Apple Cider Doughnuts

Kaity Farrell

Fare Isle


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1½ cups apple cider

2 medium apples

2 cinnamon sticks

3½ cups all-purpose flour

1²⁄³ cups sugar, divided

3 tbsp vegan shortening

¹⁄³ cup full-fat coconut milk

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

¼ cup maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 tsp cinnamon, divided

¼ tsp nutmeg

½ tsp fine salt

4 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp baking soda

Neutral oil for frying, such as light olive oil, canola oil or peanut oil


• Core and chop apples with peel on. Add apple cider, chopped apples and cinnamon sticks to a medium saucepan and cook covered over medium heat until apples are softened, about 5 minutes. Uncover and reduce sauce for about 5 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks. Puree the sauce in a blender, food processor or with an immersion blender. The resulting sauce should measure out to 1 cup. If need be, return sauce to saucepan and further reduce until you have 1 cup. Let the sauce cool slightly.

• Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl.

• Whisk together coconut milk, vinegar, maple syrup and vanilla extract in a small bowl or liquid measuring cup.

• Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together sugar and shortening until combined, about 2 minutes. Gradually add in applesauce, scraping the side of the bowl.