Barefoot by the Sea: I'll take the earrings OR the apples

Thursday, October 6, 2011

I'll take the earrings OR the apples

This past weekend we celebrated TWELVE years of marriage! TWELVE! I consulted my handy dandy traditional gift guide to see what might be in store and decided I'd prefer the colored gem but would be happy with pearls or silk as well.
  • Year - 12th
  • Traditional Gifts - Silk
  • Modern Gift - Colored Gems or Pearls
My hubby, fresh from a week away on business, surprised me with a family day of apple picking, cider donuts, hayrides and family time.  I've honestly decided I would prefer cider donuts, hands down to colored gems....words cannot describe how delightful these were.  These are fresh and warm

After visiting our farm, I decided to search a wee bit healthier variety and came up with this one:
Apple Cider Donuts:
These doughnuts are low in fat as they are baked in the oven instead of deep fried. Good for people on low-colesterol, low fat diets.
photo credit - Diana's Desserts

Approximately 3 tbsp. sugar for preparing pans
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup apple butter
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup apple cider
1/3 cup nonfat plain yogurt
3 tbsp. vegetable oil
You will need a mini bundt baking pan with 6 or 12 cavities or a 6 or 12 cavity doughnut baking pan.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F/200 degrees C. Coat cavities of a mini bundt pan or cavities of doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray or oil. Sprinkle with sugar, shaking out excess.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; set aside. In another bowl, whisk together egg, brown sugar, apple butter, maple syrup, cider, yogurt and oil. Add dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Divide half the batter among the prepared mini bundt pan cavities or doughnut pan cavities, spooning about 2 generous tbsp. of batter into each cavity. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the tops spring back when touched lightly. Loosen edges and turn the doughnuts out onto a rack to cool. Clean the mini-bundt pan or doughnut pan, then re-coat it with oil and sugar. Repeat with remaining batter.
Makes 12-24 doughnuts, depending on the size pan you are using.  Thank you to Diana's Desserts for this one.  Visit her

Happy Anniversary to the sweetest and best man I have ever known!


  1. Congrats and Happy Anniversary!!

  2. yum! cider donuts! i have a baked donut recipe that i might have to make for us sometime soon...perhaps thanksgiving :-)

  3. Yummy!!! Happy Anniversary! Congrats :)

  4. Happy anniversary! We are going apple picking tomorrow with Grandpa and Grammy. Might have to try these for everyone!

  5. I wish you and your family all the happiness in the world! Here's to many more years as husband and wife! :)


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