To me September is synonymous with apples.
When I lived in Michigan, September signalled the opening of the local cider mills. We were lucky enough to have one in the little town where I lived. I have fond memories of that sweet and delicious apple cider accompanied by a freshly made doughnut covered in cinnamon sugar. Yum!
I no longer have a cider mill nearby and I couldn't find any at the grocery store yesterday, but I have decided that this apple juice is almost as good.
I had recently seen a recipe for apple butter that sounded sooo good. The recipe called for a mixture of apples. I chose Granny Smiths, Braeburns and Johnagold. After a bit of peeling those apples were ready to begin the process of becoming apple butter.
I wish you could smell the heavenly scent that was wafting through the air in my kitchen this afternoon. Sweet apples mingling with cinnamon and cloves ~ the smell of fall. Well, I can't share the smells with you, but I can share the recipe. If you would like to try it you can find it by clicking here.
What would apple butter be without a good piece of bread to go with it? As my apple butter was simmering away, the bread machine was working hard on a loaf of Harvest Bread. Recipe is here if you are interested. It smelled (and tasted) quite heavenly too. You know I could never recommend recipes without tasting them first ;).