Momma Said for September 30, 2014

Am I alone in the universe or are there others out there that can lose something and never move? My nemesis is the dreaded bread twist tie. I can open a loaf of bread, lay the darned thing down, get a slice of bread, go to close the bag and the tie is gone. It never fails.

This has happened to me with other items as well. I can be working, use a tool, lay it down, turn around and I can’t find it. Momma Said, “I have come to the realization that I am being followed by gnomes.” I know call me crazy, (which I probably am about a half a bubble off) but I can’t figure out how you can lay something down and never move from the spot where you are standing and lose said item.

I will look everywhere for the item and can’t spot it, when miracle of all miracles here it lies right beneath my eyes. I think the gnomes play games of hide and seek just to see me go crazy. Momma Said, “Fight fair and show yourselves, you little buggers.” At least give me something to aim at when I get mad enough to throw something.

This has been a busy week for me. I finally got all the beets canned. It doesn’t sound like much only got 12 quarts, but that was a lot of work. I made a test batch of applesauce and it turned out a little thick so adjustments are in order. I have about three bushel of apples to work up in sauce and pie filling. Momma Said, “Thank goodness the reinforcements are coming to my rescue in this venture.”

I finished with seven pints of shelled beans and just heard there will be pears to be delivered soon. The bad thing is I am writing all this and if the apocalypse hits, everyone will know where to come for all the food. I have kept some, worked some on shares and given away most of it to my family. Momma Said, “I hope they enjoy it and don’t get too fat eating all of it.” At least it is fresh and not full of preservatives for the children.

I have heard if there is a heavy harvest that means we will have a bad winter. Momma Said, “If that is the case with all the apples there are this year, we are going to have to learn to live in igloos.”

 

I have a good and easy recipe for you this week to use up some of the excess apples and I hope you enjoy.

 

Fried Cinnamon Apple Rings

  • 4 large apples (I used gala)
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • vegetable oil for frying

 

Ingredients for the cinnamon sugar topping

  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

 

Instructions

 In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Set aside. In a small bowl combine the egg and buttermilk. In a third dish, make your cinnamon-sugar topping by combining the ⅓ cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Set that aside too. Next, slice the apples into ¼-inch thick slices, and use circle biscuit cutters in graduated sizes to make rings out of each slice. Discard the center circles containing the apple core. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat to 350°F. Combine the contents of the first and second dishes as the oil warms up. This will be your batter. Dip the apple rings in and out of the batter one at a time, removing any dripping excess by tapping the rings against the side of the bowl. Fry the rings in small batches, turning them to ensure browning on both sides. Once the rings are golden and crispy, transfer them to a plate lined with paper towel for a few seconds. Quickly transfer the apple rings, one by one, into the cinnamon-sugar mixture and coat evenly. Transfer to a wire rack and serve warm. Notes Apples can go a long way in the recipe, so if you don’t get to all 4 apples, don’t worry. Make as much or as little as you like.

 

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