My Thursday Kitchen * A is for Apple

Good Morning! In my kitchen today I am sharing some fun Cookbooks and some of my family recipes inspired by these cookbooks. Since we are getting read to go back to College or school lets start with Apples

We lived in Michigan for many years not for from an Apple orchard – so in the fall Apples were used in many ways :

A is for Apple :

Filling
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
4 pounds Granny Smith apples (about 8 to 10), peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Topping
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

To make the filling: Heat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a 12 in skillet   melt the butter over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar, lemon juice and flour, and cook until sugars dissolve, about 5 minutes. Add and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples have slightly softened, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir in the cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, and remove from the heat.

To make the topping: In a medium bowl, use a fork to mix together the flour, 2 tablespoons of the granulated sugar, the baking powder and the salt. Gradually pour in the heavy cream, and using the fork, to bring mixture together into a sticky dough.

Scatter pieces of the dough over the top of apple mixture in the skillet.

In a small bowl, stir together the remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and the cinnamon.

Brush the top of the dough with the melted butter and sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar. Place the skillet on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any drips and bake until top is golden brown and both the filling and the topping is cooked through, about 40 minutes. Serve warm.

This is an Applesauce with only Apples but you can add for Adults -cinnamon,sugar and lemon juice for taste. You can also make other fruits and vegetables this way also. Want to make a large quantity use a slow cooker and Freeze . Lisa

Homemade Applesauce for Babies :

  • Farm Fresh Apples ( washed,peeled and sliced)

  • Bring water to a boil in a medium-size saucepan. Reduce heat until bubbles are soft. Cook apple chunks until tender. Check apples after 10 minutes — it’s important to minimize cooking time to help preserve vitamins and minerals. When apples are tender, drain and rinse with cold water for three minutes to stop the cooking process.

  • Puree in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add water as needed to reach desired consistency.

  • Cool applesauce and refrigerate leftovers in BPA-free containers for up to 3 days. Freeze leftovers for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in your refrigerator.

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