Monday, September 27, 2010

A Jollay Good Time

We came, we saw and we picked apples all over the Jollay Orchard yesterday. The weather was more than beautiful and the crop itself was plentiful. We filled our baskets...sorry, our bushels with Red and Golden Delicious, McIntosh and Cortland apples.

Ever eat a Cortland apple? They're super tart with just a hint of sweetness. And they're surprisingly delicious in every which way. I don't think they'll replace Fujis and Galas in the favorites department, but they're worthy of eating if you get the opportunity.

Goldens are nice, too. (As I'm sure you already know.) All the good ones were at the top of the trees, so I had Jason test out his climbing skills while I continued to scout out the lower limbs. You never know when (or where) you'll find the perfect apple. To be honest, I think we found an entire orchard of perfect apples. And perfect memories. Visual proof:

In the end, I picked about $23 worth of apples. Never have I ever had this many apples in my kitchen, and I fully intend to use every single one of them before they go bad. I've already baked a pie, and I have plans for apple butter and caramel apple cookies. And afternoon snacks that involve an apple and some nut butter. Jason? Well, he just likes to eat them plain which surprises no one. My husband, the traditionalist. Perhaps my baking will change his mind.

The apple pie I spoke of. First piece, which looks more like apple crumble. Why can't the first piece of a pie come out nicely? It always looks like a gigantic mash of mess. Maybe it's just the nature of the almond-based crust. Regardless, it was delicious. Not runny at all, which never happens when I make a pie. Only thing missing? Some vanilla ice cream. (I know, I'm a personal trainer. I shouldn't be suggesting such a thing.)

Question: How do you like your apples?


Unknown said...

hahahaha!! How is anyone supposed to answer that question seriously?? Beautiful pictures, T! I wish we had days as gorgeous that one looks down in HOT, HUMID Florida!

Unknown said...

You will love this recipe...and I'm sure you can toss in some chia and flax to make it even more delicious (and nutritious)...

Apple Walnut Brownies
1/2 cup of butter
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
2 diced smallish to medium apples (crisp Granny Smith apples are best and I find that bite size pieces are best)
1/2 cup crushed walnuts
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon

1) Preheat oven to 175C (350F)
2) In a bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and egg until puffy
3) Fold in apples and walnuts
4) In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, bs, bp, and cinnamon
5) Stir dry mixture into wet mixture until well blended.
6) Bake in a 9x9 GREASED pan for 35 minutes.

Cashews are also delicious with this! Enjoy!

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