Sure, apple cider doughnuts are the sweet staple of the season, but Matt Moore of White Plains-based MAD Donuts has us switching over to these oversized apple fritters. Known for his fluffy and tasty doughnuts, Moore starts with doughnut dough; then uses fresh Granny Smith apples, cinnamon, sugar, and apple cider to create an apple filling; and glazes the pastry with vanilla bean and cinnamon glaze for a sweet finish.
photo courtesy of red barn bakery
4 South Astor St, Irvington; 914.231.7779
Known for its gluten-free scones and brownies, Red Barn serves up several apple-centric sweets, like traditional apple and apple salted-caramel crumb pies. For a personal-sized treat, the apple pie roll-up is a favorite. Made from scratch, hunks of organic Fuji and Gala apples are jam-packed into a flaky pastry made from organic cage-free eggs and grass-fed butter.
Photo by Valerie Hovasapian/Thompson’s Cider Mill
121 Maple St, Croton-on-Hudson; 914.271.3850
Sure, the hot days of August are long gone, but cravings for ice cream and sorbet don’t end come autumn. For a fall take on a summer treat, check out this seasonal, homemade sorbet, made with small-batch cider from Thompson’s Cider Mill in Croton-on-Hudson, and spiced with ground cloves and cinnamon.
photo courtesy of Flour & Sun Bakery
19 Washington Ave, Pleasantville; 914.495.3232
This Pleasantville bakery is frequented for its colorful cupcakes and baked goods, made from scratch daily. On offer during the fall are several apple creations, including these caramel-apple cupcakes, featuring fresh apple cake, vanilla buttercream, and a drizzle of homemade caramel.
photo courtesy of tredici
578 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase; 914.977.4113
104 Kraft Ave, Bronxville; 914.793.1313
Traditionally a summer cocktail, the margarita gets an autumnal makeover at tredici’s two locations. In the new Appely Ever After margarita, apple cider is mixed with tequila, triple sec, and lime juice to create a seasonal libation. Best part: the standard salt rim is swapped for a cinnamon-sugar.
photo courtesy of Le Petit Occasion
Made from Hudson Valley-sourced ingredients, Michele Kim’s small-batch caramels and toffees are a county favorite. For her seasonal apple cider caramels, Kim sources local cream and milk from Hudson Valley Fresh in Poughkeepsie, butter from Kriemhild Dairy in Hamilton, and apple cider from North Salem’s Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, and adds warm spices, including cinnamon, star anise, and peppercorns.
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