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Apple Cider Doughnuts

I have never, ever in my life attempted to make doughnuts so the whole process of making Apple Cider Doughnuts was a real experience!  Yes, it’s a little bit time-consuming but if you have the time and the patience, these are worth making, especially if you are having a guest or two over.  The intense apple taste is a result of cooking apples and apple cider until they are reduced down which concentrates their flavor.  Cinnamon and nutmeg are added to the dough to give these doughnuts a hint of warmth.  These doughnuts are apple-y, soft, chewy and sweet.  Yes, these are indulgent but they are so special and so tasty, they are worth making, even if it’s just once a year!

The ingredients:

Cook together apple cider and chopped apples in a pot until reduced, then puree.

In a bowl, combine together the dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl, mix together sugar and vegetable shortening.

Beat in eggs and reduced apple mixture.

Add in dry ingredients, buttermilk, and vanilla until thoroughly combined.

Pat dough onto a cookie sheet until 1/2 inch thick and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Then cut chilled dough into rounds using a donut cutter or biscuit cutter.

Heat vegetable oil in a pot until a thermometer reads 350ºF.  Add doughnuts two or three at a time, flipping once until golden brown (I used a kitchen spider to flip them but a metal slotted spoon will work too).

Don’t forget the doughnut holes!

Place doughnuts on a paper towel to drain and when cool enough to handle, dip the top of the doughnuts into more reduced-apple cider and cinnamon-sugar.

Enjoy!

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:  None

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Food Network

♥ Miss you, Dad ♥ 

Ginger Apple Bourbon

As you may know from my post yesterday, I have apple cider in my possession and I’m not afraid to use it.  My Friday cocktail this week, Ginger Apple Bourbon, features…you guessed it…apple cider.  Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but when I tried this cocktail for the first time, I drank it down.  I mean, like water.  Yikes!  This cocktail was adapted from a drink I saw on this blog a few weeks ago.  I was running suspiciously low on bourbon (I wonder who drank it all? ;)) so I measured out what I had left – 1/2 cup – and followed the 2:2:1 ratio, mixing it with 1 cup apple cider and 1 cup ginger ale.  Sometimes it’s hard to find a nice seasonal cocktail in the fall so this is one to remember.  Ginger.  Apple.  Bourbon.  ‘Nuff said.

The ingredients:

Mix together apple cider, ginger ale and bourbon in a 2:2:1 ratio and serve over ice.

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:  None

Overall Rating:  Love It

Adapted from:  Tampopo Press Blog

Spinach, Apple, and Walnut Salad

If you’ve been paying attention, this week I’ve eaten peanut butter blondies, cheesy enchiladas and pizza.  Um, wasn’t I supposed to be watching my weight?  Maybe, just maybe, it’s time for a salad?  I certainly think so!  This time of year brings out my love affair for apples, particularly McIntosh, so I decided to grab a couple and make Spinach, Apple, and Walnut Salad.  This salad mixes together baby spinach (I used spring mixed greens), chopped apples, toasted walnuts, and goat cheese (I used feta) and is flavored with a light lemon-honey vinaigrette.  The apples are tart yet sweet, the toasted walnuts add a little crunch, and the feta provides a slight tang.  This is one filling and tasty salad that isn’t boring and won’t leave you feeling hungry afterward.

The ingredients:

Chop the apples and mix with lemon juice to prevent browning.

In a bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper.

Mix the greens and apples in a separate bowl.  Drizzle with vinaigrette.

Toast the walnuts in a small pan over medium heat.

Add the toasted walnuts and feta to the salad.  That’s it!

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:

  • Spring mixed greens
  • Reduced-fat feta cheese

Overall Rating:  Like It

Source:  Real Simple Magazine

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