Some Friday things:
1. First, I just want to say that my thoughts and prayers are with all my friends up in the Northeast. I hope you all are safe and sound!
2. Who else is stuck with a gazillion tons of candy? Though we suspected there wouldn’t be much trick-or-treating going on in our new neighborhood, we still bought a bunch of candy. UGH, WHY?! And just as I thought, we did not get one trick-or-treater so now all that candy sits in the pantry, taunting me all day long. Damn you, candy, damn you!!
3. Every Halloween, my husband and I like to torture ourselves by carving fancy things on our pumpkins. Here is a picture of our work this year. Anybody want to guess who they are? The winner will get a virtual high five from me.
4. November 1st always depresses me. Two reasons. 1. It makes me realize that I need to start thinking about Christmas shopping (kill me now, please), and 2. Halloween month is over and I have to take down our decorations.
5. Speaking of decorations, I seriously want to put up our Christmas decorations. Like, today. I don’t want to wait until Thanksgiving. And for this, I blame Pier 1. Have you seen their Christmas decorations?!!
6. Just in case you want to keep your sugar high going, today I am sharing my apple cider doughnuts! I’ve actually never made doughnuts, but I hear apple cider doughnuts are a big thing and I am totally on an apple cider kick right now. Hubs got me a doughnut pan and it needed to be put to good use! So, these are not your traditional fried doughnut, but they are still pretty darn tasty! The apple cider isn’t too overpowering and they just taste like fall!
- 1 1/2 cups apple cider
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 4 tbs. butter, at room temperature
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup buttermilk (I used non-fat)
- 4 tbs. melted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon (or more, if desired)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small saucepan, boil the apple cider until it is reduced to 1/4 cup (out 15-20 minutes).
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and the sugar. Add in the eggs and mix well.
- Stir in the buttermilk and reduced cider.
- In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and the nutmeg.
- Mix the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients, mix just enough to combine.
- Spray a donut pan with cooking spray. Either pipe or spoon the batter into the each mold until they are about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow doughnuts to cool before coating.
- Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl.
- Using a pastry brush, brush the melted butter on both sides and in the middle of each doughnut. Dip and roll the doughnut in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat. Repeat with the remaining doughnuts.
Recipe adapted from Pumpkin Patches and More