Saturday, September 1, 2012

Apples Galore

My mother-in-law, who lives just a few blocks away has one of the most majestic apple trees in the neighborhood.  It must be over 20 years old, and my mother-in-law admits it was the reason she bought the house.  It's the perfect climbing tree for the kids and even sports a tree swing. What's not to love about it? 

I will tell you what's not to love.  The hundreds of apples that fall from the tree daily and immediately begin to rot and turn to mush.  The man from the city who gives you a warning that if you don't clean up the apples you will get fined. 
So we have spent many a day helping our Granny out, picking up rotting apples, only to have them replaced with new fallen apples next day.  The upside is that we have gotten to pick lots of fresh apples too.  Not a bad deal.

     Martha Stewart's pie crust Pate Brisee with Bobby Flay's Apple Pie recipe. Although it was much easier, I don't I don't like this recipe as much as the recipe that sautes the apples in a little butter first.and reduces the juices. 
After so many pies this summer, I really am enjoying a good apple crumble more.  Cook's Illustrated has a great crumble recipe.  


  1. My parents do have an orchard and here in Germany you can bring your surplus on apples to a place where they will make you cider out of your apples :) yumm! And don't forget, that you can can apple sauce for winter!

    1. Thanks Tini! I just finished a batch (10 lbs) of apple sauce. I canned most of it to give away as Holiday gifts, but save some for us. I forgot how wonderful homemade applesauce is. And the kids love it too!
      Where in Germany are you from? Do you garden?