Friday, June 6, 2014

Happy National Doughnut Day

Today is National Doughnut Day!!  I didn't know that either until I read it on Carrots n Cake as part of the Photo a Day Challenge.

So, I guess, in honor of this day there are many doughnut shops and/or bakeries that are passing out free doughnuts.  But did I go visit them???  Of course not!!  That would make my life much too easy!

No...I decided to make my own doughnuts in honor of this day.  So I hopped over to Pinterest and found a recipe I liked from Gift of Simplicity for No Fry  Cinnamon Applesauce Doughnuts.  It sounded easy enough and they were baked and not fried so that appealed to me.  I also liked that they called for applesauce because I have a lot left from canning last fall.

I halved the recipe because I really did not want 3 1/2 dozen doughnuts around here tempting me.  Deleted the cloves because I didn't have any and set to it.


Mix and knead all your ingredients.
Mine was still pretty sticky but the directions did not talk of this so I left it.
In the future I would add flour until the dough is no longer sticky.


Allow to rise for one hour.


Turn onto a floured surface.
At this point I added about 1 more cup of flour to enable me to handle it without it sticking.


Roll the dough to about 1/2" thickness.


Cut into 2 1/2" rounds and cut 1/2" from each center.
Place on a greased cookie sheet and brush with melted butter.


Cover and let rise for another 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 425* during this time.


Bake for 8-10 minutes


Brush both sides with melted butter and shake in cinnamon sugar.



Cinnamon Applesauce Doughnuts
slightly adapted from Gift of Simplicity

2 T. dry yeast
1/4 c. warm water
1.5 c. lukewarm applesauce
1/2 c. sugar
1 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
2 eggs
4 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. butter, melted
Cinnamon Sugar (made from 1/2 c sugar mixed with 1/2 t. cinnamon)

In large bowl of stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, combine yeast and water.  Add the applesauce, spices, sugar, eggs and 2 c. of the flour.  Blend on low speed and then beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Change out paddle attachment for dough hook and remaining flour, blend and then knead  with dough hook until smooth.  Cover bowl with a damp towel and let rest and rise in a warm area for one hour.

Turn out onto a floured piece of parchment paper.  Roll to 1/2" thickness.  Using a 2 1/2" round cutter, press out your doughnuts being careful not to twist the cutter.  Use a 1/2" round cutter, in the same manner to remove doughnut holes.  Place doughnuts and doughnut hole centers onto a greased cookie sheet and brush with melted butter.  Cover with a redampened towel and let rise for another 20 minutes.  Bake at 425* for 8-10 minutes.

Remove from oven brush both sides with melted butter and shake in cinnamon sugar mixture that has been placed in a brown paper bag.  Print Recipe


They got Frank's Seal of Approval!!

4 comments:

  1. You really ARE a superwoman my friend!

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    1. Well it was something to do this afternoon LOL.

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  2. Holy deliciousness! :) I just might have to try them. My Mom would love them. Cinnamon is her main staple and helps with dementia! Happy Doughnut Day Wendy! Love, Shelly

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    1. Thanks Shelly. How is your Mom and Dad doing? We have to go into Croswell when we get our chickens processed so I am hoping we can stop in for a visit while we are out there.

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