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Celebrate National Apple Month At High Peaks Resort

September is National Apple Month and we're celebrating at Dancing Bears Restaurant and The Deck with a scrumptious apple menu featuring recipes by the incomparable Jamielynn Brydalski and produce from incredible Adirondack growers. Reserve our Autumn to Remember and relish in a fruit so versatile we're celebrating it all month long.

Published: 07/25/2017

Perfect as it is, spoon over vanilla ice cream to cool off during a High Peaks second summer, pair with cheese and fruit over homemade bread for fantastic appetizers, drizzle over flatbread with goat cheese and greens for a gorgeous sweet and savory entrée; or, use as a base for for delicious autumn apple cocktails and other epicurean treats. The possibilities are limited only by your creativity!

Scroll to the bottom for Jamielynn's apple mash recipe and enjoy a little apple inspiration and recipes from The Deck and Dancing Bears Restaurant on the way!

Apple Mash Cocktails

Hot Apple Mash Cider with Gristmill Distillers Black Fly Bourbon
Hot Apple Mash Cider with Gristmill Distillers Black Fly Bourbon

Apple Mash Hot Cider

To serve, add ¼ cup of apple mash (making sure you have some of the cooked apples) to a coffee cup, a little hot water and 1½ ounces of your favorite bourbon, whiskey or spiced rum. In ours, we use Gristmill Distillers Black Fly Bourbon from Keene, NY - the subtle spice and clean finish of the bourbon pair perfectly with the robust flavors of the Apple Mash.

PS. Gristmill's 1892 Apple Brandy is like Apple Month celebration in a glass!

Sparkling Apple Mash Sangria Blanca

This cocktail can't get any easier. Spoon the apple mash into the bottom of a champagne flute and top with your favorite sparkling white wine. We recommend a brut or extra brut wine as the dryness of the wine will balance the sweetness of the apple mash.

For more great apple cocktail recipes, check out the Dancing Bears Restaurant online!

Sweet and Savory Apple Appetizers and Entrées

Apple and Candied Walnut Flatbread with Local Greens
Apple and Candied Walnut Flatbread with Local Greens

Apple Mash Balsamic Reduction

Enhance your apple mash with a little balsamic vinegar and oil and you've got a wonderful sweet and savory dressing! Here, we've drizzled our dressing over Juniper Hill tomatoes, Fledging Crow greens and Asgaard Farm & Dairy blue goats cheese.

Dancing Bears Restaurant Perfect Apple Flatbreads

If you ask us, the Dancing Bears' apple flatbreads check all the boxes. Both featuring Northern Orchard sweet and tart apples and drizzled with Jamielynn's Apple Mash Balsamic reduction, our Apple Pie and Goat Cheese Flatbread highlights Asgaard Farm chèvre, caramelized onions, chopped walnuts, and shaved Dutch Knuckle cheese by Sugar House Creamery. And because we can't have apples without featuring bacon at least once; our Apple, Bacon and Blue Cheese Flatbread features Northern Orchard sweet and tart apples, bacon, Asgaard Farm blue goats cheese, and Fledging Crow arugula.

Bacon, Arugula and Apple Flatbread with Local Greens
Bacon, Arugula and Apple Flatbread with Local Greens

The Perfect Apple Ending to the Perfect Apple Meal

Adirondack Farm to Table Cheese Board
Adirondack Farm to Table Cheese Board

Adirondack Farm to Table Cheese Board

The key to a great cheese board is balance and High Peaks farmers markets and growers have everything you could ever want to include - and then some. So you'll never get bored with your board! This smorgasbord of Adirondack Mountain delights features Northern Orchard plums and gooseberries, Rivermede Farm maple glazed walnuts, Small Town Cultures pickled peppers and garlic, Fledging Crow arugula, two kinds of cheese by Asgaard Farm (Whiteface Mountain and blue cheese) and two kinds of cheese by Sugar House Creamery (Dutch Knuckle and Red Top) and, of course, a healthy portion of our apple mash!

Want to know more about Sugar House Creamery? Tag along on our visit.

Apple Mash à la Mode

We prefer to think of vanilla ice cream as distinguished. But add Jamielynn's apple mash, Rivermede Farm's maple glazed walnuts and a little whipped cream and your distinguished cup of ice cream becomes downright statuesque - the Julie Newmar of ice cream, if you will. With spoons for two, this is the perfect treat to share, but if you're like us you'll be using the other spoon to fend off everyone vying for a taste.

Apple Mash à la Mode
Apple Mash à la Mode

Jamielynn's Apple Mash


5 each Sweet Apples, peeled, diced and cored
5 each Tart Apples, peeled, diced and cored
2 Oranges, unpeeled and cut into slices
2 Lemons, unpeeled and cut into slices
3 cups Water
2 cups Sugar
¼ cup Cinnamon, ground
1 teaspoon Allspice, ground
1 teaspoon Ginger, ground
1 teaspoon Nutmeg, ground
½ teaspoon Clove, ground
¼ teaspoon White Pepper, ground


  1. When selecting your apple varieties, look for apples that are local to your area and that will hold up well to the boiling; there's nothing worse than a mealy mouthful!
  2. Add all ingredients to a medium cooking pot and place on medium heat.
  3. Stir occasionally for about 45 minutes to an hour, or until apples are tender and you have a nice nappe (velvety coating) on your stirring spoon or spatula.

Crafted with love by Jamielynn Brydalski