Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Baked Apple Cider Donuts by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
What do you like best about Fall?

Me? I like everything that Autumn brings...pumpkins, mums, sweater-weather, pretty leaves,  apple cider and...

Donuts! 

So...I flipped when I saw a recipe in my local paper this week for Baked Apple Cider Donuts.  

Baked Apple Cider Donuts by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Apple cider and donuts go together like cheese and crackers; peanut butter and jelly;  spaghetti and meatballs.

The thought of fresh, cold cider paired with warm, home-made donuts takes me right back to childhood. 

Baked Apple Cider Donuts by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
When I was a kid, every fall, we drove out "to the country" to visit some farms, so we could get our pumpkins. Or at least I thought it was the country! Turns out it was only about 15 miles from home.  Ironically, I now live about five miles from where those farms once stood.

Sadly, the farms are gone, and have been replaced by strip malls. You can still buy apple cider and doughnuts there...but at the supermarket, not the farm stands. Somehow, it just doesn't taste the same.


Anyway, back then, one farm had an apple cider stand, and for ten cents, you'd get a paper cup, which entitled you to refill it as much as you wanted.  There was also a bakery with pies, and the most amazing freshly fried doughnuts! It was such a treat. 

Baked Apple Cider Donuts by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Baked Apple Cider Donuts are a treat, too. This was my first venture with my new donut pan. You can get it from Amazon, right here. I'm kind of inFATuated with it right now (emphasis on "fat," since that's what I'll be if I keep making...and eating them. Nevertheless, I think I'll start a new Pinterest board called "Baked Donuts."

Baked Apple Cider Donuts by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The donuts were simple to make. No electric mixer is needed. You mix the dry ingredients; you combine the wet ingredients, and you mix them together. Voila! 

Now, let's be honest here. These are not quite the same as the donuts of my youth.  They are not fried -- they're baked.  Even if I put them in a Dunkin' Donuts or Krispy Kreme box, I don't think I'd fool Mr. Goo Shoes, or Junior GS for a minute.  But, they are healthier, so I don't feel quite as guilty when I eat one. Or three. 

Baked Apple Cider Donuts by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The batter was nice and thick, so it was easy to spoon into the pan.  Just be sure not to over-fill them, otherwise your donuts will not have holes. And what's a donut without holes? It's not a donut, that's what.

Baked Apple Cider Donuts by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Baked Apple Cider Donuts by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
For the glaze, I used just three tablespoons of cider, instead of 3 tablespoons plus 3 teaspoons that the recipe called for, since I wanted mine to be a little thicker. 

Baked Apple Cider Donuts by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

The  recipe in the newspaper was for mini-donuts, but said to triple it for regular size, which is what I made. That's why the ingredient amounts are a little weird (like "3 pinches of salt"). I don't want to give you wrong conversion amounts. If you want to make the mini ones, you can convert it back by using 1/3  of the ingredients. 

Baked Apple Cider Donuts by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes




Can I tell you how good these are? They are GOOD! Whip up a batch, grab a cup of coffee, or some steaming apple cider, and enjoy!

Baked Apple Cider Donuts by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes



BAKED APPLE CIDER DONUTS
Recipe by Lauren Chattman

2 1/4 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
9 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/8 teaspoon baking soda
3 pinches salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons buttermilk or plain yogurt (I used yogurt)
3/4 cup apple cider
9 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3 large egg yolks

For the glaze:
1 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted.
3 tablespoons + 3 teaspoons apple cider
3 pinches nutmeg

Make the donuts: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray the impressions of donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. 

In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk (or yogurt), cider, butter and eggs.

Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just moistened. 

Divide batter among the donut impressions.  

Bake until the donuts are well risen and a toothpick inserted into the centers come out clean, about 10 minutes.  All ovens vary, so baking time is approximate

Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, then invert onto wire rack to cool completely.  

While donuts are cooling, make the glaze:

Whisk together sifted confectioner's sugar, cider and nutmeg in a small bowl.

Dip tops of donuts into glaze, letting excess glaze drip back into bowl. 

Return to the rack, glazed sides up, and let stand until the glaze is set, about 15 minutes.


Yield: 12 regular-sized donuts. 


Baked Apple Cider Donuts by Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


 


49 comments:

  1. These sound and look divine!!! I am a HUGE fan of fall myself, it is my favorite season for sure. Thanks so for the recipe!

    Cynthia

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  2. I've never had a "baked" donut before; but those look good enough to convince me to try one! Love your Halloween font.

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    1. I think they are a pretty new thing, Kathy. I only recently started seeing them. I'm hooked!

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  3. So tempting! Your memories of visiting these farm stands as a child in the fall reminded me of the email and picture I got from our son Sunday after taking our one year old granddaughter to the pumpkin patch, a big juicy apple in her hand with lots of little teeth marks in it! Parents can do such simple things to make good memories for their children, can't they?

    Last night on a local show here they visited the Arcade in Nashville that has been there for around a century, I believe. They went in one shop that belonged to a country music singer where he and his family make fresh doughnuts. Their bestseller right now is a bacon maple doughnut and I think my blood sugar zoomed just looking at them. You could add some bacon to yours sometime!

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    1. It's always good to be reminded that the simple things bring great pleasure. I bet the picture of your granddaugher was priceless! At first, when you mentioned the bacon maple doughnut, I thought, Yuck! But once I thought about it, I bet I would LOVE it -- I do love when my bacon gets soaked with syrup, so now I'm saying YUM!

