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.
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?