Last weekend, Boyfriend and I went to Newport, Rhode Island. We had a great time, but it poured rain. The entire weekend. Thankfully, we found lots of fun indoor things to do there like touring old mansions and visiting museums. But, on Sunday, when the weather finally seemed to be letting up, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. As soon as the clouds cleared, Boyfriend and I hopped in the car, and headed to Sweet Berry Farms, where you can pick your own fruits and veggies.
That day, they were picking apples, peaches, and pumpkins. We headed into the barn to pre-purchase the bags we would need to haul our loot. "Do you prefer apples or peaches?" asked the woman behind the counter. I looked up, paralyzed. "Um, um...." I stammered, beginning to panic. Which did I want? The apples were sure to be fantastic, but how could I pass up one last chance for stone fruit before the season ended? "I think we're going to need one of each," said Boyfriend, eying me with amusement.
We headed out into the orchard.....and it started to pour. Again.
Undeterred, we filled our bags with Empire, Jonagold, Macoun and Macintosh apples, as well as the peaches before running back to the barn for cover. We didn't get to enjoy the orchards as long as we would have liked, but I returned home with enough apples to last me for weeks.
First, I made a nubby apple cake with an amazingly high apples to dough ratio, making it perfect for breakfast, a snack or dessert.
Next, I made a quick apple sauce that will be delicious on yogurt, with granola or as an ice cream topping...if it lasts that long--I've already eaten a whole bowl full right out of the pot.
Nubby Apple Cake
3 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
1 cup sugar (next time I would reduce to 2/3)
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups chopped apples
Preheat oven to 350. Beat butter and sugar. Add egg and mix well. Sift together dry ingredients and add to wet ones. Fold in vanilla and apples. There will be more apples than dough at this point. Press dough into greased 8 x 8 square pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until golden.
Adapted from Elise at Simply Recipes
6-8 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
4 strips of lemon peel
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 cup water
2 cinnamon sticks
Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook 45-60 minutes. Remove lemon peel and cinnamon sticks. Let cool, and mash with a potato masher, fork, or whisk.