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caramel apple donut holesYou’re welcome.

Making donuts in an electric cake-pop baker? Super easy. I was making Tarte Tatin and doubled the recipe for different uses. I wanted to try a baked donut hole, but only because I didn’t have enough oil for the deep fryer. I have the Danish ebelskiver pan for stove top cooking, but am always looking for ways to use electric appliances for onsite demos/tastings at the Salem NH Farmers Market. The cake-pop baker worked great!

For apple flavoring I used some of the Tarte Tatin filling and used apple cider as part of the glaze. Since the donut wasn’t deep fried, the cider added some moistness.

What you need:

  • 4 tbs butter
  • 2 apples (I used Gala), peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/4 c pure cane sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fleur de sel (French sea salt)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1/3 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c buttermilk
  • 1 tbs pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Cinnamon-Sugar Topping

  • 1/2 c apple cider
  • 3/4 c granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

What you do:

  • Melt butter in cast iron skillet.
  • Add apples, cane sugar and salt.
  • Cook over med heat until apples caramelize, about 20 min.
  • In mixer bowl fitted with paddle attachment mix apple, egg, oil, brown sugar, buttermilk and syrup.
  • In med bowl mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  • Add flour mixture to apple mixture
  • Heat cake pop maker.
  • In sm bowl add cider.
  • In another sm bowl mix sugar and cinnamon.
  • Bake as directed, about 4 to 5 min or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove from baker, dip into butter/cider mixture and then roll in sugar/cinnamon mixture.
  • Shake off excess.
  • Store After removing them from the maker, roll in sugar and cinnamon.
  • If you don’t serve the donut holes immediately, you may need to redust with cinnamon-sugar topping.
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