On express orders from pretty much everyone who's had to deal with me lately, I took a walk up over the hill, to visit the horses. Right after I picked them a couple buckets of crappy apples.
Not to be confused with crabby apples. (Recipe below.)
The big apples aren't very tasty. The little crab apples are even worse. Unless you're a horse. (Though I've discovered a few cups of brown sugar can take the edge off pretty much anything.)
Walnut Crab Apple Bread Recipe
- 2 cups crab apples, schmooshed, seeds removed. (might want to get rid of those stems, too.)
- 1/2 cup butter (lightened up: 1/4 cup butter + 1/4 cup applesauce)
- 2 eggs (lighter: same amount, liquid eggs)
- 1 cup brown sugar (real maple syrup is healthier, but I haven't goofed around with it)
- 2 tbs. milk
- 2 tbs. cinnamon
- 2 cups flour (+ 2 extra tbs. flour if you live in the mountains, like me.)
- 3/4 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
Bake in a bread pan @ 350, for about an hour.
And, be warned:
* I've had mixed reviews on this recipe. I liked it. Bella thinks prepping and cooking baby crab apples is a huge waste of time. (She'd much rather eat them raw.)
What's that you say? These things produce fruit??
My soul goal for planting crab apple trees was the heavenly pink, white and fuchsia flowers in springtime. Fruit, if any, could be a tasty treat for the birds. Or, so I thought. We're gonna need lots more birds...