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25 Sep

Last year we had such an abundance of apricots, plums, pears  and apples.  With this fruit  I made – jam, syrup, fruit leather, dried apricots, dried apples, applesauce, a variety of desserts and canned dozens of jars of each of them. All but a few jars of applesauce were eaten through the winter.

This summer is quite different. Our apricot crop amounted to 3 dozen apricots. They were good, but gone so quickly. The few plums ripened while we were out of town, so they too are gone. The pear tree supplied us with 4 pears to savor. Our apple harvest is also minimal. We have less than I gave away to one person last year. But I do have enough to have a dozen jars of applesauce canned for the winter, have enjoyed fresh apples, some baked desserts, and still have a few in the refrigerator for an apple salad, pie or crisp.


Windfall apples

22 Sep

Lots of apricots (see here and here), plums, and now apples. So far the windfall apples have provided plenty of fruit.

We have not picked any apples off the trees yet, but I have already canned sliced apples and applesauce that can be used this winter. I even made some desserts. Since we do not spray our fruit trees (organic) we find plenty of surprises in these windfall apples. That means there’s a lot of work that goes in to using them, but the end result is just as good as from perfect apples.

Plums follow apricots

1 Sep

Just when I had finished with the crop of apricots, our plums ripened.

I canned a dozen jars of plums and made this luscious Plum Clafoutis.

I like to try new recipes when the backyard-fruit-tree-bounty is upon us. A search for plum recipes came up with this French dessert on Gourmet. It’s an easy crepe batter poured over the plums. So simple and tasty, too!

Apricot…jam, nectar, syrup, and sweet desserts

12 Aug

Still plenty of apricots left this year for a couple of batches of yummy jam.

Next…some nectar & sauce which will taste so good during the coming winter.

Followed by a batch of syrup…topping for pancakes, waffles, or ice cream!

Then I simply had to bake an apricot torte and this apricot almond galette, from allrecipes. Delicious!

Apricot leather anyone?

8 Aug

So, I picked a lot of apricots and then some of them became fruit leather.

Blend apricots with a banana and a little sugar if you want them sweeter, pour the concoction onto pans lined with plastic wrap. I pour mine into pancake size portions and let them air dry.

Here in Utah, I can place the pans out in the hot dry sun and by evening I have fruit leather. The other option is to put the fruit leather in a low oven for 5–6 hours to dry. If you have dried them au’natural it destroys anything which may be on the leather.

When dry, roll up, fill some zip-top plastic baggies, and put in freezer to store.