Friday, June 02, 2023

Mom’s Apple Cider Fry Cakes














When I was little my Mom used to make Apple Cider Fry Cakes. Every October, we would go to the local apple orchard and she would get a big bushel of apples and a jug of apple cider  and throughout this time of year, she would make all kinds of great apple recipes.  But I distinctly remember her fry cakes because of how wonderful they smelled.  The aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg made you feel all warm and cozy.  You know them today as Cake Donuts…. 











What’s the difference in a fry cake and a regular yeast donut?  Yeast doughnuts are lighter and more puffy. Fry cakes or cake doughnuts, on the other hand, have a dense, more compact crumb and a sturdy, crisp exterior.  Perfect for dipping in your coffee or milk! There is nothing better than a fresh, warm donut! Crunchy on the outside, cakey and tender on the inside. So GOOD and perfect for breakfast or dessert!

Mom’s Apple Cider Fry Cakes

2 cups apple cider (the real stuff)

5 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for sprinkling)

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

6 tablespoons butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 Gala apples peeled, cored and finely chopped

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.


Add apple cider to a medium, saucepan over low heat. Let apple cider simmer about 20-25 minutes until reduced, (you should have about 1 1/2 cups). Remove from heat to let cool.























In a medium bowl sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.


In a large bowl, using a hand mixer cream together the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until combined. Add eggs one at a time and mix until combined. 
















Add in 1 cup of the reduced apple cider. Then add the buttermilk, and vanilla and mix well.  Next, add the flour mixture a mix until combined. Gently fold in the chopped apples with a spatula just until combined.




























Turn half the dough out on to a well-floured surface.  Gently roll the dough around until it becomes less sticky.  Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thickness. 



















Using a lightly floured donut cutter, cut out the donuts and place them on the baking sheet. Scoop up the dough scrapes and repeat. Then repeat with the other half of the dough.  


Add about 3 inches of oil into a heavy bottom pot and heat to 350 degrees.  Drop 3-4 donuts in the pot at a time (you don't want to crowd them) Cook 1-2 minutes then flip and cook another 1-2 minutes. Remove the donuts and place on the wire rack to cool.



















Apple Cider Glaze


4 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup reduced apple cider


Mix powdered sugar and remaining apple cider in a small bowl until combined. Dip the donuts in glaze. Let set and Enjoy














You need to use the real apple cider, usually found in the refrigerator section of your local grocery store.

You can make your own buttermilk- 1/2 cup milk plus 2 teaspoons white vinegar or lemon juice.







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