Fall’s Favorite Fruit
At Deborah Miller Catering & Events, apple season is definitely a team favorite.
Whether it's a weekend trip upstate to the local farms or a tour of the green market at Union Square, you should definitely take the time to explore how the "Empire State" got its name. Truckloads of freshly picked McIntosh, Honey Crisp and Empire State varieties grow in NYC's backyard and get shipped to us every day. If you are pining for a taste of fall, you can stop by any of the green markets in NYC and find the variety you wish. If you have a weekend to spare, you can rent a zipcar and drive an hour or two north into the Hudson Valley. There are plenty of farms with different types of attractions which make this area suitable for any kind of trip, whether you are taking your kids up for an afternoon of hay rides and apple picking, or going up for a romantic getaway in one of upstate's cozy bed & breakfasts.
But what to do with the bushels of apples you bring home with you? When I go apple picking, I like to get a variety of different apples. Some for snacking, some for baking, and the rest for my favorite homemade Apple Butter recipe (listed below).
Best Apples For Baking
If you are baking with them, I recommend an apple which has some tartness, like Pink Lady or Honey Crisp. Another choice is the Grannysmith apple, which is tart and firm, holding its shape in your signature apple pie and balancing well with the sweetness of your crust.
Best Apples For Snacking
For snacking, I prefer apples to be a little sweeter... and as crisp as possible. Like the Honey Crisp! Very aptly named, this apple is sweet like honey and really crunchy! Other apples for snacking include the classic McIntosh and Braeburn varieties. If after baking and snacking you still have a bunch of apples left, think about making my favorite apple butter recipe. I like to spread handmade apple butter on mini pancakes, waffles, and cornbread, but there are so many ways to sample this Deborah Miller seasonal favorite:
Homemade Apple Butter Recipe
12 medium cooking apples (we like Honey Crisp)
1 ½ cups packed brown sugar
½ cup apple juice
1 T ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp crushed cloves
1 tsp ground allspice
1 T lemon juice
Mix all ingredients in a slow cooker
Cover on low heat for 10 hours
Smash apples with a fork
Cook uncovered for another 1-2 hours
Transfer cooled butter into your favorite jar and eat!