My kids are donut fanatics. They love that puffy bread dripping in sugar. (OK well maybe I do to) It was time to try making them baked and since Matthew loves apples, these baked apple doughnuts were just the ticket.
They are really easy to make and if you have a few apples on hand you are set. These are perfect for a weekend treat and you can do a regular powdered sugar glaze for your picky kids. For the more adventurous this caramel walnut glaze is divine. It's like a caramel apple on steroids. I promise everyone will fight over them so make sure to make plenty!
- Donut Batter Ingredients
- 2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
- 2/3 cup light brown sugar packed
- 3 tablespoons butter room temperature
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup peeled and grated apple
- Caramel Sauce Ingredients:
- 1 cup brown sugar packed
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 4 tablespoons butter
- Pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Chopped walnuts for sprinkling
Directions for Donuts:
Lightly grease a doughnut pan and preheat the oven to 350-degrees.
In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla extract. Beat in the softened butter.
Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl then add in the wet ingredients.
Fold in the grated apple until just combined (donâ??t overmix!)
Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake for about 8-10 minutes until they are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and turnout onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
Directions for topping:
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the brown sugar, half and half and salt. Cook for 5-7 minutes while whisking gently until the mixture thickens. Add the vanilla and cook for 1 minute more.
Turn off the heat and let set for 5 minutes. Spoon the mixture over the cooled donuts. Sprinkle immediately with chopped walnuts.
Pour any remaining sauce into a jar and store in the refrigerator â?? this is delicious on ice cream, too!