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Autumn Baked Apple Doughnuts

Apple picking is one of my favourite activities with my kids in Autumn. It’s such a great tradition and my youngest son, Struan, was big enough this year to twist his own fruit off of the trees and fill our box to the brim with impressive big apples.  

There are lots of yummy things you can do with apples but I decided to start with baked apple doughnuts.   Yes, these are a cake style doughnut, but the amazing thing about this recipe is the texture – they are so moist and super fluffy and not at all dry or heavy.  The addition of chopped apple through the doughnuts makes them super moist. Honestly, these doughnuts definitely give Krispy Kreme’s a run for their money!

The best bit however – these doughnuts are baked and not fried – less mess AND less calories! Which is all good because I can assure you when you start eating these you won’t be able to stop! 

Gill x

Preparation Time:
15 minutes
Cooking Time:
20 minutes
Serves: 12


  • 180ml lukewarm water
  • 2 teaspoons dried yeast fast action
  • teaspoons salt
  • 3 eggs, beaten lightly
  • 100g 2 golden caster sugar
  • 315g plain flour
  • 170g butter, melted
  • 1 large apple (or 2 smaller ones), peeled and diced
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • couple of drops of orange food colouring


    Heat the oven to 180C.

    Put water, yeast, salt, beaten eggs, sugar, flour, butter and diced apple in a bowl and mix with a spatula until evenly mixed.

    Next cover the dough loosely and let it rest at room temperature for 2 hours.

    Next transfer the dough to the fridge and leave to cool for another 2 hours.

    Remove dough from fridge and transfer to a pastry bag and pipe 3inch circles onto baking paper. Alternatively you can like me use a doughnut pan. My one is by Wilton and you can get them from

    Bake at 180C for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and transfer to cooling rack.

    Next make the glaze – sieve the icing sugar into a bowl and add one tablespoon of milk at a time – you don’t want the icing sugar too runny.

    Once the doughnuts have cooled, dip the tops into the icing sugar, turn over and return to the cooling rack to set.

    Enjoy – these are best eaten within the first day or two….but that’s ok…they’re the baked health(ier) version !!