Black Cardamon Doughnuts with Warm Apple Cider Glaze

The October 2010 Daring Bakers challenge was hosted by Lori of Butter Me Up. Lori chose to challenge DBers to make doughnuts. She used several sources for her recipes including Alton Brown, Nancy Silverton, Kate Neumann and Epicurious.

This year has flown by without many Daring Baker’s Challenges.  There are a few reasons but the number one being time.  We have been overwhelmed this year and unfortunately time has not been on our sides.  I was listening (reading, spying) to some chit-chat among some of my favorite European Foodies the other morning and they were busy kneading, baking, enjoying sweet smells from the oven.  I was intrigued and butted in their conversations – what was going on and how could I be part of it. Jamie, was the first to gently nod me by saying it was the Daring Bakers challenge and it was doughnuts this month.

I love doughnuts.  I love all sorts, yeast ones, cake ones, sweet, a little savory, all of them!  I have yet to find the perfect one in the bay area.  I am not actively searching but when I run across a doughnut shop, I sometimes sneak in and grab one.  My biggest doughnut time is when we were in Boston.  Yes, I am a huge fan of the coconut cake doughnut holes at Dunkin Doughnuts.  It is a quilty pleasure.  But, I really prefer a nice fluffy yeasty doughnut with a little glaze.

After reading the challenge instructions I decided to go with Alton Brown’s yeast doughnut recipe.  Easy and it would not take up my entire day.  I did make a few changes – used half buttermilk in place of whole milk and used freshly grated black cardamon instead of nutmeg.  The recipe is really simple and it rises perfectly.  Even frying them was simple – even though I did over do it by a few minutes.  I finished the recipe off with a warm apple cider glaze, which was perfectly light and not overly gooey.  I loved the recipe as it was easy;  but, you have to eat them right away.  You cannot save them until the next day or the next, just not that great.  They are meant to be eaten hot, warm and fluffy!  The recipe is easy enough to start early in the morning, just in time to have warm fluffy doughnuts on the table by a proper brunch time.

Ella came over to help with the food styling and shooting (as well as taste testing) of the doughnuts.  She was an amazing help with setting up and shooting the doughnuts!  She gave the recipe a two thumbs up!




If you enjoyed this dish, you may enjoy these others as well:

Sophisticated Gourmet Homemade Glazed Doughnuts

Shutterbean Baked Caramel Apple Doughnuts

Eating Outloud Buttermilk Doughnuts


  1. Oh yum! The glaze takes these babies over the top!

  2. Now these look like ones that I would try, even not being a big fan I love the flavours. Ella is a lucky little lady!

  3. These doughnuts look fabulous! I’d love to have one of these for an afternoon snack!

  4. Those doughnuts looks so delicious and I love the flavors you used! Ella looks so happy and pretty.



  5. I LOVE your flavor combination- perfect for fall

  6. Ella is a lovely looking child. Yes the yeast doughnut recipe is wonderful but needs to be eaten straight away. Lovely photos well done on this challenge. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  7. Nicola says:

    They look delicious and cardamom sounds like a very fragrant alternative to the nutmeg!

  8. I really, really want these.

    Ella is too cute!

  9. Your doughnuts look great! And your little helper is very cute. :) Awesome job on the challenge.

  10. Of all the sweets, doughnuts are probably at the bottom of my list. Just too greasy for me. BUT. I would gladly sample some of these babies warm from your kitchen.

  11. Oh so delish do-nuts!!
    and the last pic is the best!

  12. Fantastic flavour combinations. I love the use of cardamon.

    I’d love for you to submit one of your beautiful photos, and a link to your post, to my new baking photo gallery showcasing the best baking, sweets and desserts on the web.

  13. Oh man, homemade donuts. I’ve been seeing them everywhere these days! Inching closer to trying to make them myself. Great meeting you a few weeks go, btw! Been enjoying reading your blog.

  14. My first thought: Are these for real?!? Absolutely stunning photo, D. I love donuts. Have I told you before though that they bring out the fat girl in me? Literally, I can’t stop if I start :)

  15. looks nice, great job!

  16. Cardomon is one of my favorite spices. Never thought of using it in donuts! LOVELY!

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