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  4. Your pictures make my mouth water. Cider is the official drink here in Brittany, but I wonder if it taste the same as American cider, because English cider, for example, is slightly different.

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    1. I don't know if it's the same, Magali, but I'd like to come over to Brittany to sample some :)

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  5. It's not a good idea to click on a post like this one at 10 at night. How will I get to sleep with thoughts of apple cider doughnuts floating through my head????? I gave my doughnut maker to the grandkids and now I want it back!

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    1. Tell the grandkids to whip up a batch for you! Hope you were able to get to sleep!

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  6. Oh, yummy! :-)
    Your baked donuts made me feel outright nostalgic. I republished a post about coffee and apple cider donuts at the Apple House just south of Washington, DC, adding a link to your recipe.
    Cheers,
    Merisi

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    1. Hi Merisi, I saw your post, and I really appreciate the link to my recipe! Thank you!

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  7. These look absolutely scrumptious! Now, I want to go out and buy a doughnut pan. I've also never thought about substituting yogurt for buttermilk. Interesting.

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    1. I never knew about substituting yogurt, either. I'm always throwing out leftover buttermilk when a I buy it for a recipe. Thanks for stopping by. I just hopped over to your blog - love it! Malaysia...how exotic!

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  8. I never met a doughnut I didn't like Amy. These look so delicious. A nice mug of coffee and one of these would make me a very happy girl!

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    1. Me, either! Doughnuts could be a serious problem for me if I let myself indulge. At least these are quite as bad as the fried ones.

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  9. These look so scrumptious. I love doughnuts, especially apple cider doughnuts! I like to take a ride out to Battleview Orchards for their apple cider doughnuts on the weekends. xo

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    1. They rank as one of my faves, too. Where is Battleview Orchards, Barbara?

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  10. They look incredible Amy !!!
    I don't think I've ever tasted an apple cider donut in my life !
    We used to go apple picking in the fall - can't remember pumpkin picking ever :(
    XOXO

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    1. Well, Suzan, I think it's high time that you did! If I go to Michael's to buy that pack of stencils you wrote about, I think you should go to Target and buy a pumpkin pan - lol ! Or, I could just mail you one ;)

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  11. These look amazing! I love the idea of apple cider and them being a bit healthier. We are donut loving family!

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    1. They are SO easy, Jennifer! Your kids could even make them!

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  12. These cider donuts look so good, and what a wonderful way to welcome in fall. Thank you for sharing with us!

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    1. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised! I never thought they'd be anywhere near as good as the fried version, but they are tasty in their own right!

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  14. Amy, these look delicious. I don't think I've ever even seen a donut pan! You're right. What's a donut without a hole?
    Brenda

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    1. I hadn't seen them, either, till recently, but now I see them everywhere!

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  15. Amy, autumn and all its alluring ambience, from the amber forests of Ontario, and pumpkin lined porches, to your beautifully BAKED apple cider donuts, it's enough to drive an Canadian expat into a severe case of homesickness!! These look SO darn good, I cannot, will not even try, to resist making them! Why fight it? I will cave in to my constant craving for Tim Hortons apple fritters, (a Canadian sensation!), and justify it via YOUR variety, defending my argument based on your buttermilk and unbleached flour features for brownie points!

    Thanks so much for the mouthwatering images and your great childhood memories of truly precious times.

    xo
    Poppy

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    1. Oh, Poppy, now I'm sad I made you homesick! I think the donuts will make us both feel better:) And now you've piqued my interest in Tim Hortons apple fritters! MMmmmmm...sounds good!

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    1. It definitely is, Jeni! So good with hot apple cider!

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  17. Mmmmm! I have got to get me a donut pan! We would love to have you share with us at our weekly Super Saturday Link Party. http://www.madefrompinterest.net/2013/10/super-saturday-link-party-13/ Your recipes and ideas would be a hit with our crowd. It would be our honor to have you join us!

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    1. I am definitely going to stop by your party! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  18. They look so good. I can't wait to try them.

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  19. Love, love, love homemade donuts! These look fantastic....thanks so much for sharing on #cakefriday!

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    1. Thank you, Becky! And thanks for sharing it on your FB page...I really appreciate it!

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  20. Oh my, these look so delicious! YUMMY! Had to pin these! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. Just featured at Pick of the Bunch! Followed on GFC, too. :)

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thanks so much, Kathy! I really am thrilled that you featured this post!

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  21. I really appreciate your professional approach. These are pieces of very useful information that will be of great use for me in future

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  22. Mmm, I've never had a baked donut (I know... I am actually not from planet Mars, but an American expat;). I've been in a very apple mood right now and these sound amazing! Thanks for linking up to #FoodieFridays!

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  23. MMMMM This looks good... I have to get around to baking up some doughnuts soon... Thanks for coming by to #foodiefridays! Hope to see you again this week!

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  24. These look delicious! I have been thinking about getting a doughnut maker...this may put me over the edge!

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  25. Amy, These sound perfect for a Thanksgiving breakfast! I'm going to make them on Thursday!

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  26. I absolutely love apple cider donuts and these look so delish! Many happy memories of buying them warm at an apple orchard ... it's been way too long since I've done that. ;) Can't wait to try these!

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