Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Apple recipes

Apples are a versatile cooking ingredient. You can add them to main dishes, side dishes and desserts. They can be sweet, tart or combination of both.

Desserts made with apples bring back memories of childhood for me, and I always find myself excited when apple picking season begins.
Here are a few of my favorite apple recipes:

I have no idea why this is "Amish", but it's wonderful.
Serve with slices of tart, crisp apple such as Macintosh or Granny Smith
Amish Caramel Apple Dip
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
In large bowl, beat all ingredients together on low speed until smooth. Chill at least 1 hour (preferably overnight to marry flavors). Serve with apple wedges. Yield: about 1 cup.

Apple rhubarb compote
1 pound fresh rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 large tart apples, peeled, cored , cut into thin wedges (about 2 pounds)
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 tsp. minced candied ginger
1 tsp. grated orange peel
1/4 cup apple juice or apple cider
ground nutmeg
Combine rhubarb, apples, sugars, candied ginger, orange peel, and apple juice in a 3 to 4-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW about 5 hours, until rhubarb and apples are soft. Spoon into dessert dishes. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Yield: 6 servings
Rachael's recipe notes:
This is delicious with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Apple crisp in the crockpot
6 tart apples, peeled, cored, cut each apples into eighths (about 2 pounds)
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
optional toppings:
vanilla ice cream
maraschino cherries
whipped cream or whipped topping
Line 3 or 4-quart crockpot with apples.  Mix together flour, sugar, spices and butter in a bowl. Cover the apples with this mixture (pack it on top). Cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours. Scoop out a portion and serve it warm with any or all of the optional toppings. Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Till next time, I remain Frugally yours!
Rachael Monaco

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