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Stuffed Apples or Baked Apples – Your Choice for an Autumn Breakfast

Kids love to eat muesli from an apple bowl – so serve stuffed apples cold. Or, on a cold winters day it is so comforting to start the day with baked apples – same ingredients, just warmed.

Stuffed Apples Breakfast
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Teresa McEachern
Serves: 4 baked apples
Can be served hot or cold depending on how much time you have in the morning or your family’s preference.
Ingredients
  • 4 gala apples
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup muesli cereal (with dried fruit & nuts)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp apple pie spice
  • 8 tbsp drained cottage cheese
  • 4 tsp orange marmalade – if baking
  • Star anise & powdered sugar to decorate (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cut top of apple (stem part) off for a lid.
  2. Scoop out the seeds & center of the apple leaving 1/2″ at the bottom of the apple.
  3. Rub the lids and edges of the apples with the lemon to keep from discoloring.
  4. In a medium bowl mix the butter, museli, brown sugar, walnuts, apple pie spice and drained cottage cheese.
  5. Fill apples with mixture just to the top edge of the apple.

You can serve stuffed apples like this with star anise for decoration, or proceed for baked apples.
    Baked Apples
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. Put 1 tsp orange marmalade on top of each apple and place in baking dish or muffin tin.
    3. Place lids on apples.
    4. Bake until tender, about 25 minutes. Don’t overcook or apples will look wrinkly.
    5. Sprinkle with powdered sugar to decorate
    6. [img src=”http://thepassionatehomemaker.com/wp-content/uploads/baked-stuffed-apples.png” width=”350″ height=”524″ class=”aligncenter size-full” title=”baked stuffed apples”]

     


    This is a fun & healthy breakfast recipe but can also be served with vanilla ice cream as an autumn dessert.

    Apple Berry Tartlets Are an Autumn Delight

    Apple Berry Tartlets
    Recipe Type: Dessert
    Author: Teresa McEachern
    Serves: 24 tartlets
    Great autumn recipe with apples and berries.
    Ingredients
    • Crust
    • 2/3 cup Old Fashioned Oats
    • 1 cup Flour, plus extra for rolling
    • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
    • 1/2 cup Butter, chilled and cut into cubes
    • 1 teaspoon White Vinegar
    • 3 tablespoons ice water
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    • Filling
    • 1 orange, zested
    • 1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
    • 3 tablespoons Brown Sugar
    • 3 tablespoons Corn Starch
    • 2 tablespoons Berryhill Raspberry Preserves
    • 3 cups peeled and diced gala apples, (about 3 small apples)
    • 1 cup cranberries, frozen
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
    2. In food processor, process oats, flour, baking soda and salt. Add chilled butter; pulse until butter resembles the size of peas. Add vinegar and water slowly. Mix to form firm dough. Chill pastry dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
    3. In medium bowl, combine all filling ingredients.
    4. Place oatmeal dough on lightly floured surface and roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out 24 three-inch rounds. If dough becomes too warm to work with, roll into ball and refrigerate until chilled. Place dough rounds into muffin cups.
    5. Prick each dough round with fork and bake for 10 minutes; allow to cool.
    6. Place 2 tablespoons of filling in each tartlet and bake for 15 minutes, or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly.
    7. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

     

    How to Carve an Apple Swan or Duck

    how to make an apple swan or apple duck

    Carving edible arrangements is very popular in Asia and it has started trending in America at weddings and dinner parties. This fruit carving of a swan or duck can be created for a table centerpiece or as at each place setting at the table.

    This is so easy to do! Get an overview in this video:


    Step 1: Cut your apple in half on a diagonal
    Choose an apple in the color of your choice - without marks or blemishes

    Choose an apple in the color of your choice – one without marks or blemishes

    Cut apple in half on the diagonal so the stem is on one half and the bottom of the apple on the other half.

    Cut apple in half on the diagonal so the stem is on one half and the bottom of the apple on the other half.

    Save 2 apples seeds - you'll need them later.

    Save 2 apples seeds – you’ll need them later.

    Step 2: Cutting the apple wedges
    Choose the apple half with the bottom of the apple; place on cutting board with a butter knife on each side.

    Choose the apple half with the bottom of the apple; place on cutting board with a butter knife on each side.

    Cut down on one side of the apple core (leaving the dimple on the bottom.) The butter knives are a guide as to how deep to cut.

    Cut down on one side of the apple core (leaving the dimple on the bottom.) The butter knives are a guide as to how deep to cut.

    Using the knives as a guide again, slice along the apple to the first cut to create a wedge.

    Using the knives as a guide again, slice along the apple to the first cut to create a wedge. Repeat on the other side to make a second wedge, leaving a section with the dimple about 1/2″ wide.

    Step 3: Ceate the wings
    Take each wedge and use the knives as a guide to cut 3 wedges out of each section you just created.

    Take each wedge and use the knives as a guide to cut 3 wedges about 1/4″ thick.

    The last of the 3 wedges is very small so watch your fingers!

    The last of the wedges is very small so watch your fingers!

    Layer the wedges in a tear drop shape and place them on each side of the apple core for wings.

    Layer the wedges in a tear drop shape and place them on each side of the apple core for wings.

    Step 4: Making the head
    Cut a groove in the apple core "body" to insert the swan neck.

    Cut a groove in the apple core “body” to insert the swan neck.

    Place the stem half of the apple between the knives and use them as a guide to cut a slice.

    Place the stem half of the apple between the knives and use them as a guide to cut a slice.

    Repeat the process until you have several slices.

    Repeat the process until you have several slices.

    Choose the apple slice that is heart shaped.

    Choose the apple slice that is heart shaped.

    Make strategic cuts as shown to shape the head and neck of the swan. Use the stem dimple for the curve of the head to the beak.

    Make strategic cuts as shown to shape the head and neck of the swan. Use the stem dimple for the curve of the head to the beak.

    When you're finished, the head & neck should look something like this.

    When you’re finished, the head & neck should look something like this.

    Step 5: The finishing touches
    Place an apple seed where the eye should be and using the flat side of the knife press it into the apple. Repeat on other side.

    Place an apple seed where the eye should be and using the flat side of the knife press it into the apple. Repeat on other side.

    Slide neck into the groove you created in the body section. Spritz with lemon juice to keep from browning.

    Slide neck into the groove you created in the body section. Spritz with lemon juice to keep from browning.

    apple swan edible garnish

    Now you can create a table centerpiece with one or more apple swans – or use them at each place setting for a wonderful edible decoration. If you give this a try, show us a photo of yours in the comments below. We wanna see!

    Turkey Apple Wrap – Roll-up Fun

    Turkey Apple Wrap
    Ingredients
    • 1 tortilla wrap
    • 2 tablespoons low-fat whipped cream cheese
    • 2½ ounces Boar’s Head Maple Glazed Honey Coat Turkey Breast
    • ¼ ounce (approximately 2 to 3 leaves) fresh baby spinach
    • ½ tart apple, sliced into matchstick pieces
    Instructions
    1. SPREAD cream cheese on tortilla.
    2. PLACE turkey evenly over tortilla. Then add spinach and apple.
    3. ROLL tightly from one end of tortilla. Note: Unless apple is very small, you will use less than ½ apple.

    Source: Boar’s Head

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