Apple Cider Doughnuts with Maple Glaze
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: a dozen
Baked doughnuts filled with chopped apples and reduced apple cider then topped with a maple glaze. These apple cider doughnuts with maple glaze are so addictive and perfect for serving your guests this holiday season!
  • 1 ¼ cups apple cider
  • 1 small apple, peeled and core removed, cubed or thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground clove
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ cup buttermilk
Maple Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  1. In a small pot, add apple cider, a cinnamon stick, and a small apple chopped into small cubes or finely sliced.
  2. Cook the apple cider over medium heat for about 15 minutes until the liquid has been reduced to about a ½ cup. You may have a little bit less since the apples absorb the liquid too.
  3. Set the cooked apple cider aside for now and allow it to cool.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease the doughnut pan or mini muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil. Set aside for now.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground clove, ground nutmeg, and salt. Set aside for now.
  6. In a medium mixing bowl, add a beaten egg, melted butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, buttermilk, and the boiled apple cider and cooked apples. Whisk until combined.
  7. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. You don’t want to over mix the batter. Otherwise, the doughnuts will turn out very chewy.
  8. Pour the batter into a large Ziploc bag, or a vegetable bag. Cut a hole in the corner of the bag and pipe the batter into the doughnut pan, filling up to ¾ of the way.
  9. Bake the doughnuts for about 9-10 minutes. Remove the doughnuts from the oven and check the readiness of these doughnuts by inserting a toothpick through the center. If the toothpick comes out clean, the doughnuts are ready.
  10. Allow the doughnuts to cool for a few minutes before removing them from the pan.
  11. Fill the doughnut pan again, and bake a second batch.
  12. Once the doughnuts have cooled, mix together powdered sugar and maple syrup until smooth. Dunk the doughnuts into the maple glaze until the entire side is covered. Place the doughnuts on a wire rack to allow the glaze to harden.
  13. Serve the apple cider doughnuts with maple glaze same day for the best taste.
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