Monday, October 20, 2014

Baked Apple Cider Donuts with Cardamom Cinnamon Sugar

Baked Apple Cider Donuts 
Cardamom Cinnamon-Sugar.
Donuting, or to donut. Its a verb.

If you live in New England, come fall, you go apple picking. I'm pretty sure it's a law in most states. Like, if you don't go a guy in a tricornered hat shows up at your house on horseback and takes you at musket point. Either that or a hefty "apple-picking non-compliance" fine will be levied against you, probably hand delivered to your house by a guy wearing knickers and ringing a bell. So apple picking we go. Because, and I admit this grudgingly, its actually pretty fun. If you can get past the hordes of screaming children, ridiculous shtick-y corn mazes, and annoyingly packed hayrides full of suckers (hayrides are indeed for suckers, unless they're free. that's all I'll say on that subject), standing in a sun-soaked apple orchard, wearing a seasonally appropriate (!) sweater and picking fruit right from the tree is pretty much the best thing about fall. Throw donuts into the mix and the enjoyment level skyrockets. Sadly, for the more plant-based among us farmstand apple cider donuts are not an option. This has been an annual, almost soul-crushing disappointment for me. So this year, instead of giving the side-eye to every overjoyed person around me eagerly shoving apple cider donuts into their facehole, I took action.
Apples were picked, donuts were baked, and the "autumn in New England" circle was completed.

that sparkle tho...

found. and the one that got away.

Baked Apple Cider Donuts
Cardamom Cinnamon-Sugar
(makes one dozen)

1 1/2c whole wheat pastry flour
2/3c light brown sugar
1/2tsp ground sea salt
1tsp baking soda
1Tbsp ground cinnamon

1Tbsp finely ground flax seed + 3Tbsp boiling water
1tsp vanilla extract
3/4c applesauce
3Tbsp apple cider
1/3c canola oil (or other neutral oil)

1/4c unrefined sugar
1tsp ground cinnamon
1/2tsp finely ground cardamom

the fallen.

that sky. see what i mean?

fulfilling our biological imperative.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk together ground flax seeds and 3Tbsp of just boiled water.
Set aside until thickened, about 5 minutes.

In a medium bowl sift together flour, brown sugar, sea salt,
baking soda and cinnamon.
Add applesauce, oil, vanilla and apple cider, and flax seed mixture,
stirring until well combined.

Spoon batter into lightly greased donut pan (fill each mold about 2/3 full)
and bake for 18-22 minutes, or until golden brown and cake tester inserted into the
center of each donut comes out clean.
Allow donuts to cool in pan for about 5 minutes before flipping out onto cooling rack.

In a shallow bowl combine cinnamon, sugar, and cardamom for topping.
Gently press the bottom end (more rounded side) of the warm donuts into sugar mix.
Place sugar side up on rack to cool.
Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before eating. It'll be hard, but trust me. 
tro donut.


  1. Just made these (so glad I bought that donut pan...) and they are delicious. The cardamom is such a nice pop against the cinnamon-sugar. Donuts for dinner, it is!

    1. Donut pans are a wonderful yet dangerous thing to own... And on that note, dinner donuts are the best donuts. ;)

  2. Tried this recipe yesterday morning. RIDIC-ULOUS! That is all.

    1. Hooray for ridiculous (vegan) donuts!! Thanks for the love! xox