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There are many ways to make apple sauce. We found this to be the easiest as we try to put a lot of apple sauce in the freezer while the apples are ripe.
We use a KitchenAid® mixer (model K5SS) with the Fruit/Vegetable Strainer (model FVS/FG-A) attachment.
Start with ripe apples (McIntosh). Drops are the best as they will be the ripest. Utility apples are an alternative. You could use handpicked apples but these are more expensive than drops or utilities.
- 1/2 cup of water
Cut into quarters, place in a large pot. Fill to the rim with apples.
On low heat cook until apples are soft
note: do not start at high heat as the apples on the bottom will burn and stick to the pot.
Follow the directions on the mixer for running
the apples through the strainer. The core, seeds and skin are run out the end
of the strainer.
The skin will impart a nice color to the sauce. I have heard of people adding red gelatin for coloring (we don't). If the apples are ripe no sugar is necessary.
Let the sauce cool and then refrigerate or freeze.
Serve warm by itself or with pork. It goes well with Mac & Cheese also. I like to throw in some whole almonds. Of course a dollop of ice cream on warm apple sauce is very tasty.
Any apple can be used for a pie. We like McIntosh. Others swear by Cortland. Northern Spy makes one of the best pies.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- 6 cups of thinly sliced apples, pared, cored
- 3/4 cup of sugar - adjust this for your taste and the ripeness of the apples used.
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- Dask of ground nutmeg
- Pastry for 2 crust 9" pie
- 2 tablespoons butter
Combine sugar, flour
Mix with apples.
Line 9" pie plate with pastry.
Fill with apple mixture, dot with butter.
Adjust top crust, cutting slits for escape of steam, seal.
Bake at 400 degrees for 50 minutes or till done (liquid bubbles).
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream (we like Shaw's Ridge or Shain's) or sharp cheddar cheese.
Any apple will do but some will cook down and other varieties hold their shape. This recipe is a combination of a few apple crisp recipes we have in the recipe file. It makes a 9"x13" pan so you'll be eating apple crisp for awhile. And what's wrong with that?
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- 8 cups of sliced apples, pared and cored. (4 pounds)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 & 1/2 cups of flour
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 3/4 cup of white sugar
- 1 & 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2/3 cup butter
Fill a 9"x13" pan with apple slices.
Pour in 1/2 cup of water.
In a bowl combine flour, brown sugar, sugar and spices.
Cut in butter until it has the texture of cornmeal.
Distribute evenly over the sliced apples.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour or until done (liquid bubbles).
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream (we like Shaw's
Ridge or Shain's) or whipped cream.
Jack's Sunday Buttermilk Pancakes
These will be thin pancakes. The way we like them. Cut down on the liquids if you want them thicker.
- 4 Tablespoons of Saco Buttermilk Blend®
- 1 Cup of whole wheat flour
- 1 Teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1 Cup of apple cider (or water)
- 1/2 Cup of plain yogurt
- 1/2 Cup of apple sauce
could also add Maine wild blueberries or apple chunks.
Ground cinnamon and/or nutmeg adds some flavor. Don't overdo it.
Mix the dry ingredients and then add the egg and liquids.
Mix until blended.
Preheat a griddle or pan on medium/low heat.
Spray with Pam®.
I use a ladle to drop the batter on the hot griddle.
Cook until the edges begin to harden and flip.
Makes about 2 dozen 4" pancakes, generally enough for our family of four. Top with butter, pure Maine Maple Syrup, apple sauce or any fruit compote.
You can add sweetener to the batter and/or oil if you wish. This adds calories and if you are going to put Maple Syrup on them you probably don't need the sweetener in the batter anyway.
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- Pick Your Own
- Apples, Pears, Raspberries and Flowers
- In Our Store
- Apples, Tomatoes, Cucumbers and other vegetables
- Honey Bee Mine and local Honey
- Apple Gate Deer Farm Venison
- Twin Maples Farm Maple Syrup
- Cider (around Labor Day)
- Capt Jack's Cider Donuts
- Dried Flowers
- Pumpkins and gourds
- Indian Corn, Corn Stalks and Hay Bales
- Pick, pack and ship a healthy gift of fruit! Or, let us do it for you!
- Ship donuts to a loved one or a friend
- Things to do
- Farm Animal display area, Fairy Village, Corn Maze and picnic areas
- Miles of trails for hiking
- Hay Rides (Labor Day - Columbus Day, weekends and Holidays, 10am-4pm, weather permitting)
- Capt Jacks Donut Shack (open Labor Day weekend, weekends and Holidays)
- School groups and organizations or have a Birthday Party with us
- Geocaches on the property (outside the orchards)