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HOW TO MAKE:white spacer imageChunky Crabapple Pancake Syrup

Copyright:   Mike Sillett

Contents:


1. Intro
2. Equipment
3. Ingredients
4. Procedure / technique

 

Title photo: a Crabapple Pie, minus one slice

1. Intro

By now it is probably readily apparent that wild crabapples are one of my favorite foraging items. There are two things that really make crabapples great:
1. not that many people take advantage of them so there are usually plenty around, and,
2. I love apples, domestic, feral and crabs.

This item came about on an occasion when there were leftover cooked crabapples that were part of a Crabapple Hand Pie making session. I had made a thick syrup ( cranberry juice, sugar & crabapple juice from the leftovers ) to brush over the Hand Pies when they were done baking so I decided to add the leftover cooked crabapples to the thick syrup, dice up the apples a bit more and cook it a little longer, just enough to blend the ingredients but not so much as to make a sauce.
Turned out great.
On pancakes and waffles it can't be beat.

Now the process of making Hand Pies is such that I always use enough ingredients so that there are enough leftovers to make the Chunky Crabapple Pancake Syrup.


2. Equipment

Paring knife
Big TV with football game on
Comfortable living room chair
Rolling pin


4. Ingredients

A couple of boxes of pie crust mix ( whatever you usually use ). If you don't have a crust preference get a box of Jiffy or Betty Crocker Pie Crust mix.
Enough cut up pieces of cleaned crabapples to make 6 cups.


4. Procedure / technique

This tutorial is based on using those crabapples that are big. In crabapple terms big is defined as over 1 inch.
I have never tried making a pie from those very small crabapples. I have no intention to either!

Photo of 5 nice sized crabapples.
Here are some fine looking crabapples. These are the kind of crabapples that you want to use for Crabapple Pie.

I have found the easiest way to prepare the crabapples is to get comfortable in the living room in front of the TV while a football game is on. Put a bowl for the waste in an area near you and anothe bowl with water in it that has RealLemon squirts in it.

Cut off nice chunky 'sides' from the washed crabapples. Four cuts and the only thing left behind is the core, stem end and blossom end.

Photo of Crabapple cores.
Crabapple cores.
These cores can actually be further processed to extract juice for jelly or pectin.

The good pieces go into the bowl of ReaLemon water.

Photo of a sliced Crabapples soaking in ReaLemon water.
As you cut the crabapples up put the good slices in water that has ReaLemon in it to prevent crabapples from browning.

Put the 6 cups in a large pot.
Mix in 1/4 of a teaspoon of nutmeg, 1/4 of a teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 a cup of sugar. Turn heat to medium-low, stirring while heating.
Heat only long enough to where the cut up crabapple pieces start to soften.

Title photo: a Crabapple Pie, minus one slice
As you cut the crabapples up put the good slices in water that has ReaLemon in it to prevent crabapples from browning.

Put the pieces aside until well cooled off.

After about an hour of cooling off add 1/3 of a cup of flour and mix into the crabapple mixture.
Separate the cooked crabapples into approximately 24 equal batches of filling.
A couple of plastic egg cartons work great.

Title photo: a Crabapple Pie, minus one slice
As you cut the crabapples up put the good slices in water that has ReaLemon in it to prevent crabapples from browning.

Prepare the crusts from the two boxes of mix. Knead the two balls of dough from the boxes of mix together to make one ball then separate that one ball into 3 equal balls.

Title photo: a Crabapple Pie, minus one slice
As you cut the crabapples up put the good slices in water that has ReaLemon in it to prevent crabapples from browning.

Roll each ball into a log and divide each log into 6 equal amounts..

Title photo: a Crabapple Pie, minus one slice
As you cut the crabapples up put the good slices in water that has ReaLemon in it to prevent crabapples from browning.

Dust your work area with a bit of flour and, using the rolling pin, roll a piece into a flat circle.
Do this 24 times.

Title photo: a Crabapple Pie, minus one slice
As you cut the crabapples up put the good slices in water that has ReaLemon in it to prevent crabapples from browning.

From the egg carton gather a portion of filling and place on the crust disc, fold over and crimp edges with the tines of a fork. Cut a couple of slits for venting.
Do this 24 times.

Title photo: a Crabapple Pie, minus one slice
As you cut the crabapples up put the good slices in water that has ReaLemon in it to prevent crabapples from browning.

Put them on a cookie sheet or two and place in pre-heated 425 oven, middle rack, for 30 minutes.

Title photo: a Crabapple Pie, minus one slice
Cut the pie after it has cooled for a few hours.

Remove from oven and brush on melted butter and sprinkle with sugar.

Title photo: a Crabapple Pie, minus one slice
Cut the pie after it has cooled for a few hours.


Chunky Crabapple Pancake Syrup

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