My husband just LOVES apples! You’ve probably heard the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Well, he certainly eats at least one apple every day. Maybe even two, or sometimes three. Actually, last weekend we went to a local apple orchard, and I swear he ate five. Honestly! September and October is certainly apple time in our part of the United States. Every year we can’t resist going to the orchard when they are in season, and picking two big canvas bags worth. The price was good, but because of the weight, we spent almost $50 total for those filled sacks. Good grief! What are we to do with all of the apples? Even my hubby can’t manage to eat them up too quickly.
My husband has his clear favorite apples varieties (Jonathan and Macoun), but the orchard we go to has several types, some ready to pick earlier than others. What is your favorite type of apple?
Do you have an apple orchard near you? Not sure? Visit https://www.orangepippin.com/orchards to find a list of orchards throughout the USA. There are limited listings of orchards in other countries, as well. Sometimes they provide you with bags. We bring our own canvas bags that are sturdy enough to carry the huge loads. Call your local orchard to check what they have in season and when. It may differ by state. Some orchards even have seasonal festivals that are fun for kids and adults.
Warm apple cider, cider donuts, apple pie, apple crisp, applesauce, the sky is almost the limit! What is your favorite apple concoction? Do you like apples with cinnamon, and maybe whipped cream or vanilla ice cream? Or do you just eat the apples raw?
Just in case you have some apples on hand, and don’t know how to use them, below you can find a few of my favorite apple recipes. The hyperlinks go to my recipe box on Taste of Home’s website.
Jewish Apple Cake
My family isn’t Jewish, but my mother received this recipe from a Jewish work friend who said it was a favorite in her family. We loved it, too. It is the type of cake you bring to a party and get raves about. The recipe has probably traveled a bit because it was so often requested. Once I made two of these cakes so I could sell pieces at my autumn garage sale with hot cinnamon infused apple cider. Instead of buying pieces, two women asked to buy the whole cakes. Well, actually my husband and I luckily each ate a piece from one before the second cake sold. Yes, the second cake sold partially eaten. It’s a rather big cake that feeds a lot of people. We like to eat it for breakfast or dessert. Click Jewish Apple Cake to find the recipe.
My husband is a Czech, and apple strudel is popular there, as well as other countries in Central Europe. You may have even had apple strudel where you live, since it’s such a popular dessert. My Czech mother-in-law used to make the strudel dough from scratch, which is a very complicated task requiring a lot of practice. I tried making the dough once, but failed miserably. Instead, I make it with phyllo dough. In the USA, you can find phyllo dough in the freezer section of the store usually near puffed pastry dough or frozen pie shells. Definitely eat it with whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream, as you prefer. Click Apple Strudel to find my recipe.
The final recipe I’ll post is one that seems the simplest. Have you ever had compote? Compote is a dish consisting of stewed fruit, usually cooked in a syrup or with sugar and spices. Click Old Fashioned Apple Compote to see my recipe, which is a great way to use large numbers of apples. There is a lot of peeling and slicing to be done. Grab a friend or spouse to help with this one. I tend to use the lesser amount of sugar in the recipe, because my husband loves the sweetness of the apples to also shine. We usually use Jonathan or Macoun apples. Tarter apples may need more sugar. It has just a touch of cinnamon, but the main secondary star is lemon peel. You peel the lemon’s zest off with a vegetable peeler and then cut it into small squares. The cooking not only softens the apples, but the lemon peel, too. We find it to be a lovely taste combination! It tastes good warm, but even better chilled, in our opinions. We make so much of it that we freeze some in freezer bags. That makes for a nice treat in the winter.
Enjoy your apples!