Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Fruits of our Labors

Since I felt it was equally important to share with my children not only the joys of journeying to the farm to pluck (and perhaps even taste!) your own ripe apples off their branches, but also the joys of cooking with the harvest; I now present to you the plethora of apple products cooked up on the ark over the last week.

Caramel Apples

The girls used this recipe. Be careful, though, there were a few minor hot caramel related injuries.

An old family favorite from our German neighbor at my childhood home is for Apple Crumb Pie. There is no simpler recipe that has such a sweet result or such a delicious crumb topping and when vanilla ice cream or whipped cream is added this dessert could take any other fall favorite hands down.

In a bowl, combine:
2/3 c. sugar
2 T. flour
3/4 t. cinnamon
8-10 (or more) sliced tart apples

Pour mixture into an unbaked 9" pie crust (I used frozen store bought ones) making sure apples are "heaped" in a pile.

1/2 c. flour
1/4 c. sugar (I like a mixture of brown and white sugars)
1/4 c. butter
Mix together until crumbly. Spread over apples.

Place pie(s) on a cookie sheet (unless you are particularly fond of the smell of burning sugar) and bake at 400F for 45-50 mins.

If it begins to brown too much on top before finished, cover loosely with a foil tent.

And for my own enjoyment, this year I decided, why stop at traditional applesauce when with just a little more cooking, I could have apple butter; which I'm hearing goes very well with pancakes. Here's the recipe I used (including the canning instructions).

To those of you who live locally, kindly humor me and act surprised when you receive a basket with pancake mix and apple butter this Christmas...

Amazingly enough, I STILL have a peck of apples left. Any other great apple recipes to share?



You are really killing me with all these fresh, yummy apple recipes. Especially me being pregnant and all! I agree that there's nothing better than an apple picked right off the tree(and eaten right away). I think I may steal the apple crumble pie recipe. I just cant get that picture out of my head! Enjoy all your treats :o)

Becky said...

Yum, yum, yum! I have a box of apples in my garage right now waiting to make apple butter. I LOVE really spicy apple butter. It's good on plain yogurt as well as pancakes.

patjrsmom said...

You must be at the "feeling better" stage in your pregnancy now since you're talking about eating again...I highly recommend the apple crumb pie (make one just for yourself-I mean you ARE pregnant after all!)

patjrsmom said...

I will definitely be trying it with yogurt. What are you doing with all your apples?


Eileen said...

Hi, Jane!

I'm returning your kind visit from a couple days ago. :) Adoption was kind of a "surprise" turn in our family life--as in, we never expected to go that route, but once we did, once wasn't enough! :)

Your family is beautiful, and your recipes sound yummy. If I could only keep fresh apples around long enough to actually do anything with them, besides eat them--we've gone through more than 2 peck in the last month, just chomping away!

(We've very full and content, but it hasn't kept the doctor away, unfortunately!!) :)


Therese said...

My mum use to make a apple pie like that but we called it Lazy man's apple pie because it was so easy.

scmom said...

I posted some recipes a few weeks ago on my food blog. Yesterday I made Apple Dumplings and will post pictures later. Yum!

patjrsmom said...

That is funny and so true about this pie!


patjrsmom said...

I am heading over to your food blog right now to check out the recipes! Thanks for the reminder-I always remember to check your main blog, but don't always remember the food one. Thanks again, apple dumplings sound yummy!