Baked Apple Cider Donuts

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baked apple cider donuts spice victoria gourmet recipe

These apple donuts have a cake like softness inside and a crunchy cinnamon sugar coating. Together these textures make for one truly ethereal donut, that is baked not fried. 


2 tablespoons Apple Pie Spice
3 teaspoons Cinnamon
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
2/3 cup + 1/2 cup apple cider, divided
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup honey
2 eggs
1/2 cup + 2/3 cup granulated sugar, divided

Recipe Info

Difficulty Level: 
Prep Time: 
10 minutes
Cook Time: 
18 -20 minutes
Total Time: 
30 minutes
Serving size: 


1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly spray a donut pan with non-stick cooking oil. Set aside.
2. In a small pot over medium add 6 tablespoons of butter. Swirl the pan occasionally to be sure the butter is cooking evenly. As the butter melts, it will begin to foam. The color will progress from lemony-yellow to golden-tan to, finally, a toasty-brown. Once you smell that nutty aroma, take the pan off the heat. Stir in 2/3 cup apple cider. Set aside to cool, about 10 minutes.
3. Once cool, whisk in 1/2 cup sugar, honey and the eggs..
4. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and Apple Pie Spice. Gently whisk in the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
5. Add the batter to a zip-top or pasty bag. Pipe batter into donut holes in the prepared pan.
6. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.
7. While the donuts are baking - melt the remaining 6 tablespoons butter. Add in the remaining 1/2 cup of cider.
8. In a shallow bowl combine the Cinnamon and remaining 2/3 cup of sugar, mixing well.
9. Dip the warm donuts into the butter-cider mixture and then dredge into the cinnamon-sugar. Cool on a wire rack. Serve warm.


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