A Taste of Apple Season

Autumn, it’s a season of memories for me. It’s time to stop by our favorite orchard for apples and cider. I enjoy remembering taking our kids to go apple and pumpkin picking every year. We would eat apples as we walked along the orchard and they would try and pick the biggest pumpkin they could find, such fond memories. Today seeing families pushing their large wheel barrels loaded up with apples and pumpkins against a backdrop of crimson and orange leaf trees as their tired little ones trail behind reminds me of those early years.

All these years later my husband and I still enjoy stopping by a wonderful orchard we know of for a bag of apples and a gallon of fresh cider. One of my favorite apples is Honey Crisp. To me it’s the kind of apple that you can actually taste the Fall. It’s not too sweet or tart but a balance of both and a wonderful crispness as you take a bite like the Autumn air.

Here are a few recipes for you to try.

Apple Cider Cinnamon Bread for the Bread Machine

Makes a 1.5 pound loaf. 

Use the basic or white bread setting. Makes a great French toast with some cooked sliced cinnamon apples on top or the side.

1 1/4 Cups Fresh Apple Cider

2 Tablespoons Vegetable or Canola oil

3 Cups Bread flour (I prefer using King Arthur Bread Flour)

2 Tablespoons Brown sugar

1 teaspoon Salt

1 teaspoon Cinnamon (Costco Ground Saigon Cinnamon is delicious to have on hand)

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

Follow the instructions that came with your bread machine as to which ingredients to put in the bread machine first.

Kneading: It should be a smooth, round ball.  If it’s too dry add liquid a teaspoon at a time until it looks right.  If it looks too wet, add flour a tablespoon at a time until it looks right. It’s always a good idea to check on the bread dough after five or ten minutes of kneading as every bread machine is a bit different. 

Apple Cider Donut Cake

Ingredients

  • Yellow box cake mix – your favorite 
  • 3/4 cup fresh apple cider
  • 1/4 cup water
  • ½ cup apple sauce (Homemade if you have made some would be great)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ⅛ cup cinnamon 
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup melted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the dry cake mix, apple cider, apple sauce, water, and eggs. Add in the brown sugar and vanilla to the cake mix batter.
  3. Pour mix into a well-greased Bundt pan.
  4. Place Bundt pan on center rack and bake for 45 minutes. Test with a toothpick by sticking into the middle of the cake, if it comes out clean it is ready. Remove from heat and allow to cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes.

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