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
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!