For my money the best apples in the world are Macouns, which grow in Central New York and are available for a fairly limited time each Fall. I've been known to order these apples directly from New York orchards because there's no guarantee that in any given year I'll be able to find Macouns in Atlanta. Luckily this past October we spent a week in New York State for the wedding of my daughter ALE to her long-time beau KJB. In a perfect stroke of luck, it turned out to be the only week that the Macoun apples were available at the local orchard. We commissioned some friends to pick bushels of the apples to use as table decor at the wedding.
look how pretty the apples were in baskets made by the groom's mother
why yes, that is an entire trunk filled with Macoun apples
- You can find the recipe on this blog from the early days of the original Tuesdays With Dorie group four years ago.
- To enhance the flavor of the the apples, I added bit of salt as I tossed them with the brown sugar.
- For the filling, I reduced cinnamon to 1.5 tsp and added 1/2 tsp of ground ginger. Also I added 1/2 tsp salt to the cheese filling.
I thought this was a pretty ingenious way to prevent water leaking into the cheesecake crust
- Somehow the pan leaked liquid (looked like melted butter in the bottom of the silicone pan when I took out the springform pan) as it baked; despite my efforts the crust was a bit soggy when I unmolded the cake.
The cheesecake might not be heart-shaped or bright red, but I think it makes a lovely story on this Valentine's Day of a special dessert for two very sweet young love-birds.
Leslie and Margaret are also playing catch-up with the early TWD recipes. You can find their posts: Leslie's adorable cheesecake and
Margaret's cheesecake and black/white cake