Monday, February 14, 2011

Apple Cider Doughnuts


Yield: 15 doughnuts, 15 holes         Prep time: 35 minutes
Inactive time: 15 minutes         Cook time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


2 cups sugar
1 TBS and 2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups apple cider
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
4 TBS melted butter
2 large eggs and 1 large egg yolk
6 cups vegetable oil


Line baking sheet with parchment. Line a large plate with paper towels. In a paper bag, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 Tbsp. cinnamon; shake to mix well. Set aside.

Bring cider to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cider has reduced to 1/2 cup, about 20 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.

In a large bowl, whisk baking powder, salt, 1 cup flour and remaining sugar and cinnamon until well combined. In a small bowl, whisk butter, eggs, yolk and cooled cider until well combined. Add cider mixture to flour mixture; whisk until smooth. Add remaining 2 1/2 cups flour and mix until just combined. Dough will be slightly sticky. Refrigerate 10 minutes.

Pour oil into a large pot and attach a candy thermometer to side (thermometer should not touch bottom of pot). Heat oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 375ºF, watching and adjusting as needed to keep oil from overheating.

Turn dough out onto a well-floured countertop and coat fingertips with flour. Pat dough out to 1/2-inch thickness. Using a doughnut cutter or 2 round cookie cutters (one large and one small), cut out doughnuts and holes. Transfer both to lined baking sheet. Gather scraps and re-pat dough, cutting as many doughnuts as possible.

Working in batches, carefully slide doughnuts into hot oil. After about 1 minute, doughnuts will rise to surface and begin to brown. At that point, turn over and fry 1 1/2 minutes longer. Transfer to lined plate to drain. Bring oil back to 375ºF before frying another batch. When doughnuts have cooled for 1 minute, add to bag with cinnamon sugar and toss to coat. Remove to a clean plate and serve.


Thank you Miz Helen for the honor!  I love your blog and all the recipes and ideas!


  1. Those look wonderful! Thanks for the recipe. Happy Valentines Day!:)

  2. Here from FTLOB! Holy guacamole those are the ONLY ingredients for these yummy doughnuts? I am for SURE giving them a try this week. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Cider doughnuts! I LOVE cider doughnuts! I only get them once a year when we go to NJ to visit my husband's family, and then pick up a bag or two at Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck, NJ. Thanks for the recipe. I cannot wait to try these!

  4. I'm always so envious of how fantastic gluten doughnuts look. I wish I could eat one right now!

  5. this recipe sounds so much like my favorite time of year fall when cider is fresh and warm donuts are ate in the early morning

  6. i visited a cider mill this past fall and have been slightly obsessed with cider donuts ever since. your version looks wonderful! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.

  7. These sound really good! I'm a new GFC follower from Traveling Through Thursday.

  8. Interesting recipe and the doughnuts look delicious! Hm...can't wait to get my hands on some!


  9. WOW! Homemade donuts - that's a rare recipe to find. They look wonderful - I love your blog. Found you at Full Plate Thursday. Blessings to you!!

  10. Those look delicious! That's a recipe I'm saving!

    I'm a new follower from Thirsty Thursday. Have a great day!


  11. I hope you brought several dozen of your Apple Cider Doughnuts today. They look awesome...thank you so much for bringing them to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  12. one of my very favorite things! I can't wait to try these...they look lovely!

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  15. I really think I could gain about 100lbs on a diet of these dougnuts!! I'm most definately going to have to try them.

  16. Can I have one please? Getting hungry when I look at the picture!! :-)

  17. These sound SO good! Hope you will share them at next weeks Seasonal Sunday event!! :)

    Happy Friday!


  18. These look delicious! Making my mouth water just looking at them!

  19. Congratulations Ellen, you are featured on Full Plate Thursday 2-24-11. You can stop by and pick up your Red Plate. Enjoy!

  20. Thank you Miz Helen! What an honor! I love your blog and all the recipes. ~ Ellen

  21. I love, love, love apple cider donuts. These look great!


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