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And just like that, we’re halfway through September. It feels as though we were talking about corn just last week, but already there are leaves on the ground, the mornings are crisp, and flannel shirts have replaced strappy rompers on the streets. One of the best things about Autumn is the smell, whether it be rain on the pavement, the fresh air, hot cider at the farmers market, or pies in the oven.
A key Fall ingredient? The apple. One of the most prevalent fruits, some varieties of apple are available year-round due to excellent long-term storage techniques. Individually wrapped in newspaper, an unblemished apple can keep for months in a cool, dark place. But an apple fresh off the tree in September? That only comes once a year.
There’s something about taking a piece of fruit directly from the source, and biting into its crisp, juicy flesh that makes you cherish it a little bit more. So slip your feet into some warm, cozy socks, escape the busy world for a day, and go apple picking. If you’re back east, many orchards in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts offer “pick-your-own”. We should also mention there might be doughnuts involved. Anyone who grew up in rural New England will start to drool at the thought of a warm, cakey, apple cider doughnut at an apple farm in September. See? Hooked. The doughnut does it every time.
Store unblemished apples in the hydrator drawer of your fridge for up to a few weeks.
Photo credit: Bulk Natural Foods
A cross between a McIntosh and a Ben Davis, the Cortland is delicious for eating right out of hand as well as for baking. This apple is thin skinned with juicy sweet/tart flesh.
Photo credit: Trees of Antiquity
An antique apple, the Spitzenburg was discovered in the 18th century in New York. It is a late-season apple, and is delicious out of hand, bakes well, and is also used to make cider.
Photo credit: A Life of Apples
A pick-your-own and farm stand favorite! The Macoun is a cross between the McIntosh and Jersey Black, and is perfect for eating out of hand. It is a late-season apple, and it tends to fall off the tree quite quickly when ripe.
Photo credit: Mountain Gardener
Developed in the late 1980s at the University of Minnesota, this apple has much larger cells than others, making it perfect for juicing or eating out of hand.
MUTSU (AKA CRISPIN)
Photo credit: Spiced Curiosity
A cross between the Golden Delicious and a Japanese Indo apple, the Mutsu is fairly large in size and is great for apple sauce and baking. While it has Japanese heritage, the Mutsu is grown all over New York State.
Photo credit: In the Kitchen with Kelly
With greenish-yellow to pink skin, and bright pink flesh, the Pink Pearl is an eye-catcher! This apple was developed in California in the mid-twentieth century, and is perfect for eating out of hand.
(Actually) Green Juice
Want a snack? Here’s one for all the juicers out there. Freshly pressed juice is much more nutritious and delicious than the stuff that has been sitting around in a bottle. The kick of lime and ginger give this juice a great twist.
8 large lacinato kale leaves
1/3 large cucumber
1/2 medium fennel bulb
a handful of mint
1 small apple (Fuji, Braeburn or any sweet variety)
1 small lime
a large knob of ginger
Push the ingredients into the tube of an electric juicer. Serves 1
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Apple Spelt Pancakes
Homemade by LiliBC
Have you ever baked with spelt flour? I love it and will use it more and more in my kitchen.
1 cup almond milk (or any other milk)
1.5 cup spelt flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tbs coconut sugar (or raw cane sugar)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 large red apple, peeled and grated
Mix all the ingredients and when all combined add grated apple. Heat a bit of coconut oil (or butter) in a non-stick pancakes pan over medium heat. Put 2 tbsp of batter per pancake on pan (I was making two at the same time but depends how big is your pan) and cook 2-3 minutes or until you see bubbles forming on top of the pancake. That means it’s time to flip them and than cook another minute or two on the other side.
Serve them with maple syrup and blueberries or maple syrup or honey with pecans or with Greek yogurt and honey. Enjoy!
Brussels Sprouts, Apple and Gorgonzola Quesadillas
Homemade by Cravingsinamsterdam
Super easy weeknight meal.
350gr Brussels sprouts, trimmed and thinly sliced
2 red onions, thinly sliced
2 apples, peeled and cut into small cubes
2 tablespoons of olive oil
3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
8 flour tortillas
200gr of gorgonzola, crumbled
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Sour cream, to serve
Over medium-high heat, add the olive oil to a large pan. Add the Brussels sprouts and the onions. Cook for 7 minutes, stirring from time to time.
Then add the apples and balsamic vinegar. Stir for another minute and then add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a bowl.
Place a tortilla in a large non-stick pan and add some of the sprouts mixture. Then sprinkle some of the pomegranate seeds and crumble some gorgonzola on top. Cover with another tortilla. Cook over medium heat until it is crispy on the bottom. You will need to put a plate about the size of the tortilla over it to be able to flip it and avoid a mess. Once you have flipped it, cook until crispy and then transfer to a cutting board.
Slice the quesadilla into four pieces. Repeat for the rest of the tortillas and filling. Serve with some sour cream.
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