I’ve been to Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury, MA before. And every time there’s been a line out the barn for their famous apple cider doughnuts. Now I have a strict policy on waiting in lines, so in all my previous visits I resisted the temptation. But like they say, if people are waiting, it must be good.
So this past weekend, on an early fall apple picking session when the line was only around the corner inside, it was an obvious decision to sample the specialty. The doughnuts cost sixty cents and are freshly made right in front of your eyes with an old school conveyor belt fryer. They come off the oil and directly into a tub of cinnamon sugar. A few tosses, then right onto a tray for the pastry case. I snagged two and headed outside to savor the sweet.
Immediately, you notice the warmth of the dough, fresh from the fryer. Second, upon a diesel bite, you get a nice crisp crunch on the outside and a cirrus-like lightness inside. The cinnamon sugar coating gives a nice sweetness without being overpowering. The cider flavor of the dough is extremely subtle and I would have liked to have more apple essence. I hoovered both donuts and could have easily had ten more.
I can see why people wait for for these things. They’re freshly made, cheap and better than any donut chain. I’ll definitely be back for more–just on off hours during non-peak season.