My husband loves apples and would readily agree with Miss Austen that a good pie or crisp definitely makes the home (or at least him) more happy. And this is a particularly happy time of year in Nova Scotia as harvesting is underway in the orchards and large crates of apples are appearing at the farmers markets and in the grocery stores. As I am writing this post, the elementary students from our school are enjoying a trip to the orchard to pick apples and wander a corn maze. This time of year is awesome!
This morning as the sun streamed in my window and the red leaves on the maple tree waved in the breeze (well, they are almost completely red), I searched through a few old recipe books looking to see how apples were mentioned and used in them. I found stewed apples, apple puffs, apple fritters, apple dumplings, apple pudding, and this one for Apples in Sugar.
After reading recipes for a while, I began to get the urge to bake something with apples. (Cooking and baking are favourite passtimes.) But, instead of trying one of the recipes I had read, I decided to try this one from my grandmother’s cookbook:
I had wanted to try an apple pudding since both my grandmother’s recipe book and the older recipe books had one, but I was out of milk. I should have picked some up at the store when I went to get more apples. But, I forgot, and I was not going back. 🙂 So, the above recipe, which is similar to the Warm Apple Pudding recipe I wished to make and not requiring milk, became my recipe of choice.
The house was toasty warm and smelled delicious while it baked! And the end result, according to my eldest son, was “not bad” and according to my youngest, was “okay.” Believe me, folks, those are complimentary comments from my boys…they do no effuse praise for anything very often…they are reserved. My husband will have to try it later since he did not have time before work, but I bet it will make him happy when he comes home around midnight. (Hopefully, I will get a longer response from him, but I will not be surprised if I get a “that was nice” or “pretty good” — do you see where my son’s get it? I will know that it is better than pretty good if he suggests making it again.)
Apparently, it is not only my dear husband and Miss Austen who love apples and things made with them. It seems Mr. Woodhouse enjoys them too!
How about you? Do you love or loathe apples? Do you have a favourite recipe? Or maybe you have a completely different favourite fall food? I would love to hear about it, so leave me a comment. 🙂