Saturday, September 19, 2009

Apples, Apples, Apples!

Someone from church blessed my family with a HUGE bucket full of delicious apples last week. Not wanting any to go to waste we quickly started making everything we could think of that required apples. We of course made fresh apple juice and dried some in our dehydrator.
The kids wanted an apple pie, which presented a problem for me: I SUCK at making pie! I make the best cookies(in my not so humble opinion) pretty good cakes, bars and other sweet treats, but pie, nope. It seems to be the crust that gets me every time. Even my dear sweet grandmother thought I was a hopeless case when it came to making pie.
But guess what? I made THE BEST apple pie ever, crust and all! How you wonder? This SITE had step-by-step directions. I wish I'd found this years ago. I HIGHLY recommend it!
Next we were off seeking an applesauce recipe. It's not that I can't make it, I just never had before. Being a bit tired from all of the other treats, I was seeking something I could hopefully make in my crock pot and came across THIS recipe. All I can say about this one is YUM and YUM again! It wasn't quite like the mushy baby food substance you buy in the store, but almost like an apple pie filling. It was beyond yummy served on vanilla ice cream and makes an excellent pancake topping! I will be making this again for sure!
I never knew there was so much you could do with apples! Too bad my own tree didn't survive our billy goat! I will have to plant another soon!