Hudson Valley Apples

Hudson Valley Apples are recognized the world over as the best.  Honeycrisp.  Granny Smith.  McIntosh.  Red Delicious.  So many varieties!  But besides eating them or baking them into a pie (YUM!) or making apple sauce what else can you do with them?  We’ve found a few suggestions thanks to Delish and allrecipes.

Hudson Valley ApplesLet’s start with Apple Butter.  Slow cooking, gentle stirring and time transform Hudson Valley Apples into something smooth and delicious.  Unlike jellies and preserves, fruit butters require little or no sugar.  Letting the fruits natural sugars provide just the right amount of sweetness.  Here’s a great recipe from Chef John at allrecipes.  At The Croff House we make our own version and use it in our popular Allspice Apple Butter Muffins.

For breakfast why not whip up a batch of apple pancakes?  Fluffy and full of apple goodness.  Want something easier?  Make an Apple Raisin French Toast Casserole the night before.  Let it sit out for a bit before popping it in the oven – great for the Holidays!

Okay, now for some completely unusual uses for Hudson Valley Apples.

Hudson Valley ApplesRamp up your appletini with apple infused vodka:  Simple put 2-3 cored and quartered apples in a mason jar and fill with vodka.  The more apples the deeper the flavor.  Let sit for a few days, giving it a shake a couple of times a day.  Looking for a healthy snack for the kids (grown ups, too)?  Apple chips are a great alternative to cookies and satisfy a sweet tooth.  Fragrant apple potpourri brings the scent of Autumn into your home. So much better than the store bought kind, too.