Archive: October 2012

Other apple posts this season: My First Tarte Tatin, Homemade Apple Butter.

Okay, this is the last thing I did with the bag of apples we picked this year. We had 16 pounds of apples, I used almost half on tarte tatin and apple butter. I used the rest for this unbelievably simple applesauce recipe from Food in Jars. You don’t even need to peel the apples, the skins just fall right off. I actually made a second batch to use up the remaining apples because it was so fast and easy. I might never buy applesauce again, and it didn’t even need sugar.

Homemade Applesauce from Food in Jars (adapted from original, plus I doubled this)
4 pounds apples
½ cup apple cider or water
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
½ teaspoon cloves

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So there’s this hurricane coming to town today. Sandy. We should be losing power any minute, we’ve got bottled water and food supplies coming out our ears, school is closed today and tomorrow. Halloween has basically been canceled for Wednesday. And we have lots of buckets in case we need to take over for the sump pump. Apparently we didn’t learn fast enough from Irene to get ourselves a generator, but we’re actually hoping to install a real permanent one in the not-terribly-distant future. But that’s quite a job, so in the meantime we’ll just have to survive.

I’m doing that by catching up on some blog posts while we still have power, and I’ve got more things to post about the apples we picked this year. In addition to the amazing tarte tatin I also made some homemade apple butter in my slow cooker. And it is like Jackie crack–it tastes like pure fall, like a spreadable version of the tarte tatin, actually.

I spent hours researching recipes, and I came up with a plan that worked for me based mostly on this recipe, this one, and this one. This basically cooked for 2 days in the slow cooker, it made the house smell amazing. I used 12 Rome and Stayman apples (the only 2 kinds available the day we went picking) and got two 12 ounce jars of butter. I mean, I cooked this down into pure essence of apple. And it’s so stinking easy.

Ingredients for Jackie’s Apple Butter (adapted from several recipes)
12 apples (I used 5 Rome and 7 Stayman)
1 3/4 cups sugar (I read through a ton of recipes, and they all use a LOT of sugar. I didn’t need more than this, and I was prepared to add as I went)
1 cup fresh apple cider
1 1/2 cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt

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I finally got brave.

I’ve come *thisclose* before to making tarte tatin after we’ve gone apple picking, but I’ve always chickened out. It’s a lot of pressure, especially since it’s Adam’s absolute favorite dessert. But this year, I once again bought some Dufour frozen puff pastry and worked up the nerve with some Romes and Staymans that we picked. And I used Smitten Kitchen’s recipe, adapted from Julia Child. And it worked. Really, really well.

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Last Sunday H and I headed up to NYC for a day out with Laura Ann. We met at her place in Astoria so I could see some redecorating she’d done (which looked fantastic, by the way). When I ran back out to the car for something, Laura Ann and H posed.

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I cannot overstate what a marvelous fall read-aloud Bob Raczka’s Fall Mixed Up is. I have read it to all of my 1st grade classes, my Multiply Disabled class, and I’m getting ready to read it to my kindergarten classes. I think this might even be my favorite read aloud of the year so far.
I bought this book last year hoping to get some use out of it, but I guess in my pregnant haze I decided it would be too confusing after all to read with classes. Not to mention the fact that I was furiously trying to squeeze in all of my Big Important Units with each grade before I went on maternity leave—we were kind of rushed last year. But this year I brought it out, and it was a huge hit.

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