Baked Apple Donuts

These Baked Apple Donuts are:

A: Pillowy soft

B: Cozily spicy-sweet

C: Completely drool-worthy

D: Vegan

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!

Baked Apple Donuts
 
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, bring almond milk to a simmer.
  2. 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.
  3. Stir maple syrup and cloves into remaining milk, then simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. While milk simmers, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and ¼ tsp cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Pour milk mixture through strainer into dry ingredients.
  6. Add coconut oil, flax egg, and yeast, then whisk to combine.
  7. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean cloth, and set in a warm place to rise for an hour.
  8. 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.
  9. Dice apple then place in saucepan with 1 tbsp water and ¼ tsp cinnamon. Cook until apple chunks are soft and water has evaporated.
  10. When apples are done cooking, mash  lightly with a fork until mixture is somewhere between apple pieces and applesauce.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

 

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