Saturday, September 11, 2010

Apple Picking and Baked Apple Cider Donuts

I told you all I was going to Syracuse for a wedding this past weekend, well I had a blast! I LOVE the Northeast!

I am not a native Texan, I am a midwest girl who misses the cold!


I miss the crisp fall weather and all the leaves changing colors. So, needless to say a trip to New York in September was like heaven to me, I got to break out my scarves (which I didn't reaaaallly need) and my cute fall sweaters. I wanted to be outside every minute I could to breathe in the fresh air and watch the leaves turn before my eyes.



The day of the wedding we decided to go apple picking at a place just south of Syracuse called
Beak and Skiff. We also visited their winery and vodka distillery and were lucky we flew Southwest so we could stuff all the apples and wine we could into our bags! The apple orchard had a tractor pull us out to the part of the orchard that we could pick from that day and supplied us with bags and ladders. We were able to pick JonaMac which is a cross between Jonathan and McIntosh apples.


Once we got back we weighed in our apples and headed to the store for some hot apple cider and donuts. These were THE best apple cider donuts ever! I wanted to buy all of their supply and hoard them in my freezer until I could return again next year. I refrained and opted to try and make them at home. After all, I got this donut pan for my birthday back in June and haven't used it yet!



Baked Apple Cider Donuts


2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 and 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 egg
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup apple, finely chopped (I used JonaMac)
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup apple cider
1/3 cup plain yogurt
3 tbsp vegetable oil
cinnamon and sugar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease two donut pans and set aside. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside. Chop apple into small pieces or use food processor to puree and set aside. In a large bowl combine egg, brown sugar, apple, maple syrup, apple cider, yogurt, and oil. Mix until well blended. In small amounts add in flour mixture and beat until just moistened. Spoon dough into donut pan, be careful not to overfill pans. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.

While donuts are baking, prepare a shallow bowl with cinnamon and sugar mixture. Once donuts have finished baking, immediately place donut in cinnamon sugar bowl and spoon mixture over donut until it is completely coated. Repeat with remaining donuts and serve warm. Preferably with a cup of hot apple cider!


Look at that naked apple, I love peeling them in one long loop.



These donuts were delicious! You could tell the difference between the baked and fried version, but I liked knowing that mine were a healthier donut and the recipe used whole wheat flour.



Next up apple pie!

41 comments:

  1. Looks delicious. I too loving getting the peel off in one piece. Give you a nice challenge when you have a whole bunch to do!

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  2. wow, those looks sooo yummy. How fun apple picking must have been.

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  3. ARRg I wanted to do these today but I haven't got any dougnut pan :( Too bad

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  4. Looks lovely and super delicious!

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  5. Looks so good. I have loads of cider... must make this donut.

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  6. What a lovely setting! I'm envious you got to break out the scarves!

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  7. Those look so delicious. I've always wanted to try an apple cider donut and now I can! :) Thanks for the recipe.

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  8. Those donuts look great, I'm going to have to ask for donut pan for my next birthday!

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  9. OMG! I have not had an apple cider donut since I was about 14! Boy... this takes me back! I can taste them now!

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  10. These apple donuts look incredible. I too like the healthy benefits of baked versus fried donuts. I also love that you can enjoy them guilt-free!

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  11. I love apple cider donuts and haven't been able to find them anywhere here in AZ. I'm thrilled you posted this recipe. I'm bookmarking this for sure :o)

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  12. I went to Syracuse University and LOVED going apple picking there! Aww this brought back memories.

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  13. Debbie....this looks fantastic..but tell me..can I use all purpose flour instead??
    thank you .

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  14. @Nesrine: You absolutely can use all-purpose flour! Let me know how they turn out.

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  15. Oh my! I wanted to eat all of this! Your donuts look totally amazing, I love apple cider donuts and it's nice to see a baked donut recipe, they actually look pretty healthy!

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  16. I love that fall is here! I go apple picking every year and cider donuts are definitely one of my favorite things that goes with apple picking!

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  17. Great job with those! I've never tried baking them, I agree they would be healthier! I love fall too.
    -Gina-

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  18. I have bookmarked this recipe. It sounds amazing!!

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  19. Wow, those look awesome. What was the movie where the woman peeled the apple in one piece. I see Meg Ryan but can't place the name.

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  20. @ The Mom Chef: The movie is Sleepless in Seattle, such a classic!

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  21. I moved to Phoenix from Ohio, and miss midwest falls all the time. Winters, I'm okay with skipping out on, but I'm always homesick in September and October. Maybe making these donuts will cure it? They look delicious!

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  22. Must be so fun picking apples. I have never tried yet. The donuts look delicious.

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  23. Have I mentioned I love donuts? Those look out of this world. I don't live too far from where you visited. Maybe I need to plan a road trip to the orchard!

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  24. Oh, yum! The donuts look so so good, making my mouth water. I love apple cider specially in the Autumn and Winter it just fits perfectly.

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  25. Fall is definitely one of my favorite things about living in the Midwest. Some girlfriends of mine and I are going to go apple picking in a couple of weeks and I was already excited about it, but reading this from your perspective makes me look forward to it even more! We have some cousins that live in Houston, I was down there twice this year to visit. It's a great town, we like it!
    ~Emily

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  26. These look incredible, Debbie! I have always wanted to try making donuts from scratch, but I don't yet have the equipment or the gusto, haha! With fall right around the corner, though, I think you may have inspired me to try something new. Thanks for sharing these delicious little donuts!

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  27. I am jealous!! I have been wanting to go apple (well, really any kind of fruit) picking-and have yet to go! The donuts look tasty!!

    I am also looking forward to the fall!! The beautiful colors, pumpkins, hockey, sweaters... all good stuff!!

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  28. Your donuts are perfect! They sound delicious.. I'm totally with you on the missing of New England weather.. where in Texas are you? I'm an east coast girl who now finds herself in the Great State too!

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  29. Apple cider doughnut sounds so good and perfect for autumn. Great idea.

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  30. Apples, Apples, Apples! I like that your donuts include maples syrup :)

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  31. Whoa! I love this donut! Great recipe.

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  32. Hi, I just stumbled upon your blog via food buzz, and these donuts look amazing! I'm actually going apple picking next week and was wondering what kind of things I could make with the apples I get. I'd love to try this recipe out, but I don't have donut pans. Do you think there's another way to make them without having them completely lose their shape?

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  33. Oh yum, such a wonderful homemade donut:)

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  34. No idea how these taste, never had anything but chocolate, and blueberry donuts, but I hate fried donuts, and love cake donuts, and love apple desserts, and my son is obsessed with donuts, so since these look SO GOOD, I think I might try them, he he. Please link these to my regular party, as I really would love to share this with my readers. Thanks girl!!!

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  35. @Jess: You could try using mini bundt pans, only filling them half way to maintain the round donut shape. Let me know how they turn out!

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  36. I went ahead and featured this recipe of yours on my Fall Friday post. Thanks for sharing! Check it out: http://chicagocuisinecritique.blogspot.com/2010/09/fall-friday_24.html

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  37. I've baked these "donuts" twice now (I put donuts in quotes because I've made them both times in muffin form), and they're delicious! Everyone who has tried them has loved them. They turn out really well as muffins! In fact, I just posted about them on my blog (http://floptimism.blogspot.com/2010/11/youll-forgive-me-for-posting-so-many.html).

    The only thing I've noticed, which I mentioned in my post, was a slight undertone of salt. No one else who tried them complained of it, and I'm known to be somewhat of a salt nazi, so it could just be me; but I was just wondering if you had heard of that from anyone else.

    Regardless, thanks for the recipe - it's definitely a keeper!

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