Monday, September 21, 2009

Cider Doughnuts

Apple Cider is back in season and that means cider doughnut time!
This is a doughnut that began to sell at apple orchards as a treat to accompany their farm fresh apple cider.
Now they can be found easily around the New England area, but you absolutely can't beat the
taste of these when they are homemade.


The apple cider is subtle but definitely gives these doughnuts their classic fall flavor; and when combined with cinnamon and nutmeg the perfect apple spice is created.

Since moving to New York, these have become one of my favorite things about autumn.
There's nothing better than a cider doughnut with a cup of spiced apple cider on a crisp autumn day.

For more farmer's market pictures view my Flickr


Vermont Apple Cider Doughnuts: (makes 12)
(adapted from a recipe recommended on Chowhound)
  • 1 cup Apple Cider
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 cup cinnamon-sugar mixed


Boil the apple cider in small saucepan until it is reduced to 1/4 cup. Allow to cool down fully.


In a large bowl beat the sugar with the butter until smooth. Beat in the eggs, then add the buttermilk and reduced apple cider.

In another bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg.

Add the flour mixture slowly to the liquid mixture and mix enough to combine.

Transfer the dough to a floured board and knead slightly to combine well without over working the dough.

Roll or pat the dough to a 1/2 inch thickness.

Cut with an approximately 3-inch round cookie cutter

Then cut in the middle of each with a smaller round cookie cutter. (Re-roll scraps and continue with the cutting process.)

Place the doughnuts on a tray lined with grease proof paper.



Take a deep pan and add enough oil to fill it approx 3 inches deep.

Fry a few doughnuts at a time, turning once or twice until they are browned and fully cooked through.


Allow the hot doughnuts to drain on some paper towel.

While the doughnuts are still warm, coat them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Eat these doughnuts warm and freshly made.




47 comments:

  1. These doughnuts look delicious. I've wanted this recipe for a long time. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Those look wonderful! Now that I don't have a cider mill to go to, I'll have to make do with some local apple "cider". Not quite as good- but beggars can't be choosers!

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  3. those look/sound sooo good. And they look very easy to make.

    NICE!!

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  4. Ok, can I just start paying you to make me your recipes and then have you send them to me? :) Your blog makes me too hungry! Plus, I have never tried apple cider doughnuts and now I can't wait to!

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  5. I soooo need to make this soon!!

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  6. those look soooo delicious! Great photos as well!

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  7. These sound and look so good! I will have to save this recipe for baking night!

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  8. I've always wanted to make doughnuts. I'm a bit intimidated. Is is difficult?

    Yours look delicious!

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  9. I was always intimidated too, I was amazed at how easy it was!

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  10. Great pictures! Cider doughnuts are the only kind of doughnuts I've ever liked.. I'll have to give these a try.

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  11. Oh mu gosh, these are gorgeous! I've never made doughnuts, but if I had to choose one recipe, it would be this one. We love cider doughnuts!

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  12. O-M-G! These look so good! I'm bookmarking this one.

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  13. Oh these look so good but that first picture of the dough... that's what my thighs look like now so I'll have to taste these visually. If I can shed some before next fall I'll be hunting these down. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. going to the cold hollow cider mill for apple cider doughnuts is pretty much one of my favorite fall activities of all time! these look beautiful.

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  15. I've never been brave enough to try making doughnuts. Yours look sooo good!

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  16. These are amazing!! I cannot wait to make them! PERFECT Fall doughnuts!

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  17. I'd love to try these. I've only ever made donuts with yeast. These look so much easier.

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  18. i've never had a cider doughnut, but they sound amazing. definitely going on my to-do list!

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  19. I am so happy to have found this recipe, it looks terrific. Each Fall, the family and I travel to a farm just outside of Boston for hay rides and cider donuts, which they cook fresh all day. I always leave swearing that THIS is the year when I'll find a recipe and make my own.....and here I finally have it. Thanks!

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  20. Apple cider AND doughnuts!? This recipe is the perfect marriage of two of my all time favorite treats. I've got to try this.

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  21. growing up in upstate new york, all i can say is this was my favorite time of the year, and this was my favorite treat as a child!

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  22. Do you go the Union Sq farmers market? I had cider doughnuts there once or twice and wasn't impressed so haven't had any again. Do you have a specific vendor you like?

    Of course, you could just bring me some of yours, which look way better than the ones I've seen.

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  23. I try to go to Union sq farmers market every Saturday, I also go to Cortelyou road farmers market on Sundays in Brooklyn.
    I've had some cider doughnuts at Union sq, they're not very authentic tasting...
    I usually just look around to see whats good at each vendor, so no specific ones really.
    I do try to get to the Ronnybrook stand and I love the juices from Red Jacket Orchards.

    Thanks for stopping by :)

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  24. I frequent Ronnybrook too. I need their cream for my coffee.

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  25. Wow these look and sound incredible. I wish I could find some local cider around here. I bought some in the produce department at the grocery store, but it's just not as good!

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  26. Hmm, I tried making apple cider doughnuts about a month ago and they turned out terrible! This recipe is a little different. Maybe I will give this a try and have better results!

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  27. I made these and they're amazing! Reminds me of home.

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  28. These doughnuts look perfect! I bookmarked this recipe.

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  29. I am definitely going to make these. The nice thing about them is they actually look easy to make. Imagine that? Thanks for posting!

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  31. A New Englander making cider doughnuts on a perfect autumn day. The recipie looks fantastic, and I can't wait to taste the results.Local cider from the apple orchard to boot. Nothing better!

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  32. A New Englander making cider doughnuts on a perfect autumn day. The recipie looks fantastic, and I can't wait to taste the results.Local cider from the apple orchard to boot. Nothing better!

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  33. Thanks for sharing this recipe, they look amazing, can't wait to try them!

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  34. Wow ,The recipe looks fantastic,I Like it .

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  35. Thanks for the experiment. Interesting dishes. I will try it.

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  36. Wow ,The recipe looks fantastic,I Like it .

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  37. I made these and they're amazing! Reminds me of home.

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  40. These sound and look so good! I will have to save this recipe for baking night!

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  41. These are amazing!! I cannot wait to make them! PERFECT Fall donuts.

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  42. Ive been looking for new goodies to bake for christmas so I'm SO glad I found this recipe!!! Ive made doughnuts before and I was wondering why they were kind of flat maybe because I was using milk instead of buttermilk!! Thanks so much!!

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