Packed with the comforting flavors of Fall, these Apple Cider Doughnuts are an excellent sweet treat for the crisp, cool days ahead.
There are certain foods that different parts of the country just master. For instance, the South certainly knows how to bake biscuits, make pulled pork and knock out some incredible grits. Texas (yes, that’s a part of the country all by itself) is king of brisket and all things BBQ. My blog friends out on the West Coast keep posting all of these incredible recipes featuring avocados, chilis and strawberries. The fresh Mexican fare out there makes me want to buy a ticket to Cali today. (Thanks to Kevin for sending me a cross-country care package of chilies…it almost makes me feel like I’m in Cali. Almost.)
But what about the Northeast? I’ve only lived up here for a few years now, but it didn’t take long to learn that this area of the country is serious about maple syrup, lobster rolls and clam chowder (but not all in the same recipe, thank goodness). Oh, and Apple Cider Doughnuts.
Apple Cider Doughnuts are a thing of beauty here in upstate New York. They show up every year about this time at farm stands and apple orchards across the area. Folks debate which orchard has the best doughnut, and you’ll even see commercials from various orchards on tv once the Apple Cider Doughnuts make an appearance in the Fall.
One of our favorite places to pick up these sweet treats is an apple orchard that’s about 10 minutes away from our house. We’ll drive over there occasionally on a Saturday afternoon to pick up 2 doughnuts. I can’t trust myself with buying any more than 2! In fact, those doughnuts usually don’t make it out of the parking lot. Yup, these Apple Cider Doughnuts are parking lot good. That’s legit.
A couple of years ago, my wife’s 30th birthday was on tap, and I secretly invited a bunch of our friends to come up and surprise her for the weekend. They arrived about 30 minutes before my wife got home from work, and they hid in the basement to surprise her. Needless to say, that entire weekend was crazy awesome! Since her birthday is in the Fall, I went over to our favorite orchard and picked up about a dozen Apple Cider Doughnuts for breakfast. These doughnuts are hands down one of my favorite New England recipes.
So I decided to go all out and fry these doughnuts. I normally bake doughnuts around here (like these Baked Powdered Sugar Doughnuts), but I wanted to go straight authentic with these Apple Cider Doughnuts. We don’t fry much just to try to keep life a tad bit healthier…but sometimes you just need to pull out the frying pan. It took a couple of attempts to get it down as the first round of doughnuts looked perfectly golden, but sadly they weren’t quite fully cooked inside. I fried the others just a bit longer, and the result was magical.
These bad boys are just as good as the ones we get from our favorite orchard down the street. Will I start making my own Apple Cider Doughnuts when we need our Fall doughnut fix? Doubtful. (It’s still fun to go out to the orchard!) But I definitely can turn to this recipe whenever we do want to make a batch of delicious doughnuts at home.
What is the most iconic food in your city/area of the country?
Have you ever had Apple Cider Doughnuts?