The following post is from Kate of Modern Alternative Mama:
I get excited as each season arrives for the food that it brings with it. I loved eating blueberries, peaches, and tomatoes this summer. Now it’s apple season, and I’ve had bags of them around my house for the last few weeks. We love them! Apples are so versatile, and they last in the pantry or fridge for quite awhile.
There are many excellent ways to use up apples. They don’t need to be boring and plain! Apples are warm, delicious, and reminiscent of all the best things of fall. Today I’m going to share with you our favorite ways to eat them, and a turnover recipe that is just awesome.
1. Just Eat ‘em
If I don’t know what’s for snack, the answer at this time of years is “apples.” We eat them whole, slice them up and dip them in caramel dip or whipped cream, or even chocolate sauce! Yummy.
2. Apple Crisp
I made lots of apple pie filling this year. A few months ago, the kids discovered that apple crisp is a very yummy, and healthy (and quick and easy!) breakfast option. I soak oats and sucanat overnight and the dish comes together in minutes in the morning. You can see the full recipe here.
3. Dried Apples
Slice the apples thinly and lay them on a dehydrator tray or a baking sheet. Set the dehydrator to 150 or the oven to 170. If you like, sprinkle on a little cinnamon and sucanat. Dry for 2 – 4 hours, until the slices are chewy or crispy, depending on your preference. These will have a shelf-life of several weeks to several months, making them a great on-the-go snack. Alternately, use applesauce and spread it on parchment paper to get fruit leather! My kids prefer it this way.
This is the kids’ current favorite. Hot or cold, they like to sprinkle on a little cinnamon and dig in. If they’re not in the mood for a whole apple for snack, they’ll certainly accept applesauce!
5. Apple Butter
This is wonderful on soaked honey-oat English muffins for breakfast, with lots of real butter too. It’s simple to add the spices and cook the applesauce down in the Crockpot (no lid) until it’s perfectly smooth and thick. Here’s my recipe. So yummy.
Apple turnovers are one of my favorite quick desserts. If you have pie filling already on hand, they come together in minutes. If not…make some pie filling! :)
- 1 cup unbleached white flour
- 1 tablespoon sucanat
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 4 tablespoon cold, unsalted butter
- 3 – 4 tablespoon ice water
- 1 pint apple pie filling*
Apple Pie Filling (if you don’t have any on hand!)
- 4 – 5 medium apples, peeled, cored, and chopped (about 3 cups)
- 2 tablespoons sucanat
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
- 1/4 cup water
Mix the flour, sucanat, and sea salt together in a medium bowl. Cut the butter into large chunks and add it. Using a pantry blender, mix it in until the mixture resembles coarse crumbles (chunks no bigger than pea-sized). Add the ice water a small amount at a time, stirring briefly and lightly until the dough comes together. Refrigerate for about an hour. Allow the dough to sit out for about 10 minutes before continuing so it is workable.
Preheat oven to 400. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and roll it out. Fold it in half, then in half again, and roll out. Repeat one more time. Cut into large triangles and place a couple tbsp. of apple pie filling in the center of each. Fold it over and seal it. Place them on a baking sheet and either freeze for later, or bake immediately for 12 – 15 minutes.
Upon removing from the oven, feel free to add a little drizzle of icing or caramel sauce if desired. Serve immediately.
Mix all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cover with a lid and turn on medium-low heat. Allow it to simmer for 5 – 10 minutes. Remove from heat, stir, and set aside. Leave the cover on; the apples will finish cooking as it sits.
What’s your favorite use for apples?
|Kate is a wife and mommy to 3 and is passionate about God, health and food. She has written 7 cookbooks and is planning to release more in 2012. When she’s not blogging, she’s in the kitchen, sewing, or home schooling her children. You can find her at Modern Alternative Mama or contributing to Keeper of the Home.