Monday, October 22, 2012

Baked Caramel Apple Doughnuts

You know about my caramel obsession right? How I love all things caramel? Well, when I found this recipe I realized that actually, there is one caramel item that I don't actually like and that is a caramel apple. I think its just too hard to sink your teeth into a hard, chewy, sticky concoction wrapped around a firm apple.

While an apple a day may keep the doctor away, a caramel apple a day could easily lead you right to the dentist!



Baked Caramel Apple Donuts
Source: Shutterbean
Servings: 24 mini doughnuts
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Ingredients:
    • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
    • 1 tsp. baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1 egg, at room temperature
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
    • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    • 2 apples, peeled and minced
    • 1 cup chewy caramel candies
    • 1 tbsp. whole milk
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a doughnut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg with the sugar and brown sugar. Then whisk in the vegetable oil and vanilla.
3. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until no lumps of flour remain. Gently fold in the apple.
4.Spoon the batter in the prepared doughnut pan until almost full. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes.
5. Combine the caramel candies and milk together in a microwave safe bowl. Cover loosely and microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until a caramel sauce as formed.
6. Gently dip the doughnuts into the caramel sauce, swirling to remove the excess caramel. Serve warm!

I don't know why I was thinking these would be less chewy/sticky than a caramel apple, but they weren't. I made the mistake of eating a semi-cooled caramel dipped doughnut and ended up with the doughnut stuck to the roof of my mouth in a caramel head-lock. Dangers aside, these are incredibly tasty little doughnuts that are just as good dipped in the caramel as they are plain.

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