I know that now is the time that it seems everyone is talking about pumpkin! Pumpkin latte, donuts, pancakes, bread..................... All I can say is ICK, YUCK, BLAH, POO!!!! Is it obvious that I don't care one thing about pumpkin? Not even the traditional pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. It's just not my thing.
Now give me apples this time of the year and I am in heaven!!! I like apple everything. Apples are extremely frugal in the fall. Most stores and orchards have them for a good price, home trees are loaded, and hopefully you just may see an abandoned or lonely tree some where, that you glean from. **Remember if the tree is in someone's yard - PLEASE ASK PERMISSION.
I absolutely love apple cider, even though it is pretty expensive around here even at the orchard. I do manage to get a gallon or two during the season. I love eating fresh apples, and one of my other favorites, is what I call fried apples. Mmmmmm fried apples and pork chops - a fall fave!!
I love fresh sliced apples dipped into peanut butter. It's a very healthy snack!
When making fried apples, I simply peel and core, then slice into a pan with about 3 tablespoons of butter. Sprinkle with sugar or sweetener and a little cinnamon and 'fry' till tender. Great with dinner, as a dessert, or a snack.
EASY HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE
1/2 C water
7 - 8 C apples, cored, peeled and quartered
1/2 C sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla
Bring water to a boil in a heavy saucepan; add apples and return to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add remaining ingredients; stir well. Serve warm or cold.
On the spices added, that is up to your desired taste. I sometimes like to add red hot's instead of cinnamon. I also use a potato masher to smash into smaller pieces - that is a matter of choice.
These can be made and frozen as well.
CARAMEL APPLE DIP
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
3/4 C brown sugar, packed
1/2 C butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients, mix well. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Makes 2 cups. Dip fresh cut apple slices in this. YUM
Cost probably around $2.
SLOW-COOKER CARAMEL APPLES
4 tart apples, cored
1/2 C apple juice
1/2 C brown sugar, packed
12 red hot's
4 Tbsp. butter, divided
8 caramels, unwrapped
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. sugar
Cut 1/2" slice off the top of each cored apple. Arrange apples in crock pot. Pour apple juice over the apples. Spoon 2 Tbsp. brown sugar, 3 candies, 1 Tbsp. butter and 2 caramels into each apple center; sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Cover and heat on low until apples are tender - about 4-6 hours.
YUM - top with whip cream if desired.
WHAT A TREAT
I hope you get to take advantage of this wonderful and healthy fall fruit while prices are relatively cheap. I will list more apple recipes throughout the month (and maybe even a couple pumpkin)!