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- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- 4-5 medium apples (such as Honeycrisp; about 2 1/3 pound), peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
- 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
- 3 large egg whites, room temperature
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- Six 5-6-ounces ramekins or custard cups
Melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add apples, brown sugar, and ginger. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean (reserve bean for another use). Cook, stirring often, until apples are just tender, about 5 minutes. Add jam, brandy, and lemon juice. Stir until liquid is reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Divide filling among ramekins. DO AHEAD Filling can be made 4 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.
Pulse almonds, flour, and powdered sugar in a food processor until almonds are finely ground. Whisk sugar and ginger in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, add egg whites one at a time to sugar mixture, beating to blend between additions. With mixer running, gradually beat in hot melted butter. Fold in almond mixture (topping will be thin). DO AHEAD Topping can be made 1 hour ahead. Let stand at room temperature.
Preheat oven to 350°. Pour topping over filling in ramekins, dividing equally. Place ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet.
Bake until topping is puffed and tops of cakes are golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Let cool for at least 15 minutes. Serve warm, topped with a small scoop of ice cream.
Nutritional Content6 servings, 1 serving contains:Calories (kcal) 490Fat (g) 22Saturated Fat (g) 12Cholesterol (mg) 60Carbohydrates (g) 67Dietary Fiber (g) 4Total Sugars (g) 53Protein (g) 5Sodium (mg) 55Reviews Section
Recipe is courtesy of Dr. Andrew Weil’s Garden to Table Cooking – a new publication with over 75 of his collected favorites!
Olive oil cakes are Italian specialties. Most that I’ve tried are made with citrus fruit, lemons or oranges. This very moist cake is bursting with fresh apples and fragrant with cinnamon.
This very moist cake is bursting with fresh apples and fragrant with cinnamon. Because the cake is fairly low in sugar, apples that balance tart with sweet, like Pink Lady, Fuji, or Honey Crisp, are a good choice. Granny Smiths are too tart and don’t break down enough in baking. The mix of organic all-purpose flour and teff flour adds a slightly nutty taste. Preparation is quick, but this cake has to bake for an hour, then cool briefly. It is delicious served plain, and fabulous with a scoop of good vanilla ice cream or vanilla yogurt. Any leftover cake can be frozen for up to three months.
2 large eggs
¾ cup evaporated cane sugar
¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil (choose one that’s fruity, not peppery), plus a little for greasing the pan
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup teff flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup applesauce
4 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ¼-inch dice
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly grease a 10- to 12-cup Bundt pan with a little olive oil.
- Combine the eggs and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes until pale yellow in color. Add the oil and mix until well incorporated.
- Whisk or sift together the flours, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder. Slowly add the flours to the batter until they’re fully incorporated. Add the vanilla, applesauce, and diced apples and mix on low until just combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cake to rest on a cooling rack in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert it onto a rack to cool fully.
Excerpted from Fast Food, Good Food, copyright © 2015 by Dr. Andrew Weil. Photography courtesy of Ditte Isager. Used with permission of Little, Brown and Company, New York. All rights reserved.
National Apple Pie Day: Try One Of These 12 Charming Recipes From The Country’s Top Inns
May 13 is National Apple Pie Day in the United States, and top inns and B&Bs across the country are . [+] sharing their favorite apple dessert recipes on digital postcards today.
Like most hotels, privately-owned inns and bed and breakfasts across America have been shuttered for weeks, or even months in some states, without the resources of a major international brand to help tide them over. Today, National Apple Pie Day, nearly four dozen of these elegant and charming properties are reaching out to their guests, past and future, with digital postcards featuring their own apple dessert recipes and a cinnamon-sweet “Wish You Were Here” sentiment for virtual reconnection during this time of extended social distancing. Check out 11 of the top recipes and properties in the country, and one special contribution from abroad, here.
A G Thomson House Bed and Breakfast
A G Thomson House Bed and Breakfast
Two hours outside of Minneapolis, A G Thomson House Bed and Breakfast sits on two acres in the mansion district of “the San Francisco of the Midwest,” Duluth, Minnesota. The seven-room B&B boasts its own waterfall, award-winning gardens, spacious veranda, gazebo and pergola where guests can sip and snack on complimentary bites throughout the day. Minnesota is the birthplace of the Honeycrisp apple, filled, baked and wrapped in A G Thomson’s innovative Whole Apple Pie recipe.
Al Nifontano B&B
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Al Nifontano B&B is nestled in the peaceful and picturesque town of Varese, Italy, with breathtaking views of both Lago di Varese, the Alps and the spectacular Monte Rosa massif. The tiny B&B has been tastefully renovated to incorporate contemporary amenities while paying homage to its original charm and respecting its original architecture. It may be a bit far from the United States, but Al Nifontano is celebrating National Apple Pie Day in spirit by sharing its delectable Torta di Mele recipe.
