I sure do. You'd think that after [fill-in-the-blank]
years of visiting pick-your-own orchards—and coming home with way too many
apples to eat/cook/bake—I would deploy a bit more self-restraint.
I don't know if it's those cute baskets, the hay rides, or
too much crisp fall air, but before I know it the trunk of my car is
overflowing with bushels of apples. And I've pretty much done it all:
applesauce (obvs), apple pie, apple muffins, even apple fruit rolls.
What I haven't done—until now—is an apple doughnut. (Maybe
because, in addition to all the apple picking, I indulge in one too many apple
And I think this is my new favorite way to use up those
A tender, simple, baked doughnut is filled with grated apple
(which also lends incredible moistness) and plenty of fall spices. It is then
topped with a heavenly maple-cinnamon glaze that will have you licking the
But the best part?
The crumb topping.
I am a huge fan of the crumb topping—on cakes, muffins,
you name it. But I find it one of the more annoying recipes to execute. The
butter has to be ice cold, cutting it into the dry ingredients tends to make a
mess, and I can never get the crumbs to just the right size.
But the technique below results in perfect, beautiful crumbs every time, with minimal work and no mess. You can freeze the leftovers (if you can
stop yourself from eating the crumbs straight from the bowl) and sprinkle them on
everything: ice cream, yogurt, even applesauce.
You know, if you happen to have some extra apples lying
RECIPE: "Apple Pie" Doughnuts with Maple Glaze and Crumb Topping
Yields: 9-11 doughnuts
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
½ teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of kosher salt
¾ cup flour
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon each cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt
½ cup light brown sugar, packed
½ cup milk
½ teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 small Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated on the large
hole side of a box grater
1 cup confectioners' sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1-2 tablespoons milk
Make the crumb topping:
Pre-heat oven to 350; line a baking sheet with parchment
In a medium bowl combine all of the ingredients till well
blended. Spread mixture onto your prepared baking sheet and use your
fingers to break up any large clumps. Set aside while you prepare the doughnut
Make the doughnuts:
Grease two six-cavity doughnut pans. In a medium bowl
combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and
salt. In another bowl whisk the egg, followed by the light brown sugar, milk,
vanilla, melted butter and grated apple. Fold the egg mixture into the flour
mixture till just combined.
Use a spoon to transfer the batter into the doughnut pans,
filling about halfway (you will fill 9 – 11 of the cavities). Bake doughnuts
for about 10 minutes, or till a toothpick tests clean. Remove doughnuts from
the pans and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
Bake the crumb topping for 10 minutes (or till golden brown),
occasionally breaking up any large clumps with a fork. Remove from oven and let
Make the glaze:
In a small bowl whisk the confectioners' sugar, cinnamon and
Add one tablespoon of milk and whisk. If glaze seems too thick add
more milk, a bit at a time, till a thick but pourable consistency is reached.
Assemble the doughnuts:
Dip one doughnut at a time into the glaze, allowing the
excess to drip off.
Return to the wire rack and sprinkle with some of the crumb
Repeat with remaining doughnuts.
Let sit for about an hour to allow
the glaze to set.