Monday, October 8, 2012

baked donuts - fall classics 3 ways

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oh i love donuts - in moderation of course.
thankfully i have shown some self restraint when it has come to my donut making ways.
since receiving my donut pan last christmas this is only my second time making donuts.
i have noticed a trend though - when i bust out my donut pan i tend to make 3 different kinds of donuts in one fell swoop - this time around i decided i wanted to take your classic holiday pie and cake flavors and turn them into donuts - great idea right? right!
well, i thought so anyway and i am sharing with you my insanely delicious take
 on the classics -3 ways.

oh and i went apple picking too - it was amazing.
i don't think i will ever be to old to go apple picking.
the apple orchards in new england where hit pretty hard by an early frost in the spring which damaged many of the young flowers on the apple trees - several orchards were unable open up their coveted pick your own section and if they did it was very limited pickings.
one of the local orchards in canterbury, to say the least was very lucky - several of their trees were spared, they even opened up a very old part of the orchard that hasn't been seen by the public in 30 years- a special treat for the pick your own peeps. and let me tell you, the apples are incredible this year, super sweet and crisp.
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 the inspiration for the donuts came from apple crisp, apple pie and gingerbread
some of my personal favorite fall & early winter favorites.
the pumpkin donuts are baked up with a simple pumpkin pie spice and canned pumpkin, then dipped in a simple white glaze and coated with cinnamon sugar.
in the apple crisp donut you will find little bits of apple with bits of a classic "crisp" topping baked right into the ever so slightly spiced donut.
the gingerbread version has sweet notes of molasses and spicy hints of ginger - the perfect donut to go along with your cup of tea.
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second to banana pancakes on sunday morning i love a good home baked donut.
they are super easy, taking only a few moments out of your morning - making someone you love morning extra special.
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feeding a crowd? make all three!
heading to a fall football game - bring a dozen!
going on a fall hike? tote along a thermos cocoa or coffee and you have your perfect snack when you reach the top of the mountain.
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baked donuts are a tad bit healthier than their fried counterpart and a whole lot easier to make.
they are best eaten the day they are made but still quite tasty the next morning.
so grab your donut pan, whip up a batter or two or three and make donuts for someone you love. 
what do you typically make on Sunday morning for the ones you love?
do you  have a favorite donut recipe or corner bakery donut that you pick up on the weekends?
Baked Donuts - Fall Classics 3 ways
each recipe yields 6 donuts
you will need:
 core recipe
1 cup flour (all purpose/whole wheat pastry/spelt)
1/2 cup agave
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup soy yogurt
2 tbsp vegetable or coconut oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp almond milk
for the apple crisp donuts
add 1/2 cup small diced apples, 1 tsp cinnamon
make the crisp topping by combining 1 tbsp vegan butter, 1 tbsp coconut or brown sugar + 1 tbsp oats - mashed with your fingers until mixed forms small clumps - sprinkle into each donut mold before piping batter into the molds.
for the pumpkin spice
add 1 tsp  pumpkin pie spice
reduce soy yogurt to 1/4 and add 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
glaze = 1/2 cup powdered sugar + 1/2 tbsp water or non dairy milk
plus 3 tbsp super fine sugar + 2 tsp cinnamon
add 1 tsp ginger & 1/8 tsp all spice
2 tbsp molasses
powdered sugar for dusting donuts
preheat oven to 375*
in a medium bowl combine all dry ingredients
in another medium bowl mix all wet ingredients well, until smooth
combine wet and dry together and mix well
transfer batter to a large ziploc bag - this will make the process much easier when piping dough into donut pan
cut corner from bag
pipe batter into each donut round, smoothing out with the back of a spoon if needed
bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes - do not over bake, the donuts will continue to cook in the pan once removed from the oven
remove from oven and allow to cool on pan for 5 minutes - turn donuts onto a cooling rack and allow to fully cool prior to glazing or dusting with powdered sugar
pumpkin donuts - dip one side of the donut into the glaze; place the super fine sugar & cinnamon in a ziploc bag and toss the glazed donut until coated with the cinnamon sugar- repeat with remaining donuts.
gingerbread donuts - sprinkle with powdered sugar


  1. Replies
    1. Hi Justin! Thanks for stopping by - the donuts were pretty tasty :)

  2. Your pictures are beautiful ! These look really yummy

  3. Holy Crap! I actually yelled that at my computer when I first saw your post! *hehe* Everything look AMAZING!!!!! Wow! I don't know which flavour I'd try first! I love them all! AWESOME post hun! Love it! :) I cannot wait to try and make donuts. Gorgeous photos!

