Quick Apple Galette

apple galette (640x424)If you are someone who loves the smell of apples baking and the taste of homemade apple pie, here is a very easy recipe for a rustic apple galette.

Easy Apple Galette

1 circle of refrigerated pie crust, room temperature

2 large baking apples (I like Golden Delicious but choose your favorite variety)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon cream

1 tablespoon coarse sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean-up or spray with non-stick spray. Unroll pastry into a full circle. Set aside as you prepare the filling.
  2. Slice the peeled, cored apples in half, then slice evenly into thin 1/8 inch slices.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the apple slices with the granulated and brown sugars, flour, salt, lemon juice and cinnamon until the apple slices are evenly coated in the sugar mixture.
  4. Spoon all of the apple filling into the middle of the pie crust, leaving about two inches of space around the edge of the circle.
  5. Carefully fold the edges of the crust over (it will cover 2-3 inches of the apple filling). You will have some overlap of the crust as you fold, so just pinch together. Try not to tear a hole in the crust where the filling could leak out.
  6. Brush the outside of the crust with cream, then sprinkle with the coarse sugar over the crust. Dot with the butter.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the apple slices are tender.

Apple Cinnamon No Knead Bread

apple loaf (640x424)Combine the smell of bread baking and apples baking and you have Apple-Cinnamon No-Knead Bread. Here is a version of the no-knead bread baked in cast iron that includes chopped dried apples, cinnamon and apple cider. More variations on the No-Knead theme can be found here.

apple sliced (640x424)Apple Cinnamon No-Knead Bread

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 3/4 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon yeast

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 cup chopped dried apples (cutting with kitchen scissors works well)

1 cup apple cider

1/2 cup water

Whisk the flour, salt and yeast together. Add the cinnamon, sugar chopped apple and mix together. Add cider and water and mix into a moist dough.

Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12-18 hours

Heat oven to 450 degrees. When oven has reached 450, place cast iron pot and lid in oven for 30 minutes. While the pot and lid are heating, remove the dough from the bowl onto a well-floured surface and form into a ball and cover with plastic wrap.

(Tip: use a sheet of floured parchment paper and turn dough out on the parchment paper, form into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. When you are ready to cook, you can pick up with parchment with the dough on it and place in the hot pot. Use scissors to cut away excess paper or fold down to make sure you still have a tight fit with the pot lid.)

After heating for 30 minutes, remove the hot pot from oven and place dough in pot (Be careful!).

Cover and place the pot in oven at 450 degrees. After baking for 30 minutes, remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes. Remove the pot from the oven. The bread should slip out of the pot and then cool on a rack.

cutting apples (640x424)Using scissors to chop the dried apples

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apple ball 2 (640x422)After setting for 12- 18 hours form into a ball and let set 30 minutes while pot and lid heat

apple sliced (640x424)Bake, slice and enjoy!

Apple Pocket Pies

pocket pie apple (640x424)This recipe uses crescent roll dough to create a crusty pocket for an on-the-go apple pie. The original recipe used frozen pizza dough  for the crust but I did not have any available and did have two packages of crescent roll dough in the refrigerator.  Crust, apples, sugar and cinnamon — definitely the makings of something good.

Apple Pocket Pies

2 packages of refrigerated crescent dough

2 cups of chopped apples (approximately two large apples)

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 cup chopped nuts, optional

1. Mix the chopped apples, sugar, cinnamon and sugar together.

2. Unroll the crescent dough on a lightly floured surface. If using crescent roll dough, pull the dough apart in four sections. Roll each section with a rolling pin to make four squares. If using the crescent dough, roll out and cut in four squares.

3. Spoon several tablespoons of apple mixture on top of each square. Fold corners to middle and use fingers to seal seams.

4. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

5. Repeat with the other package of crescent dough and apple mixture. Sprinkle the tops with sugar, if desired, or brush with egg white.

6. Bake 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Simple Apple Dumplings

140 (640x424)Since I live in an area where apple dumplings are taken fairly seriously with apple dumpling festivals and apple dumpling queens, I hesitate to call this recipe apple dumplings since it is not the traditional apple and crust. This is a recipe I got at a family reunion and like a lot of “family reunion food” is is neither low fat nor low sugar – but it is good!

I am including the recipe as it was written but when I make it again, I will probably reduce the butter by 1/2 cup and the same with the sugar. You can also substitute margarine for half of the butter. I don’t know what function the Sprite (or Mt. Dew) serves on the top other than moisture – one of the mystery recipes that makes it way through families.

