I've let my acting hobby take up so much of my free time lately that when I do have a chance to bake, or cook, I don't have a chance to actually take the time to photograph it well. My box of food props and back drops goes sadly unused in my closet and when I snap a picture or two of my food it looks like a picture I would have taken two years ago. Sigh.
I live with a legit photographer, I really have no excuse for shoddy pictures. If nothing else I should be attempting to bribe my roommate with my baked goods in exchange for snapping a few shots.
I fear I'll miss out on the awesome Thanksgiving Recipe Blog stuff too. MISSING A HOLIDAY ON A FOOD BLOG IS NO GOOD.
On the upside, I'm spending lots of time with my theater friends, putting on some absolutely fabulous shows that I truly am proud of (this weekend at the Shea Theater we're doing the last run of Streetcar Named Desire, and coming up in December I'll be playing Rhoda in White Christmas), and finding some time to cuddle up with my new kitten:
And my new... boyfriend...?
Yep, that happened. Sorry I've kept you guys so out of the loop. I do apologize. What's a food blog without a little piece of my personal life thrown in? We met on a dating site of all places, but discovered we had a mutual friend who could verify that neither one of us was/is a serial killer. He had a step above the competition because his messages had no grammatical errors of note (if you've ever been on a dating site you know how rare this is). It's been a whirlwind romance but it's still fun.
Can you believe I haven't cooked for him yet? Seriously. This needs to be remedied.
Anyways, these adorable little donuts--I swear, they're adorable, and tasty, pay no attention to the pictures--have been a staple in my apartment this fall. I've brought them to numerous gatherings and play rehearsals and they were all devoured in minutes. I had one friend claim they even rivaled the ones you can get at a local orchard, which is a great compliment. The original recipe did not suggest rolling in cinnamon and sugar BUT smart people know that an apple cider donut is not an apple cider donut without a thick coating of cinnamon sugar.
I used my mini donut maker (which I got from a Groupon deal for $5 this past summer--boo-yah!) but I am sure you could use a donut pan just as easy. Or, mini muffin tins to make "donut holes" hehe.
Apple Cider Mini Donuts
(Recipe from The Babycakes Shop)
- 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
-Reduce apple cider over medium heat until 1/4 cup remains.
-Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a mixing bowl. Add vegetable oil, egg, buttermilk, and apple cider liquid. Stir until well blended.
-Fill each cooking reservoir with about 1 tablespoon of batter. Bake 4 to 5 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into donut comes out clean.
-Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Immediately toss hot donuts in the mixture.