One of our family’s favorite autumn traditions is a trip to the orchard for apple-picking. For local fresh fruit, Minnesota’s apples are juicy, tasty, crunchy, sweet, tart, and all-around delicious, especially right off the tree. We love Honeycrisp, Zestar, and SweeTango. Also, Haralson, Regent and Honeygold. All of these types of apples are local and ready for harvesting.
Find an orchard near you (http://minnesotagrown.com/product/apples/) and enjoy an afternoon walking amidst the rows of apples trees, their branches laden with fruit, and pluck the apples like the treasures they are.
What can you do with your peck of apples when you get home?
Slice ‘em up and dip ‘em! Dunk your apple slices in our cinnamon-whipped honey or any one of our chocolate-whipped honeys. The chocolate-whipped honeys can be warmed up prior to dipping, too. This can be a quick snack for kids after school or a treat for sharing at a potluck.
Of course, you can always make apple pie with your abundance of apples. How about a recipe with honey instead of sugar? Try this recipe for the upcoming holidays or any day.
Honey Apple Pie
2 pie crusts
5 cups peeled, sliced apples
2/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg white
1 teaspoon cinnamon/sugar mix
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Fill a crust-lined 9" pie plate with sliced apples. Pour honey over apples and then sprinkle apples with flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
3. Dot apples with small pats of the butter.
4. Cover with top crust. Seal edges and flute crust. Cut slits in top crust.
5. Brush top crust with egg white and sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mix over top crust.
6. Wrap edge of crust with foil to prevent burning.
7. Bake for 50 minutes or until apples are tender.
Enjoy autumn with some apples!
By Amber D. Stoner