Here's What to Do with Extra Apple Cider Doughnuts

Just in time for your trip to the orchard, learn two new ways to put apple cider doughnuts to work.
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Photo by: Jason DeCrow ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Jason DeCrow, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

You went apple picking this weekend, and not only did you score a bushel of fresh-from-the-orchard apples, but you also grabbed a gallon of cider and a dozen cider doughnuts. After polishing off a few doughnuts on the car ride home — and a few more before and after dinner that night — what's left to do with the extras? Enter The Kitchen. On this morning's all-new episode, Sunny Anderson and Katie Lee introduced two brand-new ways to put leftover doughnuts to work; both ways are easy and guaranteed to please your sweet-tooth cravings.

Just when you think that everyday bread pudding can't get any more indulgent, Sunny's Apple Cider Doughnut Bread Pudding raises the stakes with a custard laced with pumpkin pie spice — and a base of doughnuts, of course. If you don't have apple cider doughnuts on hand, pumpkin spice doughnuts or even the plain variety will work, Sunny notes. She bakes doughnut pieces with the spiced custard, chewy dried cranberries and chopped pecans for texture, then serves the bubbly mixture while it's still warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for added richness.

Photo by: Jason DeCrow ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Jason DeCrow, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Think of Katie's Apple Cider Panini as a dessert sandwich: She slices the doughnut in half to act as the two slices of bread, then layers a mixture of creamy ricotta cheese, tart apples and a drizzle of honey for complementary sweet-tart tastes. For an added dose of fall flavor, a sprinkle of cinnamon rounds out the dish, which Katie cooks on a panini press until golden brown.

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