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Win Apple Cider Donuts and More

September 20, 2013

Besides Eric Paul at The Cheese Traveler, I can’t think of anyone else that might be bummed about today’s Paris recap being postponed until next week. This was going to be the installment in which I would reveal where I picked up two discs of fermier Rocammadour.

For a small select audience, this is thrilling stuff. But it’s going to have to wait.

Today I have exciting stuff for the rest of you. At least those of you who continue to read from within a comfortable driving distance of New York’s Capital region. One of these days I’m going to pretend I live in New Jersey and stop writing about New York. But I just can’t seem to stop myself.

It seems I have a dozen five dozen of some of the best apple cider donuts in the Capital Region to give away. But I also wanted to make sure that you know about a contest where you can win something much more valuable.

Maybe you remember last year’s cooking contest where I submitted my version of Tonno del Chianti. Thanks to your support I was able to compete in the finals, where my dish came in second. I still think I was robbed. But second puts me in very good company. Silly Goose Farm came in second place the year before.

I guess all the best dishes finish second. The second best dishes get a spot on Bellini’s menu. It somehow seems fitting.

All kidding aside, competing in the contest was a ton of fun. And if you’ve got the chops, you should totally throw your hat in the ring. Especially since this year the grand prize is even grander.

There’s even a picture of me and the Silly Goose on this year’s flyer. Go and check it out. Then think of a recipe and enter. Make it a good one (and more importantly take a great picture of it), because I would love to see one of you win second place too.

Now about those donuts.

Golden Harvest Farms out in Valatie just recently got a Twitter account. And it’s probably my fault for not being better at sharing their victory on the second annual Tour de Cider Donut, but they were very pleased to find this out yesterday.

So pleased in fact, that they offered me a voucher for a free dozen donuts. Except I’m going to turn that over to one of you.

[9/20 Update: Golden Harvest Farms just sent me a note saying they wanted to up this giveaway to five one-dozen donut vouchers, so more of you can win. Super sweet.]

To enter, just submit a comment below using a valid email address (which I’ll need to contact the winner). All you have to do is answer this Cider Donut related question:

“What are your thoughts on plain cider donuts versus those with sugar? And when it comes to sugared cider donuts, how do you feel about the presence of cinnamon in the sugar?”

The winners will be picked at random from all qualifying responses received before 11 p.m. on Sunday. I’ll announce the winners next week when reveal the details about the Fourth Annual Tour de Cider Donut. And as always, no whining.

The upcoming tour is still on, and this time Stanford Steph will be your guide. We’re just trying to work out a few of the kinks.

Get excited. And follow Golden Harvest Farms on Twitter while you are at it. Because even if you don’t win this dozen, you should still get out there, eat donuts, and buy some spirits from their farm distillery. Just drink the booze first, then eat the donuts. The spirits just don’t taste right with all that sugar on your tongue.

23 Comments leave one →
  1. Eric Scheirer Stott permalink
    September 20, 2013 9:30 am

    I can’t pretend to be an expert in the cider donut, but I’d like to see more opportunity to eat them plain. I love a really good plain cake donut- it’s all about the flavor , the bit of the crusty exterior,and the freshness. Cover them with sugar (cinnamon or no) and they’re still tasty, but does the coating cancel out a lot of the subtleties?

  2. September 20, 2013 9:36 am

    Plain cider donuts are good. Cider donuts with sugar, also good. No cinnamon in the sugar? Good. Cinnamon in the sugar? Pretty good too.

    • September 20, 2013 2:29 pm

      Oooohhh! I just got a voucher for a free dozen from them in my email, so you can disqualify me from your contest.

  3. September 20, 2013 9:41 am

    While I abhor a sugar rim on a cocktail, I don’t mind it in the least on a cider donut. As for cinnamon with the sugar, I could go either way and be perfectly happy. (Sorry I don’t have a more decisive comment – I just want the donuts.)

  4. September 20, 2013 9:43 am

    I love them all – and the Golden Harvest donuts are my favorite!

