Apple pie donuts with homemade salted caramel sauce
Donuts topped (or filled – your choice!) with a tangy apple pie filling and finally drizzled with my homemade salted caramel sauce!!! ARE YOU READY FOR THIS??
Growing up in South Africa
We use to get these (the ones in this post) round, flat donuts, and these (not on this post) really long flat ones, sort of like chocolate eclairs. I’m sure there is some technical baking term I could use for them, but to be honest, I don’t really know their actual names, because we just called them plain ole’ doughnuts.
For today’s new recipe post, I chose to call them donuts because it seems that’s how most people refer to them. And I really want my post to be found by all you guys googling the things nearest and dearest to your hearts… like the word DONUTS, of course! *smile*
Now as far as I know, everyone likes donuts
But where, oh where, did these culinary beauties come from? According to the online Smithsonian magazine, the concept has been around for a while, originally simply called “oily cakes.” But by the mid 19th century, Elizabeth Gregory, a ship captain’s mother, deep fried some dough with some lemon rind, allegedly so her son could take them on voyages, the lemon rind providing vitamin C to suppress scurvy and colds.
The middle of the deep fried dough didn’t always thoroughly cook, so she threw some walnuts and hazelnuts into the center, and called the magnificent creation doughnuts! Her son gets the credit for cutting out the center, creating the holed donut we are now accustomed to. Some say it happened when he stabbed his snack onto one of his steering wheel’s spokes while things went haywire during a storm.
It wasn’t until the 1930’s
That donut machines came along and made the legendary treat even more popular and easier for the masses to enjoy. Since then they’ve been reviled as the perfect anytime pleasure- crispy on the outside, light and airy on the inside, just the right amount of sweetness- mmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about them!
So of course in our recipe today, we’ll make the delicious homemade kind, complete with apple pie filling and salted caramel sauce. Apples are the perfect fall food to cook with. Why not take a fun, educational trip to your local apple orchard to see where the apples are actually grown and to pick your own? And the salted caramel sauce is the perfect complement to the apples- ooey gooey, and oh so delectable! I so enjoyed making and eating them and know you will too!
Paul Hollywood my fave!
Paul is a very famous British baker and I absolutely adore all his recipes, like this CHELSEA BUNS PAUL HOLLYWOOD STYLE that I made a few Christmas´s ago (ps. chelsea buns is the term the British use for cinnamon rolls).
He is owner of the Paul Hollywood Artisan Bread Company, bestselling author, and is one of the two main judges on the Great British Bake Off. Which unfortunately I only get to watch here in Spain when it hits Youtube. I am pretty sure that I am one of the first on there to watch it and usually take in multiple episodes per day because I just Cannot. Stop. Watching. And on those days….. my kids usually eat take out for supper.. (don´t judge!)