Disclosure: I am partnering with Kauffman’s Fruit Farm as a blog ambassador. I have received these Kauffman’s Fruit Farm products for free; however, all opinions remain my own.
I moved to Pennsylvania quite a few years ago, but I’ll never forget those first few months here. Odd accents, weird foods (like whoopie pies and scrapple), and towns with names like “Intercourse.” As an annoyed teenager, all I could say to my parents was, “What have you people done?!”
Fast forward a few years and my PA pride is strong. This is a state that truly has everything, and the food? Well, Pennsylvania foods come in all shapes and sizes, and in my opinion, fall is the time to enjoy the best of them. And one thing you’ll always find in our fridge during the fall? Apple butter!
Apple butter is so simple, yet they’re not all the same. We like ours thick and spiced, which is exactly what we got from Kauffman’s Fruit Farm this month. I’ll be working with them each month as a blog ambassador, showing you some of the great gift ideas and authentic Pennsylvania Dutch foods they offer (like this Orchard Sampler Gift Box, which also includes 2 beautiful apples and a bag of soft, lightly sweetened dried apple slices or “schnitz.”)
Everything Kauffman’s offers is available to order online, so you can easily send the gift of Pennsylvania Dutch Country to anyone on your gift list.
Founder Amos L. Kauffman planted the first fruit trees in 1911, and today the 3rd, 4th, & 5th generations own and operate the business, located in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country, along Rt. 340 between the villages of Bird-In-Hand and Intercourse, PA.
Why buy from Kauffman’s? Well, besides supporting a small, family-owned business, there’s the ingredients list.
Simple and pure. Everything you want, nothing you don’t. Authentic Pennsylvania Dutch tradition in every jar. And you can definitely taste it.
Our favorite uses for apple butter:
- Slather it on toast.
- Spread it on pancakes or french toast.
- Spoon it into oatmeal.
- Mix with vanilla ice cream.
- Layer it on a sandwich, namely grilled ham and cheese!
- ½ tbsp butter
- 2 slices hearty bread
- 2 oz Cheddar cheese, sliced thin
- 3-4 thin slices deli ham
- 2 tbsp apple butter
- Melt butter in the bottom of a heavy skillet.
- Place one slice of bread in skillet. Layer cheese and ham on bread. Spread other slice of bread with apple butter and top sandwich.
- Once cheese begins to melt, flip sandwich. Let cook until both sides of bread are golden brown and cheese is thoroughly melted.
- Cut in half and serve warm.
What’s your favorite fall flavor? If you’re from PA, what’s your local favorite?