These Baked Apple Donuts are:
A: Pillowy soft
B: Cozily spicy-sweet
C: Completely drool-worthy
E: All of the above
E is undoubtedly the answer here. I can imagine whipping up a batch of these Baked Apple Donuts for a holiday brunch with family or friends, relaxing and chatting as the aroma of apples and cinnamon wafting through the air. Though they are so simple and easy to make, a light dusting of powdered sugar is all that’s needed to make these donuts stand out on any table.
I think they would also be perfect as an original, delicious gift for the hosts of a holiday party. Imagine, instead of that frantic, last minute rush as you try to find a nice bottle of wine or a classy bouquet of flowers, being secure in the fact that you are about to wow your friends with a treat like no other.
Finally, I know the idea of vegan baked goods may be off-putting to some, so rest assured that no one will be able to tell these are even a little bit healthy. My (health food hating) little sister devoured two before I informed her they were vegan and naturally sweetened. She stared at me in surprise for a moment, then asked for another.
If she likes them, I’m confident these treats will be able to impress the pickiest of eaters, and I can’t wait for you all to try it out. Now, from my kitchen to yours, happy baking!
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1¼ cups all purpose flour
- 1 apple (preferably a sweet, crisp variety such as Fuji or Honeycrisp)
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 flax egg (1 tsp flaxseed meal + 2 tsp water)
- ½ tsp instant yeast
- ½ tsp whole cloves (optional)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp sugar
- In a small saucepan, bring almond milk to a simmer.
- Remove ¼ cup of milk from pan, then mix with sugar and yeast in a small bowl. If bubbles form, yeast is active. If no bubbles have formed after 5 minutes, discard and try again.
- Stir maple syrup and cloves into remaining milk, then simmer for 5 minutes.
- While milk simmers, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and ¼ tsp cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
- Pour milk mixture through strainer into dry ingredients.
- Add coconut oil, flax egg, and yeast, then whisk to combine.
- Place dough in lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean cloth, and set in a warm place to rise for an hour.
- Go watch an episode of your favorite TV show (I'm loving New Girl and Jane the Virgin), then come back after about 30 minutes and begin the apple filling.
- Dice apple then place in saucepan with 1 tbsp water and ¼ tsp cinnamon. Cook until apple chunks are soft and water has evaporated.
- When apples are done cooking, mash lightly with a fork until mixture is somewhere between apple pieces and applesauce.
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease donut pan with olive oil or nonstick spray, then fill with dough. If dough is too sticky, add additional flour 1 tbsp at a time.
- Top donuts with apple mixture, then bake for 40 minutes. When they are done, donuts will be pale but puffy and firm to the touch.