Thursday, October 8, 2009

Apples, Apples, Apples

We are so excited to have apples this year. If you have an apple tree, you know that they produce heavily every other year-- and this is the year!

Two years ago, I had new-baby-brain and when asked by a neighbor "Can we have some apples?" I answered, "take as many as you'd like."

The neighbor brought a truck, an apple picker and several friends. They cleaned my tree. And left me enough wormy apples to clean and cut into a pie. One of the wives brough me half an apple quickbread loaf and a pint of apple jelly (from someone else's apples).


Would you have cleaned an apple tree or would you have taken a few grocery bags?

Being extremely grateful this yearThis year, we're taking full advantage of our lovely apple tree. The variety, Winter Banana, has a very light colored skin, with a little blush to them. And they are wonderful for eating, sauce, pie. Not overly sweet, but crunchy and not too tart, they are now my favorite type of apple.

We've been trying to wash, core, peel and then do something with the apples every night.

On Monday we froze bags of apples, last night Eric made gallons of apple sauce and then boiled the  peels/cores in stock pot of water, then strained makes a wonderful apple cider. And you've used all of the the apple, the mush from the strained apples will go to feed the chickens, or our friends pigs.

Any good apple recipes? I'm dying to try something new.

Though I've had two requests today for apple crisp. We're going to be baking up a storm this weekend-- which sounds amazing.


Wendy said...

How about apple butter.

Anonymous said...

something that sounds interesting... haven't tried it myself but it is kid friendly! it's for apple bubble soda...
let me know how it goes if you try it?

emily said...

there's a great apple streusel pie recipe i got from dee @ our little love nest. you can link to the recipe on my blog (see the left hand column with the photo of food). i'm so jealous! all those apples look amazing!

Aubrey said...

I saw a really good recipe not long ago for apple-pear sauce. I'll have to see if I can find the link.

And "take as many as you like" means in one armful, not bring in heavy equipment. Silly neighbors.

erin said...

apple crisp is definitely on my list of things to make this weekend!

Wendy said...

I know everyone is saying apple crisp - but I've made a million and this is one of my favorite recipes! The crumble on top is so good! And I agree, your neighbor seems to be lacking some basic social etiquette :)

Missy said...

I totally remember that day when we looked outside and most of you apples were gone. So sad! Who knew they would take you so literally. Miss you!

jodi said...

big fan of apple dumplings and this super amazing crunchy caramel pecan apple pie.
yes please.....

i can get you the hook up if you desire.

Heather said...

We love apple turnovers with puff pastry. We just cook cubed apples until soft with honey and spices, and then take 5x5" or larger squares of puff pastry and add the filling. Close into a triangle, brush with egg yolk, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and bake at 350 until golden brown.

Enjoy all those wonderful apples

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