Apple Cider Donut Holes

February is the season for Fuesent in Luxembourg – it’s carnival season! Besides fancy dress parties and cavalcades across the country (not this year though), carnival is really the time to head to your local bakery and try out various doughnut creations which are only around at this time of year.

The most iconic Fuesent doughnuts are Verwuerelter – deep-fried pastry knots dusted with icing sugar and often flavoured with a hint of rum. You can find my mum’s foolproof recipe here.

But this year I wanted to make something different, something inspired by last year’s trip to Boston. There, at Boston Public Market I tried my very first apple cider donuts. These little crispy cake-like donuts tasted intensely of cinnamon, with a hint of apple. I was instantly hooked. Apple cider donuts are made with the addition of reduced apple cider or apple juice. You boil down the liquid to intensify the flavour and there’s no other apples involved in these donuts.

They’re quite easy to make, you just need the dough rest for 1 hour so that it becomes a bit easier to work with.

I hope you enjoy!

February 14, 2023