Last April, several of my friends formed the Austin Bakes group and organized a big bake sale benefitting recovery efforts in Japan? This time, we are pooling our efforts again to benefit the Austin Community Foundation’s Central Texas Wildfire Fund. This fund is providing support to agencies working in Bastrop, Steiner Ranch, Spicewood, and other parts of Central Texas affected by wildfire. The bake sale is this Saturday, October 1, from 10 am until 2 pm at six locations in Austin and one location in Round Rock, and there’s also an online giving page.
My contribution to the sale was going to be pickled okra from my day-0-pickling a couple weeks ago, and it still is. I also procured a 1/2 bushel of apples from Love Creek Orchards at the Barton Creek Farmer’s Market, and had myself a day of jam making, some of which will also appear at the Foreign and Domestic location of the sale.
First, I made Apple Ginger Preserves, which I’ve made before. These apples have actually been available for a few weeks. Crystalized Ginger from Savory Spice shop adds the spice, which I really like. I literally spent the day peeling and cooking down apples.
Next, I wanted to make apple pie filling, but didn’t have the special starch to thicken it. Apparently, there is one special kind that is suitable for canning. So, I made a recipe called Mom’s Apple Pie in a Jar instead. I think it will be incredible on vanilla ice cream.
Finally, I made some apple butter, I think. I followed the recipe, but am not sure it cooked down to the desired apple butter consistency.
I’ll test some today and bring it to the sale labeled either Applesauce or Apple Butter, whichever suits best. Some of each of these products and my smiling face will be at the Foreign and Domestic location on Saturday. Come say hi, get yourself some tasty treats and help support our neighbors affected by the Labor Day wildfires.