APPLE SEASON is full upon us! But depending on where you live, you may find some varieties are earlier than usual, while others are later.
New England is looking at a good apple crop this year, though the timing is variable, even within states or regions.
MOST ORCHARDS have beautiful early season varieties like Ginger Gold, PaulaRed, and Zestar!, and some grow the heirloom Gravenstein, and the more recent Akane and Sansa. These apples should be enjoyed now for peak flavor and crispness, as their season is short, and they do not store as well as later season varieties.
Peaches, plums, pears, grapes, even apricots round out the fruit at many orchards, in addition to vegetables and pumpkins. Now is the perfect time to visit the orchard!
Yet not all of this bounty unfolds at the same time in the same place. If you are looking for a particular apple, call ahead to see if it’s available.
Consult the Orchard listings on our website, newenglandapples.org, which include a link to their websites, or scroll through our catalog of more than 120 Apples to learn more about the variety you want, as well as a list of orchards that grow it.
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CALL IT a pancake, call it a pie, call it an upside-down cake. This is delicious by any name, and it’s easy to make.
Apple Pie Pancake
THIS RECIPE was adapted from Marion Cunningham’s 1987 Breakfast Book, one of our favorite cookbooks. As always, we retain the apple’s peel for flavor, color, and nutrition.
4 T butter
2 large New England apples, cored and sliced
juice from one lemon (3T)
1/2 t cinnamon
4 T confectioners’ sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
1/4 c flour
1/4 c whole wheat flour
1/4 t salt
1/2 c plain yogurt
2 T butter, melted
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Melt 4 T butter in 10-inch skillet. Remove from heat. If skillet is not ovenproof, wrap handle with several layers of tinfoil.
Stir apples and lemon juice together in a large bowl. Mix cinnamon with sugar, add to apples, and toss lightly.
Return skillet to stove on medium heat, and add apples. Cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes, until apples are tender but still hold their shape.
In a separate bowl, combine eggs, salt, flours, yogurt, and 2 T melted butter. Stir until smooth.
Spread apples evenly over bottom of skillet, and pour batter on top.
Bake for 20 minutes, until golden and puffy.
Turn onto platter immediately, so apples are on top.
Serve at once.