FROM AUGUST THROUGH OCTOBER, the natural symphony outside has the oddest percussion section: Thud. Plunk. (Short silence.) Thud-thud-thud-plunk. (Long silence.) Thud. That’s the sound of apples picking themselves, giving in to gravity, buckets and bins full daily from my giant trees. The word for fallen fruit is windfalls—and indeed, they are my great good fortune, my frequent breakfast or dessert. All I had to do was love the ancient trees with regular pruning, and they delivered more than enough material for all that—and for this week’s Fall Fest topic: apples. Want some great recipes from my co-conspirators?
I admit it: I was too busy making applesauce to cook up anything else for you today. Mea culpa. But I do put up 40 or so containers a year, so it’s no small feat. Those are just two days of windfalls (top photo) waiting by the door for their chance to become sauce, or even easier, juice, thanks to my old Acme juicer—and it freezes well, too; just leave lots of headroom for the liquid to expand, and use straight-sided and/or wide-mouth freezer-safe jars. More on freezing in glass jars here.
Because I know my apples are not sprayed, I don’t peel when juicing or making applesauce—except to remove serious blemishes. For sauce, I simply quarter and core the fruit, and pile it up in a covered spaghetti-sized pot with barely a coating of water in the bottom, and cook on low until it all breaks down. You could also use a slow cooker. A potato masher helps once things are softened, but I don’t blend, either—a matter of personal choice. I like mine chunky, and pink (above). The red skins provide the dye.
So if you’re looking for me, knock on the kitchen door–or maybe I’ll be up a tree out back, between batches. My lichen-covered old guys are more than 40 feet in diameter, with plenty of good places for me to sit comfortably and think. Now for the really good Fall Fest recipes:
This Week’s Links: Apple Delights
- Todd and Diane at White on Rice Couple: Apple picking, and Broiled Leeks with Apple Vinaigrette
- Marilyn at Simmer Till Done: Louisa May Alcott’s Apple Slump
- Alana at Eating from the Ground Up: Apple pie and its place in her family religion
- Caron at San Diego Foodstuff: Remaking The Silver Palate Cookbook’s Medieval Apple Tart
- Alison at Food2: 22 Awesome Ways to Use Your Apples
- Michelle at Cooking Channel: Apple Dessert Recipes
- Dana at Healthy Eats: 31 Days of Apple Recipes
- Liz at Food Network: Pick the Perfect Apple
- Caroline at The Wright Recipes: Apple Stack Cake and Dark Caramel Apples
- Food Network UK: Five English apples you should know and love
- Gilded Fork: Apples—Sweet Seduction
- Paige at The Sister Project: Third-Prize Apple Pie
- Nicole at Pinch My Salt: Favorite Apple Recipes
What’s a Fall Fest?
FALL FEST IS A cross-blog recipe (and tip) swap–and you’re invited to participate. Simply post your link or recipe or idea in the comments below my post, and also on the blogs of the other participants listed in the recipe links box just above.
Want more information on how it all works? Get the details (and the schedule for upcoming weeks, including our shift into Fall Fest last week after many weeks of Summer Fest, with a new logo but the same recipe-sharing routine). We’re continuing right into the Thanksgiving holiday.