My Favorite: Apple Pie in a Jar

We celebrate the end of summer with an annual trip to Vermont. The fresh air, Lake Champlain (or "Lake Champagne" as I call it since vaca is all about cocktail hour) and the Adirondack and Green Mountain views are a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, and the food -- oh the food. It's the literal version of "Farm to Table."

At the end of vacation, we head to the country store and stock up on our favorite Vermont treats before the sad drive home, and I never fail to grab a couple jars of Maple Apple Drizzle, a.k.a. "The Apple Pie in a Jar."  It's delightful.

"The Apple Pie in a Jar"

What shall we do with this Friday Favorite treat? Here are some ideas:
  • Grease a cupcake tin and cut pie dough into circles the size of a small saucer, then place/press into the cupcake pan sections and bake until lightly golden. Alternatively, roll out cinnamon roll dough and do the same. Then, fill the baked mini pie crusts with the Maple Apple Drizzle, and warm in the oven. Top with shredded sharp cheddar or crumbled bleu cheese.
  • Fill crescent roll dough with a spoonful, roll up and bake as directed
  • Top your favorite vanilla ice cream or stir into plain or vanilla yogurt
  • A great alternative or addition to syrup for pancakes and waffles
  • Scoop some into a nice dish and add to your cheese platter at your next party
  • Fold into cream cheese and top bagels and muffins
  • Add a spoonful or two along with chopped apples, onions to your next pork roast pan
  • Stir into applesauce 
  • Use in fall/winter cocktails that call for maple syrup (strain out the apple pieces first)
  • Or, just eat by the spoonful -- no judgment!

Sounds good to me.

Happy Friday!