Baked Apple Donuts & Peet’s Coffee Review

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On a cold day like today, a steaming cup of coffee is absolutely delightful. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t only drink coffee on cold, rainy, dreary days. I’m a 2 to 4 cup-a-day girl. However, as the weather starts to turn and I get to feeling nostalgic, a warm cup of joe really hits the spot. And on these perfect autumn mornings, I don’t chug it like I normally do. I hold, savour and enjoy every last drop. It’s nice to have a few moments to yourself while the day around you is buzzing a thousand miles a minute. Although I wish I had a few moments to myself today, I happily had a few this past weekend to really take in the beautiful weather and sights.

Luckily, I had some really good coffee to enjoy as well. My acceptance into the Foodbuzz Tastemaker’s program couldn’t have come at a better time! I got an email about a week ago from Foodbuzz telling me I’d been chosen to receive some coffee from Peet’s Coffee and I was thrilled. I love trying new coffees and, thankfully, knew I would have two days this weekend to actually ENJOY my coffee, not just blindly engulf it.  Foodbuzz asked that we pair the coffee with one of our favorite fall recipes. To me, nothing goes with coffee on a lazy weekend morning BETTER than some fresh donuts. So I used this opportunity to make a batch of apple donuts (recipe below).

 We received two varieties of Peet’s newest coffees, Café Domingo and Café Solano. I went with the Café Solano to pair with my donuts because of the floral sweetness and really clean finish.

The cakey, soft texture of the donut was such a perfect pair with the medium body and roast of the coffee. It was, really, a match made in heaven!

I’m really eager to try the Café Domingo  flavor this week and pair it with a delicious pumpkin recipe I have planned! Because I love y’all so much, I’m going to share with you an online coupon so you can try these delicious  new coffees and pair them with your favorite fall meal! Just be sure to tell me what you pair them with!

Whether you have coffee or need an afternoon pick me up, I highly recommend making these baked apple donuts. They turned out very cakey (more like a round breakfast cake) but had an incredible flavor and were so moist. The addition of fresh, hand picked apples made all the difference. Plus, DC folks, with weather like this, what’s keeping you from the nearest apple orchard? Oh and these also pair REALLY WELL with spicy ciders. I may, or may not, have dunked a few in my afternoon cocktails.

Oh and I tried to make these salted caramel donuts, but um, the caramel sauce failed. Miserably. I refuse to talk anymore about it. (Right after I realized all of the sauce was ruined and I had no more sugar is about when the spicy ciders made their entrance.)

Recipe adapted from Rachael Ray.

Baked Apple Donuts

Yields 12 donuts.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 18 minutes

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 1/4 + 1/4 cup cup flour (I had to add an extra 1/4 cup since the batter was runny)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (you can sub out canola)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 medium apples (any variety), peeled and completely shredded

How to Make Them:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees  and grease your donut pan.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar and sugar until smooth. Slowly add in oil and vanilla and mix into the flour mixture until just combined.
  3. Stir in the apples and spoon the batter into the prepared donut pans until 3/4 full (batter is not oozing over the hole indent in the pan). Baked until golden brown, for about 18 minutes.
  4. Serve with Peet’s coffee, spicy cider or alone!

Nutritional information (per donut): 150 calories, 3 grams of fat, 5 grams of protein and 32 grams of carbs.

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  1. Posted by Sarah Bulmer on
    Monday, October 3rd, 2011
    I love that you made apple donuts to go with your Peet's Coffee. It's amazing how good they look!!
  2. Monday, October 3rd, 2011
    Yum, those donuts look great! I only drink coffee once it starts getting that chill in the air, like now. Once I start, I quickly become an addict, haha! Will have to try these as I feed my addiction soon!
  3. Posted by Stephsbitebybite on
    Monday, October 3rd, 2011
    These sound great! The perfect way to celebrate fall!
  4. Posted by Cucina49 on
    Monday, October 3rd, 2011
    I'm not really a coffee person, but occasionally a good cake donut hits the spot.  Yours look lovely and fairly guilt-free.
  5. Posted by Liz on
    Monday, October 3rd, 2011
    YUM!  Your donuts sound amazing!!!!
  6. Posted by Christina on
    Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
    Yummy!! Cake doughnuts are the only type of doughnuts I like. I love this apple doughnut...I must give them a try! I bet they would be incredible with a warm glass of apple cider.
  7. Posted by Bake Your Day on
    Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
    Man, I still need a doughnut pan! I made doughnut muffins tonight which are good but they aren't the same! These sound awesome!
  8. Posted by Lindsey@Lindselicious on
    Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
    I love apple donuts- so happy that this one is baked!  I might have to trry this real soon.  Love fall flavors.  =)
  9. Posted by jen on
    Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
    How amazing for fall. 
  10. Posted by Jessica Trimble on
    Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
    This sounds perfect for a crisp Fall morning, YUM.
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  11. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
    What a wonderful breakfast to wake up to! These donuts look so good!
  12. Posted by Sandra on
    Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
    Don't think we have Peet's Coffee around here but I can surely give these donuts a try.
  13. Posted by Kelly on
    Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
    Yummy!  These look delicious Claire! :)
  14. Posted by eliotseats on
    Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
     It IS time for a coffee break with these lovely donuts!
  15. Posted by Ann on
    Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
    Okay - a cup of coffee and a donut is PERFECT!  Foodbuzz couldn't have chosen a better person for this tastemaker program!
    • Posted by Claire Gallam10 on
      Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
      ann, come on over!! I'd love to have you over for coffee and donuts! :)
  16. Posted by Anonymous on
    Sunday, October 9th, 2011
    I really enjoyed the Peet's Coffee as well!  Wish I would have had some of these apple donuts to go along with my cup though =)
    • Posted by The Realistic Nutritionist on
      Sunday, October 16th, 2011
      They are super easy to make!! :) plus, I sort of argue that they are healthier because they are baked? More reason to eat more, haha? Thanks for visiting!
  17. Posted by Lilly on
    Saturday, October 15th, 2011
    I can’t have any coffee…cuz I’d be awake all night so I’m not a big fan. But I like your apple donuts thought. We make something similar to eat on New Years Eve.
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  18. Posted by Ashley@BakerbyNature on
    Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
    Doughnuts and coffee make me one happy girl in the morning. Looks wonderful!
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    Sunday, October 30th, 2011
    these look so good! 
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    Can you sub applesauce for the oil to make them even healthier??
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