Baked Apple Donut HolesPosted: February 7, 2012
And so ends another year of football. Too bad the Patriots lost, but you can’t win them all.
It was still a lot of fun to be at a Super Bowl party, observing the different ways people watch/prepare to watch the big game. Some people started mentally preparing themselves an hour before the game started. Hey, whatever you gotta do.
Some were physically incapable of sitting during the game, and instead paced nervously or stood agape, leaning against a wall. Some made comments that the quality of football refereeing seems to be declining. Others made ref death threats.
Some made bets as to which play would be run next, or that the commercial immediately following the coin toss would be for a car company. (It was, by the way.)
Some watched and chatted idly while enjoying snacks and the company of those around them. And some, (i.e. me) almost fell asleep on the couch twice. I never claimed to be a super fan here guys.
Well, I guess I am a super fan. Not of football, but of these little donut holes. I think I ate like 10 a day until we ran out. How can you be a fan of little balls of sweet dough dotted with apple chunks, baked to tender perfection and rolled in cinnamon sugar? Definitely a winner in my book.
Baked Apple Donut Holes
Adapted from Baked by Jen
Makes about 24 donut holes
1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups bite size chunks of peeled apple
For the Coating:
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease 2 12 count mini muffin pans. Set aside.
Whisk the sugars, flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg in a bowl. Add the cold chopped butter. Using a pastry cutter (or your fingers), work the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg. Mix in the milk and fold in the chopped apples. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture. Stir until incorporated, using a spatula or spoon, making sure not to overmix. Place a tablespoon of batter into each mold of a greased mini muffin pan.
Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the donuts are just golden. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5-10mins. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Unmold and lightly brush each donut with the melted butter. Dunk in the bowl with the cinnamon sugar mixture and roll around to ensure the entire thing is covered. Shake off excess sugar and serve immediately.