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Hertha's Cookbook
APPLE CRISP

INGREDIENTS:

Topping
1 cup quick oatmeal
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup canola oil (more or less according to consistency)
Peel, core, and slice apples - at least 6 to fill a 9x13 pan.

DIRECTIONS:

Grease 9x13 pan, fill with apple slices, cover with topping. Adjust apple to fill pan to your liking, increase amount of topping to your liking. Press down gently on the topping. Bake at 350 degrees 30 minutes. Adjust baking time according to firmness of apples and doneness of topping. A McIntosh apple will mush up nicely, a Fuji will hold its shape. But if the top looks done, and the Fuji appears dry, take a fork and gently press down all over the top. The juice will flow. I sometimes pour a little apple syrup over the pan if I feel the apples are too dry.

 

In addition to fruit, we also make apple cider - the real thing! No preservatives, or anything - just plain cider. AND we make the best apple butter around. Again - just plain apple butter - no spices, no sugar, no preservatives! Our butter's reputation has spread to Texas and Florida.

Another of our products is apple syrup - again, no preservatives, no sugar, no spices. It can be used like maple syrup - on pancakes, waffles, and French toast. It has been used on oatmeal, ice cream, chicken, ham, and pork chops. A BBQ sauce using the syrup was developed by a restaurant in Michigan that has quite a following.Orchard Hill Farms Products

The next step in our apple progression was apple jelly - again, no preservatives, no sugar, no spices.

The final product using apples is the natural apple cider vinegar we make every year. At the end of the apple season, just before closing the market, we put up 100 plus gallons of cider for vinegar. It works for nine months turning into vinegar in time for the next apple season. We bottle the vinegar in pints, quarts, half gallons and gallons.

Apples need to be pollinated and so we have bees on the farm. In the spring during bloom we bring in additional bees for pollination, but we have a small apiary of our own. Honey harvest is sometime in September. Rick has taken an interest in bees in recent years and maintains our hives. We like spiced apple cider in the winter but hate the foam or scum from commercial mulling spices. So we developed our own apple spice. It contains our special blend of 6 spices, doesn't foam or form scum. Mom uses it in baking, pies and cakes. Sometimes she puts "a little to taste" in Cool Whip for a fresh fruit slice dip!