Baked apple cider donuts are cakey, loaded with flavor, quick and simple to make. It's a delicious breakfast for any crisp fall morning. These donuts are coated in a cinnamon spiced sugar topping and pair well with a warmed cup of apple cider or hot cup of coffee.
I love fall for so many reasons. It's a very warm and cozy season during which I love hosting gatherings. During this time of year I am very inspired to try out new fall themed recipes. When I think of fall, I think of pumpkin pie spice, apple cider, hearty soups and stews. Although I love incorporating fall inspiration into any meal of the day, I really enjoy adding the warm flavors of fall into breakfast recipes. And today I'm sharing with you, just that, baked apple cider donuts.
These donuts use apple cider that has been reduced down to add tons of flavor. They are cakey, easy to make (no frying necessary) and dipped in a delicious cinnamon spiced sugar topping. They are fun for both kids and adults and a delicious way to incorporate apple cider into your baking.
Apple cider vs Apple Juice
Have you ever wondered the difference between apple cider and apple juice? They certainly look and taste different.
Cider is made from apples that are ground into a consistency similar to that of applesauce. It is then wrapped and put through a press leaving only the juice which in turn is bottled as apple cider (in other words, unfiltered apple juice). Often you will find that cider is unpasteurized and therefore must be refrigerated once it's opened or else it will ferment.
Apple juice. on the other hand, has been filtered to remove any solids. Additionally, apple juice is pasteurized to increase shelf life.
The topping to these baked apple cider donuts is quite simple to make, yet it adds such a lovely texture to the donuts. You can certainly omit this portion of the recipe if you prefer or alter the spices accordingly (like increase the amount of cinnamon or omit the nutmeg). Just whisk together the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl until well combined.
Dip your slightly cooled donuts into melted butter, this allows the sugar coating to stick to your donuts but also adds flavor. Shake any excess butter from the donuts before dipping into the sugar coating.
I love making these baked apple cider donuts all fall long. They are simple to make, don't need to be fried and are sure to please a crowd. Hope you enjoy these baked apple cider donuts as much as I do. Happy Baking!