October 18, 2019

Homemade Baked Apple Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar

Homemade baked apple donuts coated with a sweet and crunchy cinnamon sugar topping. These tender cake donuts are super moist and bursting with flavor from fresh applesauce, good olive oil, vanilla, and apple pie spice. Quick and easy to whip up for a fall breakfast treat, and made with just ten simple ingredients (and a vegan option).

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My parents came to visit last weekend, and we did the most October-y things possible – going apple picking, decorating our front porch with colorful mums and pumpkins, and baking up not only an apple pie, but some homemade apple donuts with our bounty.

Just having them here is a treat in itself because we live so far away from each other now, but all of the seasonal cherries-on-top made my fall-loving heart oh, so, happy.

And still making me happy? These cinnamon sugar apple donuts on repeat. They’re not only delicious, with a moist and tender crumb, and sugary crunch on top, but incredibly quick and simple. Made with just 10 ingredients (that I bet you have on hand right now), they taste so much like everything to love about this season I almost can’t stand it.

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September 17, 2019

Ginger Peach Pie with Blueberries

A sweet and flavorful ginger peach pie with juicy blueberries and an all-butter crust. Everything to love about classic peach pie, with an ever-so-spicy twist.

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Is it completely blasphemous to still be baking with peaches and blueberries?

Here in northern Virginia, it’s still nearly ninety degrees, and the end-of-summer produce game is strong. Peaches and plums, tomatoes and corn, blackberries and zucchini – all abound, piled high next to rosy pears and every shape and size of pumpkin.

So it feels totally appropriate to sneak in at least one more summer dessert highlighting the seasonal bounty before fall baking kicks into high gear. Enter this berry peach beauty.

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September 4, 2019

Apple Blackberry Upside Down Cake

A sweet and flavorful apple blackberry upside down cake with a jammy, brown sugar caramel fruit topping and moist and tender-crumbed cake below. Not overly sweet, this everyday cake is easily adaptable and takes advantage of just about any seasonal fruit or berry. Best served with a dusting of powdered sugar or whipped cream alongside morning coffee or an an afternoon cup of tea.

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This vibrant apple blackberry upside down cake falls into the category of weekday cake, if there is such a thing (and there should be!).

An unfussy and adaptable cake, it’s quick to come together, tames a sweet tooth without being overly saccharine, and can be made with almost any seasonal fruit or berry.

…it’s also the kind of cake that provoked our toddler to scream “more cake! more cake!” with tears in his eyes, on repeat, for longer than I’d like to admit, after he’d finished his little piece.

With a jammy, brown sugar caramel, apple-blackberry topping and moist, vanilla and cinnamon-flecked tender-crumbed center, can we really blame him? Mom tested, Henry approved.

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