This morning I had to be up before the sun for hockey registration for my 6-year-old. It’s all kinds of fun getting up super early on my one day a week I am not required to set an alarm clock. It is an utter treat to get dressed on a Saturday when it is still dark outside. It is even more fun doing it without any caffeine. So after filling out the registration and heading home, only to be called because I totally missed the birth date section, I decided that not only did I need some caffeine but that I deserved a heavy dose of sugar too. Enter my apple cinnamon donuts.
Apples are probably one of my three favorite fruits, so once September comes and they are in season and on sale, well then it is time to let my apple addiction have a free reign. There are a ton of apple orchards within reasonable drives from my house and I plan on going with the kids soon. Many of the orchards also have bakeries where you can buy all sorts of treats. One treat is usually apple cider donuts. I am willing to admit that I have a completely unhealthy love affair with these donuts and while I love them as they are, I wanted to make them even more apple-y. I decided the best way to do that was to add in apples. I did try to make them healthier by baking them instead of frying them. Of course, I may have ruined that though by dredging them in melted butter.
- 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 1/4 c. firmly packed, light brown sugar
- 3/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4 c. buttermilk
- 1/2 c. apple cider
- 1 lrg. egg
- 1/2 c. shredded apples (I used Granny Smith.)
- 1/2 c. butter, melted
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
- I used a mini-donut maker to make my donuts so I plugged it in to preheat. If you are using a donut pan it should come with directions on how to bake them. More than likely though you will bake mini-donuts at 425°. Be sure to spray either the pan or donut maker with cooking spray.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer add the flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix on low until well mixed. In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, apple cider and egg. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix on low-speed until combined. Do not over mix. Stir in the shredded apples.
- If baking donuts in the oven bake for 6-8 minutes and if baking in a donut maker it should only be 2-3 minutes before they are done. Mix the remaining sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Once the donuts are cool enough to handle, dip into the melted butter and then dredge them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
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