At Cumberland Falls Bed & Breakfast Inn
At Cumberland Falls Bed & Breakfast Inn
You’ll find At Cumberland Falls Bed & Breakfast Inn squirreled away on a private knoll fringed by stately trees in Asheville, where the Victorian B&B specializes in total relaxation with its gardens, koi ponds, candlelit breakfasts and onsite spa, but it’s only a 15-minute walk to the heart of the vibrant downtown with shops, restaurants, craft breweries, art and live music. Given its close proximity to nature and downtown, the B&B likes to offer guests treats-to-go, like its Apple Pie Cookies, homemade with locally sourced ingredients.
Captain Swift Inn
Just two blocks from a picturesque harbor where the mountains meet the sea, Captain Swift Inn welcomes discerning travelers in a relaxed, upscale environment once owned by a sea captain. Expect to indulge in total hospitality with popular amenities and activities including star-gazing with a plate of petite fromage by the fire-pit, a full-service bar and fresh baked goods, like its signature Old Fashioned Apple Pie.
Carriage Way Inn
Easy Peasy Apple-Cinnamon Pie
Originally built in the 1880s and lovingly restored by the current innkeepers, Carriage Way Inn offers luxurious guest rooms and a private cottage set against the backdrop of Spanish colonial architecture and Old World charm in America’s oldest city. In the historic district of St. Augustine, Florida, this B&B is the epitome of southern hospitality, complete with furnished verandas, a porch swing and homemade desserts at dusk, like its Easy Peasy Apple-Cinnamon Pie.
Georges on York Bed & Breakfast
Georges on York Bed & Breakfast
Georges on York Bed & Breakfast offers comfortable elegance in its newly remodeled Reconstruction Era home. The formal living room of this 5-room brick Georgian doubles as a gallery, with lighting and layout designed to showcase the works of established and emerging local artists, providing travelers with more intimate, local color. In the kitchen, The B&B furthers its hype-local mission by using only locally sourced ingredients, like the apples from nearby orchards for its Apple-Cranberry Casserole, (or Apple-Blueberry Casserole, depending on seasonality!).
Miller-Dunham House Bed and Breakfast
Oatmeal Crusted Apple Crisp Pie
Amid lush gardens, Miller-Dunham House Bed & Breakfast exudes warmth and whimsy with a touch of country. A short walk to the heart of Odessa, one of the most pristine colonial townscapes, this B&B is a quiet oasis from Philadelphia, Baltimore or Washington, D.C., each under an hour and a half away. Recreate one of the most requested menu items with this shared Oatmeal Crusted Apple Crisp Pie recipe (great for dessert, but also perfect for a you-deserve-it breakfast!).
Old Parkdale Inn
Cradled in the foothills of Mount Hood, Oregon’s tallest peak, Old Parkdale Inn is an eco-haven. The bicycle-friendly property is situated near an electric byway and is home to both Tesla and Clipper Creek chargers, serving as an ideal base for visiting the Hood River County Fruit Loop, featuring family fruit stands, cideries and wineries. Other perks at the inn include all-organic bath and body products, green mattresses and a many-course gourmet breakfast, which sometimes includes its famed Apple Pie Cookies.
Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast
Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast
Tucked on an acre of manicured gardens in Asheville, North Carolina, Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast has earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1905 and lovingly restored, the inn offers several comfortable indoor and outdoor nooks. Without guests during the pandemic, the innkeepers have been busy making and selling pecan bars, prepping meals for a local shelter, and baking their personal favorite treat, Apple Hand Pies, made with only Pink Lady apples, supporting local farms.
Summer Creek Inn
Apple Slab Pie with Crumb Top
Surrounded by Black Hills National Forest and situated beside a breathtaking waterfall, Summer Creek Inn is home to nine suites, including some with whirlpools or outdoor hot tubs offering spectacular views. The gourmet breakfast is so popular that some make reservations just to take their morning meal by the waterfall, and serious foodies have even been known to drive six hours from Denver for the French toast and Apple Slab Pie with Crumb Top.
The Leonard at Logan House Bed and Breakfast
The Leonard at Logan House Bed and Breakfast
Set in Heritage Hill Historic District, one of the largest urban historic districts in the country, The Leonard at Logan House Bed & Breakfast is a rare gem. Today, the eight refined guest rooms feature charming turn-of-the-century details alongside modern conveniences like keyless entry, complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Guests love the outdoor garden patio and the amazing breakfast selection, including the B&B’s gorgeous baked Apple Roses.
