Apples Sweet Apples

It’s Saturday! To the apple orchard we go. We’re off to pick a bushel of sweet, delicious apples to bring home for baking up a pan of Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars. Oven and aprons ready! Can’t wait!

INGREDIENTS

Shortbread Base:

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unbleached flour

Apple Filling:

  • 3 large fresh orchard picked
  • apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons unbleached flour
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup unbleached flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter – melted or room temp to cut in.
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F and line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper. Be sure to bring the parchment up the sides as it makes it easier to lift out later.
  2. Shortbread Base:
  3. Place butter into your mixer and turn on high for 5 minutes or until the butter turns white rather than yellow, that’s how you’ll know it’s creamed. Next mix in the brown sugar, vanilla, and salt. Once combined, add in the flour and stir well. Press the mixture into the parchment lined pan and bake in the pre-heated oven for 15 minutes.
  4. Apple Filling:
  5. In a bowl, combine the apples, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg until the apples are well coated.
  6. Topping:
  7. Mix flour, ¾ up brown sugar. Cut in the butter and knead together.
  8. Remove the crust from the oven and turn the heat up to 350 degrees F. Sprinkle one half of the Topping over the short bread, then layer the apples on top. You will have multiple layers so try to keep it level. Once this is finished, sprinkle the remainder of the Topping evenly on top and place in the oven to bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool fully before placing in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours. Once it’s set, remove from the baking dish by lifting out the parchment paper and cut into bars. Top with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.

*recipe inspired by Life Straight Up

Sweets To Fall For

It’s fall y’all. And that means it’s time for our annual trip to the apple orchard. Some go for the apple cider donuts, others go for the apple pie slushies. But we go for one reason…to get our bake on! With many apple recipes under our belt, we’ve decided that this is the Saturday to give Country Apple Fritter Bread a try. Cinnamon-sugar and apples baked right inside warm bread. A perfect treat for a fall day. Fallalalala!!!

Ingredients

Brown Sugar/Cinnamon Mixture:

• 1/3 cup light brown sugar

• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Bread Loaf

• 2/3 cup white sugar

• 1/2 cup butter softened

• 2 egg whites

• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

• 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder

• 1/2 cup almond milk

• 2 Gala apples, peeled and chopped, mixed with 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Old-Fashioned Creme Glaze

• 1/2 cup of powdered sugar

• 1-3 tablespoons of almond milk

Instructions

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use a 9×5-inch loaf pan and spray with non-stick spray or line with foil and spray with non-stick spray to get out easily for slicing.

2 Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl. Set aside.

3 In another medium-sized bowl, beat white sugar and butter together using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.

4 Beat in eggs whites, 1 at a time, until blended in; add in vanilla extract.

5 Combine & whisk flour and baking powder together in another bowl and add into creamed butter mixture and stir until blended.

6 Mix almond milk into the batter until smooth.

7 Pour half the batter into the prepared loaf pan; add half the chopped apple mixture.

8 Sprinkle 1/2 of the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture you set aside earlier, on top of apple layer.

9 Pour the remaining batter over apple layer and top with remaining chopped apples, then the remaining brown sugar/cinnamon mixture.

10 Lightly pat apples into batter; swirl brown sugar mixture through apples using knife or spoon.

11 Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, approximately 50-60 minutes.

12 To make glaze, mix powdered sugar and milk or cream together until well mixed.

13 Let cool for about 15 minutes before drizzling with glaze.

*recipe inspired by The Baking ChoclaTess

Going Apples (Bananas) For Sweets

This weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, but we started Fall a little early and took our troops apple picking.  Our rascals swung from tree to tree looking for the sweetest, juiciest ingredient for this Saturday’s Caramel Apple Monkey Bread. We had more fun than a barrel of monkeys and ended up with a treat worthy of going Apple! Happy Labor Day weekend! 


Caramel Apple Monkey Bread

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 (16.3-oz.) cans refrigerated biscuits

1 1/2 cups small diced apples

1 cup packed light brown sugar

3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

1 cup pecan pieces

1 cup Heath Butter Brickle

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a bundt pan with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
Separate the dough into 16 biscuits then cut each biscuit into quarters. Add each piece of dough to the bowl with the cinnamon and sugar, tossing it to coat it on all sides. Layer the coated dough pieces with the diced apples in the prepared bundt pan.

