Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

Apple Cider Doughnuts

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Yield: 20 servings



  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Vegetable oil or shortening (for frying)


  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider



  1. Boil apple cider in small saucepan until it is reduced to 1/4 cup, 8 to 10 minutes; cool.
  2. Beat sugar with shortening until smooth. Add eggs and mix well, then add buttermilk and reduced cider. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg in another bowl. Add to liquid ingredients; mix just enough to combine.
  3. Transfer dough to lightly floured board and pat to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with 2 1/2 to 3 inch doughnut cutter; reserve doughnut holes and re-roll and cut scraps.
  4. Add enough oil or shortening to fill a deep pan 3 inches; heat to 375 degrees F. Fry several doughnuts at a time, turning once or twice, until browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes. Remove to paper towels with slotted spoon.


  1. Mix confectioners' sugar and cider. Dip doughnuts while warm; serve warm.


Chicago Tribune, January 15, 1997

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