Each fall, a splendid aroma wafts from farm market bakeries across the region. The warm spiciness of apple cider donuts baking tickles our noses and provokes our palate to demand a mouthful of these delightfully doughy rings. Some cider donuts are soft and squishy, pale from a dusting of fine white sugar on top. Others are plain and dense with a mottled texture and deep earthy color from the cinnamon added to the batter. They may also be coated in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar or even glazed in a thin coat of sweet icing. Is your mouth watering yet? Read on for where to find the JerseyBites writers favorite cider donuts.
Johnson’s Farm in Medford with its enormous Barn Bakery, has come a long way from having just two small ovens in the back corner of a farm market. Their cookies, cakes and pies taste like the goodies your Grandmom used to make. To satisfy cravings, the yummy warm apple cider donuts are available all year long.
Terhune Orchards in Princeton has my favorite cider and cider donuts,” Christine Van Arsdalen said. “Even the smell of them makes my mouth water.” If you’re counting calories try the donut holes. Bet you can’t eat just one. Terhune’s also has great cider, hayrides, a petting zoo and pumpkin picking.
Vikki Hurley-Schubert reports that Twin Pond Farm in Howell turns out dozens of tasty cider donuts daily in three scrumptious flavors: powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, and plain.
Rachel Bozek’s go-to spot for cider doughnuts is Stony Hill Gardens and Farm Market. “My family braves Stony Hill’s famed corn maze each fall and always end the experience with a treat of freshly-baked cider doughnuts,” Bozek said. You can also look for Stony Hill’s donuts at these farmers’ markets.
Delicious Orchards serves up amazing cider donuts that become something your taste buds will thank you for when dunked in a mug of their hot apple cider,” Melissa Beveridge said. Delicious Orchards still uses some of the same recipes they did when first opening 50 years ago.
Duffield’s Farm in Sewell has amazing donuts, Jennifer Malme said. “Plus you can pick your own apples and pumpkins.”
Mood’s Farm Market makes apple cider donuts fresh daily and presses their own apple cider in the fall,” Beth Christian reports. “They also have pumpkin picking hayrides in October.”
Heidi Raker Goldstein shared her find, Demarest Farms. Around for more than 125 years, Demarest boasts a country bakery, delicatessen, ice cream parlor, and of course, homemade cider and donuts.
It’s pretty apparent that this bunch of bloggers has a major food crush on cider donuts but Colleen Wood puts the rest of us to shame. “I’m having my birthday cake made out of Springdale Farms apple cider donuts next month,” Wood said.
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