We finally made our yearly trip to the orchard last week. The trip had been postponed for one reason or another and I have to admit that I was a bit nervous as we made the drive over.
We’ve had some brisk autumn winds along with frosty nights and even a sprinkling of snow. I was afraid that we might have missed our apple-picking opportunity all together.
But, to my relief, the trees were still loaded!
The orchard owner confirmed that this year has been a bumper drop. His storage bins are full to the brim and there are still trees that haven’t been picked at all.
We came home with boxes and baskets of apples.
We love to eat them fresh, especially a new variety that we tried this year – Jona Gold. They are so sweet and juicy!
And of course, I am making apple sauce, delicious as an easy dessert and a perfect complement to a pork roast dinner.
I love the way the light reflects through the dessert dish.
I’ll leave you with my mother’s recipe for another favourite family dessert ~ Apple Crisp. It’s a little different than the usual apple crisp recipes – my mother never used oatmeal. I like this recipe better than any other I’ve tried, but then… I may be slightly biased 🙂
Preheat oven to 350 F. ( My oven is a bit hot so I actually bake it at 325 F.)
Grease a 9 by 13 pan and then fill with sliced apples.
I use Cortland apples because my mom said they are good for baking but I think any juicy variety will do. Notice the honey in the center of that apple?
- 9 T. margerine (or butter if you’re feeling extravagant)
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 and 1/2 cups brown sugar
- and 1 tsp vanilla
Spread crumble over the apples
Bake until crumble is light golden brown and apples are tender. Around 30 min.
And that’s it! It’s so simple.
Delicious hot with a scoop of French Vanilla ice-cream – equally good served cold with thick yellow cream.
I prepared this one early Sunday morning for a family dinner later that afternoon. You can pop it in the oven while you are eating your dinner and by the time the meal is finished, the crisp is ready to serve.
Doesn’t that look like a still life in the morning light?
except I have this irresistible urge to brush the crumbs off the end of the dish
I may have problems …
Hope you enjoy!