apple cider donuts with cinnamon sugar (and my thrilling life)

You are all the mega sweetest, when I put up my last post I hesitated because I wasn't sure anyone would even care I'd been in a boat, or been hanging out with puppies but you all left such sweet comments I've decided to show you a little bit of what I did this week too!

I chowed down on a cup of this dark chocolate sorbet with Jaqueline, I could have eaten the entire tray, no joking here.

Hung out on one of my favourite London rooftops with one of my favourite people. Yeah, at sunset. Pretty sweet.

Attempted this coconut and cardamom ice cream. It so didn't work. It's currently a giant block of coconut ice in my freezer.

And I found this giant rosemary bush right by my house! Free fresh rosemary forevs? Oh thanks nature!
That's about it though...what a thrill. Hope you're still here, because now I can show you the FOOD. Apple cider in America is way different to the UK version. Ours is either cheap and super strong booze that you drink at the fair and then throw up on the rides, or nice and boozy for sunny days. But American apple cider is just juice! But super delicious concentrated juice with cinnamon and other goodies in. Here's a polaroid I took of my lovely friend Marie the first time I ever tried American apple cider.

Are you sick of the over-sharing yet? Sorry.

Look, donut!

Yep, an appley scented donut with cinnamon sugar, all fried and cakey. These are fried in oil. I was super nervous to do it because I haven't got a deep fryer and a big pan of bubbling oil seems like something I shouldn't be allowed near with my seemingly endless talents for burning myself but I did it! And so can you! You should probably go to a different site now though if you're looking for healthy snacks, because healthy this ain't.

To make about 6-8 donuts (and loads of little donut holes) you'll need:

2 cups apple juice (if you're in America, you could use 1 cup of apple cider)
a cinnamon stick
4 tbsp soya margarine
1 cup sugar
4 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs worth of egg replacer*
1/2 cup soy milk

For the cinnamon sugar, it's just a mix of 1 cup of sugar to 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon

A suitable frying oil. I used sunflower but I would have used peanut if I could have found it (I like the smell)

*I don't usually use this. You could definitely try making them without it, I'd usually use oil to replace an egg but it just wouldn't work to dip an oily batter into oil. If your egg replacer recommends using water to mix with it, leave it out because this is already a really wet mix.

If you're using apple juice, pour it into a pan with the cinnamon stick and turn the heat up. Leave it to boil until it's reduced by half so you've got 1 cup left.

In a bowl combine the marg and sugar until it's smooth, then add the reduced apple juice and soy milk and mix again. Sift in all the dry ingredients and mix until it all comes together. It's a really wet dough so don't worry if it looks sloppy.

Spread out some baking paper or a silicone baking tray and cover generously with flour.

Gently spread the batter out flat onto the tray with the back of a wooden spoon, try not to tear holes in it. Spread it until it's about 1/2 inch thick, then put into the freezer for 30 minutes.

Once it's been in the freezer for long enough, cover a board in more flour and find something to cut the donut shapes out. I haven't got a donut cutter so I used this mug and little glass. Cut the big circle, then move it carefully to the board, then cut out the hole and save it to make donut holes! yum.

When you make the donut holes, if they're too big they won't cook through to the centre so you could probably make two holes out of each part you cut out.

Those ones I cut in half after I took the picture, if yours are that big, split 'em. Put into the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.

Here comes the scary part! If you've got a candy thermometer, you want to get the oil to 350F. If you haven't got one (I haven't) it takes a bit of messing about but it's totally doable. Pour it into the pan so it's about 3 inches deep and turn the heat up to about a medium high. Leave it to heat up and get a few little donut holes ready to test. When you think it's pretty hot, put a donut hole in and leave it for about 30 seconds, it should float to the top and go golden brown, turn it over for about another 20 seconds then remove from the oil.

Put it onto some kitchen towel, wait a minute for it to cool then split it open, if it's crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy inside (and cooked right through) the oil should be fine to do the donuts.

Put them in gently, one or two at a time and cover a plate with a few layers of kitchen towel to soak up the oil. Cook the donuts for about 60 seconds on one side, then flip and give them another 40-60 seconds, until an even colour on both sides. remove from the oil, leave to cool for a minute or so, then press into the sugar (it helps if you put the sugar in a shallow, wide bowl.)

Do the donut holes a few at a time for about 30 seconds on each side and roll around to coat completely in the sugar. Don't worry if your donuts come out all oval or funny shapes, this isn't Krispy Kreme, they'll still taste good!

I sure do love these guys.


These are best eaten on the day you make them, if you going to keep them hanging around, store them in an airtight cake tin. But honestly, how could you?


Steven said...

Looks delicious! I agree - eating day old donuts is just plain wrong.

Vanny said...

omg YUM! I'm going to make this this weekend, these look delectable! <3

Photo Jenny said...

Aren't apple cider donuts the best! I've only made them once due to the fact that deep frying is scary! I still have a scar on my left hand, but they are so yummy!

Your little ones look so cute :)

aDeLiNe said...

Love the diary of Naomi Rose!!!
Coconut and cardamom ice cream: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE find a recipe and take me to heaven.

