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Monday, November 7, 2011

: vegan meal of the week : week 36 : baked apple donuts :

happy november!
did you go apple picking this fall?
[minnesota has tons of great apple orchards all over the place]

we had a few apples left over ; so i decided to make a dessert.
[there is never a bad time for a dessert ;)]

today ; oven baked apple donuts
[recipe found here ; vegan modifications from me]

what you need :
*1/4 cup of lightly packed brown sugar
*1/4 cup of granulated sugar
*1-1/2 cups of all-purpose flour [i used whole wheat flour]
*1-3/4 tsp baking powder
*1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
*1/3 cup of cold vegan butter, cut into small pieces [i use earth balance]
*1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of almond/coconut/soy milk

*2 cups of bite size chunks of apple, peeled and cored

for the coating:
*1/4 cup of vegan butter, melted
*1/3 cup of granulated sugar
*1 tsp cinnamon

how to do it : 
1) Preheat your oven to 350F.  Grease mini muffin pans.  Set aside.
2) Whisk the sugars, flour, baking powder, and nutmeg in a bowl.  Add the cold chopped butter. Using a pastry cutter, work the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
3) In a separate bowl, mix in the milk and fold in the chopped apples. Add the milk 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.
4) Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the donuts are just golden. Remove from the oven, unmold and lightly brush each donut with the melted butter. Dunk in a bowl with the sugar and cinnamon mixed in. Shake off excess sugar and serve immediately.

ohmygoodness! please make these. you will not be let down. heat them up for 15 seconds ; and eat a few.