I Guess I’m Looking Forward to Fall

apples are good all the time

I keep finding mom’s apple recipes and I can’t wait to share them. Mom and Dad made a trip to the apple orchard quite a few years in a row. I don’t remember going very often with them. Maybe it was too much hassle, maybe we complained about picking apples, who knows. But, they’d come home with a bushel or two or different types of apples. She made applesauce, apple crisp, and, less frequently, she would make apple nut squares.

There’s not a lot of sugar in this recipe, that’s part of what I like about it. Most of the flavor comes from the type of apples you use. Pick a nice tart variety, that taste comes through best. Combined with the nuts, you get the sweet/tart of the baked apple and a bit of salt just to round out the flavor. I’m sure you could substitute your favorite nut instead of walnuts. Although I’d probably stick with walnuts or pecans. Almonds may be too mild and get lost, while peanuts my overpower the apples. Although… peanut butter and apples taste good together, so it could work.

Recipe Cards and Memories

mom’s recipes pull me back in time

Still digging through mom’s recipes. I put them on my computer so they’re easier to post here, but as I work my way through them I’m picturing the recipe cards that she worked from for so many years. Written in her dainty, impeccable handwriting, the cards were worn, and spotted with stains from the ingredients of the recipe. I don’t know where those cards are now, but mom spent some time rewriting her recipes in a notebook. That’s where I got them, except for the ones she read me over the phone when I needed to know how to make something.

One of my most vivid memories is coming in the front door of her house (it opened up into a foyer and then you stepped into the kitchen) after a tiring day and being greeted with the smell of something freshly cooked. I think the memories I treasure most are when I was still in school. Early fall, a weekend trip to an apple orchard, and soon I would enter the kitchen to the smell of apple crisp. I’m not a big fan of apple pie because I’m not a big fan of pie crust. It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve run across pie crusts that I enjoy. But apple crisp gives you all the goodness of fresh apples with just a little sweetness and spice topped with crumbly oatmeal, almost like a soft granola.

I’m thrilled to rediscover this recipe, in particular because I’m pretty sure I can revamp it slightly and make it more friendly to my new way of eating. The right apples need less sugar, and so will the topping. I’ll be sure to post my results after I run them past my family.