apples

  • Southern Comfort Baked Apples

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    SERVES 4

    1 regular apple wood plank, soaked in apple cider or apple juice

    4 large, tart baking apples

    1 cup Southern Comfort whiskey (approx.)

    1 cup cold water

    ½ cup lightly packed brown sugar

    ½ cup chopped almonds

    ¼ cup golden sultana raisins

    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

    Vanilla ice cream

    Core the apples, leaving the bottom ½-inch of the apple intact. Place apples in a large bowl and pour Southern Comfort and cold water over the fruit. Cover and refrigerate to allow apples to marinade for 1 to 2 hours. Remove from liquid.

    Mix together the brown sugar, almonds, raisins, cinnamon, ginger, and a big splash of additional Southern Comfort. Fill the apples with this sugar mixture.

    Preheat grill to medium heat. Place plank on grill; close lid and heat for 2 to 3 minutes, until plank starts to crackle and smoke. Place stuffed apples, evenly spaced, on the preheated plank. Bake plank for 40 to 45 minutes, until the apples are soft and tender but not mushy, and the filling is hot and bubbly. Drizzle with a little extra Southern Comfort and serve immediately with vanilla ice cream.

    Source: Napoleon’s Everyday Gourmet Plank Grilling by Ted Reader

  • Superfood: Apples—Quite the Reputation

    If you thought you knew all there was to know about apples, you’re wrong. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, one bad apple spoils the bunch—while these clichés are true, they are only half the story.

    The mythology

    On apples, love, and health
    By Amy Vergin
  • Apple Sandwiches with Granola and Peanut Butter

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    2 small apples, cored and cut crosswise into ½-inch thick rounds

    1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)

    3 tablespoons peanut or almond butter

    2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips

    3 tablespoons granola

    If you won’t be eating these right away, start by brushing the apple slices with lemon juice to keep them from browning. Spread one side of half of the apple slices with peanut or almond butter then sprinkle with chocolate chips and granola. Top with remaining apple slices, pressing down gently to make the sandwiches. Transfer to napkins or plates to serve. Source: wholefoodsmarket.com; image: Jenn Benson

  • Health Tips: A Daily Apple Lowers Chemical Linked to Hardening of the Arteries

    Eating an apple a day might in fact help keep the cardiologist away, new research suggests. In a study of healthy, middle-aged adults, consumption of one apple a day for four weeks lowered blood levels of a substance linked to hardening of the arteries by 40 percent. Taking capsules containing polyphenols—of the type found in apples—had a similar but less potent effect.

  • Oatmeal-Nut Crunch Apple Pie

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    Crust

    1 cup all-purpose flour

    1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

    2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel)

    2 tablespoons canola oil

    3 tablespoons ice water

    Filling

    3 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced

    3 medium McIntosh apples, peeled and thinly sliced

    1/4 cup agave syrup

    1 tablespoon lemon juice

    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

    Topping

    1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour

    1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

    1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1/8 teaspoon salt

    2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

    1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

    To prepare crust: Whisk flours and salt in medium bowl. Cut in four tablespoons butter and cream cheese using pastry blender or fork until mixture is pea-sized. Add oil: Stir until evenly moistened. Sprinkle water over mixture: toss with fork to combine. Gather into ball, press into disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to two days. Roll dough into 14-inch circle between two large pieces of parchment or wax paper. Peel off top sheet and invert dough into 9-inch pie pan. Peel off remaining paper. Press the dough firmly into bottom, and up sides of pan. Tuck overhanging dough under, forming double-thick edge. Crimp edge with your fingers. Using fork, prick dough in several places. Refrigerate crust for 15 minutes. Position rack in lower third of oven: preheat to 375 degrees. Bake crust for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool—about 30 minutes.

    To prepare filling: Combine apples, agave, lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in large bowl. Let stand for ten minutes. Sprinkle two tablespoons all-purpose flour over apples and toss again—mound filling into cooled crust. Coat crust edges with cooking spray, return pie to oven, and bake for 30 minutes.

    Meanwhile, prepare topping: Combine whole-wheat pastry flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in medium bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or fork until evenly distributed. Stir in nuts. After pie has baked for 30 minutes, remove from oven and scatter topping over apples. Return to oven and bake until topping is golden and filling starts to bubble around edges, 20 minutes more. Cool for at least one hour before serving.

    Make Ahead Tip: Prepare and refrigerate dough (Step 1) for up to two days. Recipe provided by Chef Gerard Viverito

  • Candy Apple Red

    Behold, the apple. An ancient fruit, the apple has held an honored place in the culinary history of humans for thousands of years.

  • Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole

    2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
    1 1/2 cups fresh apple juice
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1/2 teaspoon each cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger
    (or ¼ teaspoon freshly grated ginger)
    4 apples, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
    1/3 cup raisins

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a 13-by-9-inch baking pan, and add sweet potatoes.
    2. In a small bowl, combine apple juice, vanilla, and spices. Pour mixture over sweet potatoes, cover, and bake for 50 minutes.
    3. Add apples and raisins; cover, and bake for 30 minutes or until tender. Uncover, and bake for 5 minutes to brown the top. Serve warm.

    nutrition info per serving (8): 124 calories; 0 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 1 g protein; 31 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 22 mg sodium