Crow Mountain Orchard will close for the season effective Monday, December 30. Happy New Year to all of our wonderful customers. We will see you next June.
Today a customer requested a recipe for fried apple pies. I love making them, but don’t really follow a recipe. I did an internet search and found a good video and recipe from the Food Network that makes an easy version.
I know a lot of you southern cooks have your favorite recipes for fried pies. Please share your recipe in the “Comments” here.
I like to use a combination of Granny Smith or Jonathan apples with Golden Delicious. Dried apples are also good for making these pies. Sometimes I make my own crust instead of using the refrigerated flaky biscuits, but the biscuit dough makes it very easy. I know a lot of our customers use the refrigerated dough.
When my daughter, Jennifer, was in college at New York University, she often had apples and other fruit from Crow Mountain Orchard delivered by one of her grandmother’s friends. She would make a skillet of fried apples then use them as filling in a flour tortilla folded in half and fried in some butter to make an easy fried pie.
Carol Deutscher the year they bought the land in Alabama.
Saturday, March 30, one of the owners of Crow Mountain Orchard, Carol Deutscher, passed away at home surrounded by her family and friends following a long illness. We miss my mother terribly.
Many of our customers remember the many years she worked 7 days a week at the counter in the sales room.
Although I live in North Carolina, I try to visit the orchard and see my parents frequently. Earlier this year. I brought home some Jonathans, my favorite cooking apple. I used a half-peck bag to make a large skillet of fried apples. They are wonderful warm served over vanilla ice cream. They are also good in fried pies or even just spooned into a small flour tortilla, folded over and fried in a skillet with butter.
I melt 1/2 to 1 stick of butter in a large, heavy skillet. This can be reduced or eliminated by using some cider or apple juice. In a large bowl, I mix the apple slices with cinnamon and sweetener. My preference is a mix of white and brown sugar. When I am making it for just me and my husband, I use Splenda since we have to watch our sugar intake. I use Stevia for a lot of things, but it doesn’t work too well for these apples.
I know some of you have mentioned that you miss the recipes from the old website. With some technical help from my husband, I was able to link to them from here. You will find “Recipes” listed in the menu at the top of this website which will direct you to all the old recipes.
Ripe Peaches in July
Recently I was at a large farmers market in North Carolina and noticed something when I bought some cucumbers and peaches. The vendors put their produce in boxes or baskets for display, but you take it home dumped in a plastic “thank you” bag. I have seen this repeatedly wherever I have bought fresh produce. I guess it is surprising to me because my parents (owners of Crow Mountain Orchard) have always sold their fruit in the container in which it is displayed. The boxes help keep your fruit safe from bruising. That is just one of the small ways Crow Mountain Orchard ensures you get the best quality fruit!