The Lion and the Rose Bed & Breakfast
Apple Cinnamon Bourbon Pie
The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast
Renowned for its stunning Queen Anne style architecture with stained glass windows, wraparound porch and terraced lawn, The Lion and the Rose Bed & Breakfast is the first stop on Asheville's historic trolley tour. Reservations at The Lion and the Rose include access to the guest pantry with bottomless snacks and soft drinks, and the B&B’s Apple Cinnamon Bourbon Pie is a crowd favorite.
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An Apple a Day May Really Keep the Doctor Away
June 21, 2000 -- It turns out that eating an apple a day really does keep the doctor away -- but you've got to eat the peel. And no fair skipping the apple altogether in favor of megadoses of vitamins in pill form. Fruits and vegetables in their natural state are better, Cornell University researchers say.
A study published June 22 in the journal Nature offers more evidence that the health benefits of fruits and vegetables are not easily packaged as supplements sold in pharmacies and health food stores. Researchers from Cornell's Food Science and Toxicology Department in Ithaca, N.Y., found that the antioxidant properties of one fresh apple were equal to 1,500 milligrams of vitamin C.
"The pharmaceutical companies will not be happy with me, but I think the consumer gets more health benefits from eating whole fruits and vegetables," lead researcher Rui Hai Liu, MD, PhD, tells WebMD. "You get much more antioxidant activity, you get a variety of antioxidants, and you don't have to worry about toxicity."
The Cornell researchers suggest that a combination of plant chemicals, collectively known as phytochemicals, found mainly in the skin of apples, provide the bulk of the fruit's anticancer and antioxidant properties. The cooperative activity of these phytochemicals, they argue, has health benefits that are superior to those found in single compounds like vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene, which have been widely studied for their antioxidant activities.
Using colon cancer cells treated with apple extract, Liu and colleagues found that 50 milligrams of apple extracted from the skins decreased the cancer cell growth by 43%, while the same amount of extract from the flesh of the apple decreased cancer cell growth by 29%. Likewise, 50 milligrams of extract from apples with the skin on decreased liver cancer cell growth by 57%, compared to 40% for samples extracted from apples without the skin.
"There is a huge amount of scientific evidence showing that fruits and vegetables lower the risk of cancer and heart disease, but scientists have mostly been isolating single compounds like beta-carotene and vitamin C," Liu says. "Over the years, no single compound has been proven to have a protective effect by itself. An apple could have hundreds of phytochemicals. We think the combination is the important thing."
More than 900 different plant chemicals have been identified as components of different fruits, nuts, grains, and vegetables. Apples are rich in isoflavones and phenolics, but other widely studied phytochemicals include lycopene, found in tomatoes carotenoids, found in carrots and citrus fruits and allyl sulfides, found in garlic and onions. It is believed that various phytochemicals help prevent cell damage, prevent cancer cell replication, and decrease cholesterol levels.
Charles Halsted, MD, says evidence is mounting that suggests taking vitamin supplements, even in large doses, does not provide the health benefits of a healthy diet. Halsted edits the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) and is a professor of internal medicine at the University of California, Davis. He was not involved with the study, but reviewed it for WebMD.
"I think the argument that natural sources of antioxidants are better is a pretty sound one," he says, adding that AJCN will soon publish studies showing a diet high in fruits and vegetables to be protective against heart attacks and colon cancer.
"If you look at single compound studies, you see mixed results," Halsted says. "For example, the early studies of beta-carotene suggested that it protected against lung cancer, but later studies found that it increased lung cancer risk. Single supplements may not be able to provide the benefits of a healthy diet."
The Cornell study was funded, in part, by the New York Apple Research Development Program and the New York Apple Association, and Liu is an eager spokesman for their favorite fruit.
"You should eat an apple every day," he says. "Everybody in my family gets an apple a day. We go through several thousand apples a year."
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An Apple a Day
--> Recently, I was standing in front of a beautiful display of apples at a local grocery store. A very puzzled gentleman asked me which apples were for pies. His wife had given him the shopping list, but had not explained which type of apple to buy. If this sounds familiar, then read on.
- For eating straight from the basket, crisp, juicy, and tangy varieties are best. Red Delicious is the most popular eating apple, but if you prefer a denser, tarter snack, try a Granny Smith, or a softer-fleshed McIntosh. Or check out the distinctive tastes of local farm varieties like Newton, Pippin, Macoun, or Sweet Sixteen.
- To make applesauce, McIntosh is moist and flavorful. Cortlands and Braeburns also make good choices.
- When baking, Rome apples are recommended because they hold their shape well. You can also try Fuijis, which are sweeter, wetter, and have a spicy flavor.
