One of my most fond childhood memories is going apple picking at Roger’s Orchards in Connecticut and always getting their warm apple cider doughnuts and fresh-pressed apple cider after we picked our haul of apples. I looked forward to those doughnuts so much every fall. I mean who doesn’t love cinnamon-sugar coated apple cider doughnuts???
I’ve been wanting to make a vegan version for so long and finally convinced myself to do it this year. I think the frying part held me back from making them sooner, but ever since I made those old-fashioned sourdough yeast doughnuts last spring (remember those?) I’m all about that fried donut lyfe. #WorthIt
These vegan apple cider doughnuts are cake-style doughnuts, which may not be as light and airy as yeast-risen doughnuts, but they have a tender cake crumb and are not overly sweet, which I love. Best eaten while still warm, they are completely dunkable and delicious with a mug of warm mulled apple cider or coffee. Make the dough the night before and refrigerate overnight to fry up the best fall-inspired breakfast treat the following morning.
Suggested Tools & Equipment
If you’re intimidated by deep-frying, don’t worry, it is not as hard (or scary) as it seems. You will need a thermometer to be able to maintain the correct frying temperature of 350˚F. I suggest using an instant-read thermometer to check the oil temperature before, during, and between frying batches. I use this affordable plain cast iron dutch oven to fry in, the same dutch oven I bake my sourdough boules in. The final piece of equipment I suggest you use for deep-frying is a simple bamboo/brass spider strainer to help slide in and lift out foods from the hot oil. I use this strainer so much; it’s also great for scooping cooked pasta out of boiling water.
All about that flavor
Reducing apple cider and fresh apples into a thick delicious sauce adds so much flavor to these doughnuts. You can taste the crisp fall apples and spices in every bite. I will definitely be making these vegan apple cider doughnuts again before apple season is over! I hope you get a chance to try this recipe too and if you do please let me know how it turns out in the comments below or tag me on Instagram.
Happy fall guys!
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