This recipe was created in partnership with Autumn Glory Apples and Superfresh Growers.
Well, it is that time of the year… When hearts, roses, pinks and reds are all around us and I wanted to treat you guys.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know how much of a trial these little guys were… I had to test the recipe 5 times in order to get their consistency right.
You see, baking is a science and when some elements are off, it can literally ruin a recipe. And for a while, I could not figure out what I was doing wrong. These donuts came out of the oven all kinds of funky… dense, too wet, gummy, not risen, too sweet…
Finally in the end, I did manage to find the perfect ratio of wet to dry ingredients, of sweetness and of lightness.
Because I used fresh Autumn Glory apples for this recipe, which I microwaved to soften, I had to take into account the natural juice of the apples and adjust my other ingredients accordingly.
In order to get the perfect consistency for these Baked Heart Shaped Apple Donuts, I used 2 leavening agents (baking soda and baking powder) along with a bit of apple cider vinegar to help the baking soda activate even more.
Also, compared to many donuts recipes I have made in the past, I kept the sugar level in the dough relatively low for 2 reasons: 1) Autumn Glory Apples are quite sweet and 2) the icing that is made of powdered sugar is sweet on its own and I did not want sugar to be the main flavour of this recipe by adding tons of it also in the batter.
In order to really complement the apple flavor, I decided to use some cinnamon and nutmeg in the batter. I also incorporated almond extract to the icing, which let me tell you – adds a whole other level of depth to these donuts.
Well, that is that, a brand new Valentine’s Day inspired recipe for you guys. These donuts are relatively simple to put together, but that doesn’t mean they lack flavour! They are also such a fun dessert to make for yourself, a friend, loved one or lover, because we all need a little love and joy in our lives these days!
If you do end up making this recipe, be sure to share it on Instagram and tag me (@muriellebanackissa).
Have a wonderful week my friends!
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