My youngest sister, Amy, gave me a donut pan for Hannukah. I’d been wanting one for a while, and figured she’d buy it for me. As a college student, she’s not really rolling in the dough (no pun intended, but I like it) and at $11, the pan was a great bargain. Thanks Amy!
For some reason though, donut-mania didn’t hit me until this past week. I first tried these Funfetti donuts (see Instagram) with chocolate glaze from SallysBakingAddiction.com. While hers were good, I really wanted to try a recipe that I had found for Baked Apple Cider Donuts from The Sweet Life, a blog about vegan foods. While not a vegan myself, the recipe sounded simple enough and Sarah, the writer, made the donuts look absolutely delicious.
While I followed her instructions exactly, I made a couple of minor tweaks to the recipes, which I noted below.
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp allspice *
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup apple cider
- 1/4 cup apple sauce
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp apple cider
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
*I didn’t have any allspice, so I ended up not using any.
**Suspicious that this might make too much glaze, I actually halved the recipe, which ended up being the PERFECT amount.
***I halved the sugar topping as well, but would actually recommend only using 1/4 of the recipe. I still ended up having way too much.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Generously grease a donut pan and set aside.
- In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together maple syrup, apple cider, apple sauce, canola oil, and vanilla extract. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until just combined.
- Spoon or pipe batter into the prepared doughnut pan, filling each mold about 3/4 full.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, until doughnuts springs back when gently pressed. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for a few minutes before transferring doughnuts onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
- To make glaze, whisk together powdered sugar and apple cider in a small shallow bowl. In a separate bowl, combine ingredients for cinnamon sugar topping.
- Once doughnuts have cooled, dip the tops of each doughnut into the glaze. Immediately sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.