Our 2014 “On the Farm” Open House and Cider Pressing was so much fun. You can’t go wrong with good friends, good food, and good old-fashioned Fresh Pressed Apple Cider!
The menu for the event featured – APPLES, of course!!!!
Here are the recipes Dianna used for the Apple-inspired Menu.
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 8 oz honey greek yogurt
- 1/4 – 1/2 c brown sugar- to taste
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 t ground cinnamon
- 1 t nutmeg, fresh grated
Beat it all together and continue to beat until fluffy!!
Applesauce Cake with Caramel Glaze
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened (preferably homemade) applesauce
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
For the caramel glaze:
- 4 tablespoons butter, cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 to 1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
Heat the oven to 350 degrees and butter and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, pepper and spices and set aside. In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the eggs with both sugars until light. Mix in the applesauce, oil and vanilla until smooth. Using a spatula, fold in the dry ingredients, being careful not to over-mix. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes, until a cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool the cake for 10 minutes in the pan on a rack before turning it out and cooling completely on the rack — make sure the cake is not at all warm before you make the glaze.
Put a piece of foil or paper under the cooling rack to catch any drips before you start the glaze. Put the butter in a medium saucepan with the brown sugar, cream and salt and set over medium heat. Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil for one minute exactly, and then pull it off the heat. Leave the pan to cool for a couple of minutes, and then gradually whisk in the powdered sugar until you have a thick, but pourable consistency (you may not need all the sugar). If the mixture seems too thick, just add a splash of cream to thin it out a little. Immediately pour the glaze over the cake, moving slowly and evenly to cover as much surface area as possible. Let the glaze set before serving the cake.
Sweet, Salty, Crunchy, Zingy Apple and Celery Salad
- 2 cups celery, thinly sliced (on a bit of a diagonal)
- 1 sweet-tart apple, such as Braeburn or Pink Lady, cored and cut into smallish chunks
- 2 tablespoons (heaping) golden raisins
- 2 tablespoons capers
- 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon good olive oil
- 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint
- 3 tablespoons (generous Tbs.) crumbled ricotta salata (or other fresh, salty cheese)
If the raisins are dry, soak them for 10 minutes in a bit of apple juice or water. Then drain them. Combine the celery, apple, raisins, and capers in a medium-large bowl. Drizzle with the lemon juice and olive oil and toss well to coat. Throw in the sliced mint and the crumbled feta and toss again until everything is a lovely jumble. Serve! This salad also just grows better as it sits a little while and the flavors hang out and get to know each other a bit better (within reason, I’m talking a couple hours to a day here, more than that and the celery does start to lose its crunch).
- 4 handfuls mixed greens
- 1/4 celery root, peeled and very thinly sliced or cut into matchsticks
- 1 fennel bulb, very thinly sliced
- 3/4 cup pecans, toasted
- 5 slices lardons or thick cut bacon, cut into lardons
- 1tart apple, thinly sliced into half moons
In a heavy skillet cook lardons over moderate heat. Stir occasionally until crispy on all sides and reserve on a paper towel to drain fat. Place all of the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Pour 1/4 of the dressing over the salad and toss well. Taste a piece of lettuce and add more dressing depending on your preference.
Caramelized Apple Vinaigrette:
- 8 ounces brown sugar
- 12 ounces plus 4 ounce apple cider vinegar
- 4 clove garlic, minced
- 4 apple, peeled, cored and medium diced
- 4 lemon
- 16 ounces olive oil
- 4 teaspoon fresh thyme
- salt to taste
- In a small skillet over medium heat add 3 ounces vinegar and the sugar. Let it reduce until the color turns a dark caramel color and begins to thicken. You will start to see big foamy bubbles on the surface. Add the apples and garlic and sauté until the apples are cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat and put in the blender with 1 ounce of vinegar, thyme, juice of ½ lemon and a pinch of salt. Woosh until blended, then slowly add the oil. Blend until the dressing is emulsified. Taste and season with salt and perhaps a splash more vinegar.
It’s Easy Eating Greens Cake
The combination of kale with apple makes a delicious combination. Adam says “If it wasn’t so green, it would be prefect!” You can’t taste the kale but the color is like lime or pistachio. This cake proved to be very kid friendly at our On the Farm Day. A new way to eat your greens, in cake!
- 2 c fresh kale leaves (could substitute chard leaves)
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 c coconut oil
- 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
- 3/4 c sugar
- 2 t orange or almond or vanilla extract
- 2 sweet apples, peeled and grated
- 2 c whole wheat flour
- 2 t baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour 9 x 13 pan. Tear the center stalk/stem from each kale leaf. Then tear each leaf into smaller pieces. Boil or steam the kale for just a few minutes until tender. Rinse in cold water, drain and puree with blender. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, oil, applesauce, sugar and extract together well. Add kale puree and grated apple. Sift in the dry ingredients, add to bowl and stir until just combined. Do not over mix. Pour the batter into cake pan and bake for 30 minutes. Test with toothpick. Allow the cake to cool completely before icing.
- 1 1/4 c powdered sugar
- 2 T butter, softened
- 4T applesauce
- 1/2 t orange or almond or vanilla extract
Puree applesauce in a blender to get the texture of baby food. You want it really smooth. You will only use 2T in the frosting, but the extra volume makes it puree better. (you can use the 2 extra T in the cake) Put powdered sugar into a large bowl. Add butter, 2T baby food applesauce, & extract. With an electric mixer, beat until smooth. Frosting can be stored in the fridge until needed.
Pioneer Apple Candy
This is a recipe that dates back into the 1800s. The results is very similar to Turkish Delight.
- 2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
- 1 1/4 cups cold applesauce
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1/2 c chopped nuts (optional)
Soak gelatin in 1/2 cup cold applesauce for 10 minutes. Combine remaining applesauce and sugar and gently boil 10 minutes. Add gelatin and applesauce mixture and boil 5 minutes longer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, add vanilla, and pour into well greased bread pan. Let set overnight in refrigerator. Then cut in squares and roll in powdered sugar.