We have a tradition each year which has held since I was old enough to remember. My entire family piles in the car and we drive to Toney, Alabama to pay a visit to Scott’s Orchard. As a child, I remember riding home in the back of the truck, munching on all varieties of fresh apples and trying to guess what Mama would bake first with our bounty.
The year my son was born, we had to take him to Scott’s Orchard, even though he was only two months old at the time! However, though family traditions hold strong, they do get modified from time to time. Both of my children have made the fall trip to the orchard every year of their lives, although Isom’s in our hometown of Athens has won out on more than one occasion due to pure convenience. I highly recommend either of these orchards, or any apple orchard close to you this time of year. Locally grown apples truly are the absolute best when it comes to preparing your family’s favorite dishes. If you’re lucky, your orchard will have fresh apple cider slushes. With Isom’s being so conveniently located on Highway 72, we have been known to stop by several times a week when apple cider was coming in for this very reason!
I often find with recipes, as with memories, it is the simple things which satisfy us the most. This recipe is the perfect example of that. A classic snack cake that is not too sweet, the simple ingredients make it a breeze to throw together. Add in the full flavor of locally grown apples (preferably from a family orchard trip!) and you can’t go wrong. It is perfect for breakfast, with a cup of coffee while visiting friends, or any other time of day. I also think of it as the ideal after school snack