Cantoro Italian Market Pastry Chef Katie Klann provides her personal favorite apple recipes to use this season.
It’s cider mill season and if you are like me, you bought way too many apples. They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but I have so many it’s more like four! Fortunately, there some very delicious and healthy ways you can use your abundance of autumn apples.
Apple cobbler is Pure Michigan. It’s quick and easy. It’s a warm dessert perfect for any cool weekday. Muffins are wonderful for crisp Sunday mornings and an Apple Almond Tart is the elegant dessert to serve at a dinner party!
We have Honey Crips apples, one of the best apples for making all three desserts! The market will have a variety of apples on sale all season. Other apples that are just as wonderful for baking any of the following recipes include: Granny Smith, Braeburn, Melrose, Northern Spy, and Gala, just to name a few!
Here’s some of my favorite apple recipes that I would serve my family or give to my Cantoro co-workers as a special treat.
-On the stove, cook down 4 sliced or cubed apples with 1 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons cinnamon and ¼ cup water
-Add 2 tablespoons cornstarch and simmer until the apples are tender and the mixture starts to thicken
-Place in a casserole dish
-cover with a streusel topping. The topping is mixed in a bowl (you can use your hands) made with equal parts flour, oats, butter or magarine and brown sugar (about one-half cup each)
-Bake until golden or until the apples are soft, at 375 degrees
-Finely cube 3-4 apples and place in a bowl
-Stir in ½ cup milk, ½ cup melted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, ½ cup sugar, and 2 eggs
-Add: 2 cups flour, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and ½ teaspoon salt
-Portion into loaf pans or muffin cups
-Bake at 350 degrees, about 20-25 minutes
Can make 6 to 9 muffins depending on how high you fill the cups
Apple Almond Tart
Note on the crust: You can buy or make a shortbread crust or mix in a bowl: 1 cup powder sugar, 4 cups flour, 1 tablespoon vanilla, 1 pound butter (Cream the butter and sugar together first until fluffy and then add the rest of the ingredients and mix) Pat it into a 9” pie plate and bake for 12-15 minutes at 375 degrees. Allow to completely cool before filling.
-Mix 6 oz butter, 6 oz sugar, 3 eggs, 6 oz almond paste, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon lemon juice
-lay mixture into baked crust
-Slice about 3 or 4 apples and place on top in a decorative pattern
-sprinkle with cinnamon sugar
-Bake 350* for about 20 minutes
-Katie Klann, Pastry Chef, Cantoro Italian Market