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Maple Bourbon Apple Butter – Review

Apple picking at Puddicombe Farms

Apple picking at Puddicombe Farms

We went apple picking late in the season this year, so the selection was waning when we arrived at Puddicombe Farms.  The most plentiful trees were the Mutsu trees, and since these apples are ideal for baking we happily filled up our bags.  Mutsu apples were first grown in Japan and are named after the northern Mutsu Province.  They’re a cross between a Golden Delicious and an Indo apple, and are a nice balance of sweet and sour flavours.

Apple picking at Puddicombe Farms

Apple picking at Puddicombe Farms

The weather was so warm it still felt like summer and we peeled off our layers of fall clothing as we walked up and down the rows of trees. 

Apple picking at Puddicombe Farms

Apple picking at Puddicombe Farms

I’ve always wanted to make my own apple butter.  I first discovered this buttery jam years ago while on a detox and was impressed with how rich the apples tasted without the use of sugar.  Flavour and consistency varied a lot between brands and I eventually I became addicted to the dark, sweet Wellesley apple butter, made with Ontario apples.

Food In Jars Apple Butter

Food In Jars Apple Butter

For my first attempt at apple butter I tried Food In Jars Maple Bourbon Apple Butter recipe.  I like her recipes in general because she uses syrups or juice instead of sugar.  After cooking the apples for about an hour, they’re pureed and baked in an oven for 2-3 hours which brings out the sweetness and should give the sauce a darker, richer look.  I think we probably should have baked our sauce a bit longer, as the consistency tasted closer to baby food than jam, and feel as though the colour was too light as well.  I would also add double the amount of maple syrup, bourbon and orange zest because I couldn’t taste these flavours at all, which was a shame because they sound like a delicious combination!  Overall, the apple butter still turned out nicely and I’m planning to give some jars away as gifts come Christmas, but I’m still on a quest to make that rich apple butter that I first fell in love with.

 

Cherry Picking

Last weekend, I spend a beautiful summer’s day picking cherries.  The sun shone down on a field full of bright cherry trees, and my girlfriends and I spent hours filling up our baskets and taking silly photos, it was a sublime way to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon.  I love taking my time picking cherries, searching for the perfect one and pretending for a moment that I live on a farm and am able to grow and pick my own food all the time.  One day, I want that dream to come true!

Cherry Picking, Puddicombe Farms

Cherry Picking, Puddicombe Farms

Cherry Picking, Puddicombe Farms

Cherry Picking, Puddicombe Farms

We picked sweet cherries and sour cherries and planned to make lots of jam, pies and preserves.

Cherry Picking, Puddicombe Farms

Cherry Picking, Puddicombe Farms

Look at these radiant sour cherries!  They covered the trees like pretty ruby gems.

Cherry Picking, Puddicombe Farms

Cherry Picking, Puddicombe Farms

We picked A LOT of cherries.  I’m a little scared about how long it will take to pit all of them.  Stay tuned!

What are your favourite fruits to pick in the summer?