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Baked Apple Donuts

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I stopped by a cake store the other day and noticed they had donut pans. I asked about them and I was told they were for baking donuts. I’d never heard of baking a donut, but I was intrigued enough to buy a pan. After researching a lot of different recipes, I cobbled together my own to make these tasty and somewhat healthy donuts.

My kid was really excited about the prospect of donuts especially since I had the idea of making them with apples and cinnamon. Watching them grow in the oven and sprinkling on the powdered sugar were highlights of the baking process. We’re excited to share this recipe with our friends at Prudent Baby [9] who made the “heart attack” version of these last week (Apple Fritters [10])! Now for the recipe…

Baked Apple Donut Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minsĀ  Cooking Time: 10 mins

Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 egg (lightly beaten)
1 6 oz container of non fat vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 to 2 tablespoons honey
1 apple (diced small)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar
powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss apples in cinnamon and sugar and set aside. In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients. In another bowl stir together oil, lemon juice, honey, egg and yogurt. Make a hole in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the hole. Gently fold everything together until combined. Sprinkle apples into a greased donut pan and divide batter evenly in the pan. (I used the cooking spray that has flour in it but I think any kind would work.) The batter will be pretty thick and airy. We found it was easier to scoop it into the donut pan with our hands. Before baking be sure to clean off any stray dough around the circle so there’s a hole in the middle of the donut. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for a few moments and then flip over onto a cooling rack while still warm. Dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately! Makes 6 donuts.

Here’s a link to a donut pan like the one I used: Norpro 6-Count Nonstick Donut Pan [11]

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