‘Tis the season for apples

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This past weekend, Mon Cœur (MC) met some of her friends at the popular orchard spot, Carter Mountain Orchard, to go apple picking. We had gone peach picking earlier in the summer and went back to get some Pink Lady and Winesap apples.

Hiking back uphill with our haul.

It was a gorgeous fall day and as such, there were many families and young couples on the hill to pick apples. Our plan was to pick Pink Lady apples only, but once I saw the beautiful red of the Winesap and did a quick search to see its uses, I grabbed a few to make breads, pies, and apple butter.

MC found a Pink Lady within her reach at the beginning of our adventure, and as per the usual, began enjoying it. She often does this at home with the figs, blueberries, and persimmons – I feel lucky she has such adventurous taste buds! A half an hour later I found that she still hadn’t given up on the apple and was almost to the core.

Taste testing a pink lady with friends

After we got back home, I found some green Pink Ladies. Not sure if they would eventually ripen, I just got the paint out, halved the apples, and let MC get to stamping a few more mini masterpieces. We made some fall postcards using red and green acrylic paints. At one point she transitioned to smearing from stamping, and I really like how the colors come together to create a fall feeling.

Apple stamping

As for the Winesap, according to specialtyproduce.com:

Exceptionally juicy, Winesap apples are perfect for cider, sauces, juice and preserves. They will add moisture and a sweet flavor to breads, muffins and cakes. Their firm texture makes them an excellent cooking apple. 

specialtyproduce.com

We recently had some delicious apple bread from Wegmans, and I thought I would try to make some similar bread using some Winesaps. The bread was like a cinnamon raisin bread with apples added. Our bread machine came with a cinnamon raisin recipe, so I gave it a whirl…recipe is from the Hamilton Beach HomeBaker Breadmaker instruction book and has a slight modification from the original recipe.

Gathering ingredients for apple bread

Apple Bread (machine) Recipe (2lb loaf)

  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 ½ Tablespoons nonfat dry milk
  • 2 ½ Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons bread machine yeast
  • 1 cup chopped apple

Add all ingredients except apple in the order they are listed into the bread maker. Wait until add ingredient signal to add apples.

If you are thinking, “This sounds delicious but I don’t have a bread machine,” check out Tiffany’s post at Don’t Waste the Crumbs on how to convert a bread machine recipe to be made by hand – great tutorial and I love the humor.

Apple bread fresh from the bread machine!

The result was delicious, and a great morning, midday, or evening snack!

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