Have A Seat 2024

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St. Joseph Center’s Bread and Roses Café is a doorway of trust that provides unhoused Angelenos nourishing meals in a warm, homestyle dine-in setting. Due to rising food costs, the Café needs your support to keep running as hundreds of meals are prepared daily for those in need who rely on us.

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Bread and Roses Café and Chef James Cunningham provide more than hundreds of meals daily to the unhoused. ABC7 Morning Show celebrates Chef James of Bread and Roses Café with reporter Marc Cota-Robles.

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Bread and Roses Café Apple Donuts

Recipe by Chef James Cunningham

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Please enjoy this special Apple Donuts recipe below by Chef James Cunningham proudly served at Bread and Roses Café!


Yields 10-12 Donuts

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 medium-sized apples, peeled, cored, and finely chopped

Oil for frying (vegetable or canola oil) Powdered sugar for dusting

1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt until well combined.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla extract until smooth.

3. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Be careful not to over mix, as this can result in a dense donut texture.

4. Gently fold in the finely chopped apples into the batter, making sure they are evenly distributed.

5. Heat oil in a deep fryer or a large pot to 350°F (175°C).

6. Using a donut cutter or two different-sized round cookie cutters, cut out donut shapes from the dough. Hand shape donuts into small rounds if you don’t have a donut cutter.

7. Carefully drop donuts into the hot oil, frying a few at a time, being cautious not to overcrowd the pot. Fry each donut for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown.

8. Once cooked, remove the donuts from the oil using a slotted spoon or tongs and transfer them onto a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess oil.

9. Allow the donuts to cool slightly, then dust them generously with powdered sugar.

10. Serve the apple donuts warm and enjoy!

Note: These apple donuts are best enjoyed on the day they are made. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days.

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About Chef James Cunningham

Hailing from North Andover, MA, Chef James Cunningham’s passion for cooking started early in his family’s bakery. Following culinary school, James worked in various restaurants, including a stint in Maine and Provincetown, MA, where he mastered becoming a “New England seafood pasta chef.” James eventually worked under Food Network star and Executive Chef Michele Raussis. Through Michele’s mentorship, James became inspired to make a difference with his craft and learned about a career opportunity at Bread and Roses Café. He drove across the country to give back to the nonprofit organization St. Joseph Center, tackling poverty and homelessness in Los Angeles.

Currently, James is working as Head Chef and Program Manager at St. Joseph Center’s Bread and Roses Café, serving over 200+ homemade meals daily to unhoused neighbors. He continues to share his knowledge of cooking by leading a hands-on Culinary Training Program that educates low-income adults in kitchen safety, culinary techniques, and professional and life skills to help them obtain jobs in the food service industry.

St. Joseph Center is grateful for Chef James’s contribution to Bread and Roses Café and our community.