Nothing says fall in New England like a walk through one of nature’s most autumnal settings, that of a local apple orchard. The gnarled trunks and reaching branches dotted with brilliant red, sweet handfuls of apples just waiting to be plucked.

And one of the best things to do with apples? Make cider. And then, after quaffing some of this sweet elixir, it’s time…to make some cider donuts!

The apple cider donut is the culmination of all that is great about a New Hampshire fall. Apples, cinnamon, cider, butter – it’s all there in the cider donut experience. Throw in cool sunny days with family and good friends and you’ve got a recipe for a good time.

You simply must try your hand at a home-cooked cider donut at least once before you can call yourself a true New Englander. Here’s a localized recipe from NH Magazine that outlines all the steps in detail. Be sure to get top quality local cider and boil it down yourself into a gooey, tangy syrup.

And while it certainly is easy enough to make them on your own, they always seem to taste better when procured at a local farm – preferably when collecting decorative pumpkins and gourds. Throw in a hayride and you have New England nirvana.

Rumor has it a terrific cider donut can be obtained at the Harrisville General Store and there are many local orchards and farms in easy travel distance from Keene. We love Homestead Farms in Walpole and Allen Brother’s Farm Stand in Westminster, VT.

Since there’s no way to tie donuts back to your job search, all we can say is that fall in New Hampshire is one of the best times of the year, we’d rather be here than anywhere else. We would love to hear about your favorite cider donut stashes in the comments!