Apple Butter Baked Doughnuts

doughnuts on plate with apple butter dip

We lived in the USA for a while and our son, Sandy, still lives there. A great autumn favourite we found there is apple cider doughnuts (or donuts!), a truly delicious treat especially when served with apple butter. In the States apple cider refers to a non-alcoholic apple juice usually drunk hot as a warming drink mulled with spices. I have changed the recipe to include our own ingredients and these are baked rather than fried so are healthier. Our Apple Butter adds rich apple flavours!


8 tbsp Vale Apple Butter

200g Plain Flour

2 tsp Baking Powder

½ tsp Cinnnamon

¼ tsp Nutmeg

1 tsp Vanilla extract

1 egg

100g melted butter

100ml milk.


100g golden caster sugar

1tsp cinnamon

50g Melted butter


20 minutes


Beat together the melted butter, vanilla extract, egg, apple butter and milk in a jug and set aside

Place all of the dry ingredients in a bowl, then gradually add and stir in the liquid mixture. You should end up with a very thick batter (clotted cream consistency) which can be easily piped from a piping bag. 

Spray the cups of a 12-slot doughnut tray with a small amount of cooking oil. 

2/3 fill each cup with mixture – this can be done with a spoon or piped in from a piping bag.  

Bake for 20 min in a preheated oven at 170 degrees (fan assisted; 190 degrees without fan; Gas Mark 5). 

When ready the doughnuts should be springy to the touch and a golden brown colour on the top.

The doughnuts should tip out easily from the tray when cooked

When cooled, brush the doughnuts in melted butter and dip in a mix of the caster sugar with the cinnamon. 

Serve with the remaining apple butter in the jar as a dip.

smiling woman holding cake

Why not try a jar of our Vale Apple Butter?

Jar of apple butter

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