Autumn is our favourite time of year because of the abundance of apple and pumpkin recipes in our treasure trove of traditional American recipes. Our best donut recipe is for baked apple donuts. Our apple donuts are easy and a delicious, special treat. We used to pick our own apples and then stop by the orchard shop for fresh apple donuts with homemade (non-alcoholic) apple cider.
How to Make Donuts
Apple donuts are perfect for weekend baking. A donut recipe is usually one of two types: baked or fried. We made fried apple donuts and baked apple donuts to build a recipe that was worth the calories.
The darker donuts in the front of this picture are fried “apple fritters”. The dough was similar to baked apple donuts but these are deep fried. We found that the donut recipe for baked donuts was much easier and got to the best part – eating – quickly. Less fuss, less mess, more enjoyment. That is what we were looking for in an apple donut recipe.
Donut Recipe Fried
We found our fritters to be too fiddly and quick a mess and production to make. If you love your donuts deep fried, try a variation on our Polish Paczki Donuts. Instead of filling with jam, make a chunky apple cinnamon jam by adding 100g caster sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon to 4 apples peeled, cored and finely diced. Cook this on the hob until the apples are soft and then boil until thick like a jam. Stuff into the donuts. TIP: Fried donuts on the hob are really difficult to keep the oil temperature consistent. Use a deep fryer for best results.
Donut Recipe Baked
Baked Apple Donuts are the Best Donuts in Town! We made half dozen of these beauties as a small weekend baking treat. You can always double or triple the recipe. (We bought the tin here at Amazon.co.uk.)
Easy Donut Recipe for Baked Apple Donuts
Ingredients & equipment are key for baked apple donuts. These few recommendations just make life a bit easier.
If you are a regular reader, you will know how much we adore Matthews Cotswold Flours. We used Sponge in this batch but plain flour works just as well.
You’ll want both granulated and caster sugar for this recipe. Granulated sugar in the glaze gives a delicious crunch.
We bought these clever silicone donut moulds for baked apple donuts.
- 150 grams plain flour
- 75 grams caster sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 75 grams Greek Yogurt
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 50 grams apple grated or use the pulp leftover from homemade apple cider
- 25 grams butter melted
- 50 grams granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Heat a fan oven to 200C
- Prepare the donut mould with non-stick spray
- In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- In a small bowl, combine the yogurt with the milk.
- Add egg, vanilla, vegetable oil and apples.
- Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir to combine.
- Spoon batter into the moulds and bake for 10 - 15 minutes (until a skewer comes out clean)
- Pop the donuts out of the moulds and let cool on a wire rack.
- Melt butter in medium bowl.
- Mix cinnamon and sugar in a large bowl.
- When the donuts are cool enough to handle but still warm, dip in butter and then dip in cinnamon sugar mix. (See tip.)
- Serve a bit warm with Homemade Apple Cider (hot or cold).