We started off our journey doing what any good apple hunter would do… research. We have been to a few apple orchards around the cities and for some reason they never are what I’m looking for. They are usually overly commercialized with activities for the kids. After their $5 per person admission you can take their tractor rides for another $5 and ride a pony for another $5. It’s just not what I was looking for. We looked at Kare11’s Top Orchards list voted on by the Twin Cities viewers. We picked the top one. The sight looked great, just what we were looking for. We drove around 50 minutes there and got to the store to find out that do not let you pick your own. They even had the orchards gated off to visitors too… They had a great store and bakery but lacked the experience we were looking for. We’ll lets get out the map and see if there are any other orchards close by…
We realized we were right next to Stillwater’s Aamodts Apple Farm. This time I got smart, and called to confirm we could pick our own before leaving. So off we went, another 15 minutes to the next orchard. This one was just what we were looking for. A 10lb bag of apples was $15. They also sold a 4lb bag for $5 for those less committed to their apple consumption. We got our two bags and were off to the orchard. No need to pay admission! No bells or whistles, just an old fashion apple farm.My daughter became an expert picker by the end of it. She found us a great tree that had not been picked over yet. She was pulling apples like a pro, making sure to not take the buggy ones. My son even got into it, even though he couldn’t hold an apple with one hand. I didn’t realize how important that was in the picking process. He still had a great time. After filling our car with apples, we decided to check out the store. They had a lot of baked goods and butters. I really wanted to try their apple syrup, but I figured that we had plenty of sweets at home already. If we didn’t have them, we certainly will by the time all the baking is done.
By the end of the day, with a little a bit of my daughters help, I have 6 different pull-apart loafs of bread. I think tomorrow… I may move on to Apple Cinnamon Scones, then Apple Pie Bars… maybe some Apple Cookies? Does this Apple A Day rule count if it’s covered in caramel or baked into something sweet? Maybe this trip was a bad idea.
Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Loaf –
3 medium Apples, pealed and diced
3/4 cup of Brown Sugar
2 teaspoon of Cinnamon
Drizzle of Molasses
2 containers of Pillsbury Ready Made Biscuits
1 cup Powdered Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
1-3 teaspoon Water.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix Apples, Brown Sugar and Cinnamon together in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle on Molasses so it’s lightly covered when tossed. It has a strong taste so don’t go overboard. Layout your dough on a cutting board. Using a pizza cutter make each of the preformed biscuits into cubes. It’s doesn’t have to be perfect. Separate into 2 -3 loaf pans. I used 3 foil ones from the dollar store. Bake for 50 minutes.
Once out of the oven and slightly cooled, combined icing ingredients. Start adding water a teaspoon at a time until the icing can drip off a fork easily. Then put on as much or as little as you want. It’s best served warm. My husband and I both agreed that some whip cream or ice-cream would be a nice complement for a desert.