When you go apple picking with enthusiastic toddlers, it doesn’t take long to somehow accumulate 14kg of them…. So in anticipation of this picking outing, I’ve been ginning up some good ways to use them up beyond just apples slices with peanut butter (though that still ranks number one as a snack for the diplo-tot and I).
Denmark is seemingly drowning in apples throughout most of the fall, and the nice thing about grocery stores here is that they stock a lot of local varieties. So while you’ll pay and arm and a leg for a handful of berries or other fruits, apples of myriad varieties are a dime a dozen. Oh and they don’t have steroids or other weird mutations so they actually look like real apples – imperfections and all.
Between the store and this weekend’s batch of booty that we hauled away, apples will definitely be featuring on the menu. Here area few recipes I’ve marked to try in the coming days:
1. Apple-Pear Crumble: Right up there with apples around here are pears, so the two become one in this crumble that has had me salivating since I read the recipe on a plane, catching up on magazines during some recent flights. I kind of organized the apple picking to just be able to try this out.
2. Stuffed Baked Apples: There have been two excellent apple bakers in my family: my mother, whom I remember making them for us as dessert growing up; and my grandfather, who did as well when we spent our summers in Poland. So I have a nostalgic thing for baked apples. I clipped this one when reading the Forest Feast’s features on Rosh Hashana menus. I passed it on to a friend who claimed less that picture perfect results but I’m willing to still give it a go myself. Nostalgia does that to you, right?
3. Apple Butter: If there’s a queen of apple picking and other toddler fall activities it’s probably Love Taza. But she recently featured a few apple recipes as well that would incorporate her spoils into toddler friendly dishes. I can’t tell if I’m more drawn right now to the idea of finding a good toasted bagel here in Denmark, which is remote, or to the apple butter itself, but figure this is one of those things that might be diplo-tot approved.
4. Apfelkuchen: I’m a terrible pie maker but pretty good with forgiving cakes and this seems like it fits into that latter category. I love Zucker Zimt und Liebe (Sugar, Cinnamon and Love if three years in Vienna taught me anything in German) as a blog, and although my lack of language skills prevents me from making much from it, I always fall for her photography.
5. Dutch Baby Pancake: I’ve never tried those pouffed pancakes but always have had it on my to-do list – maybe this apple version will get me to finally give it a go. Just seems like it would be warm and cozy and everything that keeping warm as fall cools should be.