Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Saturday felt very much like fall, so I took a little drive through the country enjoying the farm stands and apple orchards along the way. One of my favorite apples for baking and eating is the Empire,  which is a cross between Red Delicious and McIntosh. So I headed to Old McMarley's. I love that name! But gee whizzzz, they were out of them. Just when I was about to give up on apples for the day,  Hannaford's supermarket came through for me. While I was grocery shopping, I spied bags of Old McMarley's Empire apples! Stay with me folks - we are getting to the yummy Apple Butter Turnovers from my new cookbook :-)

 Even if you don't want to make the turnovers, you MUST make the apple butter just for the way it makes your house smell!  I promise!  For three pounds of apples, you'll end up with some apple butter (no butter in it) that you can put on toast, pancakes, ice cream, or do what I do, and serve a small dollop with your meal. It's just thick applesauce, and it is wonderful with pork loin. In the photo below, I garnished the apple butter with a piece of the vanilla bean that was used when cooking the apple butter.

The recipe comes from The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook. The Fabulous Beekman Boys can be seen on the Planet Green TV show that is filmed at their 200 year old farm in Sharon Springs, NY. Epicurious refers to them as "the next Martha Stewart." It was a pleasure meeting Brent and Josh (and Josh's parents) at Harvest Fest recently. I just discovered that Bon Appetit is giving away their cookbook, so I am providing the link if you are interested.
Click here. Win the Beekman Boys Cookbook

I highly recommend the cookbook, and plan to cook my way through it. The recipes are listed by season, and each recipe has a blank note space.

For the apple butter, I followed the Beekman recipe for Cinnamon-Ginger Applesauce and cooked it until it was superconcentrated.


¼ cup sugar

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (or 1 stick)

¼ cup thinly sliced fresh ginger

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, or ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract (I used a vanilla bean)

½ cup water

pinch of salt

3 pounds assorted apples, cut into eighths (I used Empire)

In a large saucepan, stir together sugar, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla bean (if using vanilla extract, add it later), salt and ½ cup water. Add the apples and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender, about 30 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to a food mill and puree. Discard the skins and seeds. (I used my old fashioned hand crank food mill and it was very easy)
To make apple butter, slowly cook down the applesauce until it is thick enough for a spoon to stand up in it. The recipe makes about two cups.

 The turnovers are simple to make, and would be perfect with your morning coffee (promise) or for dessert. 
Here is the recipe that I used from the Beekman cookbook.

I served the turnovers ala mode in shallow bowls.

P.S. Did you know that every apple has a star at its core? Next time you cut an apple, try cutting it cross-wise to see the star at the center :-)

I hope you love these~
Thanks for stopping by!

With this post, I will be joining Designs by Gollum Foodie Friday.
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Oh wow, and yum! Hubby will love this, so I must try it. We don't have any such things as road side stands, or apple farms around here. When we are in the mountains, I absolutely love stopping at the road side stands and buying fresh, hot, apple cider. Hubby always has to get fresh cider to bring home with us. You are very fortunate to be surrounded by such wonderful things. Going to try this recipe.

  2. I love apple butter, looks fantastic, Debbie. Have to check out their show, never heard of them. Thanks for the heads up!

  3. Oh YUM!! Love both apple butter and puff pastry :)


  4. Looks delish! You two are adorable! Did you make th pedestal dish by using a small flower pot upside down? If so, vey clever!

    As for our WET train ride - yup, I heard weather will be beautiful up there this wkend - story of my life!! But we had fun anyway. I will be taking the Cape Cod train this weekend along the canal and the weather is supposed to be 75', so that should make up for last week! Will post pics from it!

    Enjoy the beautiful wkend!

  5. The apple butter, turnovers, cookbook and photos all look fabulous!

    I used to make apple butter now and then, in the oven. Some folks in our neck of the woods still make it outdoors, over an open fire.

  6. That looks great! I have made applesauce but not apple butter.
    I have never heard of the Beekmans, but now I will look for them and google their recipes.

  7. Nice book review Debbie. I am about to have a few extra apples and have been thinking of doing apple butter so will maybe give this one a try. Did you use the fresh ginger called for or the dried spice? I will look for the star! I love how when you take the first bite from an apple it often resembles a heart :-)


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