Apple Cider Donuts

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O-M-G! Have I got a treat for you! It has been a while since I could actually enjoy some free time baking in my kitchen. Let me tell you, I have missed it dearly. Besides fashion, baking is my other calling. I could do it all day everyday! I could just do without the mess afterwards. Anyways, I wanted to make a festive treat for November. Since it is still fall, I thought something with apples would do the trick. I found this recipe and I knew I had to try it. Apple cider donuts? Yes, please! Let me just tell you, they are delish!

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What You’ll Need

DONUTS
1 and 1/4 cups (300ml) apple cider
2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (accurately measured)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, room temperature*
2 Tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup (100g) light brown sugar (or dark brown)
1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (120ml) buttermilk, room temperature*
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

TOPPING
3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup (1/2 stick or 60g) unsalted butter, melted

Directions:
Simmer apple cider over low-medium heat in a small saucepan on the stove for 15-20 minutes.
Add cinnamon sticks, spices, and/or orange slices for flavor if desired.
In this step you are reducing the apple cider for a stronger flavor.
You will need 1/2 cup from this reduced cider.
Allow it to cool in the refrigerator as you prepare the other ingredients.

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a mini muffin pan or donut pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.

Toss the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt together in a large bowl.
Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk the egg, melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until smooth. Whisk in the buttermilk, vanilla, and 1/2 cup of concentrated apple cider.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and very gently mix together with a whisk.
Be very gentle as overmixing will develop the gluten and result in a tough textured donut.
Whisk until all ingredients are just combined.
{Some small lumps may remain, but not many}.

Pour the batter into the mini muffin pan, filling 3/4 of the way full.
You’ll only need a couple teaspoons of batter for each.
Bake the donut holes for 9-10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
The donuts will take the same amount of time.

Make the topping by mixing the granulated sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl.
Dip the top of the donut holes or donuts lightly into the melted butter.
Then dunk them all the way into the cinnamon sugar, using your hands to mix it around so the entire donut hole (or donut) is coated generously.
Repeat with all the donuts.
{You may need more cinnamon-sugar}.

{Donuts taste best on the same day, though they may be covered tightly and stored at room temperature for up to 3 days. Donuts without cinnamon-sugar topping freeze well, up to 2 months}.

I hope you enjoy this delicious treat as much as I do! I can’t wait for Brian to get home from work so he can try it. He is obsessed with anything apple. These go perfect with a cup of tea or a hot cappuccino. Enjoy!

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A Ray of Sunshine

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Fall just calls for a hue of mustard yellow, don’t you agree? I normally don’t wear a lot of yellow, due to my blonde hair, but mustard yellow or a gold color, I can’t turn it down. This dress from Ruche is one of my favorites. It goes perfectly with a pair of tights and low cut booties. I have already worn it multiple times since I have bought it. I also receive so many compliments on it. I can’t wait to layer it with a faux fur vest for when it gets colder. I think I need this one to go with it!

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Dress Ruche, Boots Frye, Bag Kate Spade {Loving this Bag}.

On another note I am getting super excited for the holidays. I was sad to see Halloween go, which means fall is on its way out, but I am overly excited for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years {I’m a festive girl, what can I say?}! I picked out wrapping paper, gift tags, and gift bags yesterday for Christmas. Now, I can hardly wait to put up the tree and the decorations. I will wait until AFTER Thanksgiving though.

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