Before pumpkins swooped in and stole the show, apples were the go-to fall treat. The season wasn’t complete without an apple picking trip or a mug of hot cider on a cold night. Now, it feels like the fruit has become second fiddle.
But apple cider doughnuts just might make you forget about your pumpkin spice craze, if only briefly. (Though let’s be honest: There’s plenty of room for both this autumn). Anything fried is going to be delicious, so once you infuse apple cider and ground cinnamon into your batch, the doughnuts will treat your taste buds to a fall festival. Of course, a generous helping of butter also does the trick.
For those lucky New York residents, the Carpe Donut truck makes its way from location to location in its red van, handing out the scrumptious treat (with some organic ice cream from Blue Marble to top it all off). It’s a fantastic surprise seeing it parked on your block, and it’s incredibly difficult to pass up. But if you’re not in the Big Apple (see what I did there?) and you’re thinking about switching up your autumn sweets, try these takes on the apple cider doughnut.
As if apple cider doughnuts weren’t inventive enough, the genius behind the Boston Girl Bakes blog offers hungry readers a muffin version of the autumn treat. Obviously, this little tweak to the snack makes it a perfect dessert or breakfast option. Heather, the creator of the blog, dips the muffins into melted butter and rolls them in cinnamon and sugar. How sweet can you get? Get the recipe.
These fall favorites get a bit of oomph thanks to the recipe featured in the Handmade Is Better blog. This take on the treat calls for a Greek yogurt glaze in addition to the apple cider and cinnamon. A bit of maple syrup is not required, but highly encouraged. Get the recipe.
Carrie, the blogger behind Kenarry, serves up carb-induced coma with a touch of apple…and we’re not complaining. She teams up with Robin from A Home To Grow Old In to present us with a loaf of the out-of- this-world bread. The bread is sprinkled with white sugar and includes a hint of nutmeg. You’re going to want a warm drink when you have a slice of this. Get the recipe.
When we caught a recipe for Apple Cider Fritters on a blog titled “Sugar Hero,” you better believe we perked up. These bad boys feature anything and everything one could possibly want with this dessert: apples (so you’re kind of, sort of being healthy, though not really) nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, powdered sugar — the works. It’s complete with an apple cider glaze concentrate, really adding to the sweetness. You’ll spend plenty of time in the kitchen, but it’ll be so worth it. Get the recipe.
Oh sorry, what did you say? I was too busy dumping my Apple Cider Hushpuppies in a bowl of maple syrup. The Granny Smith Apple dessert actually does have a hint of pumpkin pie spice — ½ teaspoon to be exact, so you’ll get the best of both fall treats with this. The creative genius behind The Cozy Apron knows the way to our autumn-loving hearts. Get the recipe.
Maple cream frosting. Need I say more? This is taking the ice cream scoop up a notch. The recipe on Simple Roots Wellness is the way to go, thanks in large part to the pairing with Roxbury Mountain’s organic maple cream. Get the recipe.
Obviously, this is a must for anyone in your family with a fall birthday. The apple-cinnamon taste is the perfect way to ring in a new year. A big thank-you to the husband-wife duo behind Two in the Kitchen, Renee and Erik, for thinking outside the box and allowing the apple cider doughnut to realize its full potential. Get the recipe.
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