Cinnamon Applesauce Doughnuts

2 T. dry yeast

1/4 c. warm water

1.5 c. lukewarm applesauce

1/2 c. sugar

1 t. salt

1 t. cinnamon

1/2 t. nutmeg

2 eggs

4 1/2 c. flour

1/2 c. butter, melted

Cinnamon Sugar (made from 1/2 c sugar mixed with 1/2 t. cinnamon)

In large bowl of stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, combine yeast and water.  Add the applesauce, spices, sugar, eggs and 2 c. of the flour.  Blend on low speed and then beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Change out paddle attachment for dough hook and remaining flour, blend and then knead  with dough hook until smooth.  Cover bowl with a damp towel and let rest and rise in a warm area for one hour.

Turn out onto a floured piece of parchment paper.  Roll to 1/2" thickness.  Using a 2 1/2" round cutter, press out your doughnuts being careful not to twist the cutter.  Use a 1/2" round cutter, in the same manner to remove doughnut holes.  Place doughnuts and doughnut hole centers onto a greased cookie sheet and brush with melted butter.  Cover with a redampened towel and let rise for another 20 minutes.  Bake at 425* for 8-10 minutes.

Remove from oven brush both sides with melted butter and shake in cinnamon sugar mixture that has been placed in a brown paper bag.