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May 03

Anything Apple Recipes for Historic Preservation Month

Posted on May 3, 2018 at 12:13 PM by Brittain Williams

When I think of Cornelia, I think apples. The Big Red Apple in the middle of town helps with that and all of the apple themed events throughout the year. Apples are a major crop in the area and I look forward to apple season every year and going to markets to find my favorite varieties.

My aunt makes some of the best apple pie you will ever have. Now don’t tell her I told you that because I’ll never hear the end of it but Thanksgiving with the extended family also means delicious apple pie with an unbelievably flaky crust and just the right amount of spice. I’ve watched her make the recipe for years but I have never been able to get it just right like she does. It’s her own recipe and whatever she does to it is absolutely magical.

For Historic Preservation Month this year, we are collecting Anything Apple recipes to include in a local cookbook, celebrating our local heritage! Recipes must be original, not from an online source or another cookbook. We want to see what local cooks have come up with and what they like to use apples for!

I’m going to share one of my favorite uses for apples here today. It is really simple.

My family loves cheese. With cheese, usually come crackers or other types of bread. We really like to use slices of French bread for hot dips or butter crackers for thick slices of cheddar or gouda. However, in an attempt to get healthier, we have tried to limit the amount of bread we are eating. So, we slice up Red Delicious apples and use them in the same way. The tartness of the apples helps balance the savory elements of cheese and is a baby step at a healthier diet.

Need apple slices but want to prepare in advance? Apples tend to go brown if they are sliced and left out for a bit. A good trick to stop this from happening is to put your cut slices in a dish or a zip top plastic bag and lightly coat them with lemon juice. This prevents the browning from occurring and doesn’t seriously affect the taste if it is only a light coating.

Apples go great with just about any cheese but cheddar is great for a quick snack. If I am feeling fancy, this is what I do.

I start with a round of brie, whatever size would be appropriate for the number I am serving, and I put it in the oven at 350 for 10-15 minutes. After letting it cool for 3-5 minutes, I then drizzle it with local honey over the top, sprinkle with crushed walnuts or pecans, and serve with fresh apple slices and crackers of choice. It is always a hit and is super easy to make. It is gooey and delicious and it smells divine coming out of the oven.

So this month, the City of Cornelia is asking for your recipes! There is a format to the recipes at the bottom of this blog and we ask that you fill it out and take a picture of your recipe so we can include it in our cookbook. The cookbook will be available online for free and physical copies will be available to purchase in the Historic Train Museum gift shop.

Please send your recipes to bwilliams@corneliageorgia.org with the words “Apple Recipe” in the subject. I look forward to reading your recipes!

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