Apple Week: Apple Cider Donut Holes

It’s the time of year when folks go out to orchards; spend the day filling bags with apples, going on hay rides, running through corn and bale mazes, before finishing up with cider and cider donuts. In honor of that, I decided to try and make my own. Baked, not fried.

I haven’t purchased cider in a while and was a little shocked at the cost – but I bought from a local orchard, so it was worth it. Excellent flavor.

These turned out pretty good – unless you’ve got donut tins, these are going to be a little lopsided, not perfectly round as the dough is more like muffin dough. They are much lighter than muffins, more like a good cake donut, and once you coat them in cinnamon and sugar, no one will notice their little flat bottoms.

This recipe made about 3 ½ dozen holes or 2 ½ dozen mini muffins.

Apple Cider Donut Holes

Dry ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed

Wet ingredients:

  • 2 cups of apple cider (reduced to ½ cup)
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • ½ cup buttermilk (or 2 tbsp buttermilk powder and ½ cup water)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 small apple, shredded or 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce

Topping:

  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • ½ granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Saucepan, large mixing bowl, Mini-muffin pan or donut pan (these usually make mini-donuts), two small bowls Continue reading

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

If your food is green and it’s not a fruit or vegetable, you might want to rethink eating it. 😉

I should probably have a recipe for corned beef and cabbage, but my mom is the one who always makes it and I never learned how.  Her’s were so good…mmmm.  Road trip!

Last Kiss

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Taking a quick moment to pimp one of my favorite comic artists. Luckily he gave me a food themed panel today, so I could.  John Lustig takes old style panels and updates them with new punchlines, often very, very racy.  Lots of fun.  Take a look at his archives you’ll get a laugh I’m sure.

Yeah, no picture of the donuts, we were too busy eating them

Yesterday I spent the afternoon in Denver, seeing a temporary exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, which was really just an excuse to sink our hands into wet clay and play.  Which we did with gusto.  Then off to a restaurant I’ve wanted to try forever, the d bar.  Last time we tried, it was packed solid with a long line out the door.  We skipped it that night, but yesterday had a leisurely “snack”.  I can’t call it a meal because, well, what we had were Crue Fries and Donuts.

These aren’t just ordinary donuts, btw, they are donut holes, which come out hot, tasting much like beignets and come with 6 dipping sauces.  My favorite being the salted caramel. They are an event and are the signature dessert.  The fries…well the fries were easily a heart attack on a plate – shoe string, fried crisp, covered in mac ‘n cheese sauce,  garlic, parmesan cheese,  jalapenos and ranch dressing.  Nothing not to really like there.  Needless to say we split both items.  I’d love to go again and explore their menu a bit.  But it would be difficult to pass up the donuts and try something else.

Okay, now I’m really going…really…I’m off…plane tickets in hand….