For Donuts • 2 ¼ cups apple cider (530ml) • 2 cups all-purpose flour (250g) • ¼ cup granulated sugar (50g) • ¼ cup light brown sugar (50g) • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch • 1 teaspoon baking powder • ¼ teaspoon baking soda • ½ teaspoon salt • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg • ⅛ teaspoon allspice optional • 1 large egg • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted

For Topping • ½ cup granulated sugar (50g) • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 2 Tablespoons salted butter melted

Pour apple cider into a medium-sized saucepan and cook over medium heat until the liquid has been reduced to just ¾ cup (175ml).

You will need to keep a liquid measuring cup handy and pour the cider back into the measuring cup to be sure it has reduced enough. or me it usually takes about 10 minutes.

Allow apple cider to cool completely before proceeding. You can speed this up by placing it in the refrigerator. 

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugars, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice until well-combined.

In a separate bowl (I like to use a large measuring cup), whisk together reduced apple cider, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir in melted butter (this will separate from the cider, that’s fine).

Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and use a spatula to gently stir everything together until just combined (don’t over-mix or your donuts will be dense and dry).

Preheat oven to 350F (175C) and lightly grease a 12-count donut pan with baking spray.

Spoon or pipe batter evenly into prepared donut pan (I like to pour the batter into a large piping bag or large Ziploc bag and then just snip off one corner for easy piping).

Transfer to 350F (175C) oven and bake for 9-10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the thickest part of the donut comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.

Whisk together granulated sugar and cinnamon in a shallow dish . Once donuts have cooled in the pan for 5 minutes then carefully remove to a cooling rack.

Use a pastry brush to lightly brush donuts on both sides with melted butter and then immediately dip on both sides in cinnamon/sugar mixture.

Serve warm! Donuts will keep in an airtight container for up to two days but are hands-down best served warm.