Fall is my favorite season of the year for many reasons. One of those reasons is local orchards filled with sweet, tart, juicy, can't-get-enough apples. I eat a lot of apples this time of year - probably at least five per week. For snacking, I prefer Gala and Fuji. They find their way into salads, slices eaten with peanut butter or, frequently, eaten on their own. Just the pure, sweet taste of apple. Baking is something else I enjoy this time of year. Granny Smiths are the apple of choice for my baking and they star in many of the dishes I bake. Here are a few of my favorite recipes.
5 cups sliced, pared apples (I use Granny Smith)
1 cup Bisquick
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup firm butter
Heat oven to 375. Arrange apples in an ungreased 9x9x2 baking pan.
Mix Bisquick, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples.
Bake until apples are tender, about 30 minutes.
I love mine with a scoop (or two) of vanilla ice cream!
PJ'S APPLE PIE SQUARES
8 medium apples, cored, peeled and thinly sliced (I use Granny Smith)
3/4 cup sugar
2 TBSP all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
2 TBSP butter
2 pie crusts
1/2 TBSP lemon juice
Pure vanilla extract
Sprinkle sliced apples lightly with lemon juice.
Combine sugar, flour, spices and a dash of salt; toss with sliced apples. Roll one pie crust to a 9x11 rectangle and place it in the bottom of a baking dish of the same size. Fill with the apple mixture then dot with slices of butter.
Roll the second pie crust to the same dimensions and place over the top of the apple mixture, sealing the edges. Cut slits in the top crust to allow the steam to escape and lightly sprinkle with sugar. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 400° F. for 50 minutes or until done.
Stir together powdered sugar, milk and a squirt of vanilla to make a glaze. Drizzle over slightly cooled pie and cut into squares. This is great hot or cold, either with ice cream or on its own.
APPLE COCO-NUTTY MUFFINS
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup Crisco Oil
2 cups peeled and diced apples (your favorite type)
1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts
3/4 cups shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a large bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.
In a medium bowl, mix eggs, sugar, and oil. Stir in apples, nuts, and coconut.
Stir apple mixture into dry ingredients until moist.
Grease 16 muffin cups. Fill each cup 3/4 full.
Bake at 350 F for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool at least 15 minutes before removing muffins from the pan.
What about you? Do you enjoy apple snacks? What are your favorite varieties?
Do you bake with apples? Any recipes you'd like to share?