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Cider doughnuts?

sallyt Sep 27, 2007 09:10 AM

Always craving cider doughnuts this time of year... Any recs, local or farm? Thanks!

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    kbw18 Oct 2, 2007 12:46 PM

    I'd recommend asking this question on the New England board too, because the best may not be in the Boston area.

    The best I've ever had were at Atkin's Farms in Amherst, MA. The locals line up out the door for fresh warm cider doughnuts in the Fall. I think it's even worth the two hour drive.

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      Skippy978 Oct 5, 2007 05:13 PM

      I got some at Brooksby last weekend which were fantastic...but, one caveat.

      The guy in front of me in line asked the girl for the "fresh ones" and she disappeared for a bit and came back with a grease stained brown paper bag of hot donuts!

      I did the same (now that i knew) and they were warm, slightly crispy on the outside and soft and moist on the inside. Once they cooled off though they were much less appetizing.

      1. re: Skippy978
        foodperv Oct 6, 2007 09:12 PM

        i am happy for you skippy that you got the fresh ones
        but man that is no way for them to run a business by putting out the stale stuff and you having to ASK for the good stuff

    2. Kip McSkipster Sep 28, 2007 01:37 PM

      As others have said, Honeypot's donuts are terrific, worth braving the crowds for. Their caramel apples are also stellar.

      Had the donuts at Russell Orchards in Ipswich last weekend and they were darker and perhaps a bit greasier than Honeypot's, but the Russell donuts were literally coming right out of fryer, which was right behind the counter. The smell was downright intoxicating, and I easily could've gone through a dozen (I ate three).

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        olives Sep 28, 2007 09:20 AM

        If you live in the city, Appleton Street Bakery makes their own this time of year, but I think only on Sundays ( or the weekend in general). They also have cider donut-holes, if you just want a taste...

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          taxi Sep 28, 2007 05:34 AM

          Brooksby Farm in Peabody off 114. Can apple pick, too. All kinds of fresh veggies in their market.

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            Chris VR Sep 28, 2007 07:47 AM

            Have you actually had good doughnuts at Brooksby Farm? The ones I've had in the past few years have all been dry and stale, even at peak times.

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            Makoto108 Sep 27, 2007 12:00 PM

            Russell Orchards in Ipswich makes it fresh every day whenever the doughnuts run out. They were fantastic warm and slightly sweet.

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              RichardA Sep 27, 2007 01:17 PM

              Another vote for Russell Orchards

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                Chris VR Sep 27, 2007 05:08 PM

                Make that three! And a caution to avoid the donuts at Brooksby Farm, which are dry dry dry.

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                  DoubleMan Sep 27, 2007 06:08 PM

                  I like the ones at Russell, too. Be warned that they are very oily when fresh and will stain through the bag, your clothes, your car seat, whatever.

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                    Pawsinhand Sep 27, 2007 06:42 PM

                    Another vote for Cider Hill farm in Amesbury!

                  2. re: Chris VR
                    seefood Sep 28, 2007 10:22 AM

                    I had the same experience at Brooksby Farm--dry-as-dust donuts. The apples we picked weren't first-rate, either. A pity, cuz it's such a cool place, this farm preserved in the midst of all the development near the mall. Still, we had a fun visit.

                2. re: Makoto108
                  ohmuffin Sep 27, 2007 07:17 PM

                  Russell orchards is great, this summer we would always drop by there on our way to Crane Beach, so great

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                  Kbee Sep 27, 2007 09:37 AM

                  Hamilton Orchards has a stand at the Copley Farmer's Market on Tuesdays and Fridays, and they sell them. If you get them super fresh (possibly you'll see some condensation on the inside of the box) they're oh-so yummy! Mmm... wish I had one now.

                  1. hiddenboston Sep 27, 2007 09:23 AM

                    Love the ones at Honeypot Hill Orchards in Stow...

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                      gansu girl Sep 27, 2007 10:58 AM

                      Another vote for Honeypot - that's our go-to place for apples and doughnuts every fall.

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                        beb31 Sep 27, 2007 11:51 AM

                        Here's a third vote for Honeypot Hill -- it's a little crazy there on the weekends, but the cider doughnuts definitely make up for the chaos.

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                          mabelm4050 Sep 27, 2007 07:03 PM

                          Fourth vote for HoneyPot!

                        2. re: hiddenboston
                          pastrylady Sep 29, 2007 09:34 PM

                          honeypot hill is so fun!!! the doughnuts were fresh and yummy - just like the cider mill i went to as a kid....sigh :)

                        3. gini Sep 27, 2007 09:22 AM

                          I'm fond of Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury.

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                            Infomaniac Sep 27, 2007 09:41 AM

                            Cider Hill Farm was making cider doughnuts this morning. I didn't buy any doughnuts, but did get some peach muffins (amazing) and free range eggs. I love that have chickens now.

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                              LindaWhit Sep 28, 2007 07:57 AM

                              They've got fresh eggs? Oh good - going up to my Mom's next Friday and have put their cider on my shopping list - will add some eggs as well. :-)

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                                Infomaniac Sep 28, 2007 10:05 AM

                                This is the first year with the chickens and eggs. Seems to be working out well for them.

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                                LindaWhit Oct 5, 2007 08:13 PM

                                Just picked up some cider doughnuts, a half gallon of cider, and some Honey Crisp and Arkansas Black apples at Cider Hill Farm today. I used some apple cider and one of the AK Blacks in my chicken dinner tonight, and a doughnut was dessert and while the doughnuts are best when warm and fresh out of the fryer, they were still very good! I had a very tasty appley evening. :-)

                              3. re: gini
                                Chris VR Sep 30, 2007 05:47 AM

                                I had those yesterday, heaven in a round. Warm from the fryer, crisp on the outside, lightly dusted with cinnamon and sugar. The place was a mob scene but the lines moved fairly well. They have a huge selection of apples, including heirloom varieties. I also went picking there for the first time and was impressed with the quality and selection they have available. And the orchard is so large, even with the crowds, it never felt crowded.

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                                  seefood Oct 1, 2007 01:54 PM

                                  We bought donuts from Cider Hill Farm at the farmers market in Marblehead Saturday, and they were quite good.

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                                  cambridgejen Sep 27, 2007 09:13 AM

                                  Wilson Farm has great cider doughnuts. This time of the year they make them outside on weekends and people line up to grab them while they're still warm. Parlee Farms has good ones too as I recall.

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                                    BJK Sep 27, 2007 01:15 PM

                                    Second Wilson Farms. Yum!


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                                      bear Sep 27, 2007 01:59 PM

                                      It's cruel and unusual punishment to have that aroma torturing shoppers as soon as they enter the stand! The smell is almost as yummy as the donut.

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                                        litchick Oct 1, 2007 08:32 PM

                                        Yeah, but it's a sure sign of autumn, no? I just gorged myself on Wilson's cider donuts this weekend, and I don't feel bad about it at all. ;)

                                    2. re: cambridgejen
                                      foodperv Oct 7, 2007 10:15 AM

                                      went this morning to wilsons got my donuts and other stuff . too crowded though partly due to the hayrides going on

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