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Autumn in the Orchard

Apples, apples, apples! So many to choose from and so small time. So which is your favorite? Red Tasty are one of the most well loved eating apples, and Golden Tasty run a close second. They’re both crispy and sweet, perfect for kids’ lunches or an after-school snack.

Other apples are more tart and better for cooking and baking. Some of our family’s favorites are McIntosh, Gala, Fuji, Braeburn, Jonathon, and Granny Smith. All make fantastic pies, breads, muffins, and applesauce.

So where should you store your apples? In a cool dark place. A excellent place is in the refrigerator in a well covered container (to keep them from drying out). Make sure to handle your apples gently to avoid bruising.

Roadside apple stands are a sure sign of autumn. Apple cider, apple pie, apple crisp, I just can’t get enough. Delight in them while they’re in season for the best selection and prices, and try a couple of these recipes to delight in them to their fullest.

APPLE CRISP

4 c. tart apples, sliced

3/4 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 c. brown sugar (packed)

3/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 c. flour

1/3 c. butter, softened

1/2 c. rolled oats

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8×8-in. baking dish. Arrange apples in the pan. In a medium-sized bowl, mix remaining ingredients with a fork. Sprinkle on top of apples. Bake for about 30 minutes, until apples are tender and topping is brown.

APPLE BREAD

3 cups flour

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/4 cups oil

2 apples, chopped

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients until well blended. Pour batter into 2 greased loaf pans. Bake for about 1 hour.

BAKED APPLES

Baking apples, uniform in size

1 to 2 tbsp. brown sugar per apple

1/2 tsp. butter per apple

1 tbsp. raisins per apple (optional)

Cinnamon or nutmeg

Conventional oven:

Select some excellent baking apples that are uniform in size. Wash apples and remove the cores, but do not cut all the way down to the bottom of the apples. Peel the upper third of the stem ends of the apples. Place apples in a deep baking dish and place brown sugar and butter in the center of each apple. Sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg. Pour 1 c. water around the apples (or to a depth of ½ inch). Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

Microwave:

Wash and core apples. Cut a thin slice of apple off of the stem end. Make a shallow slit around the circumference of the apple about 1 inch from the bottom to keep the skin from shrinking while cooking. Place brown sugar, butter, raisins, and cinnamon or nutmeg in each apple. Place in a glass baking dish and cover with waxed paper. Microwave on high 6 to 10 minutes or until tender.

Originally published at Suite 101. Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of What’s for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick simple dinner thoughts. For recipes, tips to organize your home, home decorating, crafts, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative Homemaking at creativehomemaking.com creativehomemaking.com



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