Friday, October 5, 2012

Apple Cider Donuts


leaves and flours vegan apple cider donuts
I am a perfectionist. It drives me crazy when I make something and I know that it’s okay but it could be better. This was the case with my first two batches of apple cider donuts. I found this Vegetarian Times recipe online in the middle of last winter when it was a bit too late for cider donuts. I made them in September and thought they were just alright. The apple taste wasn’t really as strong as I wanted it to be. So I tried again. The next time I boiled down 4 cups of cider to a shy 1 cup and replaced the milk in the liquid with extra cider. While that batch was a bit more appley, it was still just lacking.
A few weeks later, I made the caramel stuffed apple cider cookies and was wowed with their flavor. It hit me that I had a few packets of instant apple cider powder left, and I got to work getting these donuts right. The third time sometimes really is the charm.
leaves and flours vegan apple cider donuts
Apple Cider Donuts
adapted from VeganYumYum, makes approximately 8 large donuts


1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 packets Alpine Spiced Apple Cider
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 Ener-G egg
4 tablespoons Earth Balance

Preheat oven to 350. Grease donut pan. In medium bowl mix together flour, sugar, apple cider powder, spices, baking soda, and salt. In small saucepan heat the Earth Balance, almond milk, and egg replacer until the Earth Balance is completely melted and the mixture is warm but not scalding. Stir the vanilla extract into the wet ingredients, and then fold all of it into the dry. Spoon the batter into the pans until they are approximately half full. The donuts will rise a fair amount during baking. Bake approximately 12 minutes, until the donuts spring back when touched.
When these were done baking I brushed the tops of the donuts with reduced apple cider and coated them in a cinnamon & Turbinado mixture. I used 1 teaspoon of cinnamon for a half cup of Tubinado. I love the crunch that the raw sugar adds, but if you prefer you can use regular granulated sugar. These also taste great with just a light glaze or powdered sugar.


leaves and flours vegan apple cider donuts

17 comments:

  1. They look perfectly amazing! I will have to find some of that apple cider powder for sure! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. These looks wonderful. I wish I was dressed cause I would be off to get the apple cider powder. I am going to make these soon. Thanks for the recipe.

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  3. I may or may not have just tried to lick my screen.

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  4. I don't even know what to say... WOW. Beautiful food styling, too! I really want to make these, but alas no doughnut pan. Hrumph.

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  5. Those look so yummy! I will have to try these. I never was much of a doughnut person but I can't pass up an apple cider donut that looks that tasty.

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  6. I didn't think I missed doughnuts. Until now. I gotta have these.

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  7. Apple cider powder? That's genius!

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  8. These look amazing! I need to make these ASAP :-)

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  9. Thank goodness for the perfectionist in you! These love heavenly. Totally going to de-glutenize these bad boys. In fact, I'm sitting here, wondering what to eat for breakfast and now it looks like I am making donuts! hooray :)

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  10. these doughtnuts are everywhere today.. and i know why! so perfect and so gorgeous!

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  11. This rules so hard! I have had doughnuts in general and apple cider doughnuts in specific on the brain for weeks, and these are gonna be the first thing I make when I get my hands on a doughnut pan. They look great, and I totally feel you on the whole "perfectionism" thing -- I want everything I eat to be mind-blowing, all the time.

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  12. Your donuts look perfect - I love the glittery cinnamon sugar topping! I need to find some of that apple cider mix :)

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  13. I made these and they are good - but did rise like yours. I have two questions, when do you add the apple cider vinegar and do you add the EnerG dry or mix with water first?

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  14. I meant to type did NOT rise like yours.

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