The Hippo


May 30, 2020








Apple cider doughnuts from Gould Hill Farm in Contoocook. Emelia Attridge photo.

 Where to find cider doughnuts near you

• Apple Acres, 52 Searles Road, Windham, 893-8596,
• Apple Hill Farm, 580 Mountain Road, Concord, 224-8862,
• Applecrest Farm, 133 Exeter Road, Hampton Falls, 926-3721,
• The Bakeshop on Kelley Street, 171 Kelley St., Manchester, 624-3500,
• Black Forest Cafe & Bakery, 212 Route 101, Amherst, 672-0500,
• Carter Hill Orchard, 73 Carter Hill Road, Concord, 225-2625,
• Chichester Country Store, 257 Main St., Chichester, 798-5081 
• Cider Bellies Doughnuts, Moulton Farm, 18 Quarry Road, Meredith, 279-3915,
• Crosby Bakery, 51 E. Pearl St., Nashua, 882-1851, 
• DeMeritt Hill Farm, 66 Lee Road, Lee, 868-2111,
• Elwood Orchards, 54 Elwood Road, Londonderry, 434-6017, 
• Gould Hill Farm, 656 Gould Hill Road, Contoocook, 746-3811, 
• Hackleboro Orchards, 61 Orchard Road, Canterbury, 783-4248,
• Klemm’s Bakery, 29 Indian Rock Road, Windham, 437-8810,
• Lull Farm, 65 Broad St., Hollis, 465-2807, and 615 Route 13 S, Milford, 673-3119,
• Mack’s Apples, 230 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 434-7619,
• Meadow Ledge Farm, 612 Route 129, Loudon, 798-5860,
• Sunnycrest Farm, 59 High Range Road, Londonderry, 432-9652,

The doughnut demand
Apple orchards and bakeries keep up with cider doughnut cravings


Glazed, rolled in cinnamon sugar, with a hot cup of cider, milk or coffee — no matter how you like them, Granite Staters are crazy for apple cider doughnuts. 

“It’s kind of astounding really. People will wait in line for a half hour for six doughnuts,” said Lin Moulton, who prepares the cinnamon sugar cider doughnuts during the week at Carter Hill Orchard in Concord. “It’s something that we’ve done for the last several seasons and it has just caught on.”
To keep up with demand on weekends, Moulton said, a second doughnut machine has been added.
It’s the same at the Lull Farm bakery and farm stand in Hollis, says marketing coordinator Tamson Rodon. The doughnuts are baked daily and include a variety, like frosted and sugar-coated. Rodon said that pick-your-own apples and cider doughnuts have been going hand-in-hand for her customers.
“It’s almost standing room only,” she said. “There’s a synergy between the two. The change in seasons in New England, it’s just when you combine the scenery with the freshness of it all … [on a] beautiful fall day with the family on the farm it’s not just a quick visit to the farm stand.”
At Carter Hill Orchard, Moulton said that, without fail, guests make two stops for doughnuts when they come for pick-your-own.
“They come before, they buy their doughnuts, they pick, they come back. Every time,” she said.
The Bakeshop on Kelley Street may not be part of an apple orchard, but that hasn’t stopped apple pickers from ordering apple cider mini doughnuts, says owner Denise Nickerson.
“I get a lot of people that have been out apple picking and say they had to come in to get some apple cider doughnuts,” she said. “Somehow you get the whole sense of fall by eating one. The flavor just reminds you, with that cinnamon in it.”
The mini doughnuts are about the size of a golf ball at the Bakeshop on Kelley Street and are sold by the half-dozen. Nickerson also sells mulled cider to go with the doughnuts, “to complete the whole fall feeling,” she said.
“For us, we put cider in our dough and we also use it as a glaze on the outside so it totally saturates it,” Nickerson said. “The rest of the year we do our cinnamon sugar doughnuts, so that’s something completely different.”
Apple cider doughnuts are made by adding apple cider into the batter mixture. Cider does change throughout the season and becomes sweeter as the apples become sweeter, but Moulton said that doesn’t really change the flavor of the doughnut.
“The first pressing of cider is very tart, so I guess if you had one from the first pressing as opposed to the last you might notice [a change], but the progression from week to week you wouldn’t,” she said. “The apples were a little later [this year], so we started pressing cider a little later. But we’re up and running now big time.”
New Hampshire apple orchards have had a mixed year. After a harsh winter and a cold spring, some varieties haven’t been available. Many orchards have continued to offer pick-your-own, but some, like Lull Farm in Hollis, are considering closing pick-your-own earlier in the season, depending on the weather, Rodon said.
“I know some farms have said they had a horrible year, that storms destroyed their whole crop,” Moulton said. “I think we’ve had a good year. There are certain varieties that just didn’t come. I think our Golden Delicious didn’t come so well and there’s a new variety that we hoped to pick this season, Pink Lady, that didn’t come.” 
As seen in the October 16, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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