fall apples

A few weeks ago the family decided to go apple picking, to say the very least it was a total blast!  I just love fall and everything about this day conveyed fall to me. The brisk cool air, the falling and turning of leaves on trees, and of course harvesting apples! Once back at home we ate most of the apples but I had enough left to make some apple crisp. Since then however my parents in law have have given me about 20 lbs of apples from their backyard apple tree. I was thrilled as I was a bit sad I had not gotten the chance to do much baking with the one’s we had picked. And boy oh boy did I ever get the chance now! Let me tell you, pealing 20 lbs of apples with a toddler at your side is quite the job.

With my first batch of pealed apples I decided to make some apple butter, apple sauce and more apple crisp. Bellow are the recipes I used for the apple crisp and apples butter. I’m not too sure how healthy these recipes are for you since there is quite a bit of sugar in them but they sure are delicious!

Apple Crisp Recipe

  • 6 apples
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter (room temperature)

Peel and slice apples. Arrange in buttered 8 inch pan. Mix oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and flour. Cut in butter until crumbly. Spread over apples. Bake at 350*F for 30 minutes.

Apple Butter Recipe

  • 5 lbs. apples
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Peel, slice and core apples. Add apple juice and cook slowly until apples are soft. Once soft using a hand mixer mash em all up. Add sugar and spices and mix well. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Continue to cook, stirring often, until mixture sheets from spoon. Ladle into hot sterilized jars. Seal immediately. Yields approximately 3 pints.


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  1. April, this blog is great! I’m finally getting the chance to really read through it. What a great idea, and you guys have done such a beautiful job with it! I love the photos in this post (and all other posts), especially the one of Owen holding the apple! I hope all is well with you and that you’re settling into your new work routine. Hope to see you guys sometime soon!

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