With less than two weeks before Christmas, there’s still plenty of time to make some wild Christmas cookies, whether you plan to leave them out for Santa, or to eat them all by your lonesome. Here are some of my favorites, each with a different wild ingredient.
I’m not sure why apple ice cream isn’t a thing. But it isn’t, is it? I mean, have you ever seen it for sale? So if apple ice cream isn’t a thing, crabapple ice cream must seem like a real stretch. And yet, the tart fruit blends wonderfully with rich, sweet, cream. The flavor is unique and unbuyable. It should totally be a thing. Read more
I make quarts of crabapple syrup every fall so I can use it year round. It’s a great flavor for cocktails, and also makes a tasty sorbet or seasonal ice cream. And it comforts me to know it’s there. In my pantry. At my disposal. I’ll never be alone as long as I have crabapple syrup. Read more
If you’ve read any of my numerous crabapple posts (I can’t help it, I’m a fan.), you’ve heard me say that smaller crabapples often have a mealy texture. This recipe calls for larger crabapples (more than an inch in diameter). Sample one before harvesting a lot; you want crisp, snappy crabapples for this pickled fruit. Read more
If you’ve ever bitten into a raw crabapple, you may have found the texture mealy and a little off-putting. Smaller fruit (less than an inch in diameter) often has a grainy texture, but because cooking gets rid of the textural issue, you can use any size fruit in this crabapple sauce recipe. Read more
Balance is crucial to a good cocktail, and the Kentucky Belle is balanced as hell. Sweet, warm, Kentucky bourbon; tart crabapples; spicy, wild ginger ale; and (if you’re so inclined) a pickled, crabapple garnish. Read more
I’m more than a little obsessed with crabapples. (Is obsessed one of those words that shouldn’t be modified, like excellent and unique?) Read more
I grew up thinking crabapples were poisonous. (I also grew up thinking life was fair and goodness would be rewarded, so go figure.) After all, I never saw anybody eat them, and why would people let all that pretty fruit go to waste if it was worth eating? Read more