Summer is in full swing at our house...at last. The only sad thing is that the reality is school starts again in only 5 weeks. Depressing, I know. I think I will be adopt Scarlett O'Hara's motto here, "I will think about that tomorrow."
So, like I said, summer is in full swing. We just got back from a 2 week beach vacation in Florida, and while we are trying to get back into a routine, we still have a ton of things on the calendar to look forward to. But that's how I like it. I only get the boy home with me for a few precious weeks it seems, so I will pack them full of fun!
Another thing I am sure to do over the summer is make some special things for breakfast. See, the boy loves breakfast, but not early like he has to eat during the school year. He wants something light on those days, so I save more filling and/or yummy things for days when we can ease into our day, like Sunday mornings, or this time of year, weekdays!
These came about because my little man said he was hungry for doughnuts and I could only make that a reality with things I had on hand. There were apples in the fruit bowl, and I went from there.
These are super simple, delicious and perfect with a tall glass of milk, or hot cup of coffee. They even make a fun dessert instead of breakfast.
Oh, and as a side note, whenever I post a new recipe for doughnuts, many of you want to know about the pan I use. It's a nonstick one you can usually find in the same aisle as muffin tins. They can be found at Walmart, Target, Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc. I actually got mine at Crate and Barrel. Seriously, anywhere.
Summer vacation is a time for many things for me and my favorite little guy, including some time to get into the kitchen and make him some extra special treats!
Baked Apple Cinnamon Donuts
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. vegetable oil
2 apples, peeled and finely chopped
2 TBS butter, melted
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 TBS plus 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a doughnut pan. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and cloves. In a small bowl whisk together sugar and eggs. Pour oil in gradually and whisk until well combined. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until just combined. Do not over mix. Fold in apples. Fill each well 3/4 full and bake for 15-18 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from pan to wire rack to cool. Once cool, brush with melted butter and sprinkle liberally with cinnamon sugar. Let sit for 15-20 minutes until set. Makes 10-12 doughnuts.