When the leaves start to turn brilliant reds, yellows & oranges, that means it’s time to take a trip to the local orchard and pick some fresh apples to do some yummy baking. Whether it’s for a family gathering, like Thanksgiving, or just because you have an afternoon that’s an “inside” kind-of-day (like yesterday was!), the smell of apples and cinnamon baking in the oven just gives you a cozy kind of feeling. A few weeks ago, I went to Frootogo Orchard in Waterdown to do some apple picking and had a pretty fun time! The trees are dwarf trees, so it’s easy to see what you’re picking, whether you’re 3 feet tall or 6 feet tall and there’s a very good variety of apples. I, and when I say “I”, I mean the kidlets, decided on picking Honeycrisp and Cortland apples. I got home and picked out a few simple recipes with my mini bushel of apples. First one, of course, was to make some yummy apple sauce – it’s a family recipe, so I wanted to see if I could make it taste just as good as I remember when I was a kid. I don’t think it was as good, but for my first crack at it, it passed the “kid test”! Plus, the aroma from the apples and cinnamon simmering on the stove filled the house!
Next, was apple crumble! Now this is definitely one of my FAVOURITE desserts…..add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and I’m in heaven! I got this delicious recipe from Martha Stewart’s website, although I chose the Apple Cranberry Crumble instead of the traditional “apple only” crumble. It was very simple to follow, didn’t take very much time at all and the pecans in the crumble added just that little extra bit of flavour. The only thing in the recipe that I changed was I used dried cranberries instead of frozen or fresh, even though she specifically said not to – I’m kind of a rebel that way 😉
There are so many different goodies to make with apples – they’re so versatile when it comes to baking and each type of apple creates a different taste too. Just a bit of advice (from personal experience), if you’re following a recipe and it calls for a certain type of apple, for example, Honeycrisp, Empire or Fuji, be sure to use that type. If you substitute the recipe with another type, like Red Delicious, your baking may not turn out the way you want it to or could even be mushy and lacking in taste.
Here’s a little humour to hold you over until my next blog – How do you make an apple turnover??…………………Push it down a hill Hahahaha 🙂