100 Favorite Dishes: No. 59 -- Cider Doughnuts From Chef John Carlino

As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2011, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to Deirdra.Funcheon@BrowardPalmBeach.com.

No. 59: Cider Doughnuts from Chef John Carlino

Chef John Carlino remembers cider doughnuts as a childhood treat from his days growing up in Stratford, Connecticut. The apple groves there, open to the public, would have an apple press on-site and press the apples for fresh cider for the customer. "They'd serve these little minidoughnuts, with cinnamon-sugar coating, right there along with the fresh warm cider to dunk them in," Carlino said.

Carlino found a robotic machine that plops out the sweet circles of cakey dough, fries them in bubbling oil, then pushes them along a conveyor belt to drop into the sugaring box. Carlino and his team sell them at the Palm Beach Gardens Greenmarket on Sunday mornings. You can also find him wrapping them up at Field of Beers and other festivals around the area.

A cone of these little darlings, hot and warm, with a cup of hot coffee, and it's bliss. Stand next to an old-timer who remembers them from his youth and you get a story with them. "They're the best part -- the stories," Carlino says.

If you want to try them, you have until May 1, the last of this season's Palm Beach Gardens Greenmarket. It's Sundays at 4301 Burns Road (at Military Trail), in front of the City Hall complex, from 8 a.m to 1 p.m.

Previous 100 favorite dishes:

No. 60: Breakfast in a Pot from Tom Sawyer
No. 61: Fried Jumbo Shrimp from Betty's Soul Food

No. 62: Pastrami Sandwich from Primanti Bros.
No. 63: "Monster" Hoagie from LaSpada's Original Hoagies
No. 64: Truffled Chips from YOLO
No. 65: Black Skillet-Roasted Mussels from Timpano Chophouse
No. 66: Fish Sandwich from Lazy Loggerhead Cafe
No. 67: Fresh Tomato Pizza from Pizza Time
No. 68: Seafood Salad Sandwich from Le Tub
No. 69: Wings from Lefty's Tavern
No. 70: Sake Flight from Wild East Asian Bistro
No. 71: Croque Monsieur From Croissan'Time
No. 72: Mushroom in Tin Foil at Marumi Sushi
No. 73: Tapas Sharing Platter from Johnny V
No. 74: Cherry Crunch Donut from Dandee Donut Factory
No. 75: Brussel Sprouts from Cafe La Buca
No. 76: Linguine Vongole from Il Bellagio 
No. 77: Housemade Charcuterie from Market 17
No. 78: Crab Benedict at the Downtowner Saloon

No. 79: The Aileen Special from Undergrounds Coffeehaus
No. 80: Insalata Caprese from Fiorentina
No. 81: Angus and Brie Burger from Gilbert's 17th Street Grill
No. 82: Pulled Pork Sliders from Gratify American GastroPub

No. 83: Fagottini al Tartufo Bianco e Nero From Apicius Ristorante e Enoteca
No. 84: Guacamole from Dos Caminos
No. 85: Rock Shrimp from Bahama Mama
No. 86: The Grease Beast from Grease Burger

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