I didn’t make it to the fair this year, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to completely miss out on caramel apples this year. I can make my own or I can have the same caramel apple flavor but in doughnut form! 😉 If you like caramel apples, you will love these doughnuts. This glaze is so good I could eat it with a spoon – oh wait, I did =). Can you believe it’s September already? It’s crazy how fast time is going by, but I am ready for fall (and cooler temperatures) so bring it! Of course you could take advantage of the heat and make some homemade ice cream one more time before summer ends. I’m thinking of making this recipe for Copycat Wendy’s Frosty. I’m sure everyone has seen this recipe floating around on pinterest. Of course, Morgan told me there were so many things he liked more than a Wendy’s frosty so we’ll see haha. Happy Labor Day! Enjoy!

Caramel Apple Doughnuts
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1 tbsp melted butter
1/2 cup shredded Granny Smith apple*
1 tsp caramel extract

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray doughnut pan with nonstick spray.
2. In mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the buttermilk, egg, melted butter, caramel extract and mix until just combined. Stir in apple.
3. Fill doughnut cups 2/3 full. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the doughnuts are lightly browned. Let cool in pan a couple minutes and remove from pan. Glaze doughnuts and garnish with chopped pecans, if desired.
*adapted from Wilton
Note: Gently pat shredded apple with paper towel to remove any excess moisture.

Caramel Glaze
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 tbsp heavy cream
pinch of salt
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp caramel extract

1. In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together butter, brown sugar, cream and salt. Bring to a rolling boil, stir constantly. Boil for one minute. Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes.
2. Stir in powdered sugar and caramel extract. Dip tops of doughnuts in glaze if desired. Glaze will thicken quickly as it cools.
*from Daily Homemade

Categories: Breads, Breakfast

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