Even though it’s only September, there was a definite hint of fall in the air this weekend, which was absolutely lovely. The cooler temperatures and massive quantities of produce I picked with sprite, Rudi, and John on Labor Day, made my weekend tasks clear: cooking and baking.
I started out yesterday with peach muffins with a ginger streusel topping. They came out looking gorgeous and tasting even better. I could not have been happier with the recipe I chose. It can be found here, with my one substitution being 1/2 teaspoon of ginger in place of the cinnamon.
Today, I was even more ambitious, and managed to use up almost all of the rest of my pickings. I cooked four pounds of tomatoes into sauce (which came out to about four cups when finished) and turned a mix of the apples we picked – Cortlands, Jonareds, Cameos, and Honey Crisps – into about 10 cups of applesauce.
And then there were the pies. The orchard we went to had Cortlands, my all-time favorite baking apples, so I picked way, way too many. I made some (but not all) into two pies – one for now, and one for later. I don’t really have much of a recipe to share; I just use the flaky pastry recipe from The Joy of Cooking (I use the shortening/butter combo option) and fill it with sliced apples and a little cinnamon. It may be simple, but damn, it’s delicious.
Now the hard part… Muffins or pie for breakfast tomorrow?