Simple Apple Dumplings

2 cans crescent rolls

2 apples (use your favorite baking variety – I like golden delicious)

2 sticks (1 cup) butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 can (12 oz) Mountain Dew or Sprite

Peel, core and cut each apple into 8 wedges. Place one apple wedge in each triangle of the crescent roll dough. Roll up from the large end to the small end. Place in a 9 x 13 glass baking dish. Continue with the other apple wedges and dough triangles.

Melt butter in a small sauce pan. Mix with sugar and cinnamon, pour over dumplings.  Pour Mountain Dew or Sprite over all. Bake 45 minutes at 325 degrees. Eat and enjoy!

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Apple Coffee Cake

apple coffeecake (640x424)I have been away from the blog for awhile as the business of work, summer gardening and general activity took precedence. Now it is September and in our area September means fresh apples from the many local orchards. I love the smell of apples baking and am always looking for a new baked good using apples. Although this is called a coffeecake, it is great as a dessert or snack.  Another bonus is that recipe makes two 8 inch cakes so you can eat one now and freeze the other for later or give as a gift. Enjoy!

Apple Coffee Cake

1/2 cup shortening

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sour cream

2 cups chopped peeled tart apples


3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons cold butter

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

1. In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well.

2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with sour cream. Stir in apples.

3. Transfer into two greased 8-inch square baking pans.

4. For the topping, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sir in nuts; sprinkle over batter.

5. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Knobby Apple Cake

Nothing says fall like the smell of an apple cake baking in the oven. I have posted several variations of apple cake but here is one more recipe that uses fresh apples coarsely chopped along with some nuts and a touch of cinnamon.

Knobby Apple Cake

3 tablespoons butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup flour, sifted

1 teaspoon baking soda

3 cups chopped apples (peeled)

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Cream butter and sugar and egg, mix well.

2. Sift dry ingredients together. Add to creamed mixture.

3. Stir in chopped apples, nuts and vanilla.

4. Pour in greased 8 x 8 inch pan and bake in 350 degree oven about 45 minutes.

5. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

Easy Apple Dumplings

This is a quick way to make apple dumplings using refrigerated pie crust to wrap around the cored and peeled apple. Even though the recipe does not use home-made pie crust, by the time you add the apple and drizzle the syrup on top, it tastes great. If you are a fan of nutmeg, add 1/2 teaspoon along with the cinnamon.

Easy Apple Dumplings

1 1/2 cup sugar

2 cups water

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided

1/4 cup butter

2/3 cup sugar

2 (15 ounce) packages refrigerated piecrusts

8 medium Braeburn (or Golden Delicious or Granny Smith) apples, peeled and cored

3 tablespoons butter Continue reading

Choosing the Right Apple

Pennsylvania is the fourth largest apple producer in the country with hundreds of different varieties grown in the state and within Pennsylvania, Berks County is one of the top five apple producing counties. We are fortunate to live a mile away from a four-generation family farm, Weavers’ Orchard–a great place for fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the year. Continue reading

Chunky Apple Cake

Nothing is better in the fall and winter than the smell of apples cooking in the oven.  When baking apples I like to use a variety that maintains its shape such as Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Granny Smith, or Braeburn. This recipe takes advantage of that characteristic with slices of apple in the cake.

Chunky Apple Cake

1/2 cup butter, melted

2 cups sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

4 apples, peeled and sliced (use a variety such as Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, or Jonagold)

1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted

Cream Cheese Frosting (optional) Continue reading

German-Style Apple Coffee Cake

This is an apple coffee cake that was made by my German mother-in-law. It has a yeast dough base and is topped with sliced apples. My mother-in-law also used sliced plums on top of the cake in place of the apples when the plums were in season.

German Apple Coffee Cake

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Apple Bread Pudding


Bread pudding is a great use stale bread or when you buy a brand of bread that no one in the family likes. It is also a good way to use up extra milk if you find yourself with an extra carton that is starting to get old. This recipe includes sliced apples with the layers of bread so with the sugar and cinnamon it is a cross between apple pie and bread pudding.

All of the proportions in the recipe are approximate. I tend to sprinkle extra sugar and use a heavy hand with the cinnamon. I always fill the baking dish too full which results in a sticky mess cooking over in the oven activating the smoke alarm.

Apple Bread Pudding

8 to 10 slices of stale bread, diced

4 tart apples peeled, cored and sliced

3/4 cup plus two tablespoons sugar

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

3 eggs

4 cups milk Continue reading