Archive for the ‘Apples’ Category

Apple Salad

01 Jan

Brought to us by Greg

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup whole milk
1 egg
2 large Golden Delicious apples, chopped
2 large Red Delicious apples, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup seedless red grapes, quartered
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

In a small heavy saucepan, combine the flour and sugar. Gradually whisk in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.

Transfer to a small bowl. Cool to room temperature without stirring. Cover surface of salad dressing with waxed paper; refrigerate until cooled.

Just before serving, combine the apples and celery in a large salad bowl. Drizzle with dressing; gently toss to coat. Sprinkle with grapes and walnuts.


Spiced Hot Apple Cider

01 Jan

Brought to us by John

1/2 gallon of apple cider
a 1 inch knob of fresh ginger
1 whole lemon, cut in quarters
1 whole orange, cut in quarters
1 or 2 (2″) cinnamon sticks
pinch of allspice (optional)
5 whole cloves

Combine ingredients in a non-aluminum saucepan. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Strain mixture and serve hot in mugs. Or place in a punch bowl and let your guests help themselves.



Sunset Cider

01 Jan

Brought to us by John

5 gallons fresh apple cider (no preservatives)
2 lbs light brown sugar
1 lb clover honey
1 lb buckwheat honey
1 or 2 packages champagne yeast
½ lb lactose
3/4 cup corn sugar (if bottling)
Place 4 gallons of cider in fermenter. Place 1 gallon of cider in a pot with the honeys and brown sugar. Heat until dissolved, stirring to avoid caramelizing.

Add to fermenter. Pitch yeast when cider is cool. Ferment for 3 to 4 weeks.

If Kegging: Keg and pressurize.

If Bottling: Bottle using corn sugar, age in the bottle 7 to 10 days before drinking.