Northern California day-trippers will miss the 50 or so farmsteads of Apple Hill as they begin closing for the season over the next few weeks, though a few will remain open year-round (as will most of the wineries). Driving east on Highway 50 past Placerville for fruit pastries (and a dozen varieties of apples) has been a tradition for a half-century.
For the uninitiated, most of the fruit orchard-centered farms and barns have bake shops that sell from-scratch apple doughnuts, apple fritters, and apple and berry pies, sourcing all the fruit locally. Many of the properties turn into Christmas tree farms in November and December.
But that doesn’t help those who have a yearning for fruit pastries. What to do till the farms reopen in the spring? To the rescue comes “Favorite Recipes of Our Apple Hill Farms” (Apple Hill Growers, $20, 142 pages). In its well-designed pages, vibrant with dozens of color photographs, is a trove of recipes from Apple Hill growers for all sorts of goodies – green apple salsa verde, apple pizza, pumpkin soup, apple cream pie, pistachio-pear parfait, blackberry dumplings, blueberry cobbler, apple butter and more.
Order the cookbook at the website or find it at many Apple Hill farms and at Whole Foods stores. Information: (530) 644-7692