I always want to visit an apple orchard this time of the year.
I happened to see a big sign advertising this orchard while driving on a highway, and I got excited because it was not too far from our house.
It was a beautiful property.
There is a lake right next to the orchard.
I didn’t realize apples grow this close, concentrated!
I even got to try my first-ever corn maze!
There were several letters hidden inside the maze, and if you find the right word that use those letters, you can get a prize, an apple!
It was the last hot/humid day, and we were sweating so bad.
So, we gave up finding all the letters, but we were (my husband was) still able to guess the word, and we were (he was) right!
They also had a pumpkin patch.
Some orchards allow you to pick apples yourself, but not this one.
Instead, you can purchase their apples here at the barn.
They had several different varieties, but I decided to get Lakeland because it was recommended for pies and eating fresh both.
I was thinking about getting 2 pounds.
When my husband asked the lady at the store how much is usually needed to make a pie, she said “3 pounds”.
I told him that I wouldn’t need much because I would make a galette, not a pie, and he told the lady that we would buy 2 pounds.
Interestingly, when we brought the bag handed by the lady to the cashier, we were told that it was 3 pounds.
I guess the lady wanted to make sure I had enough to make a pie?! :O
I’m not complaining, though.
I definitely did not need all to make my galette, but we certainly enjoyed eating the rest, no problem.
I just thought it was kind of funny.
The Lakeland apple has a nice tartness and keeps its shape when cooked, so it was really great for the galette (or pie).
I put almond paste/crumble on top, and I loved the flavor combination.
I served it with vanilla sauce.
The crust recipe I used was a Japanese recipe, and it was apparently much smaller than the American size.
I had a lot of filling left over, so I decided to make bread pudding.
This turned out great, too.
I love baking with apples.