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Baked Pear, Vanilla & Spice Donuts

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MAKES -  If you ever find yourself, as + often do every autumn, with an abundance of ripe, juicy pears, these baked donuts are for you

The sweet pear and gentle, warming spices taste delicious alongside a cup of tea mid-morning or as a sweet treat in your lunchbox. I use either Anjou or Bartlett pears but substitute with whatever you have on hand.

 pears, peeled, cored and roughly chopped (see Note) ¼ tsp ground ginger ½ tsp cinnamon tsp vanilla extract ½ cup buttermilk egg tbsp vanilla ½ cup packed light brown sugar cups all-purpose flour tsp ground ginger ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ½ tsp salt ½ tsp baking powder ½ cup melted butter, cooled Icing sugar, for dusting

. 2lace the pears, ginger, cinnamon and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat. %over and cook, stirring occasional­ly, until the pears are soft. Remove the lid and continue to cook until most of the liquid has evaporated. Allow to cool. 9hen cool, mash with a fork or masher to create a smooth sauce.

. Preheat the oven to Ƨ50ŒF. 2repare your donut pan by spraying it with cooking spray.

. +n a large bowl, combine 1 cup of the pear sauce,with the buttermilk, egg, vanilla and brown sugar and stir with a rubber spatula until the mixture is uniform. Add the flour, ginger, nutmeg, salt and baking powder and stir until well combined.

. Pour the melted butter into the bowl and carefully fold it into the rest of the batter. +t takes about 1 minute to integrate the butter, but it will mix in

. Fill a piping bag with the donut batter and pipe it into the prepared pan. Fill each section about halfway. If you don’t have a piping bag, you can also spoon the batter into the pan. Bake the donuts for 12 to 15 minutes, or until firm to the touch and a sharp knife inserted into one comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then flip out onto a cooling rack and dust with icing sugar. 1nce cool, enjoy one and pack the rest.

Note: Store leftover sauce in the fridge for up to 5 days and use as you would apple sauce. No time to make pear sauce? Substitute puréed pear from the babyfood aisle.

Get Ahead: These donuts can be made ahead and stored at room temperatur­e for up to 4 days, or in the free\er for up to Ƨ months.

Excerpted from Lunchbox by Aviva Wittenberg. Copyright © 2022 Aviva Wittenberg. Photograph­y © 2022 Aviva Wittenberg. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangemen­t with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

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