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Posts tagged ‘apple recipes’
Posted: November 4th, 2013
Apple Cranberry Crisp from Better Homes & Gardens is practically nutritious.

Apple Cranberry Crisp from Better Homes & Gardens is practically nutritious.

All I want to eat lately is seasonal stuff. If it doesn’t contain pumpkin, apples, cranberries or roasted meat, I’ll blow right past it.
The problem is, as much as I’d like to, I can’t live on sugar and meat. It’s been a struggle, even in this season of bounty for me to work in anything healthy between my indulgences.
Apple Cranberry Crisp, therefore, jumped out at me. It looks sweet and fatty and sounds sweet and fatty, so I want it. But it isn’t the lethal combination of butter and sugar I’ve been swimming in lately.
Unfortunately, at home, we’re working on gingerbread cookies and pumpkin bread, to say nothing of a plastic pumpkin full of candy. So I’ll have to hold onto this until it’s needed. It might make a good Thanksgiving pot luck option, if you can pull anyone away from the pumpkin pie.

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Posted: October 28th, 2013
No treats are easier than Apple Pops from parents.com. And they look for all the world like candy.

No treats are easier than Apple Pops from parents.com. And they look for all the world like candy.

Pops, pops, pops. The bite-sized treat trend has been raging for several years, and it’s sure not slowing down. Some pops are easier than others. I’ve seen cake pop makers, which cracks me up, because I don’t have a square inch in me kitchen to spare for any one-item appliance, and neither does anyone I know.
This said, I kind of understand, because some of the luscious little treats can be a hassle.
These, however, are hilariously easy. Five-year-olds can make them, as long as you don’t tell them they’re practically nutritious, made from real fresh apples, albeit covered in chocolate.
They’d be great for a school class Halloween party, or any other pot luck-type situation.
There’s never been a simpler “recipe” for sweet treats all year round.
You don’t need to print this, however. The video from www.parents.com tells you all you need to know: Use a melon baller to scoop out snack-sized balls from unpeeled apples. Insert pop sticks and dip and swirl them around in a bowl of melted chocolate. If you wish, then dip the pops in colored sugar appropriate to the holiday. Set aside until chocolate cools and hardens.
To serve all fancy-like, take a good sized floral frog, center it into a bowl or round tray. Stick silk orange and brown flowers to make a bountiful Halloween bouquet, and then stick the handle end of the pop sticks in between them.
On second thought, to heck with the kids’ classrooms. Bring the arrangements to work for your friends and colleagues for a quick boost in your own popularity.

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Posted: November 8th, 2012

Shocking revelation: Food writer can't make toast. Plans to make German Apple-Pear Puff Pancakes instead.

Embarrassing confession: I can’t make toast.
We put away our regular toaster in favor of a toaster oven a few years ago. I have not adjusted well.
It has a dial timer, which is useless, and I can’t figure out which heating option, from a list of conventional bake, broil, toast, etc. And no, picking “toast” does nothing to improve my finished product.
I usually wind up having to take the battery out of the smoke detector.
I’d haul out the regular toaster, but, frankly, I never had much luck with that either.
I feel a little like Chuck Knoblach of the Yankees, who all of a sudden late in his career couldn’t throw to second base. I’m not saying I’m a Yankee. I’m saying I should at least know how to make toast.
Despite my ineptitude, I love making hearty breakfasts on Saturday mornings.
That usually consists of simple Bisquick pancakes and bacon, or a frittata of cheese and veggies, and/or an occasional batch of muffins — after another failed attempt at plain old toast.
This weekend, I want to skirt the whole issue with German Apple-Pear Puff Pancakes.

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Posted: November 6th, 2012

Allrecipes.com to the rescue: Fast, delicious, election-night meal

Pay no attention to those people behind the curtain. They’re just voting.
And from what I’ve heard about turnout, many of them have waited a while in line. Poof! There goes time to make dinner.
Well, how about some heat and eat with a simple spin:
Autumn Spice Ham Steak.

Step one: Vote
Step two: Pick up ingredients: 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, 1 (2 pound) ham steak, 1 red apple, cored and thinly sliced, 1 green apple, cored and thinly sliced, 1/2 cup maple flavored pancake syrup, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Step three: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the ham on both sides in the butter until browned. Lay the sliced apple over the ham. Pour the syrup over the apples. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally until the apples are cooked through.
Step four: Pour a beverage, turn on CNN, and watch the world change before your eyes. Or not.
Just, whatever you do, don’t go hungry. A delicious homemade dinner doesn’t get any easier than this one.

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Posted: October 12th, 2012

Apple Crisp with your health at heart: calories: 131.5; total fat: 3.6 g; sodium: 33.9 mg; carbs: 24.4 g; fiber: 2.6 g; protein: 1.5 g

I made an Apple Crisp a few weeks ago when I bought my first bag of local apples. The recipe came from my well used Good Housekeeping “Great Baking” book.
The crisp was killer.
Later on I realized just how killer. One serving cost me the WW Points total I’d usually spend on an entire meal. While I’m baking, I usually have a pretty good eye for what’s going to cost me too much, but I guess I was blinded by the apples and oatmeal.
After learning about that dietary disaster, I got a vague recollection of a super-light apple crisp that had all the sweetness and cinnamon and crunch and apple flavor, but maintained much more dignity in the nutritional department.
Then this one from Spark People showed up in my inbox and inspired me all over again.
Time for another bag of red, sweet-tart handfuls of goodness.

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Posted: September 20th, 2012

Betty Crocker is going to help me bake myself happy.

I know I’ve been harping on this Yay-It’s-Fall! theme, but my impatience gets worse everyday. I’m like a kid waiting for Santa.
It could be the weather, the apples, the turning leaves, I’ve no idea. Something is making me feel like I’ve chewed through a set of imaginary restraints. I can’t WAIT for pumpkins and leaves and cuddling up in my fleece tie blanket sipping coffee on a rainy cold night.
Maybe it’s because summer 2012 started in March, and doled out months of punishing heat and drought usually reserved for latitudes south of the Mason Dixon. Either way, I’m more than ready to be rid of it.
In my excitement, I bought half a peck of Macintosh apples Tuesday. They’re gone. I ate three (crisp, tart, sweet, juicy), my husband ate one and I used the rest to make an apple-oatmeal crisp.
Then today I came across this recipe for Apple Streusel Cheesecake Bars. Now I need to go back and buy another half peck. Or maybe, this time, a peck.

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