Baked Spiced Apple Cider Donut Holes Made with Brown Sugar

Baked Spiced Apple Cider Donut Holes Made with Brown Sugar


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Baked Spiced Apple Cider Donut Holes

Apple Cider Donut Holes

Baked donut holes never excited me.  “A donut isn’t a donut unless it is fried,” I thought.  Well, I’m officially a baked donut convert!  These spiced apple cider donut holes made with brown sugar have the same consistency as fried donut holes and are jam-packed with fall’s flavors.  I popped a huge pile of apple cider donut holes into my freezer and I have been taking them out and microwaving them whenever I want a taste of fall.

I created these donut holes as part of the Fair Trade Recipe Rally in honor of Fair Trade Month – they are loaded with Fair Trade spices!  If you read to the end of this post, you can enter to win amazing prize pack of Fair Trade goodies.

I use the Fair Trade spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and clove) in two ways in this recipe.  First, I mix the spices into the batter.  Then, instead of simply dusting the hot donuts in sugar, I dust them in a blend of spices and brown sugar.  My aunt said that these spiced apple cider donut holes might be the best dessert she’s ever had.  Then again, she said the same thing about my pluot tart, so she can only be somewhat trusted.

How Fair Trade Helps Farmers

Fortaleza del Valle: Manabi, Ecuador

Fortaleza del Valle is a cooperative of small farmers located in Calceta, Ecuador.  It works to grow family incomes by improving the production yield and quality of its members’ cacao. The co-op has developed post-harvest infrastructure, such as central fermentation centers, to ensure the best in quality. Fair Trade premiums have been used to invest in pre-harvest financing, pruning and replanting of trees to rehabilitate the farms, education and training, and infrastructure for local organizations.  Mariana del Jesus Mendoza (pictured here) is a cacao grower who has been with Fortaleza del Valle since 2006 and currently on the Co-Op’s board of directors.

Fortaleza del Valle: Manabi, Ecuador

“Thanks to Fair Trade,” said Mariana, “we are able to sell our cacao at fair and stable prices. Before we were organized (into Fortaleza del Valle), many of us did not know how to take true advantage of our plants’ capacities and would ruin them with pesticides and fungicides.”

Apple Cider Donut Holes

Fair Trade works similarly in the realm of herbs and spices.  Thousands of small scale farmers grow spice and herb crops, yet industry consolidation has allowed two multi-national corporations to dominate the market. With Fair Trade standards for herb and spice production, small farmers receive a price that allows them to compete in the market as well as a premium to invest in social and economic projects for their communities.  Taking that extra minute to look for the Fair Trade label when you shop can make a world of difference.

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The Baked Spiced Apple Cider Donut Holes Recipe

Wilton 2105-0129 20-Cavity Doughnut Hole

I made these donut holes using Wilton’s donut hole pan.  It’s super easy to use and I love it!  However, if you don’t have a donut hole pan, you can make these in a mini muffin pan.  The only difference will be that the donut holes will end up being less round.

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Baked Spiced Apple Cider Donut Holes

Yield: 30 donut holes

Baked Spiced Apple Cider Donut Holes

Ingredients

    Apple Cider Spice Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Donut Ingredients
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon of spice mix from above
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Donut Topping Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • remaining spice mix from above
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Instructions

    Apple Cider Spice Mix Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients except brown sugar in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Donut Instructions
  3. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  4. In a small saucepan on high heat, bring apple cider to a boil and reduce to a half cup. It's OK to cheat and pour the apple cider out into a heat resistant liquid measuring cup periodically to see if the cider is down to a half cup.
  5. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and one teaspoon of the spice mixture from above.
  6. In another medium-sized bowl, beat the eggs, buttermilk, melted butter, vanilla extract, and the reduced cider.
  7. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, mixing until just combined.
  8. Grease wells of donut hole pans with non-stick baking spray. Fill wells 3/4 full.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes or until the donut holes bounce back when lightly touched.
  10. Remove donut holes from pan.
  11. Donut Topping Instructions
  12. Mix brown sugar into the remaining apple cider spice blend from above.
  13. Dip each donut hole into melted butter and roll in spice blend to coat.
  14. Serve warm.

Notes

If you don't have a donut hole pan, you can make these in a mini-muffin pan. They just won't be as round.

