WBEZ | Apple Haus http://www.wbez.org/tags/apple-haus Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Halloween food: Soul cakes and cider donuts http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-10-31/soul-cakes-and-cider-donuts-halloween-inspired-foods-93642 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-31/donut.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-31/DSC_0602.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 412px; " title="Cider and pumpkin donuts at Apple Haus Bakery and Cider Mill in Long Grove, Ill. (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p>Last night at the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witching_hour">witching hour</a> I couldn&#39;t sleep so I decided to read a while about <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween#Foods">Halloween foods</a>. I was surprised to learn about <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul_cake">soul cakes</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Legend has it that they were the ancestors to our Halloween candy and trick-or-treating tradition, but they carried more signficance: For every cake eaten, a soul was released from Purgatory. <a href="http://tsusanchang.wordpress.com/">T. Susan Chang</a>&nbsp;wrote&nbsp;on NPR&nbsp;in 2007 that their origin story and recipe, if there ever was a single one, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15536354">has been lost to the ages</a>.</p><p>I believe if the soul cake has a modern-day descendent, it must be the cider donut.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-31/DSC_0606.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 412px; " title="Whole cider donut at Apple Haus (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-31/DSC_0607.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 412px; " title="Cider donut crumb at Apple Haus (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p>Or perhaps even its more elusive cousin, the pumpkin donut.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-31/DSC_0603.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 412px; " title="Seasonal pumpkin donut at Apple Haus (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-31/DSC_0604.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 412px; " title="Pumpkin donut crumb at Apple Haus (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p>I&#39;ve been on a quest to find the perfect cider donut all my life. <a href="http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=16&amp;t=26064">An old thread on LTH Forum</a> revealed a few leads, but it was <a href="http://edzos.com/">Eddie Lakin, pre-Edzo&#39;s</a>, who&nbsp;conjured his childhood memory at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Long-Grove-Apple-Haus/112096415470453">Apple Haus Bakery and Cider Mill</a>&nbsp;in Long Grove, Ill. that had me counting the minutes until I could visit one morning at 10 a.m. [Update: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=375132402500185&amp;id=112096415470453">Apple Haus closed in January 2012</a>. They occasionally sell their cider donuts at local festivals. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Long-Grove-Apple-Haus/112096415470453">Follow their Facebook page</a> for news.]</p><p>You see, the Haus opens their doors then, so that&#39;s the soonest I could get them, the witching hour of donuts if you will.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-31/DSC_0609.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 412px; " title="Apple Haus in Long Grove, Ill. (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p>I could smell them in the air as I walked up. When I left, the box was still warm, as if they held a living thing.</p><p>How were they? Magical. Suprisingly small, given our modern donuts, but heavy for their size, with a slightly crisp crust, capturing a riot of tumultous autumn spices in their moist and tender crumb.</p><p>Certainly each one more than enough to save a soul, or two.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-31/DSC_0596.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 932px; " title="Warm cider donuts cooling at Apple Haus (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p></p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-10-31/soul-cakes-and-cider-donuts-halloween-inspired-foods-93642