Sunday, October 2, 2011

Happy Fall

Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile.
William Bryant

I love this time of year!  The weather has finally changed and those cool breezes are pure pleasure.  The cool weather is a reminder that it is time to visit the apple orchards.  Those apple doughnuts from Sky Top in N.C. were wonderful last year!  I was thinking about them today and thought I would try a baked version.  I was pleasantly surprised with the results. You won't be sorry if you decide to bake them.  Just don't leave out the nutmeg; it creates the doughnut taste.  I made mine in a mini-muffin pan.  

Baked Apple Doughnuts/Muffins
Combine the following:
1/4 cup of lightly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup of white sugar
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup of cold butter, cut into small pieces
Cut in the butter until crumbly.

Mix together:
1 egg
1/4 cup of milk (add a little more if dry)
1-1/2 cups diced apples (2 peeled)

Combine dry and wet ingredients.  Do not overmix.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.
Cool 5 minutes and top with the following:
Mix together:
1/3 cup of sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder

Brush each muffin top with melted butter and dip in cinnamon sugar.

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