Apples are so important to Americana that they are used to reference America. The juicy, sweet fruits grow in abundance and in not so welcoming temperatures. Without them, colonial settlers would have starved. In the 1700s in New Jersey, where there are apple orchards as abundant as tanning salons are today.
The nonalcoholic cider we have today is only made possible with the advent of refrigeration, as in times past it would have started to ferment in mere moments. Aside from mulling and drinking, cider is great when added to desserts.
Hemp was also arguably a huge part of the survival of the colonies, and if America wants to keep growing with the times, they’ll have a reconciliation with the plant, and its past. People used hemp smoke for asthma and pain back then, and we’re going to use it for that, in edible form.
Baked Apple Cider Donuts
Original recipe The Faux Martha.com
Makes 6 donuts with 10mg THC per donut estimated
- ½ cup cake flour
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- 3 Tbs cannabutter*
- ⅓ cup reduced cider
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 Tbs honey
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbs cinnamon, ground
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 vanilla pod, seeds reserved for something special
- Half of a freshly grated nutmeg berry
- Half of a whole nutmeg berry
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- ½ tsp ground clove
- 2-3 cracked cardamom pods
- 1 star anise pod
- Powdered sugar for garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour ¾ cup of cider in a small saucepan and simmer with only the whole spices from the list. In about 25 minutes it should be reduced to ⅓ cup. Strain and allow to cool. Once it’s dropped down from near boiling but is still warm, stir in cannabutter to gently melt. Then stir in honey, put aside.
Mix all dry ingredients and spices together. Make a well in the center and crack in the egg. Give it a light stir to break the yolk, and begin to add the liquid while you mix with a spatula.
Once the batter has come together, scoop the contents into a ziplock or pastry bag. Pipe into a donut pan, it should just fill it, and bake for 10 minutes, rotating after half of the time. If a toothpick comes out clean you can take them out, but don’t bake for more than 2-3 extra minutes to maintain a moist texture.
Cool the donuts all the way before removing from the pan, and if you give them a slight twist, they should release from the pan easier. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with tea or coffee.
Decarboxylate 3.5g of finely ground cannabis at 225 degrees for 20 minutes in a tightly sealed, oven safe container. Put cannabis in lidded mason jar or vacuum sealed bag with cannabis and one stick of butter. Heat in water bath just under boiling for at least 1 hour. Strain and chill to use in recipes.
Pumpkin is cool and all but apple cider was one of the first things to become distinctly American, and combining that iconic ingredient with cannabis is sure to keep your afternoons warmer.
Photos: Maria Penaloza