Life and Religion
|6 ways to bite into an apple|
|Fall recipes using one of America’s favorite fruits.|
|Published Thursday, October 10, 2013|
It’s fall, and in the Carolinas that means it’s apple season.
With over 7,500 varieties, apples are not only popular for their deliciousness, but they have also earned a reputation as “superfoods” because they contain such a high concentration of disease-fighting antioxidants.
Study after study has proven that there is truth to the old adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Eating apples has been associated with lowered cholesterol, improved immunity, fighting cancer, weight loss, decreased risk for diabetes, memory boosting and decreased risk for Alzheimer’s. Here are six ways to take a bite (or a sip) out of an apple today:
Combine ½ cup oil, 2 eggs and 1 cup sugar. Then add 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 1 ½ cup diced peeled apples, ¼ teaspoon salt, ½ cup chopped nuts, 1 teaspoon vanilla, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and ½ teaspoon nutmeg. Mix together. Pour into greased and floured 8 inch x4 inch pan. Bake at 300° for 1 ½ hours. Cool for ten minutes. Remove from pan. Cool on rack. This recipe can also be baked as muffins and frozen.
BAKED APPLE & SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE
Peel, core and slice 3 cooking apples in ¼ inch slices. Butter 9”x6” baking dish with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Alternate 2 cans sweet potatoes and apples into rows until all potatoes and apples are placed in dish. Combine ½ cup orange juice, ¼ cup packed brown sugar and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon with 1/8 teaspoon all spice. Pour spices over potatoes and apples. Dot with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Sprinkle 1 small jar maraschino cherries over top. Bake covered 20 minutes. Remove cover and continue to bake 10-12 minutes.
APPLE OATMEAL COOKIES
In a large bowl, combine 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 cup quick cooking oats (uncooked), ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg. Mix well. Combine 1 egg, ½ cup vegetable oil and 1 teaspoon vanilla and mix into dry ingredients. Add 1 cup peeled and shredded apples. If desired, add ½ cup raisins and 1/3 cup chopped pecans. Mix well. Then, drop by spoonful onto a greased baking sheet. Bake 350° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
FRESH APPLE CAKE
Preheat oven to 325°. Cream ½ cup margarine and 2 cups sugar. Add 2 eggs (one at a time) and beat until smooth. Sift together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, ½ teaspoon cloves, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon allspice. Add to egg mixture. Stir in 1 ½ cups chopped nuts and 4 cups finely chopped apples. Bake in greased 9”x13” pan at 325° for approximately 40-45 minutes. The egg mixture will seem dry but the apples make it moist as it bakes. Topping: In a saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar, 1 stick margarine, ½ cup evaporated milk and 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Pour over warm cake in the pan.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter (or margarine) in a nonstick skillet. Add 6-8 medium apples, peeled cored and sliced. Fry over medium heat until apples are limp. Stir and turn apples often. Add ¼ cup sugar, 1 teaspoon apple pie spice and 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Mix into apples. Add 1 cup water, cover and simmer until apples are tender. Fried apples can be stored in the refrigerate and used as an ice cream topping, stirred into oatmeal for breakfast, spooned over French toast or waffles, or spooned over ham or pork as a main dish.
Combine 1 quart apple cider, 2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice, 1 cup orange juice, and ¼ cup lemon juice. Stir well. Add chopped apples, cubes of pineapple and bourbon, if desired. Chill and serve garnished with mint sprigs (optional).
Find more apple recipes at www.AppleHillOrchard.com.
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