These little baked apple cider donuts are really just autumn in a ball. They're bursting with all of the familiar flavors, such as apple, cinnamon, and ginger. Additionally, because of the chewy donut and silky glaze, each bite fills you with the warmth that we crave as fall turns to winter.
I never really had a strong desire to make donuts. First, there are much better desserts out there. But even more importantly, donuts always seemed like such a hassle to make: you have to deep fry them, and because of the hole in the middle, you inevitably end up wasting some dough. But, the more I thought about it, the more the idea of donut blasphemy appealed to me. Instead of deep frying, just bake them, and (brace yourselves)... do away with the hole.
Once these steps were out of the way, making the donuts was actually quite simple. The dough is a simple mixture of standard dry and wet ingredients, along with maple syrup, the apple cider of course, and some spices.
While the donuts are baking, the toppings can be prepared easily. The glaze is just powdered sugar and more apple cider, and the spice topping is just cinnamon, ginger, and sugar.
After the donuts have cooled, all you have to do is dip them in the glaze and then in the spice topping!
And voila! You have a much simpler, yet equally tasty donut. The only thing to improve about this recipe is that it doesn't make much. If I made this dish again, I would definitely double the recipe. Luckily, that shouldn't be a problem for somebody who teaches multiplying fractions for a living!
Baked Apple Cider Donuts
This cross between muffin and donut is a delicious treat full of the flavors of autumn. It's the perfect recipe if you're looking for a unique platform for these classic flavors.
Makes: 6 mini donuts
- 1 cup flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- Heaping pinches of cinnamon
- A pinch of salt
- 1⁄3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp apple cider
- 1/4 cup apple sauce
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- Splash of vanilla
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Pinch of ginger
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a mini-muffin tin.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, 1/4 cup of the apple cider, apple sauce, vegetable oil, and vanilla.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until combined.
- Spoon the batter into the muffin tin, filling each muffin about 3/4 of the way up.
- Bake at 350°F for about 15 minutes, or until the donut is springy yet firm.
- While the donuts are baking, whisk the remaining apple cider and powdered sugar together in a small bowl.
- In another bowl, thoroughly combine the cinnamon, ginger, and sugar.
- Once the donuts have cooled, dip their tops into the glaze. Then dip the glazed portion into the spice mix.