September is here at last! Gardens are brimming with tomatoes and peppers and corn. Time to count the canning jars and get the canner down from the top shelf of the pantry. I am really missing having a garden this year. George is the family gardener...and canner...and was too busy with an out of town job to take care of a garden. So no tomato and bacon sandwiches for us. Luckily our neighbors, the Andersons, took pity on us and brought us a big bag of the most beautiful, perfect tomatoes.
Apples are my favorite fall fruit. I have so many happy memories of stories from my Devey grandparents, of their fruit farm in Alpine...in Fort Canyon. During WWII, they were at their most busy, growing strawberries, raspberries and apples. My dad has written many stories about working on the farm in his personal history.
Utah Mountain Apples fruit label...Alpine, Utah
Most fruit growers had their own crate labels. Unfortunately, Dad's family didn't have one. This label is from the neighboring farm. Grandpa Mel and Grandma Zetta worked for the Andrews family when they were first married...so I have adopted their crate label. I found two online and framed them...one for my kitchen and one for my dad as a Christmas gift.
Canning Apple Pie Filling
This recipe was found on Skip To My Lou Blog
One of my Pins on Pinterest.
Also from Skip To My Lou
3/4 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup butter (use a 1/2 cup to make it over the top)
Pour pie filling into a 9 X 13 pan (or smaller for thicker crisp). Spread topping on top of apples. Bake at 375 degrees for about 35 minutes until bubbly.
Serve warm with ice cream. Yum!
If you crave apple pie, but not the work...try the recipe below.
~ Apple Dumplings ~ The Pioneer Woman
2 sticks butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tubes crescent rolls
2 granny smith apples
12 ounces of Mountain Dew
Vanilla ice cream
Peel and slice your apples.
Wrap each slice in a crescent dough triangle and place in sprayed (greased) pan.
In a bowl, melt your butter and stir in sugar and vanilla.
Pour over top of the wrapped apples....or spread on top with a spoon.
Pour the Mt. Dew all around and sprinkle with Cinnamon.
Place in 350 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Serve hot with ice cream!
Update 3/12 - I've had several readers tell me they like cutting the sugar down to 1 cup. I just tried it and liked it just as much! So, might as well use less sugar, right? :) Believe me, it's still plenty sweet...especially with ice cream.
I have made this before and it's almost too yummy...if that's possible!
Aren't you glad they're back in school!