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October 6, 2012

Culinary Conversation: Autumn means time for apple treats

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Apples:

  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Streusel Topping:

  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup caramel topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender (or 2 forks) until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into a 9x13-inch baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over warm crust.

In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 tbsps. sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture.

For the streusel topping, in a small bowl, combine all ingredients. (It’s effective to use clean hands to thoroughly combine the butter into the mixture.) Sprinkle streusel topping over apples. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until filling is set.

Drizzle with caramel topping and let cool. Serve cold.

Apple Dumplings

  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 2 cans crescent rolls
  • 2 sticks salted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 small can Mountain Dew

Peel and core apples. Cut apples into 8 slices each. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll. Place in a 9 x13-inch buttered pan. Melt butter, then add sugar and barely stir. Add vanilla, stir, and pour over apples. Pour Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

They should be crispy on top to counteract the juicy bottom.

Old-Fashioned Funeral Pie

  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 tbsps. cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsps. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsps. unsalted butter
  • Pie crust, store bought or pre-made with top and bottom

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