Apple Cider Donuts Bread is a delicious take on a New England classic! This cinnamon apple bread will soon become a fall family favorite!
Hello, my friends! Even though you wouldn’t know it from the temperature outside, it’s fall! We’re having near record highs in New England, but that hasn’t stopped us from making our annual trip to a local apple orchard. This time of year I am up to my eyeballs in apples, and I’m always looking for great apple recipes, like these quick and easy Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Muffins. There’s only so much applesauce that you can make before you can’t handle anymore. I shared this Apple Cider Donuts Bread recipe at Kenarry.com last year and wanted to share it here in case some of you missed it.
Have you had apple cider donuts before? We discovered them during our first fall living in New England, and they immediately became a favorite fall treat. Typically, they are a fried apple flavored donut covered in cinnamon sugar, but my apple bread version has a glaze to get a little more of that apple cider flavor. Frying up some donuts isn’t really my thing, but baking that delicious donut batter into an amazing apple bread is something I can handle!
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Here are a few tips for making the perfect apple cider donut bread.
- Don’t worry about peeling the apples. Once you blend it, you’ll never know they were there.
- When making the applesauce/apple cider mixture, if you have more than a cup, return it to the saucepan and continue to reduce until you reach the desired amount. If you have less, add a little water until you reach 1 cup of sauce.
- This bread freezes well. Leave the glaze and sugar off when freezing. Once you’re ready to use the apple bread, thaw it at room temperature, and then add the glaze and cinnamon sugar topping.
Apple cider donuts bread is the perfect breakfast bread to serve a crowd at a brunch. Your family will love you for making it, and you’ll get to enjoy the smell of fall in your home all day long after baking it!
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Tools for making this Apple Cider Donut Bread Recipe:
- apple corer/peeler/spiral slicer: We have had this apple slicer for over 8 years, and we still use it on an almost daily basis. My kids love the way it cuts apples and use their apple slices as chips to dip in peanut butter.
- immersion blender: I love having an immersion blender on hand so I don’t have to transfer hot ingredients to a separate blender to puree them.
- loaf pan: I have a few of these so I can make several loaves at one time.
For the dough
- 2 baking apples, (like McIntosh or Granny Smith)
- 1 1/2 cups apple cider
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup sour cream
For the glaze
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
For the topping
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
To make the bread:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Core and slice the apples.
- Cook the apples and 1 1/2 cups of apple cider in a saucepan over medium heat until the apples are tender, about 8-10 minutes. Uncover and simmer for another 10-15 minutes.
- Puree the apples and cider with a blender. You should have about a cup of applesauce. Set aside
- In a large bowl, whisk melted butter and sugar until dissolved. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir well.
- Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the butter mixture. Stir until smooth.
- Fold in the apple sauce and sour cream.
- Pour the batter into a loaf pan and bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack before removing from the pan.
To make the glaze and topping:
- Simmer 1 cup of apple cider in a saucepan over medium heat until it reduces to 1/4 cup. Sift in powdered sugar and whisk until smooth making a glaze.
- Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl.
- Remove the cooled bread from the loaf pan and spread a thin layer of apple cider glaze onto the loaf.
- Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the top of the glaze. Placing the loaf on a cookie sheet helps to catch any stray sugar.
- Slice to serve.
Nutrition InformationYield 8 slices Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 468Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 85mgSodium 408mgCarbohydrates 79gFiber 2gSugar 57gProtein 5g