“What?? You’re lying…”
“No, I’m not, I’ve never been apple picking before”
“Well you won’t be able to say that much longer!”
We grabbed our sherpas to stay warm, and we were off.
Ochs Orchard, in Warwick, NY. Blue sky, crisp autumn air, and the promise of apples lingered in our minds as we passed beautiful lakes and hills decorated with autumn color. Even though Julia is from the beautiful mountains of upstate New York, I had the pleasure of taking her apple picking for the first time. We passed some fresh vegetables on our way up the mountain and we began to smell one of my favorite fall aromas - fresh apples! I told her that one of the first “tricks” is to not go for the first couple rows of apples because they get picked over the most. Even though excitement almost made listening to this “trick” too difficult to follow, we persevered up the mountain. When we got to the top, we were in awe. Not only can rows of beautiful apple trees be seen, but the expanse went for miles with hills and fields. Fall foliage had just begun, and the crisp air filled our lungs. The apples at the top were AMAZING and we were so happy we had persevered and did not fill our bag with the first apples we saw at the bottom. We caught up on life, laughed, and ate our way through the rows of trees. We stayed over an hour past closing time (oops!!) and the people working at the orchard were so gracious and did not even give us a bad look as we realized they were waiting for us and the sun had gone down.
The best part about apple picking is the apple recipes you get go make afterwards! Check out a new recipe by yours truly :)
Recipe! (makes two)
GLUTEN AND DAIRY FREE! With so many dietary restrictions people have nowadays, it feels so good to make something lots of people can enjoy and still feel good!
- 4 large apples
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp almond flour
- 2 tbsp butter or “Good Life” butter substitute (I used Good Life)
- 2 and 1/2 tsp apple pie spice
- 1/2 tsp (or a dash) or cinnamon
- 1 tbsp water
For the topping:
- 1/2 cup Quaker oats (you can use Quaker gluten-free oats)
- 1/4 packed brown sugar
- 1and 1/2 tbsp butter or Good Life
(simply hand-mix these ingredients together)
How to make: Set oven to 350 degrees.
Wash the four apples and choose two that the ingredients will go into. Hollow out two of the apples and cut the other apples into medium-sized pieces. Place the cut apples as well as the contents of what was hollowed out into a saucepan with a lid. Put the burner on medium and begin to add ingredients one at a time (do not add almond flour yet) stirring after each addition. Bring the heat to low and place lid on top. Wait a few minutes for the liquids on the bottom to begin boil. The apples should release some of their juice and mix with the other ingredients. Add the almond flour. You do not want a “soupy” mixture, adding almond flour and/or a little sugar will help thicken it depending on the consistency. You also do want some liquid so the apples do not burn, you may need to add more butter or a little bit of water in that case. Wait for apples mixture to boil.
Take your hollowed out apples and place them on a oven-safe baking dish. Divide the hot apple mixture between the two apples. Crumble the topping onto the apples and place in the oven for about 10minutes or until the apple mixture begins to bubble and the hollowed-out apples begin to bubble some.
Take out of oven and enjoy! SERVE WARM