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Apple Doughnuts

If you have an abudance of apples in your garden at the moment and no idea what to do with them all, then this is the perfect recipe to use them up and a welcome change from the old favourite apple pie recipe.

If you've ever wanted to make your own doughnuts but thought it would be too hard then think again! These baked apple doughnuts are easy to make as they are cake style and this gives them an amazing texture – they are so moist and super fluffy and not at all dry or heavy. Honestly, they give Krispy Kreme’s a run for their money!

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

Trick or treat tip! These tasty apple doughnuts are the perfect treat for Halloween but if you prefer a trick, tie them to a broomstick and have them dripping in syrup and dangling by string and dare someone to eat it with their hands tied behind their back!

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


  • 180ml lukewarm water
  • 2 teaspoons dried yeast fast action
  • A teaspoon of 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
  • To Make the Glaze
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • A couple of drops of food colouring or topping of your choice


    1. Heat the oven to 180C.

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

    3. Cover the dough loosely and let it rest at room temperature for 2 hours.

    4. Transfer the dough to the fridge and leave to cool for another 2 hours.

    5. Remove dough from fridge and transfer to a pastry bag and pipe 3 inch circles onto baking paper. Alternatively you can like me use a doughnut pan. 

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

    7. 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.

    8. Once the doughnuts have cooled, dip the tops into the icing mix. You can add sprinkles, desiccated coconut, colour the icing with food colouring or any other topping of your choice. Then, 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!