Thursday, January 29, 2009

What to do with a box of apples...

So I always think about it and never do it, but this time I caved with the great price and have therefore been on an apple kick! Seriously what does one do with so many apples? Well, my sister had a lady in her ward who was VERY helpful and here goes.

I started off with a quadruple batch of applesauce since my kids LOVE applesauce. And I of course started before realizing I didn't steralize my jars or buy new lids to can it. ooops good thing the kids will eat it...or not. Collin said it was B-A-D and Alexis said it was too chunky (after cooking it extra long and blending it for as long as possible-then gave up). I thought Slade would go for it, but of course Mr. Picky got one small apple chunk in his mouth after the 5th bite and decided he was done too. UGGHH! So what to do with a huge container of applesauce? How about some homemade applesauce muffins? YUMMO!! Devoured I must say!

Applesauce Muffins

1/2 c. oil
1 c. sugar
1 c. applesauce
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 c. blueberries (or raisins if you prefer)

Combine all ingredients in bowl. Mix on medium speed for 3 to 4 minutes.
Spoon into muffin tins. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until done.
Yields18-24 muffins.

*I didn't add cloves or nutmeg. I added 1/2 tsp. of extra cinnamon instead.

Still having apple issues so I made an apple crisp (not a huge fan of cooked apples myself, but add enough crisp and voila!!)

Apple Crisp

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups butter (melted)
2 quarts peeled, cored and sliced apples (sprinkle with generous amount of cinnamon & sugar)

Put half the crumb mixture on the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Add apples and drizzle with caramel topping. Crumble remaining dry mixture on top.

How's that for healthy apple eating?? (part of my problem maybe!?)

Still too many I sliced and peeled 4 cups of apples sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and put them in some Food Saver bags (thanks Lorri) to freeze for later (5 batches so far).

Next recipe is for an apple cake that is supposedly TO DIE for, get your man to do anything for you type of cake...(I'll let you know how it is if I get around to it. I'm almost appled out!)

Apple Cake

Cream together:
½ c. shortening
2 cups sugar
2 eggs

2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon

Mix well. Add:
4 cups diced apples (about 4 med/large apples)
½ c. chopped nuts (optional)

Bake in 9X13 pan in 350 oven for 45 minutes.

6 Tbsp. butter
2/3 c. brown sugar
¼ c. milk 1 tsp. vanilla

Melt butter. Stir in other ingredients. Spread over warm cake. Serve. Enjoy!

Finally, I don't like apple pie, but my sisters friend has the most AMAZING apple pie filling that everyone in their ward swears by and cans like crazy when they can because it is just so good. Figured I would post the recipe in case anyone wanted to try it.

Apple Pie Filling

Peal core and slice enough apples to fill 6 quarts.

4 ½ c. sugar
1 c. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
3 Tbsp. Lemon juice

Stir in 10 cups of water and bring to a boil until mixture thickens. Pour over apples. Process for 25 min. in water bath.

And I only have 1/3 of the box left. Maybe someone will eat a few!


Anonymous said...

Made your muffins and they were delish!! Thanks for sharing the recipe

Joe and Melissa Vega said...

I am drooling!!!!!!!
And p.s. I love the name of your blog...I totally agree that life is better with sparkle:)

Kari said...

You are the apple queen. Loved catching up on your blog. Your fam is so cute and I totally love the fam pictures!

Kym said...

Bryan loves apple crisp. For a while we were buying apples every week and vanilla ice cream, just so he could get his apple crisp fix. I found we were putting on a few extra pounds because of this, so I stopped making it. The boys eat apples like they are going outta style, so I have to buy a large bag of green apples every week.