Fresh baked, fluffy doughnuts bring the taste of the season to your breakfast table. Flavored with apple cider & spices then dipped into maple syrup and cinnamon sugar, they are a great way to start to any day!
3Tablespoonmaple syrup or 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
Before beginning, the apple cider will need to be reduced to intensify the flavor in the doughnuts. To do this, place cider in a saucepan and bring to a boil then turn down and simmer for 15-20 minutes until it is reduced to ¼ cup. Let cool. You can also make this ahead of time and store in refrigerator.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray doughnut pan with nonstick spray.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and apple pie spice. Set aside.
Whisk egg, sugars, buttermilk and cider in a medium bowl until smooth. Add vanilla and melted butter, whisk again. Add dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Overmixing will cause the doughnuts to be drier.
Using a spoon, divide batter between doughnut cavities. This recipe usually makes 7 or 8 so you may have some left over.
Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes then invert on to wire rack. Let cool until just warm to the touch.
While doughnuts are cooling, place either the maple syrup or the butter on to a flat plate. On another plate, combine sugar and cinnamon.
When you can handle doughnuts, dip tops into syrup or butter then into cinnamon sugar.
If you want to make your own apple pie spice, just combine 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon allspice together.