Ok maybe I didn’t get a bushel of apples but I did get a half bushel of apples at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday. Galas are my favorite type to eat, not sure if they are a good baking apple but they worked in my two dishes.
On Sunday I was quite busy using up a good portion of the apples and getting a hand cramp from peeling and slicing the apples. I tend to follow recipes as I get nervous I will screw up seasonings and the flavor will be completely off but I decided to just wing it with a couple apple dishes. And they came out delicious! I’m so happy!
First up was Apple Crisp.
I wanted to make one that didn’t use flour and was healthier than the average apple crisp.
After preheating the oven to 350 degrees I peeled and sliced 8 apples and put them into a large bowl.
Once the apples were sliced I mixed together 2 tsp of cinnamon, 12 packets of Truvia and 1/2 tsp salt and coated the sliced apples with the mixture.
Once I set the apples into a 13×9 baking pan that was sprayed with cooking spray, I took 1 1/4 cups of old fashioned oats and threw them into my chopper and made oat flour.
Next I mixed the oat flour with 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats, 2 packets of Truvia and 2 tbsp of melted butter. The mixture is not as crumbly as a typical apple crisp topping. I layered the oat mixture on top of the sliced apples and baked in the oven for 35 minutes.
The second dish I cooked was homemade applesauce. I do not suggest starting this at 8pm! Peeling 20 apples after I had been cooking most of the day was not the brightest idea I have had. In a large saucepan, I had on medium heat, I put 20 peeled and sliced apples along with 1 cup of water.
I stirred the apples around a few times then added 1/4 cup honey, 6 large shakes of cinnamon (I’m sorry I didn’t measure that better) and 3 squirts of lemon.
For an 1 hour and 15 minutes I let the apples cook down. It could have been cooked longer to make it smoother but I like my applesauce to have some apple chunks in it. I stirred every once in awhile to make sure the apples weren’t sticking. Once the applesauce cooled I split it into several containers and placed a couple in the freezer as well as gave some to a few friends.
Now I have about 15 more apples that I need to use up before I leave for vacation on Friday, I need to find something else to do with them or I will be giving out apples at the airport.
Recipe for Apple Crisp
2 tsp cinnamon
12 packets + 2 packets Truvia or Stevia
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups Old Fashioned oats
2 tbsp melted butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Peel and slice apples.
- Mix together cinnamon, 12 packets of Truvia and the salt and toss the apples in the mixture.
- Spray a 13×9 baking pan with cooking spray and put the coated apples in the bottom.
- Use 1 1/4 cups of the oats to make oat flour by grinding in a chopper.
- Mix together the oat flour, 1/2 cup of oats, 2 packets of Truvia and melted butter. Mixture will not be crumbly.
- Put the mixture over the top of the apples.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes.
Recipe for Applesauce
1 cup water
1/4 cup honey
6 shakes of cinnamon (less or more depending how much you like cinnamon)
3 squirts of lemon
- Peel and slice the apples.
- Put the slices in a large pot over medium heat on the stovetop.
- Pour the water into the pot and stir the apples around a few times.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and stir.
- Cook for around 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the applesauce reaches the consistency you like. Continue to stir every once in a while to keep the apples from sticking.
- Once the applesauce is cooled it can be placed in the freezer for future use.