On the weekend in the Hudson Valley, the sky is azure blue, the wind is crisp and the bright red orbs are everywhere. Traffic is heavy as people rush to satisfy their autumnal apple fix.
At a busy farm stand, the aroma of warm apple cider doughnuts draws me in for a sample.
I return from the Hudson Valley laden with pink Fuji apples. Beyond the obvious portable snack, how best to enjoy my cache?
My excursion included a stop at Tuthilltown Distillery in Gardiner -- the first whiskey distillery in New York State in over 80 years -- for a sampling of their Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey.
It seems an Apple Bourbon Cake would be the perfect culinary incarnation of my Hudson Valley sojourn. The recipe from the New York Apple Association proves a lovely project for a lazy autumn afternoon.
Chunks of apples and walnuts are drenched in a healthy amount of bourbon. The Baby Bourbon adds notes of warm vanilla and caramel – with just a dash of hooliganism - and the deeply burnished cake is sweet and intoxicating, just like a day spent outdoors amidst the orchards of the Hudson Valley.
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