An Apple a Day

Jul 16, 2015

I am still working my way through my 20 lbs of apples. I have been following the doctor’s orders and eating an apple a day (usually with cottage cheese or peanut butter for my afternoon snack), but I have barely made a dent. This weekend I am planning on making apple pies. The plan is to make a triple batch of dough and filling - make one pie and freeze the remaining two portions of dough and filling to enjoy later. I’m also thinking about making some apple chips. I received the following instructions from a friend.

Preheat oven to 225degF and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of extra fine granulated sugar onto lined baking sheets. With a mandoline or other manual slicer, cut apples crosswise into paper-thin slices. Arrange slices in one layer on sheets and sprinkle evenly with 3 more tablespoons extra fine granulated sugar. Bake slices in upper and lower thirds of oven for 2 ¼, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, or until slices are pale golden and starting to crisp. Immediately peel chips off parchment and cool on a rack. The apple chips will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 week.

As promised, here is my recipe for apple maple muffins.
Apple Maple Muffins

2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup oats
1/3 cup wheat bran
2/3 cups brown sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
2/3 cups plain yogurt
1/3 butter, melted
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 egg
2 cups apples, peeled, cored and diced (1 cm)

Preheat oven to 400degF and prepare a muffin tin.
In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients with a whisk (from flour to cinnamon).
In a smaller bowl, combine all wet ingredients (from yogurt to egg).
Add wet ingredients to dry and combine. Fold in apples.
Fill muffin tin to the top. Top with pecans.
Bake for 18-20 minutes and cool on a baking rack.

Best enjoyed warm with a good cup of tea or coffee on a Sunday morning!

Everything Apple Crisp

5 cups apples, roughly chopped or sliced
¼ cup maple syrup
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup wheat bran
½ cup oats
¼ cup of mixed seeds/nuts (flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, pepitas, chopped pecans)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp fresh ground nutmeg
½ cup butter or margarine, softened

Preheat oven to 375degF and prepare a baking dish (apples should fill at least half the height of the dish).
Spread apples in dish.Drizzle with maple syrup.
In a bowl, combine all ingredients.
Layer over apples. Sprinkle a few pecans on top.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Apple crisp is perfect with ice cream and would look delicious with an apple chip as garnish. Enjoy!

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