I have had a doughnut pan on my wish list for two years now (seriously, that long!). The idea of baking yummy doughnuts at home (and making them a bit more nutritious) was just an exciting idea to me. So, for my birthday this year my hubby got me one and I couldn't wait to try it out!
Of course, baked doughnuts are not the same as the fried sugary ones typically associated with "doughnuts." These are more of the cake-like variety. I suppose the dessert version could still be made for a treat by changing the batter and adding a sugar glaze to the outside. However, for more of an ordinary occasion, the whole grain, fruit based and baked doughnuts are still mighty yummy! I particularly enjoy them as an option for a quick breakfast on Sunday mornings since we can grab them and get out the door.
Baked Apple Cinnamon Doughnuts
(Recipe adapted from Chocolate and Carrots)
2/3 c. whole wheat flour (pastry flour would be even better, but I usually use plain whole wheat)
1/3 c. all-purpose flour
2 T. granulated sugar
3/4 t. baking powder
1/8-1/4 t. ground cinnamon*
1/4 c. + 2 T. milk
1 T. butter, melted
1/4 t. vanilla
1/2 -1 apple, peeled and finely diced*
2 T. - 1/4 c. raisins*
optional: 2 T.walnuts, finely diced and toasted*
*These ingredients don't have to be precise. Add the lesser or greater amount based on your taste.
1/4 c. granulated sugar mixed with 1 1/2 t. cinnamon*
1 T. butter*
*You probably won't use the entire amount of the coating. Store the cinnamon-sugar mixture in a spice jar for later use.
1. Preheat oven to 400˚F. Grease doughnut pan.
2. Combine flours, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and (optional) nuts. [Dry ingredients]
2. Combine milk, egg, butter, vanilla, raisins and apple. [Wet ingredients]
3. Mix wet ingredients into dry. Stir just until combined. Don't overmix!
4. Cut the tip off a plastic baggie. Pour batter into bag. Pipe dough into the doughnut pan until 1/2 full. Be careful not to overfill the pan or else the hole will close as they rise.
5. Bake for 10 minutes or until slightly brown and the dough springs back a bit when pressed.
6. Allow to cool.
7. Once completely cool, add sugar coating to one side. Dip donuts into melted butter or use a brush to brush it on. Then, dip into cinnamon-sugar.
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