Naomi Rose said...

Steven, EXACTLY.

Vanessa, I hope you like 'em!

Thanks Jenny! I was 90% sure I was going to burn myself, no idea how I managed it!

Naomi Rose said...

Adeline I can't figure out what's up with it (I think it's because I haven't got an ice cream maker). Godammit.

Liz said...

Sometimes I hate you a little bit when I read your blog because its always in the morning before lunch. But then I remember how much I really love you so its balances out ;)

ps; LOVE that polish colour on your madame!

mrdrummerman said...

Yummy! Yet another reason I need to make room for a deep fat fryer.

Anonymous said...

Yum, yum, yum! What a wonderful recipe!
P.S. Nice nail polish!

Mihl said...

That was me, somehow blogger is misbehaving.

Naomi Rose said...

Liz you made my stomach flip for a split second because I thought, WHAT? YOU HATE ME?


Mrdrummerman, you don't! Use a pan!

Mihl, when does Blogger ever behave? (the nail polish shade is BLUEBALLS)

sunnyfeet said...

so good! i love your photos. and the donuts look INCREDIBLE!!

:LaJaguarCocinera: said...

I actually LOVED your over-sharing (and didn't even considered it a "over")!!!!!
You know, in my humble opinion, you should do it a lot more often! ;)
It's everything so simple, yet magic over here... I definitely could read you everyday and not even get bored the faintest bit!
Oh, and here in brazil, we call those doughnuts "sonhos" or, in english, DREAMS! :D And your blog's dreamy! ><
I'm really trying these very soon!
Thank YOU!

And the next post will be for you, again! hehe me=fan


Mandee said...

Gorgeous photos!

And thanks for sharing your donut recipe, I LOVE that it's yeast free!

Sarah (GF vegan) said...

Oh yum, I haven't' had doughnuts for years! Great photos and I love your blue nail polish :) Score on the free rosemary too! Hope you're having a great weekend enjoying the sunshine. x

T said...

I'm CRAVING good donuts since I've been in Europe, these look amazing! And totally love Apple Cider... wonder if I could add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to get the taste with plan apple juice?

SewSweetStitches said...

Ohh my mouth is watering! Alas, I worked in a donut bakery as a teenager, and I don't think I could ever bring myself to make one more donut!

amandasdomestic said...

Wow! I'm drooling and sadly wishing it were fall! I'm keeping this recipe for when the leaves turn, they look amazing!

alex said...

Those look fantastic. I've only made donuts once before, and it was a yeasted recipe (otherwize known as a pain in the butt) so I really can't wait to give these a try.
I've had tons of ice cream projects turn into frozen blocks of goo in my freezer, I wish I knew what to do with them!

The Voracious Vegan said...

I love this post! Yay for nature, how lucky you are to have fresh rosemary.

And I love apple cider (the juice kind, not the alcoholic kind) and I really LOVE how cool your nail polish looks. Yummy donuts, pretty colors, I'm happy!

craftyfox said...

I WANT MORE DARK CHOCOLATE AND RASPBERRY SORBET!!!!!!!! Hehe. Next time I'm getting a large one! xx

craftyfox said...

I WANT MORE DARK CHOCOLATE AND RASPBERRY SORBET!!!!!!!! Hehe. Next time I'm getting a large one! xx

Tilly said...

Your food is actually amazing!!


Naomi Rose said...

Sunnyfeet, thank you!

LaJaguarCocinera, you make my day with your comments. they're always so amazingly sweet, I'm going to practice saying Sonho!

Thanks Mandee, yeah makes a nice change doesn't it? :)

Sara thanks! I love the nail varnish, currently on fingers and toes. Tmi?

T, I bet you could. although then I'm thinking would it be too acidy? Only one way to find out!

Now SewSweetStitches. COME ON. There is always time for a donut!

amandasdomestic I was thinking of saving it to share in the Autumn but as if I could keep donuts a secret!

Thanks Alex, flip knows whats up with the bloody ice cream. So frustrating!!

Tasha, You're always so positive, I absolutely love it!

Ha Jaqueline, I KNOW what is UP with us. Double extra 10 scoops for me.

Blush blush Tilly! xx

jane said...

The chocolate sorbet looks so yummy, I've never heard of such a thing before....did you get it in London? Shame about the failed coconut ice though but hope you wont be giving up on the concept - cardamom and coconut sounds like a winning combo.

Naomi Rose said...

Jane, it's DELICIOUS, I had one scoop chocolate one scoop raspberry! And yes, it's right here in London, in Covent garden, it's called Scoop!

I'm trying with that ice cream, we're fighting.

Anaiz said...

Ah these look so great! Yum!

Bonjour Juliette said...

(i just left a comment for the next day, but i can't help it!) I do like it when you share! Your pictures are good, and i love reading stories of other people -which i feel i could really get along with in real life*
Keep on, please!

Lauren said...

I made these last night, and they were delicious, but they made WAY more than 6-8 donuts. I made 10 regular size donuts and 20 donut holes and still have all most have the dough left over. Everyone thought they were delicious though!