- In pies, a mix of apples is best. Include Golden Delicious for sweetness and good shape, a tart apple like Granny Smith, and some flavorful varieties like Pippin, Winesap, Crispin and Jonagold.
- To check out the entire world of apple varieties and usage, as well as delicious recipes, click here.
Prepare your apple dishes just before serving to minimize browning. Protect cut apples from oxidation (which causes them to turn brown) by dipping them into a solution of one part citrus juice and three parts water.
And if by chance your apples should become soft and mushy, don&rsquot throw them out! Peel, core, and slice them. Place the apple slices in a microwave dish. Sprinkle lightly with some brown sugar and cinnamon. Cover and microwave on high for 3-5 minutes, until your desired degree of tenderness is achieved. Serve warm. YUMMY!
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Here’s a super treat to hand out at a halloween party! Crazy Little Projects will show you how to make these adorable mummy, monster and jack-o-lantern caramel apples.
These caramel apple dessert shots look super-fancy, but they’re SO easy to make! Just 4 ingredients in a shot-glass gets you a dessert that’ll impress the heck out of your fall dinner guests. – Little Kitchen Big Bites
How about some Independence Day apples?! Visit Tidy Mom too find out how to make these red white and blue apples for the 4th of July.
Aren’t these caramel apple pie grape poppers amazing? They look like teeny tiny caramel apples. Perfect for classroom parties or as appetizers at a grown-up get-together! – CandyQuik.com
Mini apple pops are a bite-sized version of the real thing! 5 Granny Smith apples will get you 2 dozen of these little sweet treats! – Gregg Hollander @ iCookBook.com
Caramel Apple Jello Shots! Mmmm! Crispy, crunchy apples filled with butterscotch schnapps! These are a must for your next “girls’ night in”! – That’s So Michelle
Check out this dazzling display of coloured candy apples! Silver, gold, cotton-candy-pink, purple-grape, red/white & blue, glittered, white, and multi-coloured, Rose Bakes makes candy apples in every colour imaginable!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle apples make super party favours or classroom treats! – Creative Kid Snacks
My spidey senses are tingling! Watch Ro from Nerdy Nummies transform apples into Marvel-ous (get it?!) works of arts:
Serve up some monster apples as an after school treat, and your kids will think you’re the coolest mom around! – Kids Activities Blog
Hallecake shows us how to make these super-easy TMNT apple snacks! You could pop one of these into your child’s lunch box for a sweet surprise!
Lil Luna shares her tips for making the perfect caramel apples, and also her recipe for the amazing dipped apples you see above. Love those stripes apple pop sticks! These would make a pretty gift for the teacher!
A candy apple doesn’t have to have a stick. Dunk your apple slices into this caramel apple cream cheese spread for a more sophisticated candy apple experience! – She Wears Many Hats
And speaking of sophisticated! Check out these gourmet caramel apples by The Yummy Life. Layers of caramel and candy and chocolate… Mmmm! There’s a terrific step-by-step with photos to show you how to make yours look outstanding.
Candy Corn Apples: Here’s an apple dunked in good, old-fashioned homemade caramel sauce, and then decorated in candy corn colours. – Lady Behind the Curtain
Caramel Apple Nachos : Candied apples made for sharing! Make them for dessert, make them for a party, make them for a snack… Just make them! – Lil Luna
Serving apple slices on a stick is a super idea for a kids party or just for an afternoon snack. Set up a little candy apple buffet, and let kids dip and decorate their slices to their liking. Get dip and topping suggestions here. – Sandy Toes.
Mmmm-mmmm! How’d ya like them apples?
You'll reduce your risk of death from any cause.
Who wouldn't want to dial back the risk of death by any cause? A 2016 study that followed older women for 15 years found that those who ate more apples were less likely to die from any health condition. Specifically, the women in the study had lower risk of death from heart disease and cancer. Sounds like reason enough to grab a Gala and get munching!
40 Apple Desserts That Are Delicious to the Core
Apples seem to be a fan-favorite fruit that everyone can agree on &mdash especially when they&rsquore baked into tasty apple desserts. Picked too many apples on your most recent trip to the orchard? We&rsquove all been there (it is the ultimate fun fall activity, after all). Here&rsquos a tip: Keep calm, get the family together, and try out some of these easy apple recipes. Not only will you make the most of your apple haul, but you&rsquoll also engage the younger set with some DIY kids' activities that will keep 'em entertained for hours.
Wondering what to make with lots of apples? We love a classic apple pie recipe, but you can get creative with apple-packed fall cookies, apple cobbler or apple crumble, fritters, tarts, crisps, and so much more to satisfy your sweet tooth. Or, if desserts aren&rsquot your thing &mdash which can be hard to imagine, because who doesn&rsquot love caramel apples? &mdash try out some savory apple recipes, too.