Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Apples Apples Apples

We've been enjoying lots of apples around here lately.  I buy them by the forty pound case at our local fruit and vegetable market.  Last year we started making our applesauce in the crock pot and then canning it. We still love our applesauce muffins in that post, but now we are making them gluten free.  We've been experimenting with gluten-free baking and as two of the boys are deathly allergic to eggs our baking can be a challenge.

I have also been dehydating apples which I used to make fried apple pies before we went gluten free.  They were absolutely delicious.  We also snip the dried apples up and add them to our homemade granola.

For breakfast and dessert we are enjoying apple crisps.  Sometimes I toss in a cupful of frozen cranberries for a wonderful fruity combination.  For the breakfast version, I decrease the sugar.

I have also been making fruit leather with our applesauce and with pureed strawberries and peach butter.  All natural with no added sugar, Caedmon loves the apple fruit leathers while my grandsons and son-in-law are partial to the strawberry.  It's so rewarding to see them enjoy a good healthy snack that is so good for them!

Here are a few other apple recipes that we have enjoyed through the years.   Do you have a favorite apple recipe you wouldn't mind sharing?  I would love to add some more variation to our apple menu!

*words in bold print are links to recipes


Jenifer Harrod said...

how do you make the sugar free fruit leather?

Christine said...

When you originally posted your applesauce recipe, I wrote it down. We had a bumper year with our apple trees, (I have no idea what variety they are.) so I tried the crock-pot recipe. The kids devoured it. Once it was gone and they could catch a breath, they oohed and aahed and demanded that I make that more often.

Thank you, thank you for this easy recipe.

Anita said...

Jennifer, for the apple fruit leather I make my regular applesauce in the crock pot and run it through the blender to get out any chunks. Then I spread it on my dehydrator racks that are lined with parchment paper. I dehydrate on the fruit setting for about 6 or so hours. I don't add sugar to my applesauce. For strawberry fruit leather I simply thaw a few quart bags of berries I froze this summer and puree them in the blender and then spread on the trays as above.

In the coop--so glad your kids enjoyed the applesauce in the crock pot....It sure beats tending to it on the stove! I've got to make more soon myself!

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