Last weekend, I finally went apple picking! It was my first time and something we’ve been talking about doing for weeks now. I found a cute orchard in upstate New York, about an hour and a half from the city, and so we piled into the car and had a scenic drive up to Masker Orchards. It was beautiful – the perfect fall weather with changing foliage and crisp air — something I forget living in a concrete jungle. And I got to say, the views were really amazing.
Having gone late in the season many of the trees were picked clean, all that remained were dozens of apples underneath the trees. In some spots, we really had to work for the apples, not tall enough to reach in many instances.
All in all, it was an interesting experience to say the least. I am a city gal through and through so I was a little out of my element traipsing up and down apple tree-lined lanes trying to pick some apples. But there was lots of laughs and good company so that’s all that counts really! And we did have a good haul.
We brought home a ton of apples each and some apple cider donuts and homemade cider from the orchard.
And while I have several apple desserts up my sleeve, I decided to start with baked apples! They are a simple dessert that you can easily improvise with whatever baking supplies you may have lying around the house. I decided to do a little brown sugar and granola mixture with nutmeg and cinnamon, yum!
Baked apples are super simple — core out your apples, add your sugar mixture, dot with a dab of butter. Place your apples in a casserole dish and add boiling water to the bottom of the pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes until soft.
Serve with a little dash of heavy cream or a little vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
Sometimes desserts taste a little sweeter when you spent an afternoon harvesting the ingredients yourself!