Apple Cider Donuts

an easy, yummy, baked and healthier apple cider donut recipe by kinderfarmhomeschool.com

Apple Cider Donuts: an activity for children of all ages. Making these donuts can be time consuming, but it is so much fun. Consider reading Robert McClosky’s Homer Price before making these donuts. It makes for a very fun and fall-filled day.

*This recipe is adapted from a recipe found on sallysbakingaddiction.com.

  • Supplies:
  • Before you begin, there are a couple of things you should know about the apple cider.
    1. Choose a  yummy apple cider (such as Honeycrisp), as it makes a HUGE difference in the taste of your donuts.
    2. You will need to reduce the cider. In this recipe, while it’s simmering, you add cinnamon, cloves and oranges (see directions below).
  • Ingredients for the donuts: consider doubling this recipe as it only makes approximately 10 mini donuts.
    • 1 and 1/4 cups apple cider – THIS WILL GET REDUCED SO DON’T POUR THIS ALL IN! (see directions below first)
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour (or 2 cups all-purpose flour and eliminate the 1 cup whole white wheat)
    • 1 cup whole white wheat
    • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tbsp organic flaxseed to make an egg replacer (grind 1 tbsp. of flaxseed in the Vitamix or blender and combine this with 3 tbsp. water) OR 1 egg
    • 2 Tablespoons applesauce (you can use your own homemade from the recipe included in one of the activities or store bought)
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 tsp lemon juice or vinegar combined with rice milk for a total of 1/2 cup OR  1/2 cup buttermilk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup finely diced apple pieces without peel *optional*

     

  • Ingredients for toppings:
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 3/4 cup apple cider
    • 2 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Directions:
    • Simmer the apple cider over low to medium heat in a small saucepan on the stove for about 15-20 minutes.
    • Add cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and/or orange slices for extra flavor if desired. This reduces the apple cider for a stronger flavor. You will need 1/2 cup from this reduced cider. Check it throughout the simmering process to make sure it doesn’t simmer down to less than 1/2 cup.
    • Allow it to cool in the refrigerator as you mix the other ingredients.
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F if using the muffin tin.
    • Combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice and salt together in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine the flaxseed mixture (or egg), applesauce, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until smooth. Whisk in the vegan buttermilk (or buttermilk), vanilla, and 1/2 cup of concentrated apple cider.
    • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently mix together with a whisk. Be careful not to over-mix as this can result in a tough textured donut. Whisk until all ingredients are just combined.
    • Give your helpers another job as taste testers. There is no raw egg so the dough is safe to eat.
    • Decide if you want to make donut holes or donuts (or decide to make both).
      • For donut holes, coat the mini muffin pan with a cooking spray. Fill the mini muffin pan only 3/4 of the way full. Bake the donut holes at 350 degrees F for  9-10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the donut comes out clean.
      • For donuts using a donut maker, please follow the instructions for your donut maker. Mine says to coat the top and bottom of the maker with vegetable oil. I just placed a little on a paper towel and rubbed it into each of the holes. Then you can either fill the batter in a baggie and cut a small hole in one corner to more easily aim the batter into the pan, or just spoon in about 2 tbsp of batter per donut. The donuts only take about 2-3 minutes in the donut maker. Remove them from the maker using the little heat resistant spatula.
    • Make the apple cider glaze by whisking the apple cider and powered sugar together in a small bowl until combined.
    • Make the topping by mixing the granulated sugar and cinnamon together in a separate small bowl.
    • Dip the donuts or donut holes lightly (and quickly) into the apple cider glaze then dunk them all the way into the cinnamon sugar, using a spoon to mix it around so the entire donut hole (or donut) is coated generously. Repeat with all the donuts. (Make sure they don’t get dunked too long in the glaze as this makes for very soggy donuts). If your kids are anything like mine, you may need more cinnamon and sugar.
    • Enjoy them fresh out of the oven with some hot apple cider!
    • Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.

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      an easy, yummy, baked and healthier apple cider donut recipe by kinderfarmhomeschool.com