That equated to an absolute dearth of fresh fruit this summer.
Well, not exactly a complete dearth, as we still enjoyed strawberry picking in June and my raspberries are scrumptious even today. As far as the poor apples went though, I heard tell that 85% of the crops were destroyed when the impending frosts returned, killing fruit blossoms rampantly.
|Last Year's Apple Picking|
Never fear my friends. I am an industrious individual and I've got computer access to the world. If there was an apple to be picked in Southwestern Ontario, I was determined to find it.
Click, click, click...
And don't you know, I found a place! A little closer to the lake is apparently a little more protected by the warmer winds. The lucky folks at Great Lakes Farms weren't completely immune to the early blooms and subsequent frosts, but they had apples! While it's early in the season, knowing that apples will be at a premium this year encouraged me to act fast. When I read that they had Galas and Macintoshes, we were out the door like a shot!
|These trees were plenty full!|
|The apples looked even better close up!|
|Concensus was - Delicious!|
- 8 lbs sweet apples (try using 3 different varieties for a more complex taste)
- 2Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/3 Cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tsps ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
- Peel, core and quarter apples. Place them on 2 lightly greased cookie sheets in a 350F oven for 2 hours. After 1 hour, rotate the trays 180 degrees and switch the trays from bottom to top and vice versa.
- Remove apples from oven and puree in a food processor or blender until very smooth (approx 4 min). Add remaining ingredients and process for another 2-3 minutes.
- Store in a covered glass container in the fridge for up to 1 month (if it lasts that long!)
*Oh, and by the way. If you didn't figure out what my mystery gadget was the other day, it was an antique apple/potato peeler. Not near as handy as I would have liked, but none the less, it helped. Now get buttering and Enjoy!