Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

Description

Nothing says fall like spiced apple cider. This popular recipe incorporates those fantastic fall flavors into baked doughnuts, which are easy to make and less fuss than frying. They disappear fast, so consider making a double batch!

Serves: 4 (8 doughnuts total)
Difficulty: easy
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Special tools: doughnut pan, piping or plastic bag

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Ingredients

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Course/Dish
Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts 
1 sweet apple, cored and diced fine 
1 T butter 
1/2 t cinnamon 
1 t brown sugar 
2 c apple cider 
2 T apple butter 
2 c flour 
1 t baking soda 
3/4 t baking powder 
1 t cinnamon 
1/4 t ea nutmeg, allspice and cardamom 
1/4 t salt
2 T butter, melted 
1 egg, beaten 
1/2 c brown sugar 
1/2 c granulated sugar 
1 t vanilla 
1/2 c milk, room temp 
optional: store-bought caramel sauce
 

Methods/Steps

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter or spray doughnut pan. In a saucepan over medium heat, sauté diced apple, butter, cinnamon and brown sugar until apples are soft, approx. 2 min, then set aside. In a small pot over medium heat, reduce cider to 1/2 c, simmering approx. 8 min and checking often. Add apple butter to reduced cider and reserve. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients; set aside. In another bowl, whisk together melted butter, egg, sugars and vanilla; add cooked apple and milk and stir together, then add flour mixture and stir until all is moistened; stir in cider and apple butter mixture. Scoop mixture into a piping or plastic bag with a corner removed and pipe into greased doughnut pan, filling half way. Bake 13-15 min, until center bounces back when pressed gently. Turn out and cool completely before topping with your favorite caramel sauce or Cinnamon Sugar, recipe below.
 
Cinnamon Sugar 
1 c turbinado sugar or granulated
1 t cinnamon
1/4 t ea nutmeg, cardamom and allspice
6 T butter, melted
 
Combine sugar and spices in one bowl and melt butter in a separate bowl. Dip each doughnut top into melted butter, then into the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Shake off excess. Serve immediately.
 

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