Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Baked Cake Doughnuts

Apple Cinnamon Baked Cake Doughnuts

When my sister and I were younger, we would stay with my Nanny during the summer. My Nanny was raised in Alabama on a farm, and when I say she can cook--I mean she can really cook. I can still taste her perfectly cooked rutabagas, cabbage, and her cornbread; just to name a few of my favorites. She would take us to the farmer’s market and we would pick out fresh fruits and vegetables. We also always had a home cooked meal for lunch at her house. 

Breakfast was a different story. A lot of times my sister and I would get to my Nanny’s house before she was even awake. You can call my Nanny at 10:00p.m. and she is probably still up, but don’t call her before 8:30 or 9:00a.m because she is probably still snoozing! For breakfast we would have cinnamon sugar toast, peanut butter toast or instant oatmeal. My favorite instant oatmeal was apple cinnamon and my sister always loved the peaches and cream. I guess you could say my love for all things apple cinnamon started early because I still love the flavor combination. 

Apple Cinnamon Baked Cake doughnuts 3

This apple bread is one of my favorites, but I don’t always want to wait 45 minutes to have a slice. These baked donuts are the perfect solution! I have made these no less than 3 times in the last week. They are that good. Make them and you won’t be disappointed.

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  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 apple, peeled and finely diced or shredded*
*I have made this both ways and prefer the texture the finely diced apple gives the doughnuts.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly grease a 6-well doughnut pan.

In a small bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.

In another small bowl combine buttermilk, egg, and vanilla extract. Pour wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Using a spatula, fold diced or shredded apple into batter.

Evenly distribute the batter in the doughnut pan. Bake for 7-8 minutes. Let cool in pan for 1-2 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool the rest of the way.

Top with powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar or drizzle with icing.

Adapted from: Baked Cake Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze