Sunday, September 15, 2013

Apple Picking Day

We always try to go apple picking every fall.  Last year we went while we were camping, so not to our usual place.  This year we returned to our usual haunt, and tried to get there early enough to make it enjoyable.  It claimed it opened at 10 am, but we got there at 9:55 and the place was already full of cars.  However, the apples were plentiful and we filled almost the whole half-bushel with honey-crisps.  In the past we've been limited to 8 or 10 honey-crisps.  It took less than 20 minutes to fill our bag.  Once the apples were safely stashed in the car, we had cider donuts, ran in the hay bale maze, oohed and ahhed at the bunnies, and went home.

Once we got home I made a double batch of apple cake but put it in 4 loaf pans and now I have 3 loaves of apple bread in the freezer and one for tonight.  Then I made a tabouli salad from the farm share tomatoes, parsley, and scallions.  Then I made a batch of applesauce from the honey-crisps:  12 apples, 1 cup water and then, after everything went through the food mill, I added 3/4 cup honey.  So now it's honeyed honey-crisp applesauce.  Mmm.

Then we made caramel apples (and pear, for the apple-allergic) and devoured them.  Good thing we only do that once a year!

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