If you’ve spent any time in the Northeast, you’re likely familiar with the apple cider donut, a staple of the region’s autumn and winter diets. While cider donuts are most often found at roadside cider mills and orchards, they can very easily be made in your home. The donuts are more cakey than fluffy, unlike some of the donuts you’ll find at popular chains. While these donuts, like many desserts, are not particularly healthy, they are still much better for you than store-bought ones, which often contain chemicals and additives that can be harmful to your health.
Makes approximately 18 donuts.
For the glaze:
Boil your apple cider in a saucepan. Allow it to reduce to approximately 1/4 of a cup, which should take 20-30 minutes. Then set it aside to cool.
Beat your butter using your mixer, slowly adding in your sugar. Then mix in the eggs one at a time until fully mixed. Then add the buttermilk and cider you reduced.
Using a separate bowl, stir together your flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir this mixture in with your liquid ingredients so as to combine them.
Lightly flour some parchment or wax paper. Transfer your dough onto the paper and sprinkle the dough with flour.
Flip the dough onto one of the sheets and sprinkle the top with flour. Roll out the dough until it is approximately 1/2 inch thick and put the dough into your freezer until is begins to harden, which should take about 20 minutes. Then take it out of the freezer and let it sit.
Make your donut glaze by whisking together your confectioners’ sugar and the cider until the mixture gets smooth.
Using a donut cutter or by hand, cut out the donut shapes. Feel free to get creative! Place your shaped donuts onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate them for 20-30 minutes.
Add oil or shortening to a deep frying pan, filling it approximately 3 inches. Heat up the oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Fry your donuts! Turn each a few times in the pan until they become golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Don’t take your eyes off them or they might burn! Using metal tongs, place the donuts on paper towels to drain off excess oil.
Pour the glaze over your donuts and let them cool. They’ll soon be ready to enjoy!