If your family are donut lovers like mine but one or two are on special diets...also like mine...this recipe is okay. I use Becel instead of butter and you could probably use a sugar substitute as well, although I have never tried that. They are also baked instead of fried, but you will be surprised at the lovely apple cinnamon taste and fragrance. I have a donut tin but if you do not, you could use a muffin tin and have donuts without holes or come up with your own imaginative idea. How about using ramekins with a tightly rolled piece of tinfoil in the middle? Anyhow, they are an awesome treat. The recipe is adapted from :
Joy the Baker The Little Epicurean
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, browned and slightly cooled
1 large egg
1/4 cup apple cider
1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup peeled and shredded apples
Apple Cider Glaze:
2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp whole milk
2 Tbsp apple cider
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat donut pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar.
In a small saucepot, melt butter over medium heat. Continue to cook until butter until butter smells nutty and fragrant. The milk solids in the butter will turn rich brown in color. Remove from heat and allow to cool in small bowl.
In another bowl, whisk together egg, apple cider, and milk. Add wet mixture to dry flour mixture. Pour in cooled butter. Follow with grated apples. Stir to combine but until there are no more dry streaks of flour. Do not overmix.
Spoon batter into prepared donut pan. Fill molds almost to the top with batter. Bake for 8-10 minutes until donuts have puffed. Remove from oven and allow to cool in donut pan for 3 minutes before inverting and unmolding. Allow donuts to cool to room temperature on wire rack.
To make cider glaze: whisk together confectioners' sugar, ground cinnamon, milk, and apple cider until smooth. Allow to sit for 3-5 minutes to thicken. Stir before using. Dip cooled donuts into glaze. Place glazed donuts on wire rack to allow glaze to set.
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