recipe on this blog from last year's apple picking season. These little donut muffins were so light and fluffy, dipped in butter, and rolled in cinnamon sugar. So I took that same recipe and omitted the whole butter thing and just used my donut pan this time. My donut pan is one of my top 10 recommended baking pans I think every baker needs. If you really want to make these, and have no donut pan to your name, you could always use your muffin pan and call them apple cider muffins. Trust me, no one will care in the end once they bite into one of these bad boys.
So to make these it's very similar as if you were making muffins in that you mix up your dry ingredients in one bowl. Your wet ingredients in another. And combine. Whisk, whisk, whisk. Simple. Simple. Simple. You don't even need your mixer for this one! I just love simple from scratch recipes if you couldn't tell.
To start these donuts off right you want to make sure you measure your flour correctly, and add that to the rest of your dry ingredients- baking soda, baking powder, brown sugar and white sugar, and spices. Because these are apple donuts, I wanted to bring out that flavor by adding some spices to the mix- cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. No apple anything would be complete without some of those spices mixed in.
In a second bowl you will combine your buttermilk (which you could make your own if you don't have any), room temperature eggs, apple cider, applesauce, and melted butter. Because of the buttermilk, the applesauce and melted butter these donuts are so moist and fluffy it's ridiculous. And with using melted butter they come together super fast!
Then it's time to fill the donut pan. You can do this two ways. You could fill a plastic piping bag or zip-loc bag, cut off the end and pipe the batter in. Or you could just use a couple of spoons to spoon it in and fill in the donut wells. I've done both, and either works fine. The plastic piping bag method does work a bit quicker and is a bit less messy as well.Then they are in the oven and done in 10 minutes! That's it.
Of course, while they are warm, roll them around in some cinnamon sugar. Twice if you're like me. I like to roll the once while warm, and a second time while they have cooled down. And then it's time to take a bit. Devour. Hide them for yourself, so no one else can have any. I mean share them. Right. Of course, share them is the correct answer.
These donuts are so light and fluffy and bursting with apple flavor. And the cinnamon sugar coating sends them over the edge. I seriously inhaled three immediately. I wish I was exaggerating to you. But I'm so not. They are that good.
To Make These Doughnuts You Will Need:
- Donut Pan
- Whisk (this is my new favorite whisk!)
- Cooling Rack
- Liquid Measuring Cup
- Dry Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Mixing bowls (I love my Pyrex mixing bowls)
Until next time, happy baking!
More Apple Recipes To Check Out:
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 nutmeg
- 1/4 cloves
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup apple cider
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 2 eggs
- 1 stick butter, melted and cooled slightly
- For the coating
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
- 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two donut pans.
- 2. In one bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, both sugars, and spices. Stir to combine.
- 3. In another bowl, combine the milk, cider, applesauce, eggs and butter. Whisk to combine.
- 4. Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Do NOT overmix.
- 5. Scoop the batter into each donut well and fill each about 3/4 cup full. Bake for about 10-12 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
- 6. While they bake, combine 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons cinnamon in another bowl.
- 6. Allow to cool slightly on a cooling rack. Then take each donut and dip in the in the cinnamon sugar mixture.