Too soon for a Fall treat?

photo(2)I know it’s still Summer but I’m already aching for the flavors of Fall. Maybe after surviving a 3rd Summer in the DC heat, humidity and tourist mobs I’ve finally transferred into a Fall person? Who knows why, but I’ve decided to go ahead and embrace Fall even if it’s still a bit early.

I’ve decided I’ll begin my foray into Fall flavors with a baked apple doughnut. Just a hint of Fall flavors from the apple and the cinnamon, but baked instead of fried so it’s light enough to eat even during the hot of the hot Summer months. Finished with a vanilla and cinnamon glaze these are just sweet enough carry you through the seasons transitions.

Don’t have a doughnut pan? No problem, you can use the same batter and put it in a cake pan instead and it’ll be just  as good! I happen to live above a Sur la Table, which is dangerous place for a food enthusiast. They’ll lure you in which great displays and signs for sales, and you’ll walk out with cooking and baking supplies you never knew existed! I admit, I’ve fallen victim to this, hence, the reason I own a mini doughnut pan.

Baked Mini Apple Doughnuts
Batter:
1 1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 stick of butter (melted)
2 eggs
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 apples peeled and cored

Glaze:
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons powdered sugar

 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Cut the apples into small chunks and put them in the food processor with 1 stick of melted butter and the brown sugar.  Pulse the mixture until it’s only slightly chunky. I definitely suggest a taste test at this point – butter, sugar and apples yuuum!

3. Combine the flour, white sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a bowl.

4. Add the eggs to the dry ingredients, then add 3/4 of the apple mixture and stir until incorporated.

5. Spoon the mixture into a plastic bag and snip off the end. Pipe the batter into your doughnut pan.

photo(3)6. Bake at 350 for 7-9 minutes, test doughnuts with a toothpick before taking them out.

7. Let the doughnuts cool for a few minutes before removing them from a pan. While you’re waiting combine all of the ingredients for the glaze and add the remaining apple mixture to the glaze 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.

8. When the doughnuts have cooled use a small spatula or spoon to top them with the glaze. Enjoy!

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