August 12, 2010

Apple Cake and Applesauce!

A Delightful Day!
Last week, with an abundance of Astrachan apples, Diane made an Apple Cake and applesauce. The White Mountain Apple Parer, Corer, and Slicer was used to peel, core, and slice the apples. Any bad spots are then cut out. The apples grown at Corgyncombe Cottage are all organic.

For the Apple Cake Diane used the receipt for Blueberry Coffee Cake in "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook". After the apples were peeled, cored, and sliced, Diane cut up the apple slices more and substituted the uncooked apples for the blueberries originally in the receipt. The applesauce was made by putting the sliced apples in a kettle with half an inch of water and some sugar and letting them cook down but still having some apple chunks left.

To share in our apple delights we invited a friend. She arrived right in time for milking, at the start of a sudden, windy rain shower. Diane grabbed her milking pail and other necessaries and ran out and motioned to her friend to come to the barn quickly, "We're going milking." The old barn at Corgyncombe, that we call "The Ark", was a safe haven from the howling wind, rain, and thunder. With barn chores accomplished, goat kiddles Lucy and Louisa May trotted out to be admired, the storm had ceased, and all returned to the house to strain the milk. Of course Diane's friend wanted to try a nice, warm glass of Nubian Goat Carmella Lucille's good milk to accompany the Apple cake. Whilst enjoying some applesauce, Sarah read aloud an intriguing story we hope to share more about in the future. The sun came out, the sky was blue, and we had such fun sharing common interests, such as books, art, dolls, and genealogy, on such a lovely day!

Every year in May, when the apple trees blossom, the welcome sound of the Oriole can be heard as it flies from apple tree to apple tree collecting bugs to eat.
In Thornton Burgess' "The Burgess Bird Book for Children", Peter Rabbit observed Goldy the Baltimore Oriole in the apple tree. Peter "never had seen any one more beautifully dressed and his song was as rich and beautiful as his coat."

Here is a link to: Corgyncombe Apple Orchard
where the White Mountain Apple Parer, Corer, and Slicer can be seen in action.


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