Halloween Toffee Bark

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I don’t know about you, but I love toffee. Butter + Brown Sugar has to be good, right? So when I saw this festive Halloween Toffee Bark, I knew I had to make it. I love that you can adapt it to any holiday or time of year. I’ll have to make a run to the store for more orange and yellow sprinkles though since I used them all up! :) But it was all for a good cause.

This was so easy to make. Be sure you have a candy thermometer though, because you will definitely want to use it when making this toffee. Don’t let it intimidate you though. It will just help you out and tell you when your toffee is at the right temperature. [Read more...]

Apple Cider Donuts

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It’s fall, so that means pumpkins, apples and Halloween. I’m not a big fan of Halloween (although my other half is and he LOVES horror movies), but I do love me everything that is pumpkin and/or apple flavored. I haven’t been to an orchard in who knows how long, but I don’t even have to go there because I can make these Apple Cider Donuts from the comfort of my own home.

I was actually surprised at how good these tasty little suckers are.  Those mini donuts were the most dangerous since you can just pop one in your mouth and go about your business. The big ones were good because they lasted longer. But truth be told, I shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near these donuts. I’ll eat them all, and you won’t get any. That’s good for me, bad for you.

These are so simple to make. They are baked, not fried, so that means they are healthy for you, right? That’s what I tell myself as I eat the entire batch. I pretty much had on hand everything that I needed for this. I bought some Boiled Cider from King Arthur Flour a while back, and I’ve been jonesin’ to use it. You can make your own, but I decided to buy mine. The boiled cider really gives these donuts a fabulous flavor.

Let’s get to it.

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Apple Cider Donuts

Ingredients

    Apple Cider Donuts
  • 2 tablespoons soft butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vietnamese cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons boiled cider (or thawed frozen apple juice concentrate)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup MINUS 2 tablespoons milk
  • Cinnamon Sugar Coating
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/3 cup super fine sugar*
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice**

Instructions

    Apple Cider Donuts
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a standard doughnut pan.
  2. Beat together the butter, oil, sugar, salt, and spices.
  3. Beat in the boiled cider, then the egg. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl.
  4. Whisk together the baking powder, baking soda, and flour.
  5. Stir the flour mixture into the wet ingredients alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with flour.
  6. Spoon the batter into the pan, smoothing the tops.
  7. Bake the doughnuts for 10 to 12 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into one comes out clean.
  8. Remove them from the oven, wait 5 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.
  9. Cinnamon Sugar Coating
  10. Melt butter and stir in cider.
  11. In a flat-bottomed bowl, mix together cinnamon, apple pie spice and sugar.
  12. Quickly dip each donut in butter mixture and lightly coat in the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Place back on cooling rack.
  13. Best served same day.

Notes

*If you don't have superfine sugar, add sugar to a food processor and pulse until fine.

**if you don't have apple pie spice, using all cinnamon is fine.

Apple Cider Donut recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour.

Cinnamon Sugar topping adapted from here.

http://onecurlyfryinaboxoftheregular.com/recipes/apple-cider-donuts/

I dare you to only take a bite. I usually just pop the whole thing in my mouth.

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But what happens when you drizzle with a little bit of Salted Caramel?

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You try not to eat them all!

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These donuts are some of my favorite, for sure.

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If you make these, you may want to double the recipe if you have to share! ;)

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

 

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Now that the weather is cooling down a bit and fall is coming, everyone is talking about Pumpkins and Apples and Football and Halloween (already?!), etc. I’ll admit that when my Starbucks starting carrying the fall flavors I was extremely happy. My go-to drink at Starbucks is a Pumpkin Spice Misto. Love it. Half brewed coffee, half steamed milk, and that liquid gold – Pumpkin Spice syrup. That’s my beverage of choice because while I’d LOVE to have a Pumpkin Spice Latte every day, it’s a bit too rich to have on the regular. So I opt for a lighter drink with the same great flavor. Now I’m super lucky because the company I work for pays for my (and my coworker’s) Starbucks habit. It’s a wonderful perk (pun intended) that we have, and I’m very appreciative of it. But sometimes when I’m home I get a craving for PSL and I wanted to be able to make it and not have to go anywhere to get one.

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Iced Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Cover-Pumpkin-Coffee-Cake-Piece-text So I’ve always been a huge coffee cake fan. I just love that crumb topping. There’s just something about it that gets me every time. My favorite all-time coffee cake recipe is for New York Style Crumb Cake.  The more crumb topping on the coffee cake, the better. And it’s piled high! So my go-to recipe has always been the one I posted above. How can you go wrong?

Now that Fall is approaching and I’m getting into Pumpkin mode, I figured I should try making a Pumpkin Coffee Cake. Pumpkin + Coffee Cake = YUM. Am I right?  And can we talk about the drizzle on top? I love it. I’m quite confident that I go overboard, but I don’t even care. And my other half isn’t fond of the drizzle. What? I didn’t know that was possible. He loved the pumpkin coffee cake, but he didn’t care for the drizzle. It just doesn’t compute! So anyway, that just meant more for me. And more for my coworkers, since I ended up taking most of it to work with me. While I’d love to sit and eat myself into a pumpkin coffee cake coma, I just can’t do that to myself. I’d rather put myself into a buttercream frosting coma. LOL!

What kind food coma would you want to be in? [Read more...]

Pumpkin Spice Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting

 

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Sometimes I think that Donuts are just a way for me to eat something with frosting for breakfast, and I’m completely okay with that! I’m not sure if you’ve had Cake Batter donuts before, but my one regret was not putting some funfetti frosting on those suckers! The glaze was good, and the chocolate on top was good, but nothing beats a good vanilla funfetti frosting.

For a little taste of fall I thought I’d make some Pumpkin Spice Donuts. I knew that Cream Cheese frosting would go perfectly with them. I don’t believe that Cream Cheese frosting goes with any kind of cake. There’s only certain flavors that work with a cream cheese frosting. Carrot Cake, Red Velvet Cake (which I don’t like), and Pumpkin or Spice Cake!

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