Sunday, October 14, 2007

Apple time


I love the fall. It's apple picking season. And I love it even more when it's $5 bag weekend!!! So, I got four bags of apples - 3 of Stayman and 1 of Granny Smith. I use the pickers on the sticks, and also climb the trees. Learned a lesson this time around - don't climb a tree with a plastic bag because when it's halfway full the bag will break and all your beautiful apples will fall to the ground, and you'll yell 'Shit!' around tons of children and grandparents. Ack! So you go with the time tested method of putting them down your tucked-in shirt until you look really pregnant with some sort of alien. I picked out one tree because it was REALLY good - you do know you need to test the trees, right? One tree tastes different than the next. One can have NO flavor, and right next door there's a good, crisp, juicy, flavorful tree.

I'll give a bunch away, and going to try making my mom's apple squares tonight. I had to call three people and spend 45 minutes getting the recipe. I called my mom first, but her method of cooking is 'mix it together until it looks right'. Sigh. So I called one brother, and he didn't have it. Then I called another, who had a real handwritten recipe with measurements and temperatures and everything. I likely will even attempt to make the crust, which I am SCARED to do. No good at crusts. If it's pretty, I'll take a photo. OK, so it's not pretty. But here they are.

And the truth comes out. From my mom: I always had trouble rolling it to
fit the pan. It will come with experience but I always thought it was a pain doing it. I still say that they looked pretty good to me.

6 comments:

Susan said...

Ahhh!! I want apples..

Tera said...

I'll be anxiously waiting for my apple pie...just like the one in the picture!

NoRegrets said...

Aha, those are apple SQUARES - not pie, so it's portable.

Tera said...

Great! Even better!

darwinbignose said...

We still go apple picking every year, as a family tradition that you started in my family. It took us awhile to find a good place to pick because there are several orchards which look more like carnivals than orchards. Finally a colleague from work told us about an orchard which is perfect. No animals, no rides, no crowds. We go every year, and pack a picnic for after walking through the orchard tasting an apple from every tree. And I always think about you when we go.

NoRegrets said...

I'm so glad...