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Apples-Autumn Series Challenge Day

Autumn came this past weekend to our world and we awoke to sprinkles of rain on the ground. It wasn’t much so we didn’t let it cancel our plans to head up early to the apple orchards to find some apples to sample and use as part of our apple challenge.

Apple Doughnuts
Our traditional autumn outing always starts off with apple cider doughnuts….there are plain, glazed, crumb, and cinnamon spice varieties to enjoy along with your big cup of steaming hot coffee. The crumb doughnuts were the first to be eaten. We were early enough to have a good spot to sit to eat and enjoy the mountain air.

Apples in Bins High Hill Ranch
Then the real business of the day was at hand, choosing a few new kinds of apples to try. We were disappointed that they did not have Honey Crisp to purchase since I had read on several blogs about their wonderful taste. In the end, we settled on Empire, Jonagold, and Mutsu.

Apple Varieties

Empire is a cross between Red delicious and McIntosh.
Jonagold is a cross between a Jonathan and a Golden Delicious.
Mutsu is also known as the Crispin.

Our official taste tests were interrupted when we decided to make the Mutsu apples into a pastry dessert. Mr. B had already created a wonderful dessert a few months ago with some apples and he repeated his recipe for us to enjoy again.

Apples in Bins at High Hill
We compared the sizes, colors, shapes, and tastes of the apples, noting the seed patterns, the skin textures, and the skin thicknesses as we cut and peeled the apples for the pastry and some applesauce.

Granny Smiths in Bins
Some of the apples were so large that they would be a complete meal all by themselves! My dear husband announced that although he enjoyed the new varieties that we picked out, he still loves the Granny Smith for eating the best. Go figure.

This was a delicious challenge for our family and we learned a little more about the different local varieties of apples available for eating and baking.

8 thoughts on “Apples-Autumn Series Challenge Day

  1. Wow, look at all the variety! I have never had apple donuts before but I have seen a lot of people posting about them so they must be good. They sure look good.

  2. Although we are only on Lesson 2 this week, we are skipping ahead to the apple challenge. We had already planned to go to our local apple orchard this week, so we’re going to do the study and go back to Lesson 2 next week! I printed the apple variety cards, mounted them on cardstock and bound them together with yarn so they would be sturdier for us while we are out and about. I can’t wait to bite into those apples!

  3. Those apple donuts look delish! I’m always amazed at the variety of apples, and it is so fun to try the different local varieties.

    Looks like you had a wonderful day. We hope to do our challenge this weekend, when Dad can come along for the adventure too 🙂

  4. I think you had us all at Donut. 🙂 Great Trip!

  5. My mouth is watering! Beautiful pics.

  6. I am living vicariously through your blog! I haven’t ever been to an apple orchard or tasted an apple that wasn’t from the grocery store. This looks amazing!

  7. These donuts are our favorite!! We look forward to them every year. Already looking forward to next year.

  8. Dangit! We had our apples. I fried ’em! *lol*

    Starting over….

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