Marilyn Block: Fall in love with these apple recipes

2012-09-21T00:05:00Z Marilyn Block: Fall in love with these apple recipesBy MARILYN BLOCK | What's Cookin' Winona Daily News
September 21, 2012 12:05 am  • 

Every season has its own special beauty, and fall is no exception.

Watching the trees start to turn from their springtime bright green to all varieties of gold, yellow, brown and red colors is a spectacular sight to behold. The leaves whirling and twirling round and round eventually fall softly to the ground into mounds for the children to play in.

There are many hints that fall is near at hand. The nights have a definite chill in the air. Squirrels are scurrying around gathering up their winter food supply. Bright orange pumpkins are ready for that first fresh pumpkin pie or to be carved and sat next to a colorful scarecrow. The farmers are busily combining bushels of golden corn. Football players are donning their helmets for a big game. Students are back in school, and with all of the activities in their schedules, moms and dads are kept busy making sure they are in time for all those events.

Of course, we can’t forget about a visit to the apple orchard to enjoy all of the delicious treats apples offer — snacks, main dishes and desserts — and what would apple time be without a cup of apple cider?

Apple Snack

1 (8-ounce) carton whipped cream cheese

1 (6-ounce) carton vanilla yogurt

1 large Gala apple, finely chopped

1/2 cup shredded Sweet Cherry cheddar cheese

1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

Assorted crackers

Beat cream cheese and yogurt together until well blended. Fold in apple, cheese and onion. Cover and chill at least 2 hours before serving. Serve with assorted crackers.

Chicken and Rice Casserole

2 (10.5-ounce) cans chicken broth

1 cup water

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 pounds chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces

1 cup red bell pepper, diced

1 cup thinly sliced green onions

20 ounce can pineapple tidbits with juice

1 cup uncooked regular long grain white rice

Pour broth, water and soy sauce into a slow cooker; mix well. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for

8 hours or until chicken and rice test done. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Apple Cider Punch

4 quarts apple cider

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 (6-ounce) carton frozen orange juice

1 (6-ounce) carton frozen lemonade

6 whole cloves

6 whole allspice

1 teaspoon nutmeg

3 cinnamon sticks

Tie all spices into a cheesecloth or place in a tea infuser. In a slow cooker, combine cider, sugar and frozen juices; mix until sugar is dissolved. Add spices. Cover and cook for at least 3 hours or until hot before serving. This may be served hot or cooled and served cold.

Simple Apple Cider

64 ounces apple juice

3 tablespoons apple pie spice

1 cup orange juice

4 cinnamon sticks

Place all ingredients into a slow cooker, cover and cook for 6 hours. Serve warm. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Apple Walnut Cake

3 eggs

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup cooking oil

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons apple pie spice

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 cups diced peeled or unpeeled apples

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Combine eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla in a large bowl; beat until light and creamy. Sift together flour, spice, soda and salt. Gradually beat into creamed mixture. Fold in apples and walnuts. Spread into greased and floured 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until cake tests done. Cool and frost as desired.

Raw Apple Cake

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup butter or margarine

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 eggs

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup milk

3 large apples, peeled and shredded

1 cup chopped walnuts

Streusel (see recipe below)

Combine sugars, butter, vanilla and eggs; beat until light and creamy. Sift together flour, soda, salt and baking power. Gradually beat into creamed mixture alternately with milk. Fold in apples and walnuts. Pour into 9-by-13-inch baking pan.

Top with following streusel:

1 cup flour

2/3 cup butter

2/3 cup white sugar

6 tablespoons packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

Combine streusel ingredients and mix well. Sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until tests done.

Caramel Apples

4 large baking apples, peeled and sliced

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup lemon

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup flour

Place apples into 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Beat butter and lemon juice until smooth and creamy. Beat in sugars and flour until a thick paste like batter forms. Spread evenly over apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until apples test done. Makes 8 to 12 servings.

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