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Holler for Apples


It’s apple picking season! A couple weeks ago, I took Hailey apple picking at Apple Holler in Sturtevant, WI. We took a tractor ride to the orchards and picked collected Gala, Golden Delicious, Jonathan and Honey Crisp apples. I say collected instead of picked because by the time we arrived at 3:00 pm the open section of the orchard was picked clean, but they had plenty of harvested apples to choose from in crates. Unfortunately, due to heat and drought earlier this year, the apple crop was much smaller and the growers need to carefully manage which orchards they open for picking and when they open them to the public.

Wagon Ride

We were slowly but surely making a dent in our haul and apples can keep for up to three weeks in the refrigerator. However, I was starting to fear for the quality of the ones that were left, so I decided to bake an apple crostata for this weekend’s Purdue Homecoming tailgate (Boiler Up!). I spotted the inspiration for this recipe in a Food & Wine San Pelligrino ad, but I ultimately decided to make Ina Garten’s version after looking around at other recipes. I simplified it further by using a premade pie crust because I haven’t yet found the time to perfect the art of pie crust. (I could only find 9-inch premade pie crusts and the recipe called for a 12 inch crust. I forgot to scale back the apples and topping so I had some left over.)

Apple Crostata

The final product was delicious and bursting with the favors of fall. And, best of all I love that a day of apple-picking fun was extended to a house filled with scrumptious smells and lip-smacking kudos from hungry tailgaters.

Anyone have any recommendations on making a perfect pie crust?