1 Apt. 2B Baking Co.: Homemade Apple Cider Donuts

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Homemade Apple Cider Donuts

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And just like that, Fall has arrived. This time of year makes me feel so happy and refreshed that I don't even care that everything in my kitchen is covered with a light slick of oil from making these donuts. 

Apple Cider Donuts
yield, 10-12 donuts and holes

The dough for these donuts is very soft and sticky, almost like cookie dough. I rolled my dough out on a generously floured piece of parchment paper so I could transfer it easily to the refrigerator if the dough got too soft while I worked with it. I highly recommend this method.

1 cup apple cider
2 3/4 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons non hydrogenated shortening or lard if you have it
1 egg plus one egg yolk
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 1/4'' and 1 1/4'' round cookie cutters

canola oil, for frying
1/2 cup sugar, for topping
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, for topping

1. Bring the apple cider to a boil over high heat and cook it until it has reduced to 1/3 cup, 7-10 minutes. Set aside to cool while you prepare the rest of the donuts.
2. Sift the cake flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the shortening and sugar together on medium speed until sandy. Add in the egg and egg yolk and mix on high until light and thickened, about 5 minutes.
4.  Mix the reduced apple cider and buttermilk together. Then add the flour mixture, alternating with the milk mixture to the mixer in three additions mixing until just combined. The dough will be soft and sticky much like cookie dough.
5. Transfer the mixture to a clean bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for at least one hour or overnight.
6. When you are ready to roll and fry the donuts, heat a large pot or dutch oven with at least 2 inches of oil over medium heat until the oil reaches 370ยบ on a candy thermometer. Gently roll the chilled dough out onto a generously floured board or piece of parchment paper into a circle about 1/2'' thick and about 8'' wide. Cut as many donuts and holes as possible, making sure to flour the cutters before each cut. Gently reroll the scraps and cut more holes. If at any time the dough becomes too soft to handle, just put it in the refrigerator for a few minutes. Place the cut donuts on a parchment lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 15 minutes until they are slightly firm and easier to handle. While the donuts are chilling, stir together the cinnamon and sugar for the topping in a shallow, wide bowl.
7. Brush off any excess flour and fry the donuts for about 1 minute per side, being careful not to crowd the pan. When the donuts are deep golden brown on each side, remove them from the oil, gently blot off excess oil and toss immediately in the cinnamon sugar.

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  1. These look sooo good. I've been cheating and using a doughnut pan lately, but you're inspiring me to step up to the plate and try making 'real' doughnuts! And anything with cider in the name obsesses me right now.

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  3. These sound wonderful--just exactly right for these first brisk fall mornings.

  4. Apple cider donuts! What a perfect way to welcome fall. These donuts looks so good. I'm not that into deep frying so I may try to adapt the recipe and make baked donuts instead. Thank you for this inspiring recipe, Yossy.

    1. Please let me know how the baking turns out- I'm really interested in trying it that way too!!

  5. What I wouldn't give for a dozen of these right now. Nothing gets my salivary glands going like freshly fried donuts, especially when they're coated in cinnamon sugar.

  6. Oh you know how to welcome fall...x

  7. These are exactly the kind of east-coast nostalgia doughnuts I want to eat forever.

  8. Alcoholic apple cider or the martinelli's type?

    1. Non-Alcholic cider, I used some from my local farmer's market

  9. Okay yeah. These look too good to be true. Homemade apple cider donuts?! Definitely wouldn't say no to that. Is it bad I want to dip them in a homemade caramel sauce?!

  10. these look delicious, can you bake these for a healthier option?


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