Apple Time

Kitchen Garden Apple Tree

Kitchen Garden Apple Tree

  How do I love thee? Let me count the recipes! Mid-October is prime apple time here, and the denizens of our home couldn’t be happier about that! Crisp, sweet, cool and tart. Baked, sauced, pie’d, and raw. You name it, we’ll try it. Even Cleo, our Golden Retriever, gets in on the act – she steals apples off the bottom limb of the espalier tree in the kitchen garden and eats them!

  That little tree is a trooper. Only planted four years ago and this year produced a good 3/4 of a bushel.  It’s difficult to tell from the picture, but it’s three varieties grafted onto a single trunk (think of a fence with three horizontal rails).  Two of them I remember – Fuji and Gala – but I lost the marker with the other variety’s name. Oh, well. they’re all good! I’m especially thankful for it this year, as the two mature trees in the yard fell victim to marauding squirrels. Those critters have no concept of  sharing!

 Made an apple crisp last night to go with a big pot of chili – a perfect way to ride-out the first Nor’easter of the season. (No snow for us down here on the coast, but other parts of the state got a few flakes.) I’d love to hear your favorite apple recipes, too. Please, share them in the comments!

 Easy Apple Crisp

Topping:

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup oatmeal

1 tsp cinnamon

6 tbsp butter  at room temperature

Filling:

3 cups apples, peeled, cored and chopped

3 tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp granulated sugar

Toss filling ingredients together and place in a pie plate or baking dish. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, stir brown sugar, oatmeal and cinnamon together with a dash of salt until combined. Add soft butter and squish into oatmeal mixture with your hands until thoroughly incorporated.

Sprinkle topping over apples. Bake at 375 for 35 – 45 minutes.

It’s also great for breakfast with a little plain yogurt.

 

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