Am I going to get voted off the foodie island if I tell you that I don’t really like donuts? I don’t think they are gross or anything, but there are about 4,000 different foods I’d rather eat before donuts.
I know this isn’t a popular opinion. You folks love your donuts! My husband is totally donut obsessed, too. You should see his eyes light up whenever we drive past our local bakery.
I think what turns me off about donuts is that they are so flippin’ sweet. I love sweet treats, I really do, but donuts are just too much for me. Which is crazy considering how much I love rich, decadent foods (um, hello bourbon blondies).
You’d think with my aversion to donuts, I wouldn’t own a donut pan—but I do! Why? Because I love making my own donuts at home! I can control the sweetness and make them absolutely perfect for me. Homemade donuts are donuts I can get behind!
I tend to make my homemade donuts more like a cake donut (although, I like to keep them moist—almost like a brownie), and not as sweet as the stuff you’d get from your local bakery. They are still sweet and delicious, but not quite the same as having dessert for breakfast.
The key to keeping these donuts all tender and moist comes from two apple-based ingredients—unsweetened applesauce and Musselman’s Apple Butter. They both add flavor, sweetness and a ton of moisture. These apple butter donuts are so tender that they almost fall apart when you pick them up (almost, but not actually). I’m only a little ashamed to admit that these donuts didn’t even last a single day in our household—they are so addictive!
The donuts are good on their own, but because they are just lightly sweet, I like to dip them in a maple-flavored glaze that adds a good bit of sweetness to the finished donut. There are two ways to go about glazing them, you can either dip them when they are warm and let the glaze soak into the donut—think a poke cake or tres leche cake. Or you can let the donuts cool completely and then dip them for a beautiful, solid glaze on top. Both are delicious! Enjoy.