Apple Cider Donuts and Wintersweet

It can be really easy to lose contact with the seasons here in London.  With the exception of the changing times of the sunset and the coldness of the precipitation, there aren’t a lot of indicators of the weather – I like to think of London as an earlier incarnation of Coruscant, the city which took over a planet.

But for most people, they’re making a real effort to eat increasingly seasonal produce.  Tammy Donroe Inman‘s Wintersweet is focused on winter desserts – especially those based on seasonal produce.  It’s an incredibly elegant book.  Not only is it a beautifully bound hardback, but it contains quite a bit of advanced recipes, which would absolutely be worthy of impressing people at a dinner party.  The book is divided into several chapters, with focuses on such season foods as winter fruit and nuts and chocolate. The book is a great idea for anyone who feels like improving their baking skills, coming up with new combinations and utilising new wintery ideas.

wintersweet1Apple Cider Donuts (from Wintersweet)


30g unsalted butter

100g granulated sugar

1 large egg

60ml apple cider

60ml buttermilk

280g plain flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

2 liters of vegetable oil

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACream together butter and sugar.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMix in egg and apple cider.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASift in dry ingredients.


Roll the dough into a donut shape.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUsing a pot (or, as I do, my trusty deep fat fryer), heat the vegetable oil to at least 190C.  Place the donuts into the frying oil quickly to cook completely.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top of hot donuts.


Allow to cool a bit (so you won’t burn yourself in hot oil), but these babies are best enjoyed warm!

I received a free copy of Wintersweet to review from Running Press, but all opinions are my own.


One comment

  1. Yum; this sounds and looks delicious!

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