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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Chef Karen:  It’s Fall…….  2 things that certainly make Fall a great one are: Apple Cider and Apple Cider Donuts.  When I think of those tasty Fall treats, I’m taken back to my days of living in Michigan.  So, I was quite happy when I came across this recipe. The thing I’d say is to make sure you have the donut pan.  I had a hard time finding one but victory ensued and I bought 2 – one for me, one for Chef Jonathan.  Once you find your pan, go to town making these donuts.  The recipe is easy; it can be found here: Baked Apple Cider Donuts and I really like these because they are baked and not fried in awful oil!  I consider them to be health….ier 🙂 i did double up on the spices.  I felt it wasn’t enough for the recipe.  I also left off the frosting and went right for “dipped in cinnamon sugar”.  These were a definite hit and a great addition to my Fall memories.  I’ll make them, again.

Apple Cider Donuts

Chef Jonathan: First off, I have never baked donuts before so this was a first for me, but I think this is a great recipe for donuts of any kind. Simply change the seasoning and frosting and you can create any combination you prefer. I couldn’t find any apple cider yet at my local market, so I increased the seasoning a bit of the cinnamon, allspice, and cloves. I also over-glazed and over-sugared the donuts because, well why not eh? I also love the idea of baking in the oven as opposed to deep-frying, it’s not only healthier, I actually find it easier and less messy. Again, I think this is a great recipe for donut first-timer like myself, and I will definitely be using this recipe again.

appleciderdonut

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Chocolate Lasagna

Chef Karen: When I saw this picture on Facebook, I KNEW we had to make this.  Whomever I got it from did a great sell-job with it.  I found it fairly easy to make but not an amazing dessert. It’s quite similar to many others and I told Chef Jonathan that I gave it a 7 out of 10.  It wasn’t horrible, just “ok”.  One issue I had was how to store it.  I was afraid if I left it in the fridge it would get soggy.  I stored it in the freezer. I had to wait quite awhile for it to thaw out enough to eat it.  Kinda frustrating. Here’s the link to the recipe: Chocolate Lasagna.  Maybe you’ll like it better than I did.

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Two words: Chocolate Lasagna. This is a great concept for a dessert but similar to Chef Karen’s views on it, the recipe was lacking a bit. In order for it to be a ‘lasagna’, I tend to think it should have more layers to it, but it’s still yummers none-the-same. I do like the cream cheese layer though, I think that sort of pulls all the flavours together and makes it not too rich, but nice and creamy. So, give it a go and try out this recipe, but maybe just make a few changes to let it suit your particular cravings.

Chocolate Lasagna