With autumn here, we may start craving apples which are plentiful at this time of year. They are delicious and nutritious, and can be prepared in countless ways. Here are four tasty apple recipes for you to try.
Apple, Marshmallow and Yams
Serves about 6
2 cups mini marshmallows
2 x 17oz cans yams, drained
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup raisins
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
¼ cup margarine
½ tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish.
In a small bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, raisins, apples and nuts. Alternate layers of apples/nuts with layers of yams. Dot with margarine. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for about 40 minutes. Top with the mini marshmallows and continue baking until the marshmallows are gooey and brown.
Baked Apple with Raisins
4 cooking apples, washed
2 tbsp soft brown sugar
1 tbsp pecan nuts, chopped
¼ cup raisins
Dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Core the apples, but make sure that you don’t cut all the way through. Score the apples at the centre with the tip of a sharp knife.
Mix together the sugar, spices, pecan nuts and raisins. Stuff the apples with the mixture and drizzle with a bit of honey. Place the apples in an oven-proof dish, with a bit of water around them. Bake in the oven for about 20-30 minutes or until the apples are soft.
Serve immediately with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
After School Warm Apple Toast
2 slices wholemeal bread
1 apple, cored and thinly sliced
1 tbsp peanut butter
Sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon
Spread the peanut butter on the bread and arrange apple slices on top. Sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon. Place under the grill until the apples are beginning to soften.
This makes a lovely after school snack.
Apple and Apricot Surprise
1 lb dried apricots, pre-soaked in water
1 ½ oz brown sugar
4 oz ground almonds
4 oz sugar
6 medium apples, peeled and sliced
4 oz butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
In a small saucepan, cook dried apricots in some water until soft.
Place sliced apples and cooked apricots into a shallow ovenproof dish and sprinkle with brown sugar. Mix well.
Meanwhile, in a medium-size bowl, mix the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat until well combined, then fold in the ground almonds. Spread this mixture over the fruit and bake in the oven for about 45minutes to 1hour.
Eat hot with vanilla ice-cream.
Note from Heidi: I made this recently for a Sunday family dinner. It was a hit! Two suggestions –
- My family suggested the topping that I use on a fruit crisp. Here is that recipe:
3/4 C brown sugar
3/4 C oatmeal
3/4 C flour
1/2 C butter
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
Mix ingredients with a fork. This will be crumbly. Sprinkle on top and bake as instructed.
2. I have home canned apricots so I would use those instead of dehydrating apricots and cooking them down.
Other than that, this was an easy and delicious dessert!