Living in New York City, people think you can’t be more than a couple blocks away from a few things; the subway (not true), a pizza place (true), a yoga or pilates studio (maybe), a great local coffee shop (I wish), Starbucks (true but who cares), and a good Farmers Market (now true!) The Fort Washington Farmers Market has been growing in the past two years, and is now a really great place to buy produce on Tuesdays. The farmers are friendly and eager to inform you about their produce. It’s not too crowded like the ones deeper in the city can be, and it’s two blocks from my apartment!
This has been a huge help in buying seasonal cooking supplies, like the apples I used in these Apple Cider Donut Holes. The first fall ingredient I explored was pumpkin. After a bourbon pumpkin spice bread (pictures still to come) and the Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Brownies from Smitten Kitchen, I was kind of done with pumpkin for a while. Then, (warning: another embarrassing confession) I was watching The Barefoot Contessa….ugh I know………and I saw her making her own apple cider!
I’ll include a post just about making homemade apple cider (SO easy), but for now suffice to say it makes the entire apartment smell like a warm fall day and you can use it for so many things…and not just sweet things. Back to some healthier recipes soon I promise! But here’s another great fall recipe from one of the best resources for them – Smitten Kitchen.
The recipe is for Apple Cider Donuts, but being a little worried about only having donut eating experience, I though donut holes might be a little easier to start with. I think I was right.
I started with homemade apple sauce and a homemade donut hole cutter (a whiskey glass)
My dough was very wet at first so I had to add quite a bit of flower to work with it.
I have to say, while these were SO tasty, deep frying anything yourself may make you think twice about eating it ever again.