Apple Cider Doughnuts

Mmm.  Apple cider doughnuts (which I'll always spell doughnuts that way, the way my mom did).  This isn't the first time I've tried to get these right.  This is the first worthy recipe to share. They're good.  It's originally an Ina Garten recipe that was adapted. Did I ever tell you my husband had a chance to cook with Ina?  We have a framed picture of the two of them together.  That's back when he was in the cooking business.  He quit all that cooking stuff once we got married, professionally and at home.  Oh well.

Anyway, he totally approved of these.  I made a huge batch with my littles and they are stored cut out and uncooked in freezer bags lined with wax paper in the freezer.  Most every weekend, I have been taking out *just* enough for us to have a sample when I waked up.  By the time morning animal chores are done, they're thawed enough to fry.  Although the husband would much prefer to indulge in the whole batch at once, this little weekend treat has become a hit. 

Anyway, they're really good.

Apple Cider Doughnuts (adapted recipe from here).

1 1/2 cup of apple cider

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
3/4 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
4-5 cups all-purpose flour

1) Pour apple cider into saucepan.  Let simmer until it's reduced to 3/4 cup. Cool to luke warm.
2) Pour into mixing bowl. Add sugar, mix.  Add egg, milk, butter and vanilla. Mix.  Add baking powder, baking soda, cinn., nutmeg and half the flour.  Mix.  Gradually knead in the remaining flour to form a somewhat stiff dough.
3) Roll 1/2 inch thick on floured surface.  Use doughnut cutter to cut out doughnuts.
4) Fry for 2 minutes on each side.
5) Dip in sugar and enjoy.

The best part about making these?  The help I get.  Always eager, always willing.  It's a little slice of heaven baking with my kids.


  1. I need a donut (er, doughnut) cutter stat! These look soooo good and I can't wait to make them. I love that you keep them in the freezer and only fry a few at a time. Really great idea. And how awesome that your hubby got to cook with Ina! I've watched her show for years.

  2. Thanks for the recipe, look so yummy!
    Greetings, RW & SK

  3. Oh my goodness, I've been waiting for this recipe since you mentioned it not so long ago!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Wow - I had no idea your husband cooked with Ina! My husband {secretly} loves her shows. He pretends he's not interested but it's funny that he always remembers what she made and requests it later in the week....... :) These look amazing - I will have to make them for him this week.



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