Saturday, September 26, 2009

Apple Recipes for Johnny Appleseed Day

The Story of Johnny Appleseed begins with John Chapman and the legends of his life passed down from generation to generation. We do know for sure that John Chapman aka Johnny Appleseed was not a myth. He indeed created apple orchards more than 200 years ago and some of those trees still bear apples today. Traveling by canoe or on foot, he gave apple seeds from cider mills to any farmer who promised to plant them. At his death in 1847, he had established apple trees over 100,000 square miles of territory.

Today, on the day of his birth, I would like to celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day with a selection of apple recipes harvested for the occassion. I have also included links to an assortment of apple varieties. If you're like me, I often get confused as to which apples are best for what:) (Clicking the numbers will take you to the featured recipe.)

Apple Recipes & Varieties
1. Apple (or Pear) Bacon Crisp (Jonagold)
2. How to Prepare Dried Apples for Use in Apple Pie Filling and Sauces (Cameo)
3. Grapefruit Salad with Apples (Red Rome)
4. Curried Pumpkin and Apple Soup (Ida Red)
5. Maple Apple Butter (Macoun)
6. Upside Down Apple French Toast with Cranberries & Pecans (Granny Smith)
7. Smoked Pork Chops with Maple Baked Apples (Gala)
8. Gooey Apple Bread or Apple Zucchini Bread with Almond Streusel (Braeburn)
9. German Apple Cake (Fuji)
10. Classic Apple Pie (Cortland)
11. Apple Cake in an Iron Skillet (Paulared)
12. Apple Slab Pie (Golden Delicious)

The official state apple of New York, the Empire Apple celebrated its 43rd birthday on September 15th. Developed at Cornell's Experimental Station by pomologist Roger D. Way, who introduced it to the public on September 15, 1966, the Empire Apple is the key ingredient in the official New York State Apple Muffin created by elementary school children in North Syracuse, New York.

Ginger Apple Crisp
3 lbs. baking apples, peeled quartered, cored, and sliced
juice of 1 lemon
1 tbs. cornstarch
1/3 cup (3 oz.) granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 cup (3 oz.) chopped crystallized ginger
1 cup (5 oz.) all purpose flour
1/2 cup (3-1/2 oz.) firmly packed brown sugar
pinch of salt
6 tbs. (3 oz.) unsalted butter, chilled, cut into pieces
1/2 cup (2 oz.) chopped walnuts
Preheat oven 400 degrees:
Place apple slices in a large bowl and toss with lemon juice. In another bowl, stir together the cornstarch, granulated sugar, gound ginger, nutmeg, and crystallized ginger. Add to the apples and toss to coat evenly. Transfer to a 1-1/2 or 2 quart pie dish, heaping the apples up in the center.

In a bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, and salt. Drop in the butter and, using your fingertips, blend together until crumbly. Add the walnuts and toss and stir to combine. Sprinkle evenly over the apples.

Bake until the top is browned and apples are tender, 45-50 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve warm or at room temperature. Celebrating the Pleasures of Cooking by Chuck Williams (1997)

1. The Story of Johnny Appleseed: Legend vs. Fact
2. Apple Juice Recipes: Drink to Your Health!
3. Preparing Apples for Freezing & Canning
4. National Apple Museum
5. National Apple Month previous post
State Recipes
Thank you to the New York Apple Association for the use of their variety of apple images and recipes.
1. Apple Recipes from Wisconsin
2. Washington State Apple Recipes
3. Virginia Apple Tasty Recipes