After coming across a nighttime treat of apple cider doughnuts at Hearth, I've decided that rainy days and chilly nights are occasions to be welcomed with much enthusiasm. This is the sort of warm, breezy fall dessert that warms your soul (and rots your teeth). A duo of crisp apple cider doughnuts fried to order and glazed with a sweet finish that shines under the dim glowing lights of Hearth. The dark fried, crackly surface crunch exposes a moist and light cake doughnut, with the cider element coming though clean and strong. To finish, a quenelle of smoky maple whipped cream atop fresh apple compote. Almost makes you wish fall would last all year long.
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