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Apple Cinnamon Puffs

a white bowl filled with apple puffs cinnamon sugar dusted mini cakes

If you’re looking for a delightful treat that perfect for any time of the day, these Apple Cinnamon Puffs might just be what you need! Not only are they delicious, but they’re also incredibly easy to make. I tried baking them in an air fryer and a patty pan in my bench-top oven. While I loved the shape of the patty pan, they cooked faster in the air fryer—about 6 minutes compared to 11 minutes in the oven.

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As always, remember that every oven is different, so you’ll want to bake them until they’re golden brown and they spring back when gently pressed. Always read the full recipe first and use the time it takes to bake as a guide and you’ll be a happy baker. 🤪😂

Grated apple, showing the size of the grated apple pieces.
Coursely grated apple

About the ingredients I’ve chosen

  • 50g Caster Sugar and 1g (1/2 tsp) Cinnamon: These two ingredients create a sweet and spicy coating for our puffs, giving them that irresistible cinnamon-sugar flavour. They’re like apple doughnuts. In fact, I considered calling them that, but they’re not really doughnuts. 🤪
  • 200g Plain Flour and 15g Baking Powder: The base of our puffs, plain flour combined with baking powder, which helps create a light and fluffy texture.
  • Pinch of Salt: A small amount of salt enhances the overall flavour and balances the sweetness.
  • 50g Caster Sugar: Adding sugar to the batter sweetens the puffs and helps them brown nicely.
  • 100ml Apple Juice: Apple juice adds moisture and a subtle apple flavour, making these puffs even more delicious.
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract adds a lovely aromatic note that perfectly complements the apple and cinnamon.
  • 2 Extra Large Eggs: Eggs provide structure and richness to the batter, helping the puffs rise beautifully.
  • 2 Pink Lady Apples, Coarsely Grated: Pink Lady apples are known for their sweet-tart flavour and firm texture, making them ideal for baking. Grating the apples ensures they’re evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  • 50g Butter, Melted: Melted butter adds richness and a lovely buttery flavour to the puffs, and it helps achieve that perfect golden-brown colour.
a white bowl filled with apple puffs cinnamon sugar dusted mini cakes

Apple Cinnamon puffs

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These are reminiscent of doughnuts because of the yummy coating on the outside, although I couldn't bring myself to call them that because they're not really doughnuts, as they have no yeast.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Course Afternoon Tea, Dessert, Lunch Box Treat, Snack
Cuisine Australian
Servings 18
Method Air Fryer, Oven baked, Thermomix and Conventional

Equipment

  • 1 Thermomix (optional)
  • 1 Air fryer or Oven

Ingredients
  

For dredging

  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 1 g 1/2 tsp cinnamon

For the puff batter

  • 200 g plain flour
  • 15 g baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 1 g 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 100 ml apple juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs extra large
  • 2 Pink Lady apples coarsely grated
  • 50 g butter melted

Instructions
 

Thermomix method: making cinnamon sugar:

  • While your TM bowl is clean, mix 50g of caster sugar and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon for 4 seconds/speed 6, then remove and set aside on a flat dish for dredging later.

Thermomix method: Making the batter

  • Add 200g plain flour, 15g baking powder, a pinch of salt, 50g caster sugar, and 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon to the Thermomix bowl. MC in Mix 5 seconds/speed 8.
  • At this stage, I removed the mix from the bowl and grated my apple using the Thermomix Cutter attachment, which I grated on the chunky setting. If you don’t have a Thermomix Cutter, use the equipment you have to grate your apple. Although chunky rather than super fine, it is nice.
  • With the dry mix back in the TM bowl weigh in 100ml apple juice, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 2 eggs. Mix 6 seconds/speed 2 or until just combined. Do not overmix.
  • Add the coarsely grated apples to the TM bowl. Mix again for 4 seconds/reverse speed 5 until just incorporated.

Prepare the Air Fryer or Oven:

  • Air fryer: Line the base of the air fryer basket with baking paper. Spoon the batter onto the baking paper. Depending on the size of your basket, you may fit 3 or 4 bakes at a time. Do not overcrowd them, as they will expand while cooking. Spray with oil. Bake in the air fryer at 200°C for 5 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter. *See notes
  • Oven: I used a patty pan that I generously brushed with melted butter before adding the mix, then cooked for 11 minutes at 180°C fan. I didn't bother with the oil in the oven, as I did with the air fryer. I preferred the look of these but they tasted the same.
  • While they're cooking, melt your butter and prepare your cinnamon sugar for dredging. Remove the puffs from the air fryer, brush with melted butter, and sprinkle or dip each one in the cinnamon sugar, turning to coat.
  • Serve the apple cinnamon bakes immediately. You could make vanilla custard for dessert.

Conventional Method:

  • In a large bowl, mix together 200g plain flour, 15g of baking powder, a pinch of salt, 50g caster sugar, and 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon until well combined.
  • In a separate jug, whisk together 125ml apple juice, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 2 eggs until well combined.
  • Create a well in the centre of the dry ingredients. Pour the egg mixture into the well. Stir gently until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  • Fold in the coarsely grated Pink Lady apples until evenly distributed throughout the batter.

Prepare the Oven or Air fryer:

  • Air fryer: Line the base of the air fryer basket with baking paper. Spoon the batter onto the baking paper. Depending on the size of your basket, you may fit 3 or 4 bakes at a time. Do not overcrowd them, as they will expand while cooking. Spray with oil. Bake in the air fryer at 200°C for 5 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter. *See notes
  • Oven: I used a patty pan that I generously brushed with melted butter before adding the mix, then cooked for 11 minutes at 180°C fan. I didn't bother with the oil in the oven, as I did with the air fryer. I preferred the look of these, but they tasted the same.
  • While they're cooking, melt your butter and prepare your cinnamon sugar for dredging. Remove the puffs from the air fryer, brush with melted butter, and sprinkle or dip each one in the cinnamon sugar, turning to coat.
  • Serve the apple cinnamon bakes immediately. You could make vanilla custard for dessert.

Video

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Notes

All ovens and air fryers are different. You may need to adjust the temperature and time with your air fryer. You’re looking for the outside to be golden brown and the inside cooked through. I wrapped the bottom of my tray in the air fryer with a baking sheet so it didn’t fly around while cooking.
For the oven method, you really need to coat them well in butter. If you don’t have an excellent nonstick tray, I would also consider dusting the buttered tray with flour to help release them.

2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Ovens not working so I’ve got an old Mistral 12L 1400w convection oven. I was going to use silicon cupcake moulds for these. I assume I still bake as in your normal oven directions? Just checking, thanks

    1. Hi Trace, You can use silicone but don’t fill it as you would a cupcake. I’d just put a couple of tablespoons in there otherwise it might take too long to cook through. But yes you can use the oven, same temp.

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