3 Tablespoons Butter
1/3 cup Light Brown Sugar
3/4 cup Flour
1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Kosher Sea Salt
1 Ripe Banana
1/4 cup Sour Cream
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 Tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Tablespoon Half-and-Half
1 cup Powdered Sugar, sifted
1/2 cup (1.5oz) Walnuts, rough chopped and lightly toasted (Optional)
Preheat the oven to 425.
FOR THE FAUXNUT CAKES:
In a stand mixer (or with a hand mixer), cream together the butter and sugar.
Add the egg to butter mixture.
Beat for about 3-5 minutes to ensure light and fluffy.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour.
In another separate bowl or cup, with an immersion blender, puree the banana, sour cream and vanilla. Optionally, you can just mash and whisk the banana, vanilla and sour cream together.
Add dry ingredients to butter mixture, alternating with the sour cream mixture, until you have a smooth batter.
Grease and flour a 6-9 cavity donut pan.
Fill each cavity full. I use a piping bag to make this easier, but you can also do this with a spoon.
Put into the 425 oven and immediately reduce the heat to 350.
Bake 15 minutes, a toothpick should come out clean when checking doneness.
Rest cakes in the donut pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack to complete cooling.
Once baked, the fauxnut will have cavities, but typically, not a full hole. If you'd like a full hole (I like there to be a full hole) you can completely cut out the cavity with an apple core tool or a knife.
FOR THE Glaze:
In a small saucepan melt butter with brown sugar and maple syrup.
Cook until sugar is dissolved and the mixture lightly bubbles at the edges.
Cut heat and stir in half-and-half.
Slowly whisk butter mixture into the sifted powdered sugar to ensure a smooth glaze.
Working quickly, spoon glaze over fauxnuts on the a cooling rack, or place glaze into a bowl and dip fauxnuts carefully.
Top glazed fauxnuts with chopped walnuts.
Allow to air dry for the glaze to set.
Makes 6-9 fauxnuts.