The outlook for agriculture is currently not a stellar one. Prices are less than mediocre and many are hanging on by a string. In some cases a string that’s fraying.
A strong US dollar is limiting our exports. We are striving to make advances to benefit us but are being financially limited to do so. Agriculture runs on a boom and bust cycle. I think many are aware we are currently in the later category.
So why do we stay?
A Way Of Life
It’s hard to find another occupation quite like farming and ranching. For many of us it’s not only a way of life, it is our life. Our homes sit on our farms. Often times multiple generations have been raised inside the walls. When a farm sells everyone is literally up rooted. Not many other businesses have this to deal with.
Much like a way of life, farming can be a family tradition. You don’t often hear of multi generational doctors, landscapers or contractors. You’re hard pressed to walk on to a farm or ranch and not see 2-3 generations working together on any given day. Let alone the number of generations that set the precedent.
A love of the land and passion for agriculture is easily passed from one generation to the next. We are submersed in farming quite literally as soon as we’re born. Often with the hope that we stay and continue on with what has happened before us. Improving upon what was left in our care.
A life in agriculture is not for the weak nor weary. While we are so heavily depended upon, we are often overlooked. Times may be tough, but one way or another farmers and ranchers will find a way to persevere.
This household enjoys a good dessert. We also favor anything wrapped up in a tortilla. Enter in to our world Apple Enchiladas. Apple pie filling, wrapped in flour tortillas and covered in a super easy caramel sauce.
Apple enchiladas are a super easy, sweet treat. All they take is a few minutes of prep work before a quick bake in the oven. They are delicious. Like I’m talking life changing.
- 2 cans of apple pie filling
- 8-12 flour tortillas (depending on size)
Warm tortillas in the microwave so they are easily pliable. In ours it was a quick 30 second spin. Times will vary.
Fill tortillas with apple pie filling. Be careful not to overfill so it can still be rolled. I like to tuck my ends in then roll the tortilla. Making a neat little packet. Arrange in a greased 9×13 pan.
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- Cinnamon to taste (I use around 2 teaspoons)
Combine all sauce ingredients in a medium sized sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Boil until mixture begins to slightly thicken (1-2 minutes). Immediately pour over prepared apple enchiladas.
Ok, now if you have self control, they are best if you allow them to sit for an hour. This allows the tortillas to soak in the carmel-ly goodness. That being said I have no self control. I pop them in the oven immediately the vast majority of the time…
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. The tops of the tortillas will begin to lightly brown.
I like to serve these with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Both equally as delicious! And a tasty side note: these are even better the next morning after sitting in the fridge overnight. Not that I would recommend dessert for breakfast or anything….