Apple treesin the spring we love to see them blossom, in the summer their green leafy shade provides respite from the summer sun, the little green apples hold a promise, and in the fall the promise is fulfilled with sweet, crisp apples ready to be picked. You can pick some up at a pick-your-own farm, and stop at the farmers market to get a couple of gallons of apple cider as well. But its easy to get a little carried away, so the counters in your kitchen end up overloaded with two gallons of cider and three different varieties of apples! So today, we want to share some great ways to use all those apples.
Applesauce because it goes great with pork chops, or on pancakes, or for dessert, sprinkled with a little bit of cinnamon of course.
Apple Dumplings Delicious and easy to make. Enjoy!
Apple Cobbler Just like grandma used to make.
For the longer term, you can dry apples and or make and preserve homemade apple pie filling.
Drying ApplesApple Pie Filling
Ah, a slice of warm apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Sounds heavenly. And what are apples without caramel? Heres a super easy caramel recipe to try. And, to drizzle it over apple pie or to make caramel apples, leave out the last two minutes of cooking and dip the apples (slide a popsicle stick into the bottom of an apple for easy dipping) into the caramel. Then roll them in finely chopped pecans and place them on waxed paper to cool.
1 cup butter
1 cup light corn syrup
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2 1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Butter baking dish (I used a 9x13 glass baking pan).
Put all ingredients, except vanilla, in large microwave safe bowl:
1 - Heat on high five minutes; stir
2- Heat on high five minutes; stir
3- Heat on high five minutes; stir
4- Heat on high TWO minutes; stir
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla (and finely chopped pecans if you want them). Pour into buttered pan; let cool two hours. Cut into pieces and wrap in waxed paper.
And with all of that apple cider, it becomes a moral imperative to throw an apple-themed party! Wassaila.k.a. hot spiced ciderwill be the perfect beverage to serve at the party. You can use the clubhouse to throw your own partyapples are optional. Write a comment and let us know how it turns out.