Sunday, October 20, 2013

Jersey Fresh: Apples!



The air is crisp and cool, with a hint of the aroma of a wood burning stove...it is officially apple-picking season!
It's a great feeling climbing apple trees, trying to get the best fruit, taking that first bite of a sun ripened juicy handpicked apple.

Aren't they tempting?
This past weekend we went to Battleview Orchards and picked a little over 40 lbs of apples. We picked a nice assortment of Fuji, Staymen Winesap, Granny Smith, Golden and Red Delicious.

Kishore carrying the goods.
So now the question is... What to do with 40 lbs of apples!?

Let's start with the basic and work from there.



For Apple Chips:

Easy 2 step recipe, with addictive results!

1. Preheat your oven to 275 F. Wash and dry 3 apples. Slice them thinly using either a knife or a mandolin.
2. Place them separately and evenly spaced on a baker's sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the oven for 90 minutes, after 60 minutes turn them.

Allow them to cool and enjoy!



Next up....

For Apple Butter:
The first time I had apple butter was at a bed and breakfast in Virginia. It was served on homemade whole wheat toast with hand churned butter, it was absolutely delicious.
Here is my more spiced up version:


Ingredients
4 lbs Apples, cored and quartered
1 cup Raw Honey*
1/2 cup Apple Cider
2 Cinnamon sticks
1/2 tsp Ground Cardamom
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Allspice
*Vegan- Agave Nectar










Directions
1. Put all the ingredients together into a stockpot on the stove on low, and stir well to coat the apples.
2. Allow to cook on the stove on low for about 3 hours, periodically stirring.
3. Once the Apples have cooked down, turn off the heat and allow to cool.
4. After the mixture has cooled, use a blender or food processor to puree the fruit. At this stage you have applesauce.
5. Pour the puree back into the stockpot and cook uncovered for another 1 hour. Add more ground spices if needed.

It can be used right away, or you can can it for later use.
It can also be used in the next recipe....

For the Rustic Apple Galette:

This is a simple and quick recipe that always has a pleasing result, and it is easier then apple pie.

For the crust:
Ingredients
2 cups of All purpose Flour
1/4 tsp of salt
1 1/2 sticks of Cold Unsalted Butter, cut into cubes*
2 Tblsp of cold water

For the Filling:
Ingredients
4 Apples, Cored and cut into slices
1 tsp Grated Lemon Peel
3 Tblsp Apple Butter
The juice of 1 Lemon
Whole Milk*
Powdered Sugar

*Vegan- Vegetable shortening; Almond Milk

Directions
1. Blend flour and salt then add butter and blend in a food processor until mix resembles coarse meal. 
2. Add 2 tablespoons of water and blend just until dough begins to stick together.
3. Gather dough into ball and flatten into disk using your hands. Wrap in plastic and chill for 1 hour. 
4. Roll out dough to  about 1/8-inch-thick round, 14 inches in diameter. I like to use a 9" pan to cut a circle in the dough. Then transfer the dough to a baking sheet.  Preheat oven to 450°F
5. Combine the Apple slices, 1 tablespoon Apple Butter, Lemon juice and Lemon peel in a bowl; make sure the apples are covered. 

6. Spread the remaining Apple Butter over the crust crust, leaving about a 1 1/2-inch border.

7. Arrange apple slices in circles on top of the Apple Butter, overlapping slightly.

8. Fold the crust border over apples.

9. Brush crust with milk and sprinkle crust edges and apples with remaining powdered sugar.
 

10. Bake for 20-30 minutes until crust is golden. 
11. Remove from oven and let stand at least 10 minutes. 


Cut into slices and serve warm or at room temperature.
Whipped cream is always a nice addition.

Enjoy! 

Tell me which of these recipes would you like to try...


2 comments:

  1. Loved this weeks blog. I want apple everything. NOMS!!!

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  2. The apple chip recipe is very enticing,and I am inspired to try it and share the results with family and friends.

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