Favorite apple recipes
It's apple time and I thought I would start a thread where we can share our favorite apple recipes. (Other than apple pie, that perennial topic can easily fill its own thread.)
I'll start with my mother-in-law's recipe for Apple Brownies. I made them today to bring to a farewell reception. What I like about this recipe is it is super easy to make, ingredients are readily at hand, and people love them.
Joan's Apple Brownies
1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup diced peeled apples apples (about two medium apples)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter an 8 x 8-inch baking pan/dish and line with parchment paper for easy removal.
2. In a bowl, sift flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.
3. Cream butter and egg with a mixer. Beat in egg and vanilla.
4. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and blend well.
5. Stir in apples and (optional) nuts.
6. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until golden brown on top. (Can also use the toothpick test.) Cool. Remove from pan. Cut into squares. Makes 16-20 depending on size.
The Apple Brownies I made today:
Yesterday I made a coffee cake, a recipe that my mom used that's from Bisquick. I remember that as kids we really loved it, and my yes it's a little dry. So eyeballing my bowl of apples, I made it again. I cut one up into chunks and cooked it with a little brown sugar, cinnamon etc. and butter. Cooled everything down in the fridge - the batter, the topping and the apples. When ready again, stirred the apples into the batter and baked. Wow, did this make it, the coffee cake is so moist, with little apple chunks, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. I also noticed that resting the batter for about 15 mins helped the coffee cake rise a bit more. The best part of my little baking session was that I think I found the secret to my mom's topping for her "French" apple pie!
re: chef chicklet
On the "generally scorned products that are sometimes delicious" thread, I heroically stood up for Good Ole Bisquick so your comment caught my eye. I looked on the Betty Crocker site; is your basic coffee cake recipe the "Streusel Coffee Cake"? That looked like the best candidate for what you describe here.
This apple tart is surprisingly elegant and delicious. I ALWAYS double it because you definitely will want more. The texture of the crust is to die for.
2 large tart apples
2 T strained lemon juice
1/4 cup plus 2 T sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Rich Cream Cheese Dough:
1/2 cup (4 oz) chilled cream cheese, cut into 6 pieces
1/2 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
1 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for shaping
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten for rim of the crust
Preheat oven to 400F.
To Make Filling: Peel and slice apples. Combine apple slices with the lemon juice, 1/4 cup sugar, and the cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Let the apples stand until the sugar is dissolved, about 15 minutes, stirring only once or twice.
TO MAKE DOUGH: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the cream cheese, butter, 1 cup flour, salt and sugar in a food processor. Process until the dough just comes together.
Sprinkle the parchment paper with flour. Turn the dough out onto the sheet and, with floured hands, press the dough into a round 10-inch circle or 4 (5-inch circles). Roll out 1/2-inch of the edge inward to create lip to catch the juices. Refrigerate the crust for 1 hour or wrap the baking sheet in plastic wrap and refrigerate it up to 24 hours until you are ready to use it. May be frozen for up to 2 months and used directly from the freezer.
Place a shaped large dough round on a baking sheet. Arrange the apple slices in 2 concentric circles on a large dough round or in one circle on the small rounds, overlapping the apple slices slightly.
Brush the rim of the crust with the egg yolk. Sprinkle the apples with the remaining 2 T sugar. bake until golden, 40 - 45 minutes.