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Apple Cider Donut Bread

Perfect for a chilly fall morning with a cup of coffee, this apple cider donut bread is sweet, soft, and so yummy. Best served warm with a bit of butter, the apple cider is the star of the show. Tastes like fall!
4 from 11 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 slices
Calories 341 kcal


Bread Batter

  • 1 ½ cups apple cider
  • ½ cup butter room temperature, unsalted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream room temperature
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider mulling spices OPTIONAL


  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup sugar



  • Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan.
  • Preheat the oven to 350.

Reduce the Apple Cider

  • Put the apple cider in a saucepan and heat over medium-low until reduced about half, to ¾ cup.
  • Once reduced, cool fully.

Make the Batter

  • Ensure the butter is at room temperature, then in a stand mixer cream the butter and brown sugar for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Add room temperature eggs and stir just until combined.
  • Combine the cooled apple cider, room temperature sour cream, and vanilla in a bowl.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, mulling spices, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  • In 3 installments, alternate between adding the dry ingredients, then the wet ingredients to the butter mixture until fully combined. Do not overmix.


  • Pour the batter in the prepared pan, about ⅔ up the sides of the pan (if you used an 8 ½ inch pan you may have extra. If this is the case you can make it in to a muffin or mini loaf!).
  • Combine the cinnamon and sugar together for the topping. Sprinkle on top of the prepared loaf batter.
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.


Calories: 341kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 4gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 411mgPotassium: 133mgFiber: 1gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 474IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 91mgIron: 2mg
Keyword apple, apple cider, bread
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