Mini Maple Cinnamon Donuts

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You may or may not know this, but I love maple syrup, the good quality stuff. Maple syrup is good on ANYTHING. Sweet, Canadian, golden goodness.

A close friend of mine is from Quebec, where maple syrup is made by the gallons. His family owns acres of maple trees and every spring, they make maple syrup *ahhhhhh*

He recently came back from a trip home and brought me some maple syrup. He’s poached and scrambled eggs in maple syrup. Yes, you heard me right. It’s SO delicious.  Another thing he brought back? Maple butter.

Maple butter isn’t what you think it is. No, it’s not butter that’s infused with maple syrup. Think more like nut butters. It’s a spreadable, silky version of maple syrup. It’s made by heating it to a certain temperature, and mixing it until the sugars crystallize, creating a delicious spread good on anything, or on its own.

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I had never tasted it until a few weeks ago, and let me tell you, I teared up. I never have a reaction like that to food, akin to my sister tearing up when she had fish tacos in Calgary at an awesome restaurant last summer.

The love of maple syrup inspired me for this recipe. Maple cinnamon donuts, topped with maple butter. You have to try it – and there’s a vegan option!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg (or flax egg for vegan sub)
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk the egg, milk, yogurt, maple syrup, melted butter, and vanilla until incorporated. Add wet ingredients to dry, and stir until combined.

Grease a donut pan, and using a piping bag (or a ziplock with the corner cut), place batter into tray. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool for 2 minutes before removing from the rack and cooling some more. Top with maple butter, or if you don’t have access to any, create a glaze with maple syrup, a bit of hot water, and icing sugar. Enjoy!

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