If you love apples, then you can't go past a delicious apple pie, apple crumble, apple & cinnamon muffin or apple sauce, with a pork roast. Apples are sweet, delicious, healthy and give a recipe a real flavour boost. The following 3 recipes are my family's favourites using tinned apples and Granny Smith apples. When they look so good, how can you resist?
Ingredients: 340g bag of vanilla cake mix (home brand), 420g tin of pie apples, 300g carton of lite sour cream, 3/4 cup of coconut, 4 Tablespoons butter (softened), 1 egg and cinnamon.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. In a bowl, mix the butter, cake mix and coconut. Press firmly down into a lined rectangle baking tray to make the base of the slice. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until browned. Set aside to cool. When cooled, arrange apple slices over the base. Beat sour cream and egg together and pour over apples. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for a further 15 - 20 minutes. Cut up when warm and then cool in the fridge. Serves 12.
2/ Healthy Apple Crumble
Ingredients: 4 Granny Smith apples (peeled, de-cored and thinly sliced), 70g margarine (room temperature), 1/2 cup oats, 1/3 cup plain flour, 1/4 cup desiccated coconut, 1/4 cup raw sugar, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon mixed spice and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
To stew the apples: Place the apples, nutmeg, mixed spice and cinnamon in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring the saucepan to the boil and simmer, uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until the apples are soft. Stir occasionally. Remove apples from heat, drain any excess water and place into four ovenproof mini ramekins.
To make the crumble: Preheat oven to 160 degrees. In a bowl add oats, flour, coconut and sugar. Once margarine has reached room temperature, gently rub into the mixture using your finger (it should resemble bread crumbs). Spread this on top of the apples in the ramekins. Bake for 20 minutes, or until slightly golden in colour. Change the setting to grill and brown the tops. Serve hot with a dollop of yoghurt.
Ingredients: 1 cup of low-fat vanilla yoghurt, 1 cup of rolled oats, 1 cup self-raising flour, 2 Granny Smith apples (peeled, cored and finely diced), 1 egg, 1/2 cup sultanas, 1/3 cup caster sugar, 3 Tablespoons oil, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon and mixed seeds to decorate.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Combine yoghurt, oil, egg, oats and sugar. Stir in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, apple and sultanas. Do not over-mix. Spoon into 24 hole mini muffin tin. Sprinkle mixed seeds onto each one. Cook for 20 minutes.
Apples are a great source of vitamins and also keep you healthy. As the old saying goes, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." - which is a good excuse to have another muffin!