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fall apple-picking
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You've been making applesauce faster than the sorcerer's apprentice, but every day, more Akane, Discovery and Mackintosh apples appear in your fridge. These early-season varieties won't last. Can you preserve them quickly, for later use? 'Food Guy' Jon Jackson shares his method.

Summer Apples: To Bake, Or Not To Bake?

Aug 19, 2019
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"I didn't even KNOW some apples ripen in July." So asserts Food Guy Jon Jackson -  in spite of the quarts of applesauce he cooks each year from White Transparents, one of Montana's summer apples. When it comes to early apples, Other Food Guy Greg Patent, a.k.a. The Baking Wizard, needs to know: can you BAKE with them?

Apple Tart Lessons

Oct 15, 2018
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Food Guy Jon Jackson knows his apple varieties, so when he decided that a tart made from a sauce of Discovery apples would be a winner, he was correct. He just had to wait a day. Jon's story highlighted a lesson that other Food Guy, Greg "The Baking Wizard" Patent, learned years ago: the flavor of tarts and pies sometimes improves with age.

You Can't Beat A Babka, Especially If It's Apple

Oct 2, 2016
Babka, a Polish sweet yeast cake
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After hearing 'cherry babka' mentioned in a play, Greg Patent was intrigued. Could there be an apple version as well? He looked through all of his cook books, and when he couldn't find any, Patent decided to invent one. From Greg and Dorothy Patent's 1999 book, "A Is for Apple," here's how to make apple babka.

Apples: A Munch Is More Than Bliss

Sep 25, 2016
Apple bounty
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Food Guy Jon Jackson waxes poetic about apples while Greg Patent discusses varieties to try this fall. Patent recommends that pie makers combine different types of apples. A mix of taste and texture will create a more interesting pie.

Recipe: Swedish Apple Pudding

Sep 4, 2016
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Late-summer apples have a thin skin and a gossamer flavor. They don't enjoy the endless shelf life of autumn's "storage" apples, but if you refrigerate them, you can easily pile up enough to make a big batch of  applesauce - or the following recipe. From Greg Patent's 2007 book, "A Baker's Odyssey: Celebrating Time-Honored Recipes from America's Rich Immigrant Heritage," here's how to make Missoulian Jody Anderson's recipe for Swedish Apple Pudding, an applesauce topped with a layer of sponge cake.

The Fruit-Tree Of Knowledge: Apples

Nov 8, 2015
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"And there never was an apple, in Adam's opinion, that wasn't worth the trouble you got into for eating it." - Neil Gaiman

Every autumn, Food Guys Greg Patent and Jon Jackson extol the virtues of Malus domestica.

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“Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness” ~Jane Austen

Jon and Greg's annual homage to apples. Below is Greg Patent's recipe,  Classic American Apple Pie (from The Baking Wizard).

(Broadcast: "The Food Guys," 10/26/14. Listen at 11:20 a.m. Sundays or via podcast.)

Apples and Apple Pie

Oct 4, 2013
Greg Patent

October 6th, 2013: “Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness” ~Jane Austen

Jon and Greg's annual homage to apples includes a discussion of apple pie.

recipe: Classic American Apple Pie (from Greg Patent's website, The Baking Wizard)