I’ve had trouble finding apple cider donuts this year! Maybe I’m not looking in the right places. I did go to a fall festival which definitely had them but I couldn’t be bothered to wait in the long line. I’ve made matcha donuts, pu’er donuts and apple cider before on my blog so I thought I would give these a shot!.
I based my recipe off this one which is what I think you should follow! I did make some changes which I will note below.
The weather has NOT been cooperating with me so I haven’t been able to get any good photos but will update this post when I do!
Infusing tea into the Apple Cider is very simple. If you buy apple cider, make sure to follow the recipe for the apple cider donuts and boil it down a bit. You could then, while it is hot, fill a tea bag with your desired tea and let it steep for a few minutes. When choosing a tea, do not choose a delicate tea because it will get bitter. Go for a tea that can handle hot temperatures like black tea or rooibos. I used a Lavender spice tea that has rooibos in it for my apple cider.
I’ve also linked a recipe I used for apple cider infused with tea above if you want to make it from scratch! Even if you just boil apples then infuse the tea for a few minutes, it still tastes great! I made my apple cider from scratch for these donuts and it turned out well!
The substitutions I made in the Sally’s Baking Addiction recipe are as follows!
1 and 1/2 cups (360ml) apple cider ——> I made my own tea infused apple cider
1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar —-> I used 1 cup dark brown sugar instead of 1/2 brown, 1/2 white. I also used brown sugar for the coating.
1/2 cup (120ml) milk, at room temperature* ——-> I used Oat Milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract——> I didn’t have this so I didn’t use it and they turned out fine!
Even though these donuts are baked, with the melted butter they almost taste fried!