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A Fall Favorite

Visit your favorite produce stand for the main ingredient—Jersey Fresh apple cider.

Here’s a Jersey Fresh recipe that incorporates some produce available this time of year—apples. Check out a video for this recipe at findjerseyfresh.com/JerseyFresh/recipes/baked-apple-cider-doughnuts

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup Jersey Fresh apple cider
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • Non-stick cooking spray

FOR THE TOPPING:

  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

If you want to achieve the traditional round doughnut shape with a hole in the middle, then you need a doughnut pan. The good thing is that they’re inexpensive and can be used to make all kinds of healthier, baked doughnuts.

But if you’re just looking to bake up something delicious and don’t care what it looks like, a muffin tin will work just as well. You can even make these in a mini muffin tin for smaller, bite sized doughnut “holes.” If baking in a muffin tin, you will need to adjust the baking time. It will take longer for them to bake in a full-sized muffin tin, and slightly less for mini muffins. Always keep an eye on them and check with a toothpick to make sure there is no raw batter in the center.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Combine the melted butter with the apple cider and sugar, then add to the dry ingredients along with the egg and whisk until just combined. Be careful not to over-mix or it will cause the doughnuts to become tough.
  3. Spray a doughnut pan or muffin tin with cooking spray, then carefully spoon the batter into the pan. Bake for seven to 10 minutes, or until the a toothpick inserted into the center of a doughnut comes out clean (this will take longer for muffins). Allow to cool for a minute or two before turning out of the pan.
  4. Pour the remaining melted butter into a shallow bowl, then combine the sugar and cinnamon in another. While the doughnuts are still warm, carefully dip them in the butter on both sides, then roll in the cinnamon sugar until coated. These doughnuts are best served when they’re still warm.