One of the most delicious ways to celebrate the beginning of autumn is with some scrumptious apple-accented goodies, so to get your fruity fix, try one of these treats from six local businesses that are all either owned or co-owned by women.
A cider slushie straight from the orchard is just about as good as it gets. Family owned since 1925 and currently operated by Monika and George J. Adrian, Adrian Orchards offers a downright delightful version for $1.75 that should be available until the orchard closes for the season, usually sometime in December.
Andréa and Aaron Homoya are the husband-and-wife duo behind Ash & Elm Cider Co., and they’ve just released the fall menu for their restaurant and cider bar located on the near eastside of Indianapolis. On it, you’ll find a must-try “apple cheddar skillet” side dish that features apples, blue cheddar, caramelized onions, and jowl bacon all baked in a mini skillet for $9.
And if you’re in the mood to celebrate National Apple Dumpling Day this Friday, September 17th, you can always pick up a package of ready-to-bake dumplings in the Farm Store of Tuttle Orchards in Greenfield for $7.95 a 2-pack; they’re made fresh in-store.
The team at The Flying Cupcake has topped themselves this season with their Stuckey Farm Apple Orchard cupcake. It’s a light apple spice cupcake with apple cider buttercream, crowned with a cider-glazed cinnamon donut on top. The best part? They use local Stuckey Farm apple cider in both the donut’s glaze and buttercream. You can snag one for $5.55 when they’re available from mid-September until the end of November.
Leviathan Bakehouse is currently offering a knockout Apfelstrudel Hand Pie, made with tart apple confit, toasted almonds, pecans, dried cranberries, and a stripe of almond frangipane cream. These $5 gems are freshly baked throughout the day, and should be available until Thanksgiving, when rumor has it they will be replaced with deep-dish apple pie.
Megan Ritz, owner of Classic Cakes in Carmel, is planning to release an Apple Spice Cake with Gooey Caramel Filling and Caramel Cream Buttercream as her flavor of the month in October, and it will be available for walk-in purchases in the form of both cakes ($53.25 and up) and cupcakes (starting at six for $25).
Local pastry chef Jordan Justice is whipping up her own Insta-worthy version of an apple crumb pie for $30, and it will be available until the end of autumn. To order, send her a direct message on Instagram at @jajusticebakes.
Stephanie Groves is a regular Indy Maven contributor.
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