In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, mix together the brown sugar, melted butter, Heath, and pecans. Pour the mixture evenly on top of the dough. Bake the monkey bread for 28 to 32 minutes until it is no longer doughy in the center. Remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool for 5 minutes in the pan before placing a serving plate on top of the pan and flipping it upside down. Serve the bread immediately.
*recipe inspired by Just A Taste

 Sweet Inside A Sweet

It’s our favorite month of the year (only because it’s our birthday month)! We couldn’t let September slide by us without our annual trip to the apple orchard for some apple picking fun. Let’s be straight here – there’s always an ulterior motive for an outing when it happens on a Saturday! With treats on the brain and baskets in our hands we loaded up on tons of deliciousness. As health fanatics, we realize we should save some apples for nutritious snacks and lunch boxes, so good thing we planned ahead and picked enough to create our weekly sweet. Apple Crisp Inside An Apple is treat in a treat and that’s certainly worth the cheat! 

Apple Crisp In An Apple

  
Ingredients

3 whole Large Apples 

1-¼ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

2 teaspoons Fresh Lemon Juice

5 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar

4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter 

4 Tablespoons Flour

¼ cups Rolled Oats

2 whole Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream

Caramel Sauce for topping

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

Peel, core and dice 1 apple. Place it in a small skillet with 1 teaspoon cinnamon, lemon juice, ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon butter. Turn the heat to medium high, stir, and cook until the apple start to soften and release their juices, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, and then stir in 2 tablespoon flour until dissolved. Let cool.
Meanwhile, slice the tops off the remaining 2 apples and core them, but do not go all the way through the bottom. Remove most of the inside of the apple but leave enough intact so that the apple still stands up on its own. Stop about 1″ above the bottom of the apple.
Fill the apples with the cooled apple mixture.
In a separate bowl, stir together the remaining cinnamon, brown sugar, butter, flour, and oats. Pinch the butter into the mixture to form a crumble. Divide the mixture between the 2 apples and pack firmly on top.
Place the apples in a small baking dish, add a splash of water to the bottom to prevent sticking, and bake for 25–30 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream and caramel sauce. 
*recipe from Tasty Kitchen

Sweets Reimagined

Holy apples! Our fridge looks like Johnny Appleseed came for a visit! We have so many apples from our apple picking trip last weekend that it is necessary we apple treat again. Good thing there are so many yummy apple desserts. Apple crisp is #1 in our opinion. But we discovered a recipe that can top it, Cookie Butter Apple Crisp baked in cute little jars. Individual servings, we’ll take two please!

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Cookie Butter Apple Crisp

 

Ingredients (2 servings)
    For the apple filling:
    • 1 large apple (or 2 smaller apples), peeled, cored, and chopped
    • 2 tsp lemon juice
    • 2 tbsp brown sugar
    • 1 tbsp flour
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • 2-3 dashes of nutmeg
    • For the cookie butter crisp
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 1/4 cup rolled oats
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • 2 tbsp chilled butter, cubed
    • 2 tbsp cookie butter
    • 1 tbsp brown sugar
    Instructions
    Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
    In a small bowl, combine the apples through the nutmeg for the apple filling. Set aside.
    In another small bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, cinnamon, and brown sugar for the crisp topping. Cut in the chilled butter until the mixture is crumbly. Now mix in the cookie butter. Set aside.
    Spray the insides of two 12 oz glass jars with cooking spray. Evenly distribute the apple filling between the two jars. Now top each jar with the cookie butter crisp dough.
    Place both filled jars in a baking pan and fill with about an inch of water.
    Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the apples are bubbly and the crisp topping is golden brown.
    All to cool to warm before serving.
    Top with whipped cream or ice cream, if you wish.
    *recipe found on The Frugal Foodie Mama

    Sweet Picks

    It’s not exactly fall yet, but it’s September and that means it’s time to go apple picking! There’s nothing better than hand selecting the main ingredient for this Saturday’s temptation, Apple Nachos! No cheese, no meat, no cooking at all. Just crisp, juicy apple slices covered with yummy toppings and gooey caramel and hot fudge. The options are endless and sure to satisfy everyone!

    apple nachos

    Apple Nachos

     

    Ingredients

    • 3 apples sliced thin
    • caramel  topping
    • hot fudge topping
    • M&Ms plain and peanut
    • Heath bits
    • dark chocolate chips

    Directions

    Cut apples into thin slices and arrange in a circular pattern on plate. Drizzle warm caramel and hot fudge topping over the apple slices. Sprinkle with M&Ms, Heath bits, and dark chocolate chips, or add your own favorite toppings. Delish!