Thursday, October 9, 2014

Autumn Leaves Bring Thoughts of ...Doughnuts!

 The grape harvest is in full swing, and the town of North East is full of the sweet smell of Concord Grapes!   The leaves are turning their brilliant shades of red and orange, and the nights are cooler.

So where is my mind?  Thinking of apples, cinnamon, cloves and the smell of all things spicy.  One of my favorite things from New England is Cider Donuts, with a coating of cinnamon sugar.  But my hips and stomach have started to tell me to search for options other than frying.

And these donuts do just that...they are light, and spicy...and covered with a wonderful maple glaze that just says fall to me!  (and if you don't happen to have a donut pan to bake them in...just make them as muffins...)

My hips are thankful...and ready for my 2nd annual run at the Columbus Day 5K in Columbus PA.  Wish me luck!

Baked Spice Donuts with Maple Glaze

Yield:  6 donuts

Donuts:
1 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg (I always grind my own)
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1/3 C light brown sugar
1/4 C buttermilk
1/4 C yogurt
2 T melted butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 35o degrees.  Spray a donut pan with nonstick spray.
Whisk the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.  Whisk the egg, sugar, milk and yogurt together; add the melted butter and vanilla, combine.  Add the wet to the dry, and stir just til combined.  Do not overmix.  It is quite thick.
Spoon or pipe into the pan, filling each 3/4 full.
Bake for 10 -12 minutes or until edges are brown.  Pop out of pan and cool on a wire rack set above wax or parchment paper.

While baking, make glaze:
1/4 C butter
1/2 C pure maple syrup (I use PA dark amber, which has a wonderful flavor)
1 C confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp maple extract (adds flavor, but not necessary if you don't have it)

Melt the butter with the maple syrup.  Whisk, remove from heat and add sugar.  Whisk till smooth.  Add flavoring, if desired.  Set aside to cool.

Dip one side of donut into the glaze, let rest, then dip again.  Enjoy!

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Heavenly Blueberry Pie in Westfield, NY

You know that we have talked about Brazill's on Main in Westfield NY?  One of the things I love about that restaurant was the dessert...specifically the pies!  Well, on a recent adventure to Westfield (checking out the other restaurant next door, Parkview Cafe) we visited the company that makes those wonderful pies.

Just around the corner from both of those restaurants, Portage Pie is in a cute light blue building, with an overflowing windowbox.   And inside, the smells are amazing!   There is a list of pies that can be ordered, or you can press your luck and hope there is what you want.


I would have chosen raspberry, but the birthday boy with me wanted blueberry, so blueberry it was.  The crust is as good as MY crust, and the filling was wonderful...not gluey, but full of wonderful blueberry flavor.

They told us that Rick Sebak PBS had just been in there to film for a documentary to be released next summer.  (Check out more about  Rick Sebak--but he has done some wonderful documentaries about Pittsburgh).   It's all about "Where to get a few good pieces of pie!"

Yum!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

September Already?

Grapes from Wine Festival 2013
Where has this summer gone? It seems like yesterday the fruit trees were blossoming, and now the annual harvests are well under way. Stop at any local farmer's market and you will find a plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables. The vineyards are coming alive with grower's preparing for the upcoming harvest.
It sure has been a bountiful year for some crops, in spite of the brutally cold winter we had last year.



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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

We review Cloud 9 Wine Bar in Our August Newsletter

Read our review of Cloud 9 Wine Bar, Erie,PA HERE Great meal, great bar selection with lots of local and not so local beverages. AND...they have Six Mile Cellars Hard Cider on tap! Innkeeper Grape Arbor Bed & Breakfast

Saturday, July 12, 2014

THE FRUITS (LITERALLY) OF OUR LABOR

Read about our upcoming Winery Guide (and more) in the July Newsletter.




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