Apple Season is Here – Enjoy!

Many years ago when I was a family and consumer sciences teacher, the students could hardly wait to work

Apples are an all-American success story-each ...

in a foods lab. “Are we cookin’

today” was an often heard remark.

Fall especially brought an abundance of different foods to prepare and sample.

One of the most versatile and interesting was the use of apples.  At that time we had five unit kitchens with four students in each. Each kitchen was to choose a different method of preparing apples and then all would sample the results.

There was much “ours is better than yours”. “No, wait ‘til you try this” and “I didn’t think you could do all this with apples”.

Thus began the basis for my apple cookbook, From the Apple Orchard Recipes for Apple Lovers.  Who would have thought this cookbook would be one folks tell me they refer to every fall?

If you have a problem wondering what to do with all those apples, I invite you to check out this book at http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com and get one for yourself – and a friend. Apples continue to be one of nature’s most beautiful and bountiful fruits.

Best to you and your family,

Lee Jackson, CFCS

Family and Consumer Life Studies

http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com

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What’s an Easy Breakfast Apple Recipe?

Peeling apples
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For those mornings when you have just a bit more time (that does happen sometimes?) get your kids to help you make this coffee cake together. It uses prepared biscuits so it’s a snap to make.

Peeling the apples may take the longest, but this recipe only requires 2 apples. Can you peel the whole apple in one long piece?

As one “long-ago apple saying” goes: If you close your eyes and toss the long peel to the floor, whatever alphabet shape it most represents is the  first initial of the person you will marry!

Apple Biscuit Coffee Cake

2 cooking apples, peeled and sliced
(this can be Granny Smith, Jonathan, Winesap,
Rome Beauty, Gala, or other firm, tart apple)
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup raisins
1 can refrigerated ready-to-bake biscuits

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 egg
1/4 cup walnuts
1 tablespoon butter

Melt 3 tablespoons butter in 9-inch round cake pan. After it is melted,
pour off 1 tablespoon butter to be used for the topping.
Arrange sliced apples over butter. Sprinkle raisins over
apples. Cut each of the 10 biscuits into fourths and place over apples.

Mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, corn syrup and egg until
well blended and sugar is dissolved. Pour over biscuits.
Sprinkle walnuts over top. Dot with 1 tablespoon melted butter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. After coffee cake is
baked, an adult can invert it on serving plate. This is done by placing
the plate over the hot, steaming cake and, using good potholders, quickly turn
pan over unto serving plate, so juices run over coffee cake. This is a little tricky but do it quickly and the cake will fall onto the serving plate, catching the juices.

Then, sit and enjoy. Your kids will love it, too.

Lee Jackson
author From the Apple Orchard – Recipes for Apple Lovers
Apples, Apples Everywhere – Favorite Recipes From America’s Orchards
and The Littlest Christmas Kitten
http://www.imagesunlimitedpub.com
.

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Yummy Baked Apple Recipe

baked apples

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With the bountiful apple harvest this year, it’s a rare person who doesn’t end up with a bushel, a peck, or only a pound of apples. But what to do with them?

In my apple cookbook, From the Apple Orchard – Recipes for Apple Lovers, I have over 150 ways of preparing apples. In this expanded edition I included recent favorites as well as many “oldies but goodies” that were not in the first edition.

Below is the Baked Apple dish I made last night for supper. It is an easy and tasty apple dessert, low on calories and high on fiber and flavor.

The apples were hand picked and the cider used was pressed a few days ago at an outside cider making session. I like to think this added to the flavor of the dish, as I got to turn the handle on the press a few times.

Baked Apples

4 Granny Smith apples
2 tablespoons dried dates, chopped or
2 tablespoons raisins
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 cup apple cider

Wash apples. Core out each center, leaving about ½ inch at bottom to provide a base for the rest of ingredients. Peel a section at the top of the apple.

Mix remainder of ingredients except apple cider. Fill each apple with mixture. Place apples in baking dish. Pour apple cider around apples in dish. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 45 minutes. Baste apples with cider every 15 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

Makes 4

To your enjoyment of apples,
Lee Jackson
author of From the Apple Orchard – Recipes for Apple Lovers
Apples, Apples Everywhere – Favorite Recipes From America’s Orchards
The Littlest Christmas Kitten

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