Val and I had a good laugh when we took a look at the blog over the last week or so and noticed that there seemed to be a lot of orange dishes on our table lately. It is the season of pumpkin and with the colder weather, we both were in the moods for curried dishes. Luckily, pumpkin isn’t the only thing in season right now. We have a luck of having so many apple farms around our area that you can’t help to use them in baking during the Fall.
Apples and cinnamon go together almost as well as peanut butter and jam. So on this cold Sunday morning, an apple cinnamon donut would go great with a cup of coffee. The recipe is vegan and can be made gluten free as well. They are baked in a donut pan, which you can find quite easily.
1 cup of all purpose flour **to make gluten free, I find that brown rice flour and 1 teaspoon of xantham gum works quite well.
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup almond or soy milk
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce (or 1 flax egg)
1/4 cup vegan margarine or coconut oil.
1/2 apple, peeled and cut into small pieces.
- Preheat your oven to 350 F.
- In a bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together using a whisk.
- In a sauce pan or a glass bowl, mix the wet ingredients together and heat until the margarine or coconut oil is melted. I have found that a glass bowl in the microwave will work as well as a sauce pan on the stove, but just watch that you heat just until the margarine is melted and not any more than that.
- Mix the wet into the dry and mix thoroughly. Then add in the pieces of apple.
- Into a greased donut pan, put the batter in, preferably pipe it in but will work with a spoon, you will just have to make sure the batter is evenly distributed in the pan.
- Bake 10-15 minutes. The donut should just be golden and spring back at you when you push on them.
- Take out and let cool.
To top these donuts, you can do a number of different things. This time I mixed cinnamon and some brown sugar together to sprinkle on them. I find that melting some vegan butter and brushing a little on the top of the donut after they cool allows for the cinnamon sugar to stick. You can make a glaze with icing sugar and almond milk to go on top of the donuts after they cool as well. Or just leave them plain and they are just as yummy.