Apples to Apples: Part 3

Apples apples and more apples. That has been my life for like 2 weeks. But in my recent post I told you that I made Apple Butter in my crockpot.

I’ll be honest with you. I had NO idea what apple butter was, what it looked like, what it tasted like, or what the what you did with it. But friends and the internet said good things so I figured hey why not?

It is a bit of a process so it works best as a weekend thing.

Start by peeling, coring and chopping about a dozen apples. Then toss them in your crockpot.

Next add 1/4 c brown sugar and cinnamon (I used like 1.5 Tbs) and 1/2c water. Set your crockpot on low and cook for about 10 hours (overnight works best time wise).

In the morning you have this!

Then use a wooden spoon to prop the cover open and cook on high for around 4 more hours.

After around 4 hours the water cooks off so you have this tasty mess. You can leave it like this, or you can use a Magic Bullet or Immersion Blender to smooth it out. I happen to have both so I opted for smooth.

I divided my batch in half. I filled this adorable mason jar and put it in my fridge, and filled a tupperware container and stuck it in my freezer for later. Its really tasty stuff. It also makes for great holiday gifts come Christmas time.

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Apples to Apples: Part 2

So this is another in my mini series of apple-type fall treats. In my previous post (check that guy out here) I told you about my apple orchard excursion that resulted in my picking a 1/2 bushel of apples (aka roughly 50 apples!). And after baking an apple pie and an apple peach cobbler I still had TONS of apples left over.

My friend L was having the ladies over for some TV time one Wednesday night, so I figured I would make a treat for us. Some casual interneting led me to some cool recipes. I decided on this guy: Danish Apple Pastry Bars from Midwest Living. Com (check out the link here). They looked simple enough and more importantly they looked delicious. They have a really yummy crust that is sort short bread like. Beware bakers: these guys are addictive. But a word of advice, READ THE RECIPE CAREFULLY! It is really poorly written. Try my version below for a more step by step approach.

 

Here’s how to make these guys:

2.5 c flour
1 tsp salt
1 c shortening
1 egg yolk
milk (almost 2/3 c…see directions)
1 c corn flakes
8-10 apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)
3/4-1 c white sugar
1 tsp cinnamon (more if we’re being realistic)
1 egg white lightly beaten
1 c powdered sugar
3-4 tsp milk

1. Peel, core, and slice all your apples. Place them in a bowl.
2. In a large bowl, combine salt and flour. Using a fork or pastry cutter blend in the shortening until its nice and crumbly.
3. In a liquid measuring cup, add the egg yolk and enough milk to fill 2/3 cup.
4. add milk/yolk combo to the crumbles. When it all comes together it should form a sticky dough. Divide the dough in half.
5. On a well floured surface roll half the dough out into a rectangle the size of whatever pan you’re using. Then put it in the pan (oil/spray it first).
6. Crush the cornflakes and spread them on top of the dough in your pan.
7. Spread your apples on top of the corn flakes.
8. Combine white sugar and cinnamon. Spread over apples.
9. Repeat step 5 and place dough over apple.
10. Spread egg whites over the top layer of dough.
11. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes, then cover with foil and bake for another 30ish minutes until top is golden brown and apples are tender.
12. Combine the powdered sugar and a few TBS of milk to make a glaze. Spread over warm bars. When cooled, cut them into squares and EAT UP!

When I made these, the original recipe messed me up and I ended up adding the powdered sugar to the white…yikes…luckily I was able to scoop it out!

 

But lets be serious people, 50 apples is too many…and I STILL had so many left. So I realized that this was the PERFECT time to make some Apple Butter! Which happens to be my next post! Stay tuned!!