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Sep. 20th, 2015 @ 11:40 am Apple pie party
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There's an apple farmer close to Nijmegen that allows people to come to the orchard and pick their own apples, every Saturday in September. We've been there before, and we thought it would be fun to go again. babarage and her husband came along!

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Apples! We got some instructions on how to pick, and were advised to pick the biggest and reddest apples.


Selecting the best ones to make into apple pie. That tree with the little orange fruit (which is inedible) is there to attract bees and wasps for pollination, because the flowers smell much stronger than the flowers of the apple trees. Every tenth tree in the orchard is one of those 'attractor trees'.


Our haul: eleven kilos of apples -- a mix of goudrenet and elstar. Each pie would take about a kilo of apples, so we overshot our target by quite a bit!
We also visited the little supermarket with local products that was there, and the plastic sheep (now named "One", because one is supposed to count sheep) will be used to annoy babarage's dog. ;)


Cutting up the apples. They were so fresh that they didn't even get brown after being peeled for some time.


klik putting the finishing touches on the finished pie. We added more raisins than the recipe called for, because we could.


One hour later: fresh out of the oven!


Cutting up the pie made a bit of a mess -- no beautiful portions but more of a 'freestyle' piece of pie. Perhaps this is due to the extra moisture from the elstar apples. One day later, the bottom of the pie has gotten a bit soggy as well. One of the tips we got was to use baker's cream powder on the bottom to absorb the excess moisture, which we might try on a following pie.


We also baked a second pie for babarage to take home.


To supplement dinner, we also cut up some apples and warmed that up in the microwave. Smash it up with a fork (as fine as you wish, I prefer a bit chunky), and add a bit of cinnamon. Almost-instant applesauce, doesn't even need added sugar!

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From:babarage
Date:September 20th, 2015 10:11 am (UTC)
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me like apple pie, especially yours. Thank you :). and I still got a few kilos to make into applesauce :)

you'll be happy to hear Huff was not quite as annoyed as we hoped. She sorta likes One, bummer. But how could she not, One is so adorable.
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From:fub
Date:September 20th, 2015 01:13 pm (UTC)
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Poor Huff, being teased by her owners like that. And when she finally gets over herself to accept whatever her owners have decided to tease her with, they act disappointed!
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From:babarage
Date:September 20th, 2015 04:45 pm (UTC)
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Life is a bitch :)
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From:zolphia
Date:September 20th, 2015 12:54 pm (UTC)
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We added more raisins than the recipe called for, because we could.

My steps for making apple pie include:
-replace the raisins in the recipe for black currants
-multiple the quantity by two
-add more black currants for good measure
-oh what the heck, just add a few more

Also, did you add some vanilla flavour to the filling? I find a hefty tablespoon of custard powder mixed through adds depth.
Or maybe that's what you mean with baker's cream powder.

With regards to the moisture: it may also help to just leave the pie sitting in the warm oven for a long while after baking. Unless you're too eager to eat it already, of course.
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From:fub
Date:September 20th, 2015 01:15 pm (UTC)
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Black currants instead of raisins? I think I can see that work.

We used half normal sugar, half vanilla sugar, and that worked nicely. And I think custard powder is what you think it is -- but it's "banketbakkersroom"/pastry cream, not custard.

And yes, we were in a hurry to have a snack. ;)
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From:resonant
Date:September 20th, 2015 10:44 pm (UTC)
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*drools*

Ginger and nutmeg are good too.
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From:sillie82
Date:September 20th, 2015 05:26 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, that looks like fun.

That applepie looks so good...
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From:fub
Date:September 20th, 2015 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Lots of fun indeed! And tasty, too...
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From:anemoona
Date:September 21st, 2015 07:19 am (UTC)
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Waar zit deze appelboer? 'Onze' appelboer in Lobith houdt op met het particuliere appels plukken, dus zoeken we een nieuwe.
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From:fub
Date:September 21st, 2015 07:21 am (UTC)
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Da's De Woerdt in Ressen. Nog iets dichter bij dan Lobith, denk ik. Alleen krijg je dus geen eigen appelboompje, maar krijg je tassen die je zelf vol mag plukken.
Aanstaande zaterdag is de laatste 'publieke plukdag' van dit jaar!
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From:cissa
Date:September 24th, 2015 10:51 pm (UTC)
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Cool!
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