Remember that scene in the movie ‘Forrest Gump’ when Bubba lists all the ways shrimp can be prepared? “Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it…pan-fried, deep-fried, stir-fried…pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp…”.
Mmm, now I’m hungry for shrimp. But wait, I digress. It’s apple season. 🍎🍏
🍂 Fall can be quite beautiful and tasty. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area with cider mills, then you also have access to a traditional fall treat, the cider mill donut! Warm and amazingly delicious. Whether you prefer plain or cinnamon-sugar coated, they smell incredible and taste even better. And how could you have the donut without some cider? Another amazing fall flavor. Nothing is quite like apple cider, either cold or warmed up. Mmmm… Delicious? Yes! Healthy? No! This is where apple picking comes in. After eating all that deliciousness, you can pick apples and work it off. Boom! You’re welcome.
So this year I planned to make applesauce in the crockpot. It’s easy-peasy and makes my house smell homey, cozy and amazing. I planned the same thing last year, but we ate all the apples. Not necessarily a bad thing. This year, I wanted to have enough for recipes, so we picked more. Many, many more. My daughter immediately requested apple crisp, which I happily made. Same result as applesauce, filling the house with incredible aroma. Then my son came home from college and requested it. I made it again. This time adding vanilla ice cream before eating. Serious yum.
Then I remembered a recipe I collected a couple years ago. One of my cousins posted online that she was making her mom’s “famous apple bread”. Wait a minute? Our family has a famous apple bread recipe? Why did I not have this? She shared it with me and now it’s in my box of goodies. It’s a cool recipe because it makes two standard-size loaves or six mini-loaves. They freeze well, if you can make them last that long. 😉
So, even though I dread what comes after fall, I will enjoy the next few weeks of fall colors and flavors. “There is a time for everything, and a season for everything under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 There are still quite a few apples left in my fridge. I might get around to making applesauce after all.
Giving credit where it is due: If you’d like to try my Aunt Beanie’s apple bread recipe, click here.