Donuts for the Weekend!

FALL is in full force here!
Cool temps, crisp air, changing leaves,
pumpkins, corn stalks, and apple cider.

Now other than drinking my apple cider ice cold,
I have never done anything else with it.

This year I decided that was going to change…
I was going to make donuts!
My mini bundt pan has been feeling neglected
since I bought it last year and have only used it once.

And my kids need donuts…
healthy donuts since I tried to feed
them cupcakes for dinner earlier this week. LOL!

My trusty friend google didn’t let me down.
Every search brought me back to the same recipe.
Since all the reviews were great,
I decided that it was going to be my recipe of choice.

They were super easy to make and kind of healthy.
Note I said “kinda”…
I still wouldn’t eat too many of them all at once:-)
Now they are baked, saving you some calories from
not being soaked in grease.

I am not a big fan of frying…
not because of taste mind you…
more because I can’t stand how it makes my house smell.

These donuts are a cake consistency and
I topped them with an apple cider glaze.

One word of warning:
Make sure you have ALL the ingredients
before you start making the donuts.
It was late at night and I was in the middle of making them
when I discovered that I didn’t have any yogurt.
So I made do and substituted apple sauce for it.
They still turned out so good.
So perfect with a warm cup of java.

Apple Cider Doughnuts
adapted from Diana’s Desserts
serves 24

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: You will need a mini bundt baking pan with 6 or 12 cavities or a 6 or 12 cavity doughnut baking pan.

approximately 3 tbsp sugar for baking pans
baking spray
2 cups all-purpose flour
1½ tsp baking powder
1½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp grated nutmeg
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup apple butter
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup apple cider
1/3 cup plain yogurt
3 tbsp oil

ICING (optional)
1 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1-2 tbsp apple cider
Preheat oven to 350*.
Brush cavities of a mini bundt pan or doughnut pan with oil or baking spray.
Sprinkle with sugar, shaking out excess.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; set aside.
In another bowl, whisk together egg, brown sugar, apple puree, maple syrup, cider, yogurt and oil.
Add dry ingredients and stir just until moistened.
Divide the batter among the prepared mini bundt pan or doughnut pans, filling only about halfway up the pans.
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the tops spring back when touched lightly.
Loosen edges and turn the doughnuts out onto a rack to cool.
If required, clean the pans then re-coat it with oil and sugar.
Repeat with remaining batter.

Combine confectioners sugar and 1 tbsp of apple cider in a small bowl.
Mix until the icing is of a drizzling consistency. If not, add more cider.
Dip the tops of the donuts in the glaze.
Return to a wire rack to allow icing to set.

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  1. says

    Oh yay! I have a donut baking pan that I picked up weeks ago at Goodwill that has just been waiting for this recipe. I’ll have to pick up some apple cider, but I think I have everything else. Can’t wait to try this! Happy Friday :)

  2. says

    Me again. I just noticed that in your list of ingredients it says 3 T oil, but your directions say hazelnut oil. Did you use hazelnut or just vegetable oil? I definitely don’t have hazelnut oil, so I was just wondering. Thanks :)

  3. says

    I am so trying these – they look wonderful! The biggest plus for me is that they aren’t fried – I’m with you on hating the smell!

    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and planting your creative seeds at Plant a Punkin Seed Party!


    Punkin Seed Productions

  4. says

    Oh yummy yum yum! Those look so incredibly good. I cannot wait to try this. Maybe when my husbands parents are here next weekend. Mmmm. Love your new header. Happy weekend to you.

  5. Jocelyn says

    Oh Yum…I am taking this list to the store with me today and will soooo be making these goodies!!!

    Thanks for sharing!!!!

    Have a blessed day!!

  6. says

    OHHH yum! these lok so great and when I have time to cook/bake agasin I will totally try these and tell you how they turned out, I am always looking for new breakfast items bc I am not a big breakfast “cooker” and the donut recipe I have uses tons of oil, I am sure thats nice and healthy :) thanks for sharing!

  7. says

    These look incredible! I’ve been wanting to make homemade donuts with maple frosting and bacon sprinkled on top. Can you be a dove and whip those up to share? lol nice to meet you!

  8. says

    Hey Jocelyn! Went to Islands of Adventure yesterday and thought of you during the Harry Potter rides. . .you will LOVE them! WAyyy exceeded my expectations! Too bad we couldn’t have been here at the same time. . .wouldn’t that have been so fun to meet up? Love your new banner!

  9. says

    These sound so delicious!
    Thanks so much for linking up to Not “Baaad” Sundays with LambAround last week! The Linky is back up and if you stop by, I think you’ll be happy with what you find 😉

  10. says

    Hi Jocelyn! (It’s so fun to say that.)

    Those look so delicious. It has me sad that I don’t have a mini bundt pan or my mother-in-law’s delicious apple cider that we usually go help make every year (but this year the bugs got to the apples). I’m definitely saving this recipe for another time though. Enjoy 1 (or 3) for me, okay?

  11. says

    YUM! We love the apple donuts that they sell at an apple fair near our house once a year so I’m sure we’d love these. That’s great that you’re recipe is a little healthier so I won’t have to feel so guilty about making them! : )

  12. says

    I’m here visiting from JDaniel4’s Mom. I have been kind of craving donuts for a while and I’m not going to buy them or fry them. I too don’t like the mess and the smell not to mention the greasy factor in the food. This might be the answer. Thanks!


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