It’s no secret that I’m mildly obsessed with tahini thanks to my boss. If you haven’t gotten the chance to whip up some tahini bread like this classic vanilla one or even the lemon blueberry loaf, stop whatever you’re doing and make a batch (or 5) ASAP. Only takes 20 minutes start to finish. Promise. THEN, come back here because you’ll want to try these tahini apple cider mini donuts for sure.
The tahini bread recipes have definitely been dubbed “magic bread” for a good reason. With no flour, it honestly even surprised me when it came out the first time. How does it work, you ask??
I have no idea, but I’m not questioning it.
Now, I’ll admit. I will never, EVER try to compete with the apple cider donuts from Delicious Orchards. Rather, I just used them as inspo and put my own spin on them.
Delicious Orchards is one of the [many] things I love about going home to NJ. It was the first grocery store I swooned over (well, before ever stepping foot into a Wegmans or Whole Foods that is…). It’s the place I would go to with my Grandma as a little girl to pick up my Pop-pop his favorite olives and eclairs. We’d take the drive out to D.O., pick out all the family favorites and make deliveries on the way back. And it’s just one of those places that gives you all the feels. Do you have a place like that at home??
To this day, I still beg my Grandma (aka “Mom”…gets confusing when my actual Mom is in the room, and I’m honestly not sure why or how we started calling her Mom but we just go with it) to take a drive out there with me. It’s a special place for not only the nostalgic value, but also the damn good baked goods. From biscuits, to cookies, to pies to donuts, this place has it all.
I think my Dad can throw back a whole sleeve of their pecan cookies in one sitting.
My favorite? Can you guess?? The apple cider donuts.
And like I said, the recipe for my lil guys does not compete with Delicious Orchards’, because some things should just be left up to the experts. But hey, I love putting my own spin on things, and adding tahini was the perfect addition in my mind.
The standard tahini bread recipe has just gotten a Fall facelift with the addition of sauteed apples and cinnamon. Who doesn’t love donuts in the Fall? Inspired by my love of tahini and apple cider donuts from Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck, NJ.
- 3 TBSP Tahini
- 2 eggs
- 1 TBSP Honey
- 2 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 TSP Vanilla
- 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 cup apple, finely diced
- 1 TBSP coconut oil (or ghee)
- 1/2 Tsp cinnamon
- 3 TBSP coconut sugar (or brown sugar)**
- 1 Tsp ground cinnamon**
**Adjust cinnamon sugar ratio to your liking.
Preheat the oven to 375.
Sautee the apples, coconut oil and cinnamon over medium heat until fragrant, about 3-5 minutes. Set aside.
Whisk together the remaining ingredients. Fill a greased mini donut pan (I got mine from Michaels for like $5). Top the batter with the donut mixture.
Bake for 10-12 min – be sure to keep an eye on them, they brown quick.
While they are still hot, roll those babies in a mixture of coconut sugar and cinnamon.
- To elevate the apple cider flavor, poke holes in the donuts with toothpicks as soon as they come out of the oven. Then, spray (or carefully spoon) some apple cider on them before rolling into the cinnamon/sugar mixture.
- This recipe can easily be doubled – I just only have one mini donut pan so cut my standard recipe in half when I made this!
- I got my mini donut pan from Michaels – I highly recommend checking out their baking section! They always have coupons (check online before you go), and I ended up getting mine for like $5. Such a steal.
- Flax eggs with NOT work here – sorry that you had to be the person to figure that out, Isabelle…
- Rolling these in powdered sugar would be BEYOND scrumptious. Just sayin’.