Happy Holidays to everyone! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with warmth and cheer. Nothing makes me feel warm and fuzzy more than enjoying some bread pudding, seasonal beer, and good company on a winter evening.
I’m going to try and keep this one short and sweet. Many of you have never heard of the Apple House because you don’t live anywhere near Front Royal, VA. The Apple House is a small restaurant that features delicious apple baked goods, and they are famous for their fresh baked Apple Butter Cinnamon Donuts, which have been made the same way since 1963. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend stopping through at the Apple House to pick up some of these delicious beauties.
It will come as no surprise to you, based on the fact that you’re reading this blog, that every now and then the Apple House creates a bread pudding from left over donuts. As it turns out, if your girlfriend happens to write a blog about bread pudding, and you bring her surprise bread pudding from the Apple House, you will earn a lot of points.*
*Points issued by girlfriend have no monetary value but can sometimes be redeemed for a beer or two at Dogfish Head, depending on girlfriend’s mood.
The bread pudding from Apple House is very compact and heavy due to the hearty texture of the donuts, so a small slice is all one can really handle. However, the flavor is quite enjoyable, with strong notes of apple and cinnamon and just a hint of maple. The texture is cake-y, and it does not pull apart as lightly as one would expect. The entire mass comes smothered in sugary glaze, which seeps into the pudding when warmed up. Due to the sugar of the donuts and the added glaze, the overall taste is quite sweet, almost overwhelmingly so. If you’re sugar-averse, this probably isn’t the dish for you. I can pretty much live off of sugar and butter, so I thought it was thoroughly enjoyable.
That’s all I’ll write about this particular bread pudding, except to say that I would happily eat this any day of the week.
Sean reviewed the Stone Brewing Enjoy By 12.26.2014, which was bottled on November 21, 2014. This beer is unique in that it is not supposed to be aged. I love the text on the bottle:
“You have in your hands a devastatingly fresh double IPA. While freshness is a key component of many beers – especially big, citrusy, floral IPAs – we’ve taken it further, a lot further, in this IPA. You see, we specifically brewed it NOT to last. We’ve not only gone to extensive lengths to ensure that you’re getting this beer in your hands within an extraordinarily short window, we made sure that the Enjoy By date isn’t randomly etched in tiny text somewhere on the label, to be overlooked by all but the most attentive of retailers and consumers. Instead, we’ve sent a clear message with the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than right now to enjoy this IPA.”
Although I have some notes here, I will post with Sean’s full review soon. Or never. There’s about a 50/50 shot that I will remember to do this. Here’s a beer wheel!