I know I keep raving on about how fast this year seems to be going. It just seems to be zipping by and I keep missing things. But I am feeling a little bit better about how my year is going after noticing on my morning dog walk that one house still had Christmas decorations in their window. Or maybe they are just getting ahead for this year?
One of the things that I keep missing is the monthly our growing edge link up. This is a lovely link up where food bloggers share new things they have tried. It is all about connecting food bloggers and inspiring us to try new things. Of course you have to have to have tried new things to participate. I keep getting to the month’s end and then realising I haven’t tried anything new to share. In fact the idea of trying something completely new has just felt a bit overwhelming.
But I finally found the time and energy at Easter, with the 4 day long weekend here in Australia, to try out baked doughnuts ‘cause you know you can never have enough sugar at Easter. I had planned to try making these late last year but I could not find a doughnut tray in Canberra for love nor money. I placed an order with Essential Ingredient and even they couldn’t source one and they are normally my go to people for unusual items.
My Mum knew about my quest for a doughnut tray and stumbled across mini one while on holiday in Armidale earlier this year. It was in some random non kitchen specialist shop. I was a bit dubious about the whole mini thingy – I mean surely everyone wants full sized doughnuts. But I now love the mini doughnut! They are such cute almost bite sized things so surely they don’t have many calories…
I am very excited to have something new to share on Our Growing Edge and way before the end of the month! This month’s link up is being hosted by Nikki from Everyday Live Mother and Wife. Nikki will do a round up at the end of the month of all the food that has been tried.
Now on to these baked apple cider doughnuts and my goodness these were good. They are just packed with sugary goodness and the cider adds an extra layer of sweetness. These are not for savoury taste seeker! They are a bit of cross between a fried doughnut (which I love) and muffins (which I also love). Sort of a fluffy muffin. Possibly the cider and its fizziness helps with the fluffing?
I am unlikely to ever make fried doughnuts at home because of my fear of deep frying which Nagi from Recipe Tin Eats shares – check out her recipe for golden crunchy baked chicken tenders if you to love fried chicken but are a fellow deep fryer phobic.
I am also unlikely to make these doughnuts again. Because I basically inhaled them straight from the tray. I made a half batch and gave half away to a friend in order to save myself from a sugar coma. The ingredients I used for a half batch – which made 18 mini doughnuts:
For the doughnuts
- Cooking spray
- ¾ cup of apple cider
- 1/3 cup and 1 tbs of white sugar
- 1 ¾ cups of plain flour (all purpose)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp of baking soda
- ¼ tsp of cinnamon
- ¼ tsp of salt
- A pinch of ground nutmeg
- 2 tbs of butter at room temperature
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup of buttermilk
For the cinnamon sugar coating:
- 2 tbs of melted butter (I melt mine in the microwave on full power doing 10 secs at a time until melted)
- 1/3 cup of white sugar (this is less than the original recipe but I found ½ a cup was too much. Start with less and add more if needed)
- ½ tsp of cinnamon
Because of the mini doughnut tray I cooked the doughnuts for less time – about 8 minutes and the smaller amount of cider reduced in just under 15 minutes, but other than that I followed the recipe. I could them in two batches as all the batter wouldn’t fit in one tray. The original recipe said to fill the moulds three quarters full but this was too much for my mini doughnut tray and my first batch looked more like mini cakes with a weird crater in the middle –still tasted good mind you. The second batch I only filled half way and they came out looking much more like doughnuts.
Preparation time was 10-15 minutes and cooking time was 25 minutes including reducing the cider. I made 18 mini muffins and each muffin has about 125 calories but are you really going to stop at one?
And if you have cider leftover you could make this cider sausage casserole.