The holiday season is always about food and family, friends and food, or just food in general. Don't get me wrong, I love baking and cooking for the holiday and I definitely love eating! It's just that sometimes there's a need for something a bit healthier than the traditional holiday food.
When it comes to Hanukkah I sure am happy for some flexibility, cause eating foods fried in oil for 8 days is just too much.
These doughnuts are the ideal solution. They got soft and airy texture, only 10 minutes to prep and got a festive golden look.
Preheat the oven to 355°F (180°C) and grease a doughnut pan with vegan butter or coconut oil.
Mix together the milk and vinegar and set aside.
Using a standing mixer or a whisk, beat together the butter/coconut oil with the sugar. Add the curdled milk, applesauce and vanilla extract and mix to combine.
Sift the dry ingredients into a separate bowl. Slowly incorporate the dry mixture to the butter mixture, 1/3 at a time, and mix just to combine (careful not to overmix).
Transfer the doughnut mixture into a large pastry bag and cut the tip-off. Squeeze the doughnut mixture into the greased pan, filling 3/4 of each doughnut cup, and bake for 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and set aside to cool on a wire rack.
Top the doughnuts: Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Coat the doughnuts with some melted butter/coconut oil, then sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar or simply dunk the doughnuts in the sugar bowl. You can decide to coat from all sides or just the top.
Serve immediately and eat with holiday joy.