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You had the brilliant idea to take the family for a day of apple picking and eating and now you’ve come home from the farm with a bushel of apples. What will you do with them all? Let’s face it, baking is not always easy but since it’s October and Halloween is around the corner I thought I’d give you a few ideas to help take your fear of baking away!

People often want to know which is the best apple for baking. My answer is always to mix them up. Pick as many types of apples as you can and then mix them up in your baking. Any apple you pick in the Hudson Valley will work in anything you bake.  Some apples are tart and some are sweet; some apples are firm and some are soft.   Mixing the types of apples in your baking will give your final product a better flavor and texture. Too intimidated to make a full pie? Here are a few easy tips for you to make use of all of those yummy apples.

After school snack:  Peel, core and slice the apples and brush them with fresh lemon juice. The lemon juice will keep them from browning so you can have them ready for the kids when they come home from school. Place them on a tray with a few slices of cheese or a small cup of peanut butter, melted chocolate or Nutella for dipping.

Re-purpose your stale bread and make some Apple-Bread Pudding!! Peel, core and chop two apples. Cut the bread into cube sized pieces to equal about three cups of bread and place both the bread and apples in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat two eggs, 1/4 cup sugar (granulated or brown sugar – you can even use maple syrup or honey), 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon,  and 3/4 cup of  heavy cream (use half-and-half or milk instead of heavy cream for a version a little less rich but with fewer calories!)  Now mix the milk mixture in with the bread and apples and place in an eight inch baking dish. Make sure the mixture is evenly distributed.  Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake the bread pudding for 20-25 minutes. Serve warm with a little powdered sugar or some warm maple syrup. Delish!

Roasted Apples: One of my favorite things to do with apples is to roast them. Take a variety of 10-12 apples, peel, core and cut them up. Mix them with 2 Tablespoons of melted butter, 1/4 cup of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Put the apples in a baking dish and bake for 30 minutes stirring halfway through the baking time. This is a perfect side dish for a pork dinner or as a dessert to go with fresh whipped cream. Use a potato masher to mash the apples and you have homemade applesauce!

Stay Sweet!!  Susan

 

detail-susan-okeefeSusan O’Keefe has been baking since she was a little girl. With a passion for baking and a background in marketing and sales, she opened Baked by Susan right in the heart of the little river town of Croton-on-Hudson where she lives with her husband and three growing boys. Visit Baked by Susan at 163 Grand Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY or at Bakedbysusan.com. Like us on Facebook and Instagram! Baked by Susan Inc., Voted 2015 Winner Best Bakery and Best Cupcakes by Westchester Magazine! 163 Grand Street Croton on Hudson, NY 10520 914-862-0874 bakery, 914-525-9639 cellular, email [email protected]

 

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