    1. Hahahaa you are so funny! They were so good - I totally wish you lived closer cause I would have totally loved having a cup of tea and eating these with you!

  4. Lovely photos and your baked donuts look amazing! Perfect for a fall morning.

  5. Donuts and baked too!!!! Dig that they are made with agave and coconut oil. Perfection.
    The photos on the Sunday funny papers are great.

    1. YES! They are a little healthier right? I can always count on you for noticing the little details that I absolutely love too :)

  6. They were delicous... waiting on the next batch..

  7. Beautiful photos, Heather! I just made my own donuts, for the very first time (fried, not baked... I need a donut pan!) Those gingerbread ones sound so incredibly good!

    Also, I'm so jealous of your apple picking! Here where I am there are no apples. None. They're all being brought in from elsewhere - I called every local farm and they all told me they had nothing to pick. So sad! :(

    1. You are so brave Willow! You are so lucky I don't live closer to you or else you would be so sick of me hanging around your house waiting for you to feed me all the amazing things you make! Loved the gingerbread they were so tasty ;0

      I have read that so many people have had a hard time finding apples - we are so lucky that a few of our Orchards were unscathed by the early frost! It is so sad when a crop that people depend on/part of their livelyhood doesn't produce like it it supose to...

  8. I'll take 3 dozen please :) Amazing flavours, I don't think I'd be able to choose, although lucky for me, looks like I don't have to!

    1. It was dangerous having this many donuts around....I like to test all my recipes and I was like holy crap I need to test 3 donuts....what a tough job!

  9. No such thing as moderation when it comes to donuts like these my friend, absolutely stunning :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. these look absolutely phenomenal and perfect in every way. i am in awe of you. i want one of each, although i think i'd eat the apple fritter one first :)

    1. You are the best Caitlin - thank you for always making me smile with your comments. xo

  11. You dirty rat, I think I could eat a dozen of those, I have a mini donut pan, thankfully it makes bite sized donuts and only a few ;) So good Heather!

    1. I am pretty sure I need a mini donut pan - or at least I am pretty sure my hips would thank me :) You are so smart - huh I should have totally aked for a mini donut pan :0 well there is always this christmas!

    2. Hey, are you signed up for the Virtual Vegan Potluck? It's on November 1st, World Vegan Day. C'mon Kristy, Sparkles, me and more are in! It wouldn't be the same without you!

  12. Strangely, I didn't like donuts until I became vegan. If I have them, I like to bake them so I know that they're healthier. These all look so good- I don't know which ones to try first!

    1. Thanks Kristy! I never was a fan of the Dunkin Donnuts or Donut Chains but ones from an actual to goodness donut man are so amazing - but I really do love my homemade version too :)

  13. They look incredible! Great flavours too, very autumnal. I'm making the gingerbread ones my top priority to try.

    1. They are were all tasty but i LOVED the Apple Crisp :)

  14. aw apple picking! how fun! my goodness these donuts look incredible! i don't know which I'd like best, because they ALL sound marvelous!

    1. Thanks Caralyn! I kove apple picking and all things Fall :)

  15. You are just killing me with these donuts!! They all sound soo good!

  16. I couldn't have asked for three better donut flavours - they all sound amazing! I had my first pumpkin pie of the season last weekend for Canadian Thanksgiving, and now I'm craving anything pumpkin flavoured! Maybe you could even combine all three flavours into one super-Fall donut...mmmm :)

    1. Thanks Genevieve! Oooo pumpkin pie, I haven't had one in forever...I thnk that needs to change soon :)

  17. Somehow my baked doughnuts don't look like this! Maybe that's a good thing ;-)! Beautiful.

    Thank you so much for joining the Virtual Vegan Potluck! We've got a great turn-out and it should be a really fun event.

    1. Hi Annie! Thanks for stopping by, I am so excited to be a part of your Vegan Potluck, it sounds like an event not to be missed!

  18. I recently made all three of these doughnuts for a Baby Shower. The Baking Powder needs to be increased to 1 1/2t (My first batch didn't rise correctly, but after adding the 1/2t, the problem was fixed.) The Apple Cinnamon were by far the best, and will be making them again! :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I am so happy to hear that you made the donuts - do you think by chance your baking powder was older...after I read your comment (and I have also made this recipe multiple times) I went back and made up a batch of the Gingerbread with the specified amount listed in the recipe and they rose quite beautifully, sometimes when you use older baking powder it doesn't have the same reactivity - ot if you are in a higher altitide that could effect the rising.

      The Apple Crisp was my favorite too ;)

  19. Beautiful photographs!
    Kim @ Bonne Nuit Designs


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