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.
Let’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.
Ramp 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.
It’s Labor Day. The unofficial end of summer is here and we’re trying to think
what we did this summer. Besides it being hot (sometimes unbearably so!) the days seemed to fly by due in large part to Delphina, our former Assistant who we promoted to full-time Innkeeper. Delphina has taken over full time responsibility for the day to day operation of the inn. She loves the new duties which also include growing fresh tomatoes and herbs in the garden we dedicated for her use at the side of the inn. With it she’s been able to experiment with new muffin recipes. Parmesan Pesto and Cherry Sage are personal favorites. Additionally her signature entree, Eggs Benedict Casserole, features a side of pan roasted potatoes with fresh rosemary and thyme.
Now, however, we look forward to Autumn. Cooler days and nights, the changing of the leaves, shorter days and apples, apples, apples! The Hudson Valley is home to one of the country’s largest harvests of apples of every variety. It’s no wonder we use them in our fall menu’s. A guest favorite is Poached Apples served over Vanilla Greek Yogurt and topped with a homemade Butterscotch Crunch topping. Fresh made Allspice Apple Butter Muffins are made even better since we make the apple butter right at The Croff House.
Autumn is also the time when thoughts turn to the holidays. As usual The Croff House will be decked out for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year the Hudson Business Coalition will be coordinating the Second Annual “Holiday House Tour” on Sunday, December 9. During the inaugural event last year we welcomed over 150 visitors to the inn and, as the event’s popularity grows we look to see more folks enjoying the beauty of the season. More details to follow. Before you know it strains of “Auld Lang Syne” will be sung and glasses raised to 2019.
But for now it’s ok to ask “where’d the summer go?”. Don’t forget to book your Fall getaway at The Croff House. Click here for rates and availability.