Friday, April 5, 2013

Apple Cinnamon Donuts

One of the things that I miss the most since I've had to go dairy-free is going to our local, well maybe not so local now that I live 30 minutes away, bakery Wall's.  I remember going there when they were in Waldorf and they were, and I'm not kidding you, in a building that had one end shaped like a teepee.

Unfortunately this building no longer exists.  I remember as a child going in there and it being a strange but lovely place.  It was like you took a gift shop filled, wall to wall, with all sorts of Native American items, knick knacks, and put a bakery counter in the middle of it.  I don't think we ever bought any of the gift items but I can remember many Saturday or Sunday's when we would go in for a dozen yummy donuts and on holidays or special occasions we would get pies, Long Johns (really big eclairs that are cut in half lengthwise and filled with custard, strawberry pie filling, and fresh whipped cream with chocolate on the top), eclairs, etc..  The thing I always thought was funny was you had all of this Native American stuff and it was run by a family from Germany.  I fondly remember when the owner who was a sweet little old german woman would work the counter.  You almost always got an extra donut or two and you never paid full price when she ran the register.  It saddend me when we found out that they were closing and again when they tore down the building.  The great suprise that I received recently was when I was driving north on route 301 and happened to look over at the Indian Head Rail Trail and low and behold what did I see?  The county had taken the iconic sign that anyone who grew up in the area remembered and put it as the marker for the head of the trail.  They had taken the original sign and removed the part that said Bakery Walls. 

Well about 3 years ago we found out that Walls bakery had reopened but in one of the business parks in Waldorf.  We found it in a small business part off of Old Washington Rd near the old Sheriff's office substation.  The baked goods are still the same quality because it is the daughter of the original owners who is running it.  Everytime my dad takes MJ there to get some donuts one of the nice ladies that works the counter always gives her a butter cookie.  

Ok I think I took the long way of explaining that since we found out all of their baked goods have dairy in it in some fashion or another I can't eat anything from there.  Well, that means that if I want a donut I have to make it myself.  I think it was last week I received one of the many weekly emails that I get from King Arthur Flour and it happened to be for dessert donuts.  I checked out the recipe ready to make any necessary adjustments to make it safe for me and boy was I surprised when I found that it was dairy-free.  So Easter morning I pulled out my rarely used donut pan and made some donuts.  I think the only change that I made to the original recipe was that instead of using vegetable oil, I'll have to try that next time, I used virgin coconut oil.  They were fantastic and I'm ashamed to say that I ate 3 on Sunday and had just about one a day since then.  Thank God I have a large family so I can happily say that I didn't eat all 15 of them.  These donuts are really easy to make and are a great recipe to do with little ones.  

Apple Cinnamon Donuts
adapted from King Arthur Flour Recipe for dessert donuts

1/2 cup Virgin Coconut oil, melted (or vegetable oil)
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cup Applesauce (or any other pureed fruit)
1 1/2 tsps Vanilla Extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsps baking powder
1 3/4 cups plus 2 tbsp Unbleached All Purpose Flour 
Plus extra cinnamon and sugar to toss the donuts in if you choose to
cooking spray

1.  Preheat oven to 350* and lightly grease donut or muffin pan.

2.  In a large bowl mix together everything but the flour until smooth.

3.  Add flour and stir until just combined.  Becareful not to over mix.

4.  Pour the batter 1/4 cup at a time into each donut mold.

5.  Bake for 15-18 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

6.  With a knife loosen each donut in the pan and then let cool for 5 minutes.  After they've cooled for 5 minutes remove from pan and finish cooling on a wire rack.

7. If you want to toss in cinnamon and sugar you will need to do this while they are are still warm but not fragile.  Put cinnamon and sugar in a bag, sorry I don't have measurements because this was one thing I didn't measure.

8.  Put donut in bag and toss to coat.

9.  Enjoy!

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