Apples and apple cider are food and drink staples of the New England fall season (and beyond), but let’s not forget about apple cider doughnuts. They are incredibly tasty, filling and don’t cost too much dough. Sorry for that pun.
A growing number of farm stands, bakeries, doughnut shops (makes sense to me!) and even supermarkets (not always a pretty picture) in New England feature apple cider doughnuts, especially in the fall. The trick to making a great apple cider doughnut is infusing the right amount of fresh apple cider into the batter. Some throw some extra cinnamon and other spices into the mix for an additional kick. When it’s done right — baked or fried — apple cider doughnuts require multiple servings. It’s almost impossible to eat just one!
The Big Apple Farm in Wrentham, Mass., makes a good cider doughnut, Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury, Vt., and Wilson Farm in Lexington, Mass., even better and Kane’s Donuts in Saugus, Mass., just about the best. Of course you won’t get that wonderful New England farm stand or cider mill personality at Kane’s (it’s basically a “townie” doughnut shop), but who cares? These donuts are phenomenal!
The best apple cider doughnut I’ve ever tasted, however, is at Volante Farms in Needham, Mass. I know, as just mentioned, you would think a rural New Hampshire or Vermont farm stand might be the spot for finding the best cider doughnuts, but we can’t deny what our taste buds tell us. Sure, you wouldn’t expect to find such a great cider doughnut in the Boston suburbs, but this outstanding landmark farm stand creates magic with a moist, flavorful, full-bodied version. Additionally, the apple cider doughnuts at Volante Farms aren’t just a one-note food attraction. This is flat-out a great farm stand — definitely one of the best in the Boston area. Volante Farms has been in business since 1917, expanded greatly through the years without compromising quality, and features fabulous produce, a greenhouse, bakery and deli (with seating), ice cream from Crescent Ridge in Sharon, Mass. (named by National Geographic as one of the best in the world), craft beers and wines, and hundreds of Christmas trees during the holiday season.
It’s all great, but start first with the apple cider doughnuts!
Where to find great apple cider donuts:
Volante Farms,292 Forest St., Needham MA. Tel. (781) 444-2351
The Big Apple Farm, 207 Arnold St., Wrentham MA. Tel. (508) 384-3055
Cold Hollow Cider Mill, 3600 Waterbury-Stowe Rd., Waterbury, VT. Tel. (802) 244-8771
Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington MA. Tel. (781) 862-3900
Kane’s Donuts, 120 Lincoln Ave., Saugus MA. Tel. (781) 233-8499
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