I absolutely love apple picking, for me it is the mark of the Autumn season. I usually attend this annual harvest along side my family, we bundle up in coats, boots, and scarves and head on our apple picking adventure. The familiar signs among the trees of ‘Fuji’, ‘Cameo’, ‘Gold Rush’ identifying the crisp and sweet apple you are about to pick. Then, once you are done picking and your hands hurt from the heaviness of the apple bags the spicy smell of hot Apple Cider wafts through the air, relieving you of any pain.
The realization that perhaps you got to many apples always hits you when you get home. Specifically when you are washing the apples and realize that there seems to be a never-ending supply.
This realization hits every year, therefore today I have provided a few treat recipes to use up that apple supply (before they go bad) and create new apple incorporated treats.
I have prepared three recipes:
-Apple Crumble Bars (Delicious, spicy apple filled baked goody)
-Cinnamon Yoghurt Dip (For when your crisp apples are sick of being accompanied by peanut butter or nutella)
-Fast and Easy warm apples with cinnamon (nothing else to really say about these…)
Ok so lets get on to the recipes…
Apple Crumble Bars: Yields 20
Ingredients: For the base and crumble
1.5 cups of All Purpose Flour
*1/4 cup coconut sugar
*1/4 cup and 1 table spoon maple syrup
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup cold unsalted butter
Ingredients: Apple Filling
Two large apples- coared, peeled and sliced into 8 slices and those slices cut into 4 (32 slice total) basically really thin apple slices
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 shake nutmeg
1/8 tsp ginger
1 shake ground cloves
1 shake ground allspice
1 tsp vanilla
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 table spoon coconut oil
Chuck all the base ingredients into one large bowl, adding the butter in last. When you add the butter in you are going to have to mix the mixture with your hands until you get a coarse bread crumb texture.
Once the you have reached the texture, measure out 1 cup of the mixture and set it aside (this is going to be the crumble).
Take a 8 x 8 pan and spray it with coconut oil, then press down the remaining base mixture into the bottom of the pan.
Now preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grab a medium saucepan and toss the coconut butter inside, then add all the spices and apple slices in the saucepan at medium heat.
Mix all the ingredients together for around 5 minutes or until the spices and syrup becomes gooey and covers all the apples.
Then you are going to want to take the pan off the heat and place the spiced apples over the base in the pan.
With the 1 cup of crumble that you set aside you are going to want to add 1 tsp maple syrup to make it a little doughier.
Sprinkle the ‘dough’ on top of the apples and then place the pan in the oven.
Bake in the oven for around 50 min or until the crumble looks golden.
Let cool and enjoy!
*instead of the coconut sugar and maple syrup you can also use 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
Now for the easy after school, college and/or work snacks!
Cinnamon Yoghurt Dip: Ingredients
1 heaping tablespoon greek yoghurt
**1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
nice drizzle of honey
1 medium apple
Mix the yoghurt, cinnamon and honey in a small bowl until incorporated.
Then slice your apples and dip into the delicious yoghurt mixture!
**I REALLY love cinnamon so this is my preference if you like less cinnamon you might want to start off with 1/4 teaspoon and gradually add in cinnamon till you reach your preference!
Warm Apples Recipe:
Ingredients: This is laughably easy
1 teaspoon cinnamon
This is a great alternative to waiting for an hour if you bake apples in the oven. Instead you chop your apple into 8 slices. Those 8 slices will then be cut into small cubes.
Toss the cubes in a microwave safe bowl and sprinkle the cinnamon on top and mix till all the apples are covered.
Then put the apple in the microwave for 2 min and 30 sec, remixing every 30 seconds.
The bowl WILL be hot once the time is done so watch out.
Let the apples cool slightly and then enjoy!
P.S this is really delicious with some creamy vanilla ice-cream!