Drive to an Orchard

Apple Trees
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I drove 75 miles to deliver apple cookbooks yesterday. Nebraska City, Nebraska is having an Applejack Festival this weekend, September 18-19, and Tree Adventure at Arbor Day Farm needed more books. I wanted to make sure they had them in time.

Arbor Day Farm is owned and operated by The National Arbor Day Foundation which is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting tree planting and conservation throughout the United States. There are lots of signs at Arbor Day Farm to “Plant Trees”.

While there I stopped to buy some apples and had a piece of apple pie. The pie was absolutely delicious. (I don’t usually do this, but they looked and smelled very inviting)!

It was a beautiful fall day. As you drive into the area you see many, many apple trees still loaded down with fruit. That is what fall is all about! That is why I love what I do.

In one of the apple cookbooks I delivered, Apples, Apples Everywhere – Favorite Recipes from America’s Orchards, there is a write-up about the Orchard at Arbor Day Farm and one of their favorite recipes.

I now share the recipe with you that was shared with me for the cookbook:

Apple Pie A’Plenty

Filling
8 cups sliced apples (Jonathan makes great pies)
2 – 2 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Topping
1 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cups sugar
12 tablespoons butter or margaring

Make pastry for a double crust pie. Pat pastry into a 9 x 13 inch pan, forming and crimping edges as usual. Peel and thinly slice enough apples (about 8 cups) to fill pastry lined pan. Combine apples with sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Place this apple filling mixture in pan and sprinkle with topping. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 1 hour or until done. Servings: 15-18

I hope you get  to visit an orchard this week-end. If you are at the Applejack Festival in Nebraska City, make sure you visit Tree Connection at Arbor Day Farm and ask for my apple cookbooks!

Best to you,

Lee Jackson
Books for cooks and apple lovers
kids, families, and parenting professionals
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