Baked Apple Cider Donuts



Friday was National Donut Day. So I made donuts.

I also needed some baked goods to take to photography class, and I figured we could use some interesting shapes. I had mini muffins and a small loaf, so I decided on donuts to round things out. Round things out! Get it? Sigh.

I do have a recipe I’ve used before, but I decided to try a new one this time around. It was pretty straightforward. First, dry ingredients: whole wheat white flour, cane sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and then since I couldn’t find the allspice, I used apple pie spice with a little extra cinnamon.

dry ingredients

And I whisked.

dry ingredients, whisked

Then I whisked together the liquid ingredients: apple cider, yogurt (instead of applesauce), eggs, and vanilla bean paste.

liquid ingredients, whisked

I poured that into the first bowl, mixed until incorporated, and then used a pastry bag to pipe it into my donut pan.

adding liquid to dry

batter in pan

I popped it into the oven, and boom! donuts.

donuts, baked in pan

I mixed some cinnamon with sugar and hoped it would stick to the top of the donuts without glaze or butter.

donuts on rack with topping

It did!

donuts with topping

I packed them up & took them to photography class along with some lemon poppy seed mni muffins (and one mini loaf).

baked goods in photo class

baked goods in photo class

baked goods in photo class

baked goods in photo class

baked goods in photo class

And then once they were nicely arranged…

baked goods in photo class

…they ate them.

And all was well.

Actually, I’ll be honest: I prefer my other recipe. But these were nice too and after tasting them, my fellow photographers scooped up the rest and took them home, so I’d call that a success, in the grand scheme of things.


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