All About Apples

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“It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple is connected to that of man.”

Henry David Thoreau, Wild Fruits:  Thoreau’s Rediscovered last manuscrip

 

 Apple season is upon us and I’ve searched the archives to compile readers’ favorite apple recipes.  From a tasty maple cauliflower apple soup to company-worthy turkey medallions in a flavorful curried apple-shallot wine sauce, there are many recipes to showcase apples in their glory.  Of course apple desserts abound and one of my favorites is a butternut squash-apple Bundt cake with a cider glaze.  If you want to take the apple theme right down to the table setting, I’ve got you covered with a centerpiece featuring votive candles set right into, you guessed it, apples!  Click on the highlighted titles for the recipes.  Enjoy!

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Healthy Apple Snacking Cake

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My neighbor Laurie’s apple tree is chock full of apples and she is sharing  the windfall.  Now these apples are truly destined for baking.  They are a bit tart and often blemished, which is precisely why I like them.  The tree is untreated so I know these apples are organic and I have just the recipe for transforming them into a delicious but healthy snacking cake.  I call this my “Back To School Apple Cake” since I used to make it for my kids when they were little.  It was a sweet treat without guilt.  There are 3 cups of apples in the batter for just 1 cup of flour!  Applesauce is used to reduce the fat content with a mere 2 tablespoons of oil.  A scant 2/3 cup of sugar sweetens this easy cake.  You could substitue honey or maple syrup to make it even healthier and swap out  half the all-purpose flour for whole wheat. I love how the apples, peel and all, go in there for both speed of preparation and a boost in fiber.  It is a quick cake, not too sweet, moist, fool proof, yet tasty.  Feel free to throw in some nuts or raisins if you like.  I always make 2 and freeze one.  I love my neighbor Laurie!image

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