I said it before and I will say it again, fall is my favorite season. Not only because of the nice colours of the leaves but also for the days that are cooler. My body does not react well to really warm, humid weather.
Being raised on a farm also reminds me that fall is harvest season. We would pick carrots, potatoes and other vegetables and they would last until mid winter. You can still find many vegetables and fruits in season in Ontario and by far the #1 fruit on my list, at this time of the year, is apple. You can find apples at local markets or better you could go apple picking with the family. Many places will let you bring a picnic and you will be able to spend couple hours at their orchards. Don't forget the camera for those lasting memories.
Now that you have bags of apples you may ask yourself: what do I do will all of these apples? First find a cool place to store them. I usually just leave them on the concrete floor in the garage. With apples I like to make small jars of Fruit ketchup and serve it with pork chops, tourtières. Made extra jars to give to your family and friends.
5 great recipes to make using apples:
The Apple Pecan Coffee Cake recipe that I am sharing with you today was found on the Life Made Delicious website. It is very moist and kept very well for couple days. The first night I baked it my son and I had couple pieces. He said that this cake was so yum!
Apple Pecan Coffee Cake
125 ml coarsely chopped pecans (I used almonds)
50 ml firm butter (I used melted butter)
45 ml brown sugar
25 ml all-purpose flour
2 ml ground cinnamon
250 ml Fibre 1 original bran cereal
250 ml almond breeze
425 ml all-purpose flour
150 ml sugar
50 ml vegetable oil (I used macadamia oil)
15 ml baking powder
2 ml salt
1 medium apple, peeled and chopped
Heat oven to 375F. Spray a 9-inch square pan with non-stick cooking spray. I used small loaf pans for my cake.
Melt butter in microwave. Add almonds or pecans, sugar, flour and cinnamon. Mix.
In food processor crush the cereal. Place in a big bowl and pour over the almond breeze. Let stand 5 minutes.
Stir in the flour, sugar, oil, baking powder, salt and eggs. Beat 30 seconds with a fork. Stir in the apple pieces. Spread batter in the pan. Top with the streusel.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. If using different size pans adjust baking temperature.
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