An Apple Festival is this Saturday at Farm Kid's Club from 9 - 10:30 a.m. at the Heritage Center. They will have apple crafts, apple variety taste tests, yummy apple food, apple stories, games and more. Parent-child program is $5 a child, parents free. Call or e-mail to register, firstname.lastname@example.org, 256-297-1044. Check the North Alabama Agriplex on facebook for more upcoming events.
Our old apple tree really outdid itself this year. It must have gotten just the right amounts of rain, sun and hot weather to produce a bumper crop for the first time in a long while.
Its branches are bending down, apples just begging to be plucked from them, ready to eat on the spot or gather for some great desserts.
Since apples are so good for you, and very economical this time of year at the farmers’ markets, you’ll want to give all of these a try!
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1 stick butter, softned
3/4 c. self-rising flour
3/4 c. grated cheese
1 can sliced apple pie filling (or the equivalent in freshly sliced apples)
Cream butter and sugar; slowly add and mix in flour and cheese. Drain apples and pour into 9x13-inch baking dish. Spread cheese mixture on top, and bake at 350º for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.
Macintosh Fried Apples
Core and slice 6 apples (you can also use Granny Smith for this) leaving on the skin.
Using an electric skillet, set at about 350º, put in a stick of butter to melt, and then add the apple slices.
As the apples cook, add a pinch of ground cloves, a dash of vanilla, a dash of salt and about 3 tablespooons of cinnamon. After the apples cook down a bit, add 8 ounces of maple syrup and let it cook down even more. When apples are soft, turn off heat and put on the lid.
Keep the apple mixture warm while making whipped cream. You might like to add a little brown sugar and vanilla to your heavy whipping cream for this recipe. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.