Homemade apple donuts, packed with fresh apple and apple sauce. Coated with a crunchy cinnamon sugar. Baked and perfectly delicious!
Yield:22 - 24 donuts
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 cup sugar
½ cup buttermilk
1 cup unsweetened applesauce, from jar
1 ½ cup fresh apple, peeled and grated
For the Coating:
unsweetened applesauce OR melted butter
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
dash of ground nutmeg, optional
Preheat oven to 375.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.
In another large bowl, stir together melted butter, eggs, sugar, buttermilk and applesauce. Stir in fresh apple.
Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Stir with wooden spoon. Add another 1/3 of flour mixture and stir. Add remaining flour and stir just until combined.
Spoon batter into a large ziplock bag. Seal and snip the corner off one end. Squeeze batter into the cavities of a donut pan sprayed with non-stick baking spray. Fill each cavity 2/3 to 3/4 of the way full. To help donuts keep their pretty shape when baking, use a clean finger to gently even out the batter in each cavity and clean off the center knob of the pan. Bake at 375 for 12 to 14 minutes, until the tops of donuts spring back slightly when touched. Let cool 5 minutes before removing from pan.
For the outside coating, combine sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl. Using a pastry brush, cover each donut with a light coating of applesauce, or alternatively, dip quickly into melted butter. Then dip into cinnamon sugar and toss to coat. Let cool completely before eating, if possible. A second dip into the cinnamon sugar creates an extra crunchy coating. Best enjoyed the same day!