Apple Cinnamon Donuts

Unusually for me, I have seen a lot of actual apples on trees over the last few months.  It started very early in the apple season when I was lucky enough to put together a photo shoot on an organic apple orchard on the Murray.

As some of you know I recently found myself in Orange , surrounded by autumn leaves and apple trees.  It was picturesque apple heaven.

However, no matter how small the actual quantity, the joy of picking my own fruit is incomparable.  Years ago I optimistically planted two apples trees.  One Granny Smith and one Pink Lady.  I planted them outside of our actual fenced garden area, where they would be watered by our household grey water runoff.

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The watering system was, and still is, fairly basic.  The Granny Smith subsequently became overwatered and eventually fell right over.   The Pink Lady survived and has endured constant gnawing from kangaroos, cattle, sheep and rabbits.  The watering regime has consisted entirely of recycled grey water and the pruning and fertilising schedule has been haphazard.

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To pick a whole bucket of apples from this brave tree, in our current drought conditions is quite remarkable.  A small celebration in the sunshine seemed in order, involving a heavy cast iron camp oven, hot oil, cinnamon and clouds of sugar.

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These donuts were not the perfectly rounded variety that I see in ridiculously large boxes been hurried through airports.  They are not the sort of food that I cook every day.  But, they were squishy and warm with a perfectly crunchy piece of apple nestled between the sugary, doughy bits. The kids loved them and really, that is the reason we all cook, isn’t it?

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I adapted my donuts from this easy recipe.

How about you?

Cooking for your crew?

Harvesting or stalking apple orchards?

Happy Friday, friends x

10 Comments

  1. Reply

    Chookyblue

    June 8, 2018

    the donuts look great……..i’ve lots so much due to the ongoing drought………….it amazes me how somethings do survive though…………..goodness knows how…………..

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      Jane S

      June 11, 2018

      I agree Chooky, some things (including humans!) are so resilient!

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    Francesca

    June 8, 2018

    Hi Jane, I love that photo of your daughter walking down the track in the sharp winter light. I am really surprised your pink Lady survived- not so much for lack of water, or over watering but because it lives outside the precious fence line. We even struggle with apple trees inside our fence- the kangaroos being the main culprits. During the last few fry months, they have been causing enormous damage to the branches, Those apples are so precious and the doughnuts look divine,

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      Jane S

      June 11, 2018

      Thank you Francesca. It seems to be a lucky tree, the branches are very well trimmed up to the limits of the kangaroos reach!

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    Anne

    June 8, 2018

    At first I thought – why plant Granny Smith? But then I guessed that with your name …
    We’re planning a tiny orchard and have been investigating apple trees that originate from Essex and have been amazed at just how many there are. Our climate is ideal for apples; remind me of that when I complain here about our grey skies while you have sunshine 🙂
    Beautiful photos as ever Jane. Your doughnuts look so good.

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      Jane S

      June 11, 2018

      I am not really sure why I planted a Granny Smith, probably because it was easily available! Your planned orchard sounds fascinating. Thank you for your kind comments.

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    Kate

    June 9, 2018

    Glad to see the same survival of the fittest regime for gardening happens elsewhere. My garden gets, in the main, what falls from the sky – albeit that is more than you probably get – and what I slosh out from my washing up (a camp wash bucket permanently installed in my modern kitchen sink).

    As for the donuts, yum. I have bagel dough rising as I type and am just about to turn the oven on to boil and bake them ready for toasting for a big Sunday breakfast cook-up tomorrow.

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      Jane S

      June 11, 2018

      I can almost smell those bagels Kate, I hope you are enjoying this long weekend.

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    Zena

    June 9, 2018

    I am licking my lips. A wonderful memory for your children when they grow up. When I was little we use to visit my Serbian Aunty and she would make ‘donuts’ with a gooey dough spooned in to oil. The dough would blow up in to odd shapes. I don’t know what this recipe is called but it was such a treat rolled in sugar and dolloped with jam.

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      Jane S

      June 11, 2018

      Oh those donuts sound absolutely delicious Zena. Thank you for calling in.

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