I don’t know about you, but one of my absolute favourite things to do in winter is snuggle up in front of the fire with a nice big glass of cider to while away those evenings when it’s just too wet and miserable to venture outside. Bliss.
While we’re not quite in winter yet (though, tell that to the weather!) I’ve done a bit of forward planning and found my new favourite cider. Well, not just one – there’s a whole range that I’ve fallen head over heels in love with thanks to the very clever people at Mac’s.
Mac’s has branched out from beers and introduced a range of delicious ciders that are a little bit different and taste distinctively apple-y even when there are other flavours in the mix. Forget all those super sweet berry combos, Mac’s ciders are much more tempting – think Cloudy Apple, Cranberry & Ginger, Blood Orange & Cardamon and (my personal favourite) Chilli & Lime.
I decided to make the most of their hard work and use Mac’s cider to bring a little extra punch into some autumnal baking – and that’s who these caramel apple cider doughnuts were born.
These baked doughnuts are a real delight – imagine a soft doughnut bursting with crisp, apple cider flavour, dotted with pieces of finely diced apple and topped with a sticky salted caramel glaze. Yeah, they’re pretty amazing.
As it turns out that Mac’s Cloudy Apple cider and salted caramel are a match made in heaven – I can’t stress how hard it was not to sit down and devour a whole batch single-handedly. The bonus? These doughnuts are as quick to make as they are to eat (that’s a good thing, right?).
Along with these amazing new ciders, Mac’s has introduced a handy new flavour scale to help you work out which cider best suits your tastes. The scales runs from ‘Quench’ at level 1 (think refreshing and crisp) through to ‘Savour’ at 7 (full and flavoursome to give your tastebuds a workout). To put it in perspective, Cloudy Apple sits as 2 on the flavour scale while Chilli & Lime is all the way up at 5.
So grab yourself a bottle of Mac’s Cider and get baking – you’ll be sitting back and enjoying one of these perfect caramel apple cider doughnuts in no time. Oh, and there’ll be plenty left to drink too – let me know your favourite!
Makes 12 doughnuts
- 2 cups plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ cup white sugar
- 40g butter, melted
- ¾ cup Mac’s Cloudy Apple cider
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup canned apple, finely diced
Sticky salted caramel glaze
- ¾ cup icing sugar
- ¼ cup salted caramel (make your own with this recipe)
- 1-2 Tbsp milk
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius and grease a 6-hole doughnut pan.
- Mix together flour, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combined melted butter, cider and eggs, then whisk until well combined.
- Add butter mixture to dry ingredients and beat until just combined – the mixture should be thick and smooth. Add diced apple and gently fold through the batter until evenly spread.
- Scoop half batter into a piping bag or large snaplock bag. Cut the end and pipe into prepared doughnut pan.
- Place in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or until just beginning to go golden at the edges. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly in the pan.
- Remove from doughnut pan and place on wire rack to cool completely. Rinse pan and repeat with remaining batter.
Sticky salted caramel glaze
- Once cool, combine icing sugar and salted caramel in a small bowl, mixing until well combined. Add milk a little at a time, whisking well between each addition, until smooth and flowing freely off the whisk.
- Dip each doughnut in the salted caramel glaze. Allow excess glaze to drip off before flipping over and placing on a wire rack to set.
Note: These doughnuts are best enjoyed the same day they are baked. They may become sticky when stored overnight.
This post was made possible thanks to Mac’s Cider.