Apples can be used in both sweet and savory recipes. Perhaps you are fond of baked pork chops with apples or you might prefer apple pie with ice cream or Christmas pudding with apples and other fruit. In the following recipe, apples are hollowed out, stuffed with spiced raisins, and baked until they are soft and fragrant. You can imagine how nice they taste and how soft and sweet the wonderful apple flesh is.
These old fashioned baked apples made a breathtaking dessert because they are healthy as well as delicious and you can even add a modern twist by serving them with orange gelatin. Cinnamon baked apples smell wonderful as they cook and everyone will gather in the kitchen wondering what the heavenly aroma is!
The orange gelatin can be left off if you like but it does add a festive fruity flavor to the cinnamon baked apples. Try using a different kind of gelatin if you prefer, like strawberry, cranberry, blueberry or anything else. If you enjoy Christmas pudding, you will like the festive flavor the cinnamon, nutmeg and raisins give to the apples, as well as the fruitiness from the gelatin. Continue reading
This easy recipe shows you how to make individual apple and fig pastries. These make a hearty and delicious dessert, especially when served with fresh cream or vanilla ice cream. You can try raisins, dried cherries or Craisins instead of the dried figs if you prefer.
Using refrigerator biscuits (you will need a package of ten uncooked biscuits) you can make the pastry really easily for these apple and fig pies. You can either scrunch the top so they look like moneybags of squeeze the pastries closed, and then flatten the top with a moist finger, for a flatter result.
Add sliced fresh figs and sesame seeds to the brushed egg yolk topping and you will get a great topping as well as a glossy yellow crust. These delicious little pastries taste every bit as good as they look and, if you are new to baking, you will find using a biscuit mix for the pastry a very easy way of doing things. Continue reading
Use this homemade crockpot apple butter as a cake filling or spread it over cookies. Apple butter is especially good served with warm, buttered biscuits or scones. This makes a wonderful late afternoon snack when you serve it with a cup of tea or coffee. Apple butter is suitable for breakfast, lunch or dinner, whether you want to add it to your cereal, serve it alongside your pork chops or make it part of your dessert.
You can keep homemade apple butter for two months in the refrigerator or up to eighteen months in a properly sealed jar, so you might want to double the recipe or make more than you need. Homemade apple butter makes an unusual but very useful gift too, if you package it nicely. Use an immersion blender in the crockpot to get your apple butter to the right consistency. You can swap the sugar for one cup of honey if you prefer a less sweet result. If you want to put it in cans, pack it into hot jars and ensure you leave quarter of an inch of headspace. Process the cans in boiling water for ten minutes.
Add some apple juice to the finished apple butter if it is too thick or let it cook with the lid off if it is too thin. When some of the moisture evaporates it will thicken up. You can spread this delicacy on crackers, toast, or serve it with pork chops. Why not add some apple butter to your morning cereal to liven it up, teamed with a couple of spoonfuls of your favorite yogurt? Feel free to alter the spices if you want. Maybe you do not have the ground cloves or the allspice. No problem. Just alter the amounts of cinnamon and nutmeg. As long as there is a little spice in the recipe, the finished apple butter will have a good depth of flavor. Continue reading
This recipe is very simple to make and it might surprise you to learn that it does not contain sugar. Sugar is not necessary because the fruit has plenty of natural sweetness. You can use frozen mixed berries instead of frozen strawberries, if you prefer, and mash the finished sauce with a fork if you want a chunkier texture than the food mill gives you. Alternatively you can use an immersion blender if you have one; just use it in the crockpot. This recipe makes plenty of applesauce and you can serve it with cereal and yogurt at breakfast. The whole family will enjoy the flavor.
Semi-tart apples are recommended for this recipe and depending how tart they are you might want to sweeten the finished applesauce. If you are going to add sugar, add a little at a time until you have the desired result. You can freeze this recipe easily. Ladle it into freezer bags and press the air out, then seal them and lay them flat in the freezer until you are ready to use them. To thaw them out, just leave them in the refrigerator overnight.
If you have a sweet tooth but you prefer not to eat a lot of sugar, this recipe is perfect because you can satisfy your craving for something sweet without having to eat something unhealthy. This combination of apples, apple juice, and strawberries gives you a wonderful applesauce which you will want to make time and time again. This recipe is perfect for small kids, especially if they love sweet food and you are concerned about keeping their sugar intake at a reasonable level. Add some sultanas or a little vanilla extract before cooking, if you want. Dress up the strawberry applesauce after cooking it with cinnamon, honey, sugar, lemon juice or anything else you fancy. This is great served either warm or chilled. Continue reading
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