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    My [cooking]apple tree has yet another bumper crop this year and I mean bumper. The freezer is full to overflowing with them, I have farmed off loads to friends and family but am getting a bit bored with Apple crumble/pie. Any ideas for some nice cakes etc which we can use with them?
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    Re: Apples Galore

    My grandmother on my mother's side made a delicious loaf-pan cake with apples and walnuts (family recipe from Pennsylvania). It had the rather uninspiring name "apple oil cake." If I can find the recipe somewhere, I can post it, but it wouldn't surprise me if something similar is out there on the web already.

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    Re: Apples Galore

    Well that will be a new experience, I have never made anything with walnut oil before.

    Walnut oil and Apple Cake recipe maybe something for Jezzarette 2 to try <img src=/S/yum.gif border=0 alt=yum width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Apples Galore

    What about some jams or chutneys - might make good christmas pressies for family and friends too. Am sure the kids would get involved.

    Another idea would be cider - but not sure how you make it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Re: Apples Galore

    OK Chutney is a good idea...but Cider <img src=/S/flee.gif border=0 alt=flee width=25 height=25>

    Mrs J has banned me from any form of alcohol making after an attempt about 10 years ago trying to make cider and I them put in crown top bottles!!!! Have you ever heard a crown top bottle explode <img src=/S/cool.gif border=0 alt=cool width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Apples Galore

    I haven't heard a crown top bottle explode. But I have had worse.

    I used to make beer at home. The crown seals were put in place by tapping a small capping tool with a hammer. One bottle broke- sending broken glass right into my hand. It was a major injury, requiring a general anaesthetic operation to ensure there were no pieces of glass left.

    I have made beer since. But I have ensured that may capping tool has been a lot safer.

    I must admit though, that my beer (and wine) making activities were while I was in England, when wine and beer were vastly more expensive than they were in Australia- at the time.
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    Re: Apples Galore

    Ah the old capping tool, remember it well especially if you didn't line up the crown cap perpendicular to the tool and then you spent 10 minutes trying to extract it afyer wedging it on. With the exploding incident, we obviously had a faulty bottle that must have decided to just pop, the resulting pop then set of another and then another. The whole cellar smelt of rotten cider for the next month.
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    The whole cellar smelt of cider...

    So what did you decider do?
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    Re: Apples Galore

    Hey Jezza,

    How about making some apple sauce?
    3 pounds (depending on what your pan can handle) peeled and cored apples (I usually use a mix of McIntosh with either Golden Delicious or Cortland)
    1/2 cup water (depending on how fresh and juicy they are)
    3/4 to 1 cup sugar, to taste
    Juice of half a lemon
    cinnamon, to taste (optional) <img src=/S/yum.gif border=0 alt=yum width=15 height=15>

    Once you have this you can have it as a side to any meal. I find that it goes well with just about everything. You can use it to make this Apple Sauce Cake that I found on the www.foodtv.com recipies page. My mother used to mnake this all the time except that she cheated and used pre-made cake mix.

    Apple Sauce Cake:
    1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
    2 cups brown sugar
    2 eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    2 1/4 cups flour
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
    2 cups applesauce
    1/2 cup raisins
    1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
    Powdered sugar, optional

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, cream the butter. Add the brown sugar and continue mixing. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla, then mix until well blended and fluffy.

    In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Add to the creamed mixture alternately with the applesauce. Fold in the raisins and walnuts. Pour batter into a greased and floured loaf or tube pan and bake until firm to the touch, about 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in the pan, then turn it out, and dust with powdered sugar.

    Also, I add apple sauce to my cakes to make them more moist and reduce the amount of sugar needed.
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    Now that is the winner, I have all the ingredients as well, thanks
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    Re: Apples Galore

    Glad you liked that one Jezza,

    Another thing we like to do around our house when it is apple picking time is to make caramel apples without the sticks;

    Wash and core the apples. place them on individual plates. Melt some creamy caramels and pour into the hole where the core was making sure to drizzle some down the sides. My kids like to top these with coconut, chocolate chips (the minis), and/or chopped nuts. You can also do this by coring and slicing the apples up and then adding the toppings. My kids prefer the whole apple because they like the way the caramel oozes out of the apple after you start eating them.
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    Re: Apples Galore

    Instead of making cider to bottle, you could press some fresh apple juice, save some for drinking right now and freeze the excess.
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    Re: Apples Galore

    How about "Apple Butter" or what ever you call on that side of the Ocean.

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    Two more favourites for me - apple dumplings or apple crisp!! We are in the middle of apple harvest too! <img src=/S/yum.gif border=0 alt=yum width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Apples Galore

    Here's a main-dish recipe that uses apples:

    Boneless Pork Chops with Sauteed Apples
    1 Medium-size red onion
    Salad oil
    4 Boneless pork loin chops, each 1 1/4 inches thick
    Salt
    1/2 tsp Dried thyme leaves
    1/4 tsp Coarsely ground black pepper
    1 Medium-size Golden Delicious apple
    1 tbsp Sugar
    1/2 cup Apple juice
    1 tsp Cornstarch

    Thinly slice onion. In nonstick 12-inch skillet over medium heat, in 2 tsps hot salad oil, cook onion until tender. Remove onion to small bowl.

    In same skillet over medium-high heat, cook pork chops 5 minutes, sprinkling with 1/2 tsp salt. Turn pork chops; sprinkle with thyme, pepper, and 1/2 tsp salt. Cook 3 to 5 minutes longer until pork just loses its pink color throughout. Remove pork chops to 4 warm dinner plates; keep warm.

    Cut unpeeled apple into 1/4-inch-thick slices. In same skillet in 2 tsps hot salad oil, brown apple slices; sprinkle with sugar. Remove to plates with chops.

    Mix apple juice and corn starch. Stir apple-juice mixture and onions into skillet, stirring constantly until mixture boils. Boil 1 minute. Pour mixture over pork chops and apple slices.
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