Baked Applesauce Doughnuts Recipe
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Baked Applesauce Doughnuts

2 packages dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (105-115degrees)
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups unsweetened applesauce
3 tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
5 3/4 cups flour, divided

1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon

In a large bowl dissolve yeast in warm water, let stand 5 minutes.

Add sugar, applesauce, melted butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, eggs and 3 cups of the flour. Beat at low speed of an electric mixer until moistened, then beat at medium speed for an additional 2 minutes.

Stir in 2 cups or more of flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to form a soft dough. Turn out onto a well-floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes); add enough remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands.

Place dough in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk. Punch dough down, and turn out onto a lightly floured surface.

Roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness; cut with a lightly floured 2 1/2 inch doughnut cutter. Combine doughnut holes and any remaining scraps of dough; reroll to 1/2 inch thickness and cut as before.

Place doughnuts on greased baking sheets; brush tops of doughnuts with melted butter. Let rise, uncovered, in a warm, draft-free place for 40 minutes. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a large zip-top heavy-duty plastic bag, and set aside.

Bake doughnuts at 425 degrees for 8 minutes or until golden. Immediately brush remaining melted butter over baked doughnuts;add doughnuts to plastic bag.
Seal the bag and shake to coat.

Yield: 3 dozen doughnuts


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