We went in the building, paid our $6/person in exchange for a bag and apple picker, and were directed to the apple trees.
It was surprisingly easy to pull the apples off the trees. We had fun searching for the biggest and prettiest.
|going after a good one|
|apples on tree|
|with our full bag|
They also had plenty of pre-picked and washed apples of various varieties for purchase.
Once we got our apples home, we followed directions and scrubbed them clean in a sink of soapy water.
What's the obvious next step with a bunch of fresh apples? Apple pie! We'd never made apple pie before but we combined a highly rated recipe found online with my Grandma's homemade pie crust and hoped for the best. The result was one of the best things I've ever eaten (and this is coming from a girl who "doesn't like fruit pies").
M started by peeling and slicing about 6 apples. The thinner the better in my opinion.
|about 6 apples, peeled and sliced thin|
|grandma's pie crust|
Mike made the sugary filling by melting 1 stick of butter in a large pan. Next, add 3-4 T of flour until a bubbly paste forms. Add 1/4 cup water, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 cup white sugar, and 1/2 cup packed brown sugar. Bring just to a boil, reduce heat and simmer.
Next, mix half of the sugar sauce with the apples and fill the pie crust.
Top apples with upper crust- Traditionally this would be some type of lattice, but I was having fun with the pie cutters instead.
|layering the leaves|
|ready to eat!|