Amazing Autumn Apple Delights

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Apple Cider Donuts, recipe provided below (adapted from The Farmer's Daughter)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk  [or 1/4 cup of milk with 1/2 tsp of vinegar
  • Topping:
    • 2 tbsp butter, melted
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup white sugar
    • 1 tbsp cinnamon (or to taste)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  2. In a smaller bowl, mix together the softened butter with the eggs until fluffy (doing this ensures that your butter doesn't re-solidify once the cold buttermilk and cider are added).  Add buttermilk and apple cider, and mix well.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into the dry, and stir until just blended.  Try not to overmix!
  4. Spread the batter into a greased donut pan.  I used a large spoon to drop the batter in, or placing your batter into a pastry bag to pipe into the pan makes the process nice and easy.  Fill each mold about 3/4 full.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. You may want to break open a test donut just to make sure the inside isn't gummy!
  6. For the topping: melt the butter in a bowl that will fit a donut inside it.  Then, dip each donut quickly into the butter, and then into the cinnamon sugar mixture.
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Apple Pie, recipe provided below (adapted from 12 Tomatoes)

Ingredients

  • Crust:
    • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) cold, unsalted butter, cubed
    • 1/2 cup ice water
    • 3 teaspoons sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Filling:
    • 8 cups cored, peeled, sliced apples (around 8; Granny Smith or Cortland)
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 2/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for top of crust
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    • Splash of water
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Caramel Apple Mini Cheesecakes with Streusel Topping, a portion of the receive provided below for the full recipe visit Cooking Classy

Ingredients

  • Crust
    • 10 graham crackers sheets, finely crushed (1 1/3 cups)
    • 2 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
    • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • Streusel
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup quick oats
    • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar
    • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
    • 1/8 tsp salt
    • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • Filling
    • 2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
    • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/4 cup sour cream
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 lb granny smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped*
    • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Topping: Salted caramel sauce