It's so much fun to pick them, walking up and down the rows, looking for ripe apples.
We picked a bunch of different varieties: Macintosh, Gala, Honey Crisp, Golden Supreme, and Cortland. My favorite from last year, Macoun, wasn't ripe yet. I've been making pies for the last few years, and I like to use a mix of apples, rather than just one kind.
|I think this is Macintosh.|
Currently in my pot right now is the makings of Apple Butter. This also got really good reviews on
A Year of Slow Cooking. I added the juice of half a lemon, to help keep the color, and give it a brighter flavor. I also followed her recommendation to use less sugar. I used 3/4 cup brown, and half cup white.
This takes a while, 8 hours, then another 6, so I'll update later with the results, but I am pretty sure they will be great.
I still have half a bag of apples, so I'll probably try the recipe I used for the Strawberry Cake. And at least one pie.
I have a lot of cookies coming up soon, since apparently September and October are popular months for birthdays, and I have some cupcakes coming up too.