Adventures at Long Island's apple orchards

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3 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup butter, melted
4 ounces cream cheese, cut into small pieces
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon peel, grated
2 tablespoons melted butter

1. Combine topping ingredients and set aside.
2. Combine flour, sugar, salt, spices and baking soda, and set aside.
3. Combine apples, raisins, walnuts, eggs, butter, cream cheese, and vanilla.
Add dry ingredients, a little at a time, to the apple mixture. Stir until just combined. Do not over-mix. Portion batter into muffin papers; sprinkle with topping. Bake at 375° F for 20-25 minutes. Makes two dozen muffins.

Apple-Berry Crisp
5 Golden Delicious or Rome apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries, blueberries, cranberries or raspberries
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup unsifted all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup quick rolled oats

Note: If using cranberries, add two tablespoons more brown sugar to apple-berry mixture, since cranberries are especially tart.
1. Heat oven to 375° F. Lightly grease a 1 1/2- to 2-quart baking dish. In large bowl, combine apples, berries, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; toss to blend. Place apple-berry mixture in prepared dish.
2. In medium-sized bowl, combine flour, salt, remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. With pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly; stir in oats. Sprinkle mixture over apples and bake 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is crisp and golden.

Where To Go
Most orchards that offer u-pick are open seven days, but can be quickly “picked out,” so it’s best to call ahead or check their website before heading out. Many orchards offer related family-friendly fall activities, such as wagon and hay rides.

Davis Peach Farm, Hulse Landing Rd., north of Rte. 25A, Wading River. (631) 929-1115 or Open every day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. No dogs.
30 varieties of apples, including Cortland, McIntosh, Fuji and Gala, all ready for picking. Also peaches, plums, nectarines. No dogs or strollers.
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