Cooking in Season With Apples

Did you know that Virginia is the nation’s sixth-largest apple producer? Each year, apples add $235 million to our state’s economy, with about 70 percent of the 5-million bushels turned into products such as applesauce, juice and cider. Here are some great ways to enjoy this healthy fruit!

Amanda Cunningham, Staff Writer

 

From our Readers:

Apple Crisp

Michelle Pfeiffer, Powhatan, Virginia

Ingredients:

4 cups peeled, cored & sliced tart apples
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup oats
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup butter, softened

Directions:

Arrange apples in a greased 8-by-8-inch pan. Mix remaining ingredients and sprinkle over apples. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes until apples are tender. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.


 

From our Readers:

Slow-Cooked Baked Apples

Kathy Fleming, Winchester, Virginia

Ingredients:

6 large whole apples, peeled & cored
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 stick margarine
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

Directions:

Place apples in a crockpot sprayed with non-stick spray. Combine remaining ingredients and fill the apples with this mixture. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.


 

From our Readers:

Fresh Apple Cake

Patricia Harbin, Louisa, Virginia

Ingredients:

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups finely chopped apples
1 cup chopped nuts

Directions:

Cream butter and sugar, beat in eggs. Add dry ingredients, beating well after each addition. Mix will be thick so it is easier to stir in apples and nuts with a spoon or spatula. Press into greased 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.


 

From Our Readers:

Nutty Apple Muffins

Linda Eastep, Spring Grove, Virginia

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1⁄3 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 cups diced, peeled apples
1 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup coconut

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine first 5 ingredients. In another bowl, beat eggs, sugar, oil and milk. Stir in apples, nuts and coconut, then fold into dry ingredients until just moistened. Fill 18 greased muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.


 

From Our Readers:

Apple Salad with Walnuts and Lime

Daria Kiselica, Charlottesville, Virginia

Ingredients:

1 cup coarse fresh breadcrumbs
1/2 cup walnut halves
2 crisp apples (Pink Lady or Honeycrisp)
4 green onions
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup grated provolone or cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees; toast breadcrumbs and walnuts for 8 minutes. Meanwhile, thinly slice green onions and cored, unpeeled apples. Combine breadcrumbs, walnuts, green onions, apples, parsley, lime juice, and red pepper flakes in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add cheese and oil; toss gently. Makes 4 servings.


 

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