Apples, Apples and More Apples!
Fall is quickly approaching, and you know what that means… APPLE PICKING!
Apple picking is a great fall activity for adults and children. Take a stroll down the orchard lanes, pick your favourite apples and take in the fresh air! After picking those fresh fruits, you will want to bake some yummy treats! The delicious smell and warmth that freshly baked treats brings to your home is perfect for fall!
Below are some of our favourite apple orchards in the area, followed by our favourite recipes for delicious fall treats!
9528 Regional Road 25, Halton Hills
Not only can you pick your own apples (over 19 different varietals), but you can also visit the play area which includes a large hay maze, tractors, tire swings, farm animals, and pony rides!
Grab a hot dog, eat a fresh apple, and spend a day in the sun this fall at Chudleighs! You will not be disappointed.
573 Parkside Drive, Waterdown
Frootogo Orchards allows you to pick your own apples while enjoying the corn maze and pumpkin patch. You will also find farm animals, a children’s area, and a hot dog barbeque! If a hot dog is not what you fancy, try one of their homemade soups with a biscuit or a homemade sandwich! Grab as many apples as you please and pay by weight on your way out. Be sure to bring your camera as the family fun farm allows for great pictures!
Andrew’s Scenic Acres
9365 10th Sideroad, Milton
At Andrew’s Scenic Acres, you can pick farm fresh fruits! They also offer vegetables and flowers. With a huge playground, farm animals, and hayrides, you can’t go wrong with this farm! There is a picnic area for eating and a BBQ that operates on weekends and holidays. There are straw mountain jumps and a cornfield walk. Pick some fruits, grab some wine at the winery, and have an ice cream cone! There is no better way to spend a fall day!
Nothing beats the smell of fresh baking in your house on a fall day! Once you have visited these incredible orchards and picked your favourite apples, you’ll want to be sure to bake them into delicious treats. Here are some yummy recipes!
Delicious Apple Crisp
This apple crisp will leave you wanting more! Serve with a scoop of ice cream for an extra kick! As an added bonus, this recipe is even gluten free for those who are intolerant!
7 tart apples, peeled, cored and sliced
4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- Preheat oven to 375
- In a mixing bowl, combine apples, lemon juice, and vanilla.
- Layer apple slices in baking pan: Layer sliced apples in a 9 x 12-inch (or approximately the same size) baking pan.
- Make topping: Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and oatmeal in a bowl. Cut in the butter. Sprinkle mixture over apples.
- Bake: Bake at 375°F for 45 minutes or until topping looks crunchy and apples are tender.
Oatmeal-Brown Sugar Baked Apples
4 medium apples, like Jonagold, Fuji, or Honeycrisp
1/4 cup brown sugar (dark or light)
1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Pinch ground cloves
1 tablespoon butter, divided in four
1 cup hot water
- Preheat oven to 375°F with a rack in the lower-middle position.
- Remove the core of the apples, cutting to within a half-inch of the bottom of the apple and creating a well roughly 3/4-inch wide. (You may use an apple corer, melon baller, or paring knife)
- Mix the brown sugar, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a bowl. Divide this mixture between the apples, packing the wells firmly.
- Arrange the apples in a baking dish (8x8-inch Pyrex dish), and top each one with a pat of butter. Pour the water into the bottom of the dish and cover loosely with aluminum foil.
- Bake for 20 minutes and remove foil. Continue baking uncovered until the apples are soft and the brown sugar has melted into a syrup, an additional 20 to 30 minutes. You can test the apples by poking a paring knife through the oatmeal mixture and into the interior of the apple; it should slide into the apple easily with no resistance. The skin on the apples will also become wrinkled and soft by the end of cooking.
- Serve with a scoop of ice cream, crème fraîche, or whipped cream.
2-3 peeled apples (1½ cups when diced)
1 cup flour
¼ cup sugar
¼ tsp salt
1½ tsp baking powder
⅓ cup milk
2 TBS cinnamon sugar mixture
Oil for frying the fritters
- Combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder, and whisk until combined.
- In a small bowl whisk the milk and egg until combined, add into dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated.
- Toss the apple chunks with the cinnamon & sugar and dump the mixture into the batter, stir just a bit to move apples around.
- Heat oil to 370 degrees.
- Fry heaping spoonfuls of the batter (being sure you get apples in each scoop) until golden brown (about 2-3 minutes), be sure to flip fritters to ensure even cook.
- Once fritters are removed from fryer, place them on a cooling rack with paper towels under to catch any drips. Roll in cinnamon sugar or icing sugar before serving.
We hope that these orchards and recipes will help inspire you to embrace the fall as it is fast approaching!