Autumn has certainly arrived in Michigan, treating us to temperatures a bit crisper than ideal. In fact, we have been hitting freezing temperatures over the last week that is keeping my family indoors more than usual. Of course, this extra time together is the perfect time to bake. Muffins, strudel, fruit crisp, pies and bread are only a few dishes on my family's 'short list'.
Although I usually tackle shopping myself, for the time being my husband is taking over that duty while my foot continues to heal. After several months of sending him to the grocery, I've learned that the key to success is in providing him with a very specific list! Truth be told, I have even resorted to pulling up images online to share with him before he heads out for shopping. I've discovered that, for my husband, finding a close match, rather than an exact match to my carefully planned lists is a score in his mind. For the most part, his 'close match' selections are acceptable, however when it comes to baking up a special dessert or treat for the family, I do have some ingredients that I am firm about, such as real vanilla extract and the right variety of Michigan apple.
To help him in his most recent journey to the grocery, we spent a bit of time learning about Michigan apple varieties, much to his delight as you might imagine!
Best Michigan Apple Varieties For Baking
Golden Delicious Paula Red Northern Spy
Rome Ida Red Gala
McIntosh Empire Courtland
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