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Apple and Pear Crisp

FRUIT:

3 to 5 medium apples, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces

3 medium Bosc pears, cored and cut into 2-inch pieces

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

CRISP:

1/2 cup almond meal

3/4 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces.

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

To prepare the fruit:  Add the apples and pears to a large mixing bowl.  Sprinkle with the sugar and cloves, and stir to combine.  Pour the fruit along with any juices into a deep 8” square baking pan and set aside.

To prepare the crisp: Using the same mixing bowl, add the almond meal, oats, sugar, spices, and salt; stir to combine.  Add the butter to the bowl.  Using your fingers, pinch the butter into the dry ingredients, blending well.  The topping will at first resemble coarse crumbs, but will soon come together in larger clumps.

Distribute the topping evenly over the fruit in the pan, breaking up larger clumps if needed.  Bake for 40-45 mins, until the fruit can be easily pierced with a fork and the crisp topping is brown.  Let cool 15 mins before serving.  Top with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

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Apple Pot Pies with Maple Cream

Ingredients:

Flaky Pie Dough for single crust

6 tart apples, peeled, cored and diced

1 Tbsp unsalted butter

1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 Tbsp all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

2Tbsp brandy

1 tsp finely grated lemon zest

2 large egg beaten with 1 tsp water

1 Tbsp granulated sugar

1 Cup heavy cream

2 Tbsp pure maple sugar

Directions:

Prepare the dough and chill.  Butter 4 individual ramekins or baking dishes and place on a baking sheet.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and divide into 4 equal pieces.  Roll each piece into a round about 1/8” thick and slightly larger than the mouth of each ramekin.  Place the rounds onto a baking sheet and refrigerate until ready to use.

Preheat the oven to 400°F.  In a saucepan, cook the apples, butter, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon over medium heat, stirring, just until the fruit starts to soften and the mixture thickens, about 7 minutes.  Remove from the heat and stir in the brandy and lemon zest.  Mix well and divide between the ramekins.

Top each ramekin with a round of dough, pressing it down to seal it around the mouth of the dish.  Brush the top of the dough with the egg wash and sprinkle with granulated sugar.  Bake until the dough is golden brown, the fruit is tender, and the juices are bubbling, about 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.

To make the maple cream, in a bowl, using an electric mixer, whip the cream until soft peaks form.  Gradually whip in the maple syrup, beating until medium peaks form.  Serve the pot pies with the maple cream.

From Dessert of the Day by Kim Laidlaw, p. 272

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Baked Green Chile Chilaquiles

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 ancho or pasilla chiles, seeded and cut into thin strips (or use bells for no heat)

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

3 cups mild tomatillo salsa

1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish

6 oz corn tortilla chips

10oz Monterey Jack, shredded

1 can (15oz) black beans, rinsed

1 avocado, sliced

2 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced

1 lime, cut into wedges

  

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high.  Add the chiles and cook until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for 20 seconds.  Stir in the salsa and bring to a simmer.  Remove from the heat, stir in 1/3 cup cilantro and season with salt.
  2. Place half the chips in a 2-qt. baking dish. Top with half the salsa mixture, half the cheese and half the beans.  Repeat the layering with the remaining chips, salsa mixture, cheese, and beans.  Bake until the casserole is hot and the cheese melts, 18-20 minutes.
  3. Top with the avocado and garnish with the scallions and cilantro. Serve with the lime wedges.

 

Recipe from RachelRayMag.com

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Apple Pie Filling

Ingredients:

6 pounds apples, cored & sliced

1 cup water

1 cup apple cider

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup apple pectin (available online or in health food stores)

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 tsp ground nutmet

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground cloves

Will also need a hot water canner & 4 pint jars, lids and rims

Directions:

Fill a large stockpot half full with water and bring to a boil.  Drop in half of the sliced apples and cover, returning to a boil.  Once the water returns to a boil (about 8-10 minutes), use a slotted spoon to strain out the apples.  Add the slices directly to clean pint jars, leaving a small amount of room at the top.  Repeat the process with the remaining apple slices.  On a folded-over dish towel (for padding) strongly tap the bottom of each jar on the counter, to help pack down the apples.  If necessary, redistribute the apples so each jar is full, with 1” headspace.

In a medium sauce pan, add the water, apple cider, sugar, apple pectin, lemon juice, and spices; bring to a boil.  Simmer the liquid for about 15 minutes, reducing it slightly.  Using a ladle or liquid measuring cup for ease, pour hot juice over the jarred apples, leaving 1/2” of headspace.  Gently tap the jars on the counter to release any air bubbles.  Wipe the jar rims and seal the jars.  Place them in a prepared water bath and process for 20 minutes.  Remove the jars with tongs and let them cool on the counter overnight.  Store in a cool, dark cupboard for up to 1 year.

 

This recipe makes about 4 pint jars.  You’ll end up using about 2 pints per 9” pie. 

You can use any type of apple for pie filling, but usually a mix of varieties works best, especially if one has a bit of a tart flavor.

 

Recipe from Edible Seattle, September/October 2013, page 33.

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