  5. September 20, 2013 10:03 am

    I’m a fan of a LIGHT dusting of cinnamon + sugar, but that’s never the case. It’s always a thick layer. So if it’s between a coating of the sugary-ness and plain, I’ll take plain.

  6. theresa518 permalink
    September 20, 2013 10:06 am

    I do not have much of a sweet tooth but cinnamon sugary cider donuts hit the spot!

  7. September 20, 2013 10:09 am

    Cinnamon and Sugar > Plain > Sugar

  8. Susan permalink
    September 20, 2013 10:38 am

    For me – I like the cinnamon and sugar version – cinnamon giving a little added kick to the flavor. Thanks

  9. -R. permalink
    September 20, 2013 10:56 am

    Cinnamon: meh. Sugar-coated: yes please. Plain: I’ll bite.

  10. Shawn permalink
    September 20, 2013 12:24 pm

    If freshly made I prefer with sugar. No cinnamon.

  11. September 20, 2013 1:14 pm

    Oh wow. I’m a capital region newbie so I just had my first cider donut experience last fall. Cinnamon AND sugar? I love cinnamon sugar toast so I’d rank that at the best. I honestly find plain cider donuts to be lacking… but sugar coating on its own is very delicious.

  12. September 20, 2013 1:15 pm

    You have to have at least one bit of a plain cider donut in your life just to appreciate the pureness of the flavors. However, the best are the sugar coated ones and in my opinion sugar and cinnamon go together like oreos and milk— you just can’t separate one from the other.

  13. Randy K permalink
    September 20, 2013 1:32 pm

    i’ll eat a cider donut any which way.. plain, sugared, cinnamon’d… upside down, backwards, inside out!

    we’ll miss you at the Bellini’s cook-off this year :)

  14. September 20, 2013 1:37 pm

    Sugar, yes. Cinnamon, sure. But let’s be honest, I’m not saying no to any donuts.

  15. Tonia permalink
    September 20, 2013 1:42 pm

    Golden Harvest does have the best donuts. My vote? Cinnanon and sugar coated!

  16. reba permalink
    September 20, 2013 3:19 pm

    I thought the plain would be great but it fell a little flat. Sugar certainly seems to be the classic and best and a little cinnamon in there is nice.

  17. Kate permalink
    September 20, 2013 8:48 pm

    I spent a season working at Goolds. The best doughnuts are the ones at the beginning of the batch, small, brown and crunchy, rolled in cinnamon sugar. Those are the ones that don’t get sold because they’re less than perfect. I was fortunate enough to get a batch of still warm cider donuts from golden harvest after sampling and buying a bottle of peach jack. Golden Harvest donuts with cinnamon sugar are the way to go! They are so deserving of the title of best Cider Donuts!

  18. llcwine permalink
    September 21, 2013 7:03 pm

    Cinnamon and Sugar for me….the only doughnuts I ever eat are cider doughnuts, and then you gotta go all the way with the sugar and cinnamon, and they must be slightly warm!!!

  19. September 21, 2013 9:53 pm

    The best cider donuts are hot donuts if they are fresh and hot, cinnamon and sugar are a distraction.

  20. September 22, 2013 8:31 pm

    we love all of it: sugar+cider+cinnamon. Tastes like fall! Check out our giveaway from too if you’d like:

  21. September 22, 2013 10:34 pm

    Plain vs Sugar? I enjoy the crunchy crust that the sugar gives the donut. It’s not a taste preference but more of a texture that I am longing for when eating cider donuts. Cinnamon? It’s strange – but I am one of the few people I know that truly dislikes cinnamon in sweets. On the other hand, I LOVE cinnamon in savory dishes. (Cinnamon jerked chicken . . . ). And you Mr Fussy? How do you like them apples ?? (I meant . . how do yo like YOUR apple donuts?)

  22. September 23, 2013 7:17 am

    Curses! I missed this by about 8 hours! This is what I get for being in a wedding this weekend! :)

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