On Tuesday I said I’d share what we’d do with all the apple fest apples. Here’s everything apple made with those crispy northern spy’s:
1. Apple Chips
First thing when we got back last Saturday I got out my new hand-dandy apple slicer and peeler and cut up 3-4 apples. Seperating them into rings I stuck them in our dehydrator to slowly dehydrate over night. The next day we had crisp healthy and tasty apple chips to snack on!
2. Baked Apples
Although I was immensily tempted by those wonderful Amish baked goods at the apple fest I knew they were not gluten-free and therefore not barley-free. So I waited until we got home to bake a tasty gluten-free treat to celebrate apple harvest. Using very similar technique to my stuffed bell peppers I cored and scooped out the centers of two of the largest apples. Then mixing together a oatmeal based filling stuffed the apples and stuck them in the oven for a half hour. It was like having a warm oatmeal cookie baked into the center of a crispy apple-it made the house smell great and tasted amazing! For a basic recipe see oatmeal stuffed baked apples.
3. Apple Rosettes
Yesterday I put together these beautiful apple pastries. These rosettes are an artistic combination of an apple pie meeting a cinnamon roll. They required a little extra TLC especially because I can’t just buy a puff pastry at the store and made one by hand on Tuesday. The assembly process requires semi-cooking the apples until they are pliable but not mushy and rolling them up into the puff pastry lined with a cinnamon-sugar filling. The little tasty creations are then lightly dusted in powdered sugar. I wouldn’t normally put this type of effort into a dessert pastry but I do love a challenge and plan on taking these tasty treats with us on our anniversary trip this weekend. For step-by-step instructions see: Apple roses.
If we hit up an orchard while picking pumpkins later this month we will probably also make more cinnamon oatmeal apple muffins and possibly some apple fruit leathers/roll-ups. But my favorite way to eat an apple: with a spoonful of peanut butter.
How about you? Do you have a favorite apple variety? What would you do with a 1/2 peck of apples?