My dear Swiss mother was a marvelous cook. Gravenstein apple trees in her garden gave us bushels of apples each fall and we always had fun cooking up delectable pastries.
I hope to plant some apple trees on our mountain property by the port-a-hut. With bears and an elevation of 9,000 feet, this will be challenging. Our local nursery carries Haralson trees, an apple variety developed in 1920 by the University of Minnesota to flourish in their long cold winters and hot dry summers. Rated for zone 3, which goes to 40 degrees below, they may grow well on our plot.
Apples require cross pollination, so we’d have to buy at least two trees. At $75 each it gets a bit pricey. They’re on sale at the moment, and what girl can resist picking up a few items at bargain prices? 20% off barely shaves enough to convince Lou it’s a deal. Perhaps an Apfelkuchen with a little whipped cream will give him enough calories to dig out his wallet. I’ll make one of my childhood favorites.
Gedeckter Apfelkuchen, covered apple cake
2.5 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons milk
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
2 tablespoons brown sugar
You can whip this out in a jiffy with the right tools. Here are a few that I find indispensable: