Apple Doughnuts

October 24, 2016

Apple Doughnuts

Besides it being National Cookbook Month, October is also National Apple Month. I had no idea! Apple pie is probably the most popular choice when it comes to apple-based desserts, but if you can have it in doughnut form, why not? These apple doughnuts are deep fried but light and fluffy with a warm and spicy apple filling. Perfect way to celebrate National Apple Month!

Apple Pie Doughnuts

To make the apple filling, put the finely chopped apples, sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, and spices in a small saucepan and cook over medium-low heat until the apples turn jammy. The amount of sugar you add depends on how sweet your apples are. I used kougyoku apples, which are very tart and firm, perfect for apple pies. Start with 3 tablespoons of sugar, and taste the cooked apples and adjust as needed. When finished cooking, pour it into a bowl and let it cool completely.

Apple Doughnuts

The doughnut base is the same one from my homemade doughnuts and blueberry cream cheese doughnut recipe. I love this recipe because I just throw everything into my bread machine and press a button, and all the hard work is done for you.Place the bread flour, sugar, salt, milk powder, yeast, butter, egg, and water into a bread machine and set it on the dough setting.

Place all of the dough ingredients into a bread machine and set it on the dough setting. The dough setting kneads the dough for 10 min, rest for 10 min, kneads again for 10 min and lets the dough rise for 30 min. This might be helpful to keep in mind if you’re kneading this by hand or using a stand mixer.

When the dough is done, take it out onto a floured surface, cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for 10 min. Roll it out to about ½in (1.3cm). Cut out 3in (8cm) circles. Place the doughnuts on pieces of parchment paper, cover the doughnuts with plastic wrap, set it somewhere warm and let them rise again until it doubles in size. Heat your oil to 356°F (180°C) and fry each doughnut about a minute and a half on each side. Take them out onto a wire rack lined with paper towels to drain any extra oil. Coat the doughnuts with granulated sugar while they’re still warm.

Apple Doughnuts

Put the apple filling into a piping bag with a piping tip. Because the filling is chunky, I had to use a bigger piping tip. And because I had to use a bigger piping tip, I had to use a small knife to slice a hole into each doughnut. Insert the piping tip and fill each doughnut with the filling.

Apple Doughnuts

These apple doughnuts are really fluffy and the spicy filling almost reminds me of apple pie. With a fruit based filling, these doughnuts were quite light compared to cream filled ones, and I easily ate two after dinner.

Ok, it was really three.

Are you making anything to celebrate National Apple Month?

Apple Doughnuts

Apple Doughnuts

Ingredients

    Dough
  • 2¼ cups (286g) bread flour
  • 2½ tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon milk powder
  • ½ tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2½ tablespoons (35.44g) unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup (120ml) water
    Apple filling
  • 3½ cups of finely chopped apples, about 3 medium
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, about ½ a lemon
  • 3 tablespoons to ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground clove

Instructions

    Dough
  1. Place the bread flour, sugar, salt, milk powder, yeast, butter, egg, and water into a bread machine and set it on the dough setting.
  2. Take the dough out onto a floured surface, cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for 10min.
  3. Roll it out to about ½in (1.3cm).
  4. Cut out 3in (8cm) circles. Place the doughnuts on pieces of parchment paper, cover the doughnuts with plastic wrap, set it somewhere warm and let it rise again until it doubles in size.
  5. Heat your oil to 356°F (180°C) and fry each doughnut about a minute and a half on each side. Take them out onto a wire rack lined with paper towels to drain any extra oil.
  6. Coat the doughnuts with granulated sugar while they're still warm.
    Apple filling
  1. Put the finely chopped apples, 3 tablespoons of sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, and spices in a small saucepan and cook over medium-low heat until the apples turn jammy.
  2. Taste for sweetness and adjust as needed.
  3. When finished cooking, pour it into a bowl and cool completely.
    To assemble
  1. Put the apple filling into a piping bag with a piping tip.
  2. Using a chopstick, poke a hole into each doughnut.
  3. Insert the piping tip and fill each doughnut with the apple filling.
http://www.aimadeitforyou.com/apple-doughnuts/

I’m bringing these to this week’s Fiesta Friday, hosted by Elaine and Michelle!

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14 Comments

  • Reply Michelle October 24, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Ai- these look so beautifully fluffy and delicious!
    Thanks for bringing another fantastic recipe to Thr Fiesta!?
    Michelle

    • Reply Ai October 26, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks, Michelle! Happy FF! 😀

  • Reply Sarah October 25, 2016 at 3:27 am

    This looks amazing! Soooooo my cup of tea 😀

    • Reply Ai October 26, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks, Sarah! Can’t go wrong with doughnuts 😉

  • Reply Julie October 25, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    I just saw this beautiful picture on Foodgawker and then noticed is was yours! It’s a beautiful photo and these doughnuts look delicious!

    • Reply Ai October 26, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      Haha what a coincidence! Thank you so much, Julie 😀

  • Reply judigraber October 26, 2016 at 3:09 am

    You do like your stuffed donuts, don’t you? Guess what? I do too 🙂

    • Reply Ai October 26, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      I really do 😛

  • Reply Lily October 26, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Wow! those are the best looking donuts I’ve ever seen. I love the apple filling. Thanks for sharing and pinned!

    • Reply Ai October 29, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      You’re too kind, Lily! Thank you! 😀

  • Reply Debbie October 27, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    These doughnuts are beautiful Ai! So light and fluffy and filled with goodness for sure!

    • Reply Ai October 29, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      Thanks, Debbie! 🙂

  • Reply CakePants October 30, 2016 at 5:16 am

    Wow, these look incredible – like they came from a professional bakery! I’ve never had a homemade doughnut, so I can only imagine how amazing they must taste!

    • Reply Ai October 31, 2016 at 8:17 am

      You’re too kind, Mara! Thank you!! 😀

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