Apple Profile

Jonathan

This crimson-red apple is the most tart-and-tangy variety grown in Michigan!  Jonathan is truly a northern apple, where cool nights bring out its best flavor profile.

Jonathan blends well with other apple varieties in applesauce, scalloped apple dishes and condiments.  It also makes superb pies, especially in a mix of multiple Michigan apple varieties.

Jonathan is a popular ingredient for award-winning cider, flavorful pies and for caramel and candied apples.

Jonathan is a mid-size to large apple that’s both an heirloom and a popular contemporary choice.  Some sources indicate it was first planted in Ohio.  Others say New York was where it was first discovered and planted in the early 1800s.

Either way, Jonathan is valued today for its color, aroma, flavor and versatility in the kitchen.

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Recipes

Tropical Twist Apple-Coconut Crumb Pie

Crust Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 6-7 Tbsp. ice water

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 jumbo egg
  • 1/2 cup pineapple, crushed in heavy syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 6-7 cups Michigan Jonathan apples, peeled and thinly-sliced

Crumb Topping Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup golden light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2  stick unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces

Directions for Crust:

Place flour, sugar and salt in a bowl and mix well.  Add shortening and toss with a fork until pea-sized pieces are formed.  Place in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.  Remove and add water-lemon juice mixture on Tbsp. at a time until ball forms.  Remove from bowl, shape into disk, wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  Remove and roll out on floured surface.  Transfer to pie dish; flute.

Directions for Filling and Pie:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Combine sugar, flour, sour cream and egg; mix well.  Add crushed pineapple, lemon juice and Michigan Jonathan apples.  Stir until apples are well coated.  Let stand 15 minutes.  Pour into prepared crust.  Lower oven temperature to 375 and bake pie for 30 minutes.  While pie is baking prepare crumb topping by mixing all ingredients together.  Remove pie from oven, top with crumb mixture and return to oven for another 30 minutes or until apples test done when pierced.

Apple Chutney Spread

Ingredients:

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  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) Neufchatel cheese, softened
  • 1 cup Michigan Jonathan apple, shredded
  • 1/3 cup carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 cup green onions, thinly-sliced
  • 1/3 cup mango chutney

Combine all ingredients.  Cover and chill thoroughly, about 2 hours.  Serve with crackers or celery.