How ‘Bout Them Apples?

Apple OrchardsFarm raised apples on wooden background

Did you know that 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States? Yep, that’s right! Commercially, 100 varieties of apples are grown in the U.S., along with the most common varieties – Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala, and McIntosh. Yum! Below you will find apple orchards that are located right here in South Carolina:

Chattooga Belle Farm SCG & PP

A 138-acre working farm offering a variety of produce throughout the seasons including 20 varieties of fruit.  Apples are in from late July/early August through October. The farm also SC AgriTourism Adfeatures a store, open seven days a week (9am – 5pm), selling  fruit, local crafts, value-added products (apple jelly, apple preserves, apple butter, apple syrup, apple chutney, apple salsa, apple relish and eight varieties of wine, all made with our fruit) local foods and eggs that were produced on the farm.  AND, they raise organic, grass-fed black angus cattle and sell the meat in the store, as well.  They had so much fruit left over, they opened up a distillery to make brandies and whiskeys, which they sell at their distillery just down the hill from the event barn/farm store/bistro.  Serving lunch 11am-2pm every TuesdaySunday thru October.
454 Damascus Church Road, Long Creek , SC  | 864.647.9768

Windy Hill Orchard and Cidery SCG

A family owned and operated apple orchard and cider mill located at 1860 Black Highway York, SC.  Open every fall from Mid August until Christmas!  Offers delicious apples, apple related products such as apple pies, apple butter, fresh cider, and hard cider.  Typically also provides Pick-Your-Own apples for the first three weeks of September.  Open Thurs-Sat 10am-6pm and 12pm-6pm on Sunday.
1860 Black Highway, York, SC 29745 | 803.684.0690

Bryson’s Apple Orchard SCG

Pick your own apples August 15 through the mid-October.  They have picnic tables available, so you can bring a picnic lunch!  Bryson’s also presses their own cider, giving free samples.  Enjoy their wide selection of jams and jellies, a variety of canned goods, honey from their bees, sorghum syrup, and local vegetables. Call ahead to make sure the fruit you’re looking for is available.
1011 Chattooga Ridge Rd., Long Creek, SC  | 864.647.9427
Here are a few delicious apple recipes!

Baked Apple Dumplings

Recipe by Nealey Dozier from thekitchn.com

The below recipe makes 6 dumplings.

For the Crust
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

    Baked Apple Dumplings
    Image credit: Apartment Therapy
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup milk (or just enough to make the dough stick together)
For the Filling
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 6 extra small baking apples (such as Gala)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
For the Caramel Sauce
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cubed
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Vanilla ice cream, to serve.

For the dumplings, in a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Using a pastry blender or your fingertips, cut the shortening into the flour mixture until it resembles small peas. Add milk — 1/4 cup at a time — and stir until a shaggy ball of dough just begins to form. Turn out the dough onto a well-floured surface and roll into a large rectangle or square, about 1/8-inch thick.

Cut a piece of parchment paper into a 6-inch square. Using the parchment paper as a guide, cut out 6 total squares from the dough, gathering scraps and re-rolling as needed. Layer the dough on pieces of parchment paper and refrigerate while preparing the apples.

Preheat the oven to 450°.

Add the lemon juice to a bowl of ice water. If necessary, slice off the bottom of each apple so it sits scstateFarmersMarketlevel on the counter. Peel and core each apple and place in the lemon water to prevent browning.

To make the filling, combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle the bottom of a square of dough with sugar mixture. Place an apple in the center of dough. Put one pat of butter in the core of the apple and sprinkle additional sugar mixture inside. Bring the four corners of dough up around the apple, pinching the edges to seal and folding over excess if necessary. Continue with all of the apples.

Arrange the apple dumplings in a large cast iron skillet, leaving about 1-inch of space between each apple. Bake until the crust begins to turn golden brown, about 20 – 25 minutes. Meanwhile make the caramel sauce. Remove the par-baked dumplings from the oven and pour the caramel over top and around the apples.

Reduce oven to 350°. Continue to bake the dumplings until the sauce is thick and bubbly and the apples are very tender when pierced, about 35-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before eating. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

To make the caramel sauce, combine the brown sugar, water, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 2 -3 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and pour over dumplings before returning to the oven. Enjoy!

Easy Skillet Apple Pie

Recipe from southernliving.com

Ingredients

2 pounds Granny Smith apples

2 pounds Braeburn apples
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 (14.1-oz.) package refrigerated piecrusts
1 egg white
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Butter-pecan ice cream
Preparation
Southern Living Apple Pie
Image credit: Luca Trovato, southernliving.com

1. Preheat oven to 350º. Peel apples, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges. Toss apples with cinnamon and 3/4 cup granulated sugar.

2. Melt butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat; add brown sugar, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and place 1 piecrust in skillet over brown sugar mixture. Spoon apple mixture over piecrust, and top with remaining piecrust. Whisk egg white until foamy. Brush top of piecrust with egg white; sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar. Cut 4 or 5 slits in top for steam to escape.

3. Bake at 350º for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly, shielding with aluminum foil during last 10 minutes to prevent excessive browning, if necessary. Cool on a wire rack 30 minutes before serving. Serve with butter-pecan ice cream.

Apple Cobbler

This recipe yields 12 servings. 20 minute prep time, one hour total time. Recipe from landolakes.com

Ingredients
  • 7 to 8 large (9 cups) tart cooking apples, peeled, cored, sliced 1/4-inch
  • 3/4 cup sugar

    Apple Cobbler
    Image Credit: landolakes.com
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 Land O Lakes® Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
Directions

Heat oven to 350°F. Place sliced apples in ungreased 13×9-inch baking dish. Combine 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in bowl; sprinkle over apples. Combine remaining cinnamon, flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder and salt in bowl; mix until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over apples. Pour melted butter over topping. Bake 45-55 minutes or until lightly browned and apples are tender. Serve warm with ice cream, if desired.

 

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