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Best Cider Doughnuts

Exciting fall harvest festivals in the New England states mean the freshest and best apple cider doughnuts around.
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Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, apple cider, cider, donut, doughnut
Servings: 20 doughnuts
Calories: 389kcal

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  • electric frying pan
  • donut cutter


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    Ingredients for Best Cider Doughnuts

    • 3 cups apple cider
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 4 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon divided
    • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
    • 2/3 cup light brown sugar packed
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg freshly ground
    • 6 tablespoons sweet butter melted and cooled
    • 2 large eggs room temperature, lightly beaten
    • 2 cups vegetable oil


    The Method

      for the cinnamon sugar coating

      • In a small bowl, combine sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon; set aside.

      for the doughnuts

      • Heat apple cider in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced to 1 cup, about 15-20 minutes. Let cool completely.
      • In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, nutmeg and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon.
      • In a large bowl, whisk together butter, eggs and apple cider.
      • Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula just until moist. DO NOT OVERMIX. Cover and place into the refrigerator until chilled, about 1 hour. Divide dough in half.
      • Working on a lightly floured surface, roll dough into 1/2-inch thick rounds; cut out rounds with a 2 1/2-inch cutter.
      • Heat vegetable oil in an electric fryer. Alternatively, use a large stock pot or Dutch oven and heat to 325°F by using an instant read candy thermometer to gauge.
      • Working in batches, add donuts to the electric frying pan and cook until evenly until golden and crispy, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel for 30 seconds to blot, then roll in cinnamon sugar mixture to coat.
      • Serve warm with piping hot coffee and plenty of napkins.


      Serving: 1serving | Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 227mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 132IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg

      Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.