Chunky apple conserve is perfect on pancakes. Nothing says Autumn quite like apples - toss it in hand pies for a quick Fall dessert!
The end of October has arrived, and I'm left wondering where the past couple of months went. Autumn is my favorite time of the year, so we've been busy taking it all in, from apple picking to maple syrup sampling to bike rides through the leaves on our favorite trails.
I've also been busy “fall cleaning,” which I like to do every year to get ready for our normally long, cold winters. I spend a bit of time clearing out the clutter, airing out the house on those last few warm days, and stocking the pantry and freezer with preserves as well as other local fare such as herbs, winter squash, and root vegetables – getting ready to hibernate, if you will!
Another food I like to add to my larder is apples, which are widely grown throughout the state of New York and are always available year-round. My husband and I discovered a new favorite in the Autumncrisp variety last year, and now I make sure we have plenty of them on hand for snacking. They also make great pies, and of course they go perfectly in this quick apple conserve as well.
This chunky spread is a favorite of mine as a pancake topping, but I also toss it in pies, tarts, or even put it right in a mason jar or an oven-safe bowl, sprinkle on an oat topping, and bake up a quick apple crisp.
It also makes a great Thanksgiving hostess gift if you'll be traveling for the holiday – this conserve in particular looks beautiful in a gift basket along with other preserves you've made throughout the year, like raspberry jam or my make-ahead apple pie filling. Or, you can add a few different treats such as local honey or hand-made soap. It's not too early to start thinking about putting together your homemade Christmas gifts as well!