Apple Pinwheels

The drive to  the Swanson's family orchard is quite scenic! Sheep, cattle, and goat ranches line the rural roads.
The drive to the Swanson’s family orchard is quite scenic! Sheep, cattle, and goat ranches line the rural roads.

One of my favorite things to enjoy in autumn is a trip to the apple orchard! A beautiful Sunday drive,  soft sunshine, and happy kids make a great day! That is exactly what we got yesterday when we visited Swanson’s Mountain View Apple Orchard and Distillery! The orchard is located just about 15 minutes from the B and B, in Corvallis, Montana. The drive south from the inn, along East Side Highway, is very pleasant.  We found the orchard perched right in between the Sapphire and Bitterroot Mountain ranges, making a perfect panoramic view! The route to the orchard is dotted with cattle, goat,  and sheep ranches that remind you, you are definitely in Montana!

Swanson’s Mountain View Apple Orchard is 4th generation family owned. When we arrived, Lukas and Julie were there to greet us, share recipes, explain the varieties of apples, and the history of the orchard. We  also got a great explanation of the Distillery products they make, including the Bitterroot Heritage 3 year old Apple Brandy. For more information about the orchard, their recipes or their products, visit their website: https://sites.google.com/site/mountainvieworchards/

Early Gold apples grown in Montana's Bitterroot Valley
Early Gold apples grown in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley

We came home with two bags of perfect apples, a bottle of Apple Brandy, and one of their signature apple recipes! The Swanson family is dedicated to providing, “the best flavored, highest quality apples in the northwest“.  As you can see from the photos, we got high quality apples (Yes, those are my actual apples in the photos!) We decided to try the recipe for Apple Pinwheels for today’s guest breakfast. The recipe uses ingredients we had on hand and it was easy to follow.  I use a high quality Montana wheat in all of my baking, which gives a beautiful rise on all of our breads and pastries. We served these fabulous pinwheels alongside Kevin’s hearty omelet (ham, cheddar, mushrooms, onion, and green peppers), a high quality bacon, and a cup fruit salad (consisting of the Early Gold apples and oranges). The Pinwheels turned out perfectly and were given great reviews from our guest. The recipe is as follows:

Swanson’s Apple Pin-Wheel Dessert Recipe

Apple Pinwheels:

Zestar apples cooked up nicely and also make great caramel apples.
Zestar apples cooked up nicely and also make great caramel apples.

2 C sifted flour

2 tsp baking powder

3/4 c shortening

2 T melted butter

1/2 C sugar

1 T sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 C milk

4 C grated, pared apples

1 tsp cinnamon

Combine flour, 1 T sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening. Stir in milk to make soft dough. Roll out on lightly floured board to a 12×18 inch rectangle. Brush with melted butter. Spread apples evenly over dough. Sprinkle with 1/2 C sugar and cinnamon. Roll up from long side. Cut in 1 1/2 inch slices. Arrange in greased 9×13 inch pan. Top with hot orange sauce. Bakke at  375 degrees for 40 min. Serve with warm ice cream.

Rolling up the pinwheel
Rolling up the pinwheel

Orange Sauce:

Stir until mixture comes to a boil and sugar dissolves. Simmer for 5 min. Pour over unbaked pinwheels.

2 C sugar

1/4 c butter

2 tsp grated orange rind

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 C water

1/2 C orange juice (freshly squeezed is recommended)

I cut my pinwheels 3 finger widths thick, which made 8 servings.
I cut my pinwheels 3 finger widths thick, which made 8 servings.
Rolled and cut pinwheels are ready to be drizzled with hot orange sauce.
Rolled and cut pinwheels are ready to be drizzled with hot orange sauce.
Yummy! Pinwheel topped with whipped cream!
Yummy! Pinwheel topped with whipped cream!
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