I think we can all agree, there’s just nothing like Mom’s home cookin’. It just tastes better, doesn’t it? For that reason I’ve asked my Mom to submit some of her favorite recipes for me to share with y’all each Monday. Let’s get cooking in the kitchen with Mom!
It is officially Fall! I am so excited, I can barely stand it. This is my absolute favorite time of year – warm days, cool nights and lots of yummy, yummy Fall foods. One of my favorite flavor combos? Carmel apple. It’s the perfect blend of tart and sweet and this week we translated that into a donut. They turned out absolutely delicious, and they aren’t difficult at all since they’re baked! These would be the perfect treat to accompany your morning cup of coffee or a warm cup of cider.
- 1 ¼ to 1 ¾ cups flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 medium apples, peeled and shredded
- 1 ½ cup chewy caramel candies
- 1 tbsp. whole milk
- 8 oz. chopped pecans or other nuts of your choice
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Spray your donut pans with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together 1 ¼ cup flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar and granulated sugar until smooth. Whisk in oil and vanilla. Stir in the flour until just combined; stir in the peeled, shredded apple. If the batter seems really thin, add another ¼ cup flour. If it still feels thin, add another ¼ cup flour. Now let the batter sit for ½ hour, which lets the apple really absorb into the batter. Spoon the batter into the prepared donut pans until almost full. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry, 15 to 20 minutes, depending on whether you are using the regular size donut pan or mini donut pan. Remove pan to a cooling rack.
While the donuts are cooling, microwave the caramel and milk for 1 minute at medium power. Stir the mixture and repeat in 30 second intervals until melted and smooth. You can either dip the donuts into the caramel or spoon the topping on. Set back on the cooling rack and then sprinkle with chopped nuts of your choice.