So, the other night I made a comment on my Facebook page (are we FB friends? If not, I’d love to be! Click on the icon in the top sidebar to friend request me.You can also follow me on Twitter or sign up to get any new posts here via email).
I mentioned that I was making peanut-butter apple crisp for my boys. (Not for me. I was gonna go for the Granny Smith apple slices with some almond butter.)
All of a sudden, friends started asking for the recipe. Some unwritten code of Facebook land that if you mention a homemade food, you must provide the recipe. Since I had neither the time nor desire to sit and type more that day (writing two books at once will do that to a girl), I decided to post it on my blog later.
Well, it is later. Here it is, along with a few other fun apple recipe ideas for fall and one gift idea perfect for a teacher. (All taken from my book, coauthored with friends Trish Smith and Kelly Hovermale, Homespun Memories from the Heart)
I am going away from the Internet/blogging/Facebook Twitter for the next four days to make some progress on my next book. Prayers appreciated.
In the mean time, enjoy these top five apple -eating ideas and leave us a comment with your favorite way to eat or decorate with your apples. One winner will be chosen to receive a copy of A Life That Says Welcome and a $10 Target card to buy yourself something apple-y.
Maybe you need new socks.
That is fine too. :-) They might just have some cute ones with little apples on the side.
Okay—here are the apple recipes. Enjoy! See you Monday.
Caramel Apple Dip
8 ounces cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
1 cup coarsley chopped salted peanuts
Blend all but peanuts until smooth. Add peanuts just before serving. Use with a tart eating apple such as Granny Smith, Cortland or Gala. If you must slice the apples long before eating them, soak slices in lemon-lime flavored pop to keep them from turning brown. Drain well and serve with the dip.
My friend Lisa contributed these next two tasty fall treats!
Apple Praline Cheesecake
1 14-ounce bag of caramels
1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
¾ cup sugar, divided
¼ cup butter or margarine, melted
1 5-ounce can evaporated milk
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups apples, chopped
1 tablespoon flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¾ cup pecans (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix graham cracker crumbs, ¼ cup sugar and butter; press onto bottom and 1 inch up sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Unwrap caramels; place in a 2 quart saucepan or microwaveable glass bowl. Add evaporated milk. Melt over low heat, stirring often, until smooth. Or in microwave cook on high for 4-5 minutes, stirring every 1 ½ minutes.
Reserve ½ cup melted caramel mixture. Pour remaining caramel over crust in pan. Sprinkle ½ pecans over caramel, if desired.
Beat cream cheese, remaining ½ cup sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating smooth after each addition. Toss together 1 cup chopped apple, flour, and cinnamon; fold into cream cheese mixture. Spoon cream cheese mixture over caramel crust. Bake 40 minutes.
Combine reserved caramel mixture and remaining ½ cup chopped apple. Spread over cheesecake; sprinkle with remaining pecans. Bake an additional 15 minutes. Loosen cake and let cool before removing from pan. Chill before serving.
Snickers Apple Salad
6 Granny Smith apples, cubed (not peeled)
¾ cup cocktail peanuts, chopped, if desired
1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
3 king-sized Snickers bars, cut into pieces
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 12-ounce container whipped topping
Put all above ingredients into a large bowl. Mix ½ cup butter and powdered sugar thoroughly. Fold in whipped topping. Pour over apple mixture and gently combine. Delicious!
Peanut-Butter Apple Crisp
Sorry I don’t have exact measurements for this. I made it up and I just eye-ball it to get it right. So, I will do my best to ‘guesstimate” :-)
Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray. Slice enough Granny Smith, Spy or other tart cooking apples (do not use an eating apple like gala, red delicious, etc..) to fill the pan. Sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Mix together about 1/4 cup flour and 3/4 cup sugar and shake over the top of apples. Toss gently.
For the topping, mix one stick real butter with about 1 cup peanut chunky butter. Add in a 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 cup sugar ( or a tad more), about 3/4 cup flour and 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (not quick-cooking). It should hold together in clumps when pressed in your fist and not be too sticky. If it is, add a little more flour.
Sprinkle over the top and bake at 375 degrees for about 25-30 minutes until apples are tender and topping is lightly golden. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. FABULOUS!!!!!
Caramel Apple Basket
What could be a sweeter fall treat than caramel apples? For a quick, yet delicious gift that a neighbor, friend or teacher would love, place apples, a bag of caramels, and a bag of craft sticks in a basket. Include add ins to sprinkle on the appples before they harden such as mini- M & M’s, chopped nuts, colored sprinkles or coconut.
For an extra-special finishing touch, include a hand-written tag featuring, featuring Psalm 17:8. “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings,” (ESV)