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Sweet Treats That Have A-Peel

November 9, 2011
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Autumn is synonymous with apple harvest time. Here are some ideas on what to do with that bunch of apples on your counter.
 
Harvest Pound Cake
(Dairy)
 2 cups sugar
 11/2 cups vegetable oil
 3 eggs
 2 tsps. vanilla
 3 cups all-purpose flour
 1 tsp. salt
 1 tsp. baking soda
 2 medium apples, peeled and finely chopped (2 cups)
 1 cup chopped nuts
 caramel glaze (below)
 
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 12-cup bundt pan.
Beat the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.
Stir in flour, salt and baking soda until smooth. Stir in apples and nuts. Pour the batter in the pan.
Bake for 1 hour to 2 hours and 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 20 minutes.
Spoon Caramel Glaze over warm cake.
Serves 16.
 
Caramel Glaze
 1/2 cup butter or margarine
 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
 2 tsps. milk
 
Heat all the ingredients to boiling in a 2-quart saucepan, stirring occasionally. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly; remove from heat.
 
Apple Pudding Cake
(Dairy)
 2 cups sugar
 1/2 cup butter, softened
 2 eggs
 1 tsp. vanilla
 2 cups all-purpose flour
 2 tsps. baking powder
 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
 1/4 tsp. salt
 4 medium apples, chopped (4 cups)
 1/2 cup chopped nuts
 
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13x9x2-inch pan.
Beat the sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.
Stir in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir in the apples and the nuts. Spread the batter in the pan.
Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.
Serves 15.
 
Hearty Apple Bread
(Dairy)
3/4 cup sugar
 1/2 cup butter, softened
 2 eggs
 13/4 cups all-purpose flour
 1 tsp. baking powder
 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1 cup shredded apples
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (2 oz.)
1/3 cup chopped nuts
 
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour the bottom only of a loaf pan (81/2x41/2x21/2 inches).
Beat the sugar, butter and eggs in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.
Stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ginger. Stir in the apples, cheese and nuts. Spoon the batter in the pan.
Bake about 2 hours or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool for 5 minutes. Loosen the sides of the loaf from the pan; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely before slicing.
Makes 1 loaf (20 slices).
 
Dutch Apple Bars
(Dairy)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tbsps. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
11/2 cups thinly sliced, peeled tart cooking apples
    crumb topping
 
Preheat oven to 350°.
Mix 1 cup of flour and 1/3 cup of sugar in medium bowl. Cut in butter, using pastry blender or crisscrossing two knives, until crumbly.
Press into ungreased 9x9x2-inch pan. Bake for 25 minutes.
Mix 1/3 cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and the cinnamon in a medium bowl. Stir in apples to coat. Spoon over the baked layer. Sprinkle with the crumb topping (recipe below).
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until topping is light brown and apples are tender. Cool completely. Cut into bars.
Makes 16 bars.
 
Crumb Topping
 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
 
Mix all ingredients until crumbly.

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