I’ve come to the conclusion that fall is really the best season for baking. What other season has such festively delicious ingredients and flavors? I mean you’ve got endless options with pumpkin, cinnamon, nuts of all kinds, apples and, of course, apple cider.
Okay, I have a confession. Until around this time last year I had never tried an apple cider donut. WHAT?! I know. I used to be very much a picky eater and though that I wouldn’t like a donut containing apple cider. Little did I know that apple cider gives donuts an absolutely unmatchable taste. I’m a cider donut convert.
Until now, I had only ever eaten fried apple cider donuts. In creating a recipe for the blog, I wanted to avoid the nuisance and potential danger of frying donuts in hot oil, so I created a simple baked donut recipe. Don’t worry though! These babies are still deliciously buttery, cider-y and cinnamon-y! Plus, they’ll make your house smell divine while baking.
For today’s recipe, you’ll need two donut pans. You can find these at any cooking store and even at many grocery stores or stores like Target and Walmart. You can also buy them online.
Donuts may sound like a scary animal, but this recipe comes together so quickly. To begin with, you’ll reduce the apple cider from 1 1/4 cups down to 1/2 cup in order to really concentrate the flavor. Then, as you let the cider cool in the fridge, you prepare the rest of the ingredients. Put everything together and put them in the oven, simple as! Well, not quite, but almost. I’ll go into more detail in the recipe below.
If you’ve never tried apple cider donuts before or if you love them but thought it would be too hard to make them, I dare you to try these. You won’t be sorry!