If not eating right away, loosely cover and eat within 24 hours or freeze for months and microwave in 10 second bursts until warm.

http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2015/10/baked-apple-cider-donut-holes.html

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33 comments on “Baked Spiced Apple Cider Donut Holes Made with Brown Sugar”

  1. Amanda S says:

    I have made vanilla donuts, chai donuts, and strawberry brown butter donuts– all baked! The strawberry brown butter were the best but I can’t wait to try these. I have some cider AND some buttermilk in the fridge already!

  2. Debbie the NY Baker says:

    I’ve never made baked doughnuts, but this recipe is a great incentive to try!

  3. MaryEllen says:

    I have… a long time ago. Time to get out the donut pan!!

  4. Rosie says:

    I haven’t yet made donuts of any kind. I have donut cutters, but never used them. These look so good. I have wanted to make chocolate donuts!

  5. Aileen says:

    Ive made baked donuts before but they came out kinda doughy – not enough air in them compared to the fried variety? Would love to see a recipe for a baked donut with crunchy outside and soft insides. :)

  6. Vicki says:

    I LOVE baked doughnuts! And this time of year apple is my favorite, but a pumpkin spice might be nice too!

  7. Ellen Barth says:

    I have made baked chocolate donuts!

  8. Melina Farias says:

    I’ve never made donuts period, but I think it’s about time I try!

  9. Garrick says:

    I’m a HUGE fan of baked donuts!

  10. Polly says:

    Hurrrah for baked – yes, how about the chocolate flavor???

  11. Lia says:

    Kudos on the Fair Trade ingredients! These look so good!

  12. Holly E says:

    I made them with my grandma when I was young, but that was a long time ago. I’d be inspired to make a cinnamon donut – my husband & I both love cinnamon!

  13. I used to feel the same way about baked doughnuts! But my doughnut pan has been a lifesaver for me as a gluten-free baker.

  14. Annabel says:

    I’ve never made baked donuts but they sound good. Pumpkin or blueberry would be good to try.

  15. Drew says:

    These look so yummy! Love the fair trade call-out!

  16. There’s a cake I buy at Food Maxx I love. Not sure exactly. Something like the Caramel DeLuche ‘not sure if I even spelled that right lol. but it’s Soo delicious. It’d make a bomb lil donut w/that great glaze & drizzle. yum

  17. Liz says:

    I haven’t made baked donuts before, but these look so good I’m really tempted! Wonder if I could bake them in mini muffin pans…

  18. Kathy T says:

    I haven’t made baked donuts (yet). These sound wonderful. How about chocolate or a citrusy flavor?

  19. Christine Nguyen says:

    I loved baking donuts! I’ve never fried donuts, but have baked various donuts… browned butter, apple cider cinnamon sugar, pumpkin spiced latte donuts, green tea donuts.. to name a few! I think I may need to invest in another donut pan :) Thanks for the giveaway and way to support fair trade!

  20. Laura says:

    have not tried, but I would choose pumpkin

  21. Amanda says:

    I haven’t baked donuts before. It sounds yummy and healthierm

  22. Good luck! These sound so good. Both my daughter and I are into fair trade, she as a college professor in fashion at Indiana University, and me through our local shop in St. Charles, (Mo). I hope you win!

  23. Cassi says:

    I’ve never made donuts before….don’t have a pan for it.

  24. I would love to try these soon! They look amazing! I think I would love to see flavors like chocolate chip or pumpkin!

  25. I love making baked donuts! These look totally delicious and I can’t wait to try them!

  26. Can these be made gluten free?

  27. Davia Gorman says:

    I would love to see you make a version of red velvet doughnuts, seeing as red velvet is my favorite type of cake I know that a doughnut would have to be amazing!

  28. Wehaf says:

    I haven’t made donuts since I went GF but I’m going to have to see if I can adapt this recipe because it looks amazing!

  29. Ally says:

    I’ve never made baked donuts, but my mother has and so it makes me think of holidays at home :)

  30. Paden says:

    I cannot wait to make these, then make them into acorns!

  31. Marija says:

    I’ve never made baked donuts, but I’m inspired to give it a go now! Pumpkin would be good, I bet, or chai.

  32. Pinned! These look delicious.

  33. Curious says:

    Any news on who won this giveaway?

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