What Am I Going to do with All These Apples? - Part 1
It was a bumper crop of apples this year. I've got about 50 lbs in the freezer, 20 lbs in the refrigerator, 2 dozen 1/2 pint jars of apple butter, 1 dozen quarts of sauce, a half-dozen quarts of canned apple slices, a dozen quarts of cider (all the frozen cider exploded in the freezer), and 4 gallons of dehydrated apples. Now the question is, "What am I going to do with all these apples?!?!"
It's Deer Hunting opening weekend and we've got a house-full, which means a lot of hunters coming in looking for a warm fire and comfort food. I like to hunt but I love to cook so I'll spend the weekend cooking for the troops and will do my hunting during the week. The chickens aren't laying much now so eggs are scarce but Dana brought some good bacon. Pork and apples are a classic combination so it's a great opportunity to play with some recipes. One of my favorite breakfast treats for a crowd is breakfast pastry. It's a favorite because it's incredibly easy, you can use whatever ingredients you have on hand, and everyone loves it.
For this morning's version I grabbed a half pint jar of apple butter, 2 tart apples from the fridge (I could have used frozen but our cellar isn't great storage for apples so I like to use up those fresh apples before they get soft), dried cranberries, raisins, chopped walnuts, and some leftover caramels from the Halloween party.
2 cans Pillsbury crescent rolls
2 large crisp apples - sliced thin
1/2 pint apple butter (apple sauce would work just fine)
*your choice of dried fruit, chopped nuts, caramel
Pre-heat oven to 350
Line a baking dish with parchment paper
Carefully unroll crescent rolls diving into rectangles and place them on the baking sheet with a little space between (each can has 8 triangle portions - keep 2 facing triangles together and gently pinch edges to join them)
Spread 2 tbsp apple butter onto each triangle, leaving space around the edges. Use less if your apple butter is runny. You don't want it running off the sides.
Spread apple slices over the apple butter
Add other toppings as desired
My combos: apple cranberry walnut, apple raisin walnut, apple caramel
Bake at 350 for 18 - 20 minutes or until pastry is golden around the edges.