Perfect for a chilly fall morning…Baked apple butter doughnuts spiced with cardamom and topped with brown butter glaze
This is one of those recipes that happened in parts. Then it started snowballing and getting more awesome with every turn.
It’s based off of Baked Pumpkin Pecan Doughnuts I made last fall, which were mind-blowing, and also my first experience with baked doughnuts. I should have expected no less, because I got that recipe from Shutterbean, and Tracy knows what’s up.
Fun fact you probably never knew about me, cardamom is one of my most favorite spices. Like if I could only own three spices, cardamom would be one of them.
I’ll have to get back to you on the other two….I’m having a hard time narrowing it down, and also I’m a little too focused on brown butter glaze right now.
Apple butter, on the other hand, is totally new to me. Like, last week new to me. Sad fact, I wasn’t even totally sure what it was….I had to Google apple butter.
We became fast friends.
I don’t really think I need to tell you about the wonder that is brown butter glaze. I think the brown butter part speaks for itself.
If you’ve never made brown butter before, it’s a total cinch. Although the first time I made it I was so scared of burning the butter. There’s a fine line, think a handful of seconds kind of fine line, between perfect brown butter and burnt butter. I just wasn’t totally sure when to take the butter off the heat.
Here’s the lowdown – use low heat when making brown butter. The butter will melt. It will start to boil, and get frothy. The froth will eventually settle, a nutty aroma will take over and the milk solids in the butter will start to brown and settle on the bottom of the pan. The whole process takes about four to five minutes.
P.S. If you don’t already have a doughnut pan, let me help you fix that!! I adore my Wilton doughnut pan! I just wish I had a second one…and also a mini doughnut pan, and a doughnut hole pan! I want them all!
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