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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What apples are best for what recipes?

Fall is here! That also means its apple season! There are so many amazing apple recipes, but sometimes there is a big difference in taste by which type of apple is used. Different varieties of apples all have different uses that they work best for.

There are so many flavors of fall, apples being one of the most common. You can get apples all year round, but they are in season here in the fall.

There are so many apple varieties. Some varieties are better for specific uses than others. Choose the right apple for your specific baking needs.

What apples are best for what recipes?

If you're making apple pie or applesauce know which apples are best. Here are some favorite apples for eating, cooking, and baking.

Eating apples  - Apple slices or a whole apple is a great snack for anyone to enjoy. Grab an apple that suits your favorite taste. Sweet or tart there are many.

Baking apples  - Some apples hold up better while baking. Choose the right apple for all your apple desserts.

Cooking apples - Apple cider, applesauce, apple butter are all great ways to use good cooking apples.

Apples Varieties                   Uses                                      Flavor

Cortland                                 Baking, Cooking, Eating      juicy and tart
Fuji                                        Eating                                   sweet and a little tart
Gala                                       Eating, Baking                     sweet and crisp
Granny Smith                        Eating, Baking                     crisp and tart
Golden Delicious                  Eating, Baking, Cooking      sweet and crisp
Honey Crisp                          Eating, Baking                     sweet and juicy
Johnathon                              Baking                                  tart and tangy
Jonagold                                Baking                                  sweet and tart
McIntosh                               Cooking                                sweet and crisp
Red Delicious                        Eating                                   sweet

Find a local apple orchard to go to this fall. Next time you go apple picking think about what you would like to do with the apples you pick and you can pick the right apples that are best for the recipe. Find your favorites for eating, cooking, and baking and enjoy several varieties of apples!

Check out my favorite apple recipes!

Apple Cream Pie

Fried Cinnamon Apples 

Apple Turnovers

Apple Salad

Monday, August 29, 2016

Oatmeal Sticks - A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe

It's back to school here in our town! The boys have been back for about 3 weeks! We had a great summer and looking forward to Fall. Looking through the Rumford Complete Cookbook this month, I was looking for something that could work for the kids' lunches or a snack and I came across this Oatmeal Sticks recipe.

I like to try to make up a variety of snacks for the kids homemade here and there. This recipe is super easy and doesn't take long to put together and bake.  Double or triple the batch to have more made up.

The Oatmeal Sticks recipe is on page 120 of the Rumford Complete Cookbook. Below is a photo of the recipe. 

Here is my version of this recipe.

Oatmeal Sticks

3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
1/4 cup butter - softened 
1 1/2 cups scalded milk
1/2 cup oatmeal or rolled oats
3 tsp Rumford Baking Powder

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder and mix together. Add the butter and blend in with the dry mixture. Scald the milk and then add to the oatmeal in a separate bowl and stir. Add the oatmeal/milk mixture to the dry mix and butter and mix together until well blended and smooth. Use hands and roll dough into sticks. I did about the thickness of a pencil, but a little shorter. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees. I got 60 sticks out of one batch! 

I did have a small bowl of flour to add a little to the dough as I was rolling out the sticks that prevented it from sticking to my hands. 

My kiddos really enjoyed them. They were tasty plain and they really enjoyed dipping them in peanut butter! I will be making more again! A delicious, healthy, and easy snack! 

This post is sponsored by Clabber Girl Baking Powder but my
 thoughts/opinions are always 100% my own.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Homemade Peach Crisp

I get so excited when peaches are in season as it is one of my favorite flavors of summer! Homemade peach crisp is a must to make a few times using the fresh peaches. The taste of fresh peaches with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg along with the oatmeal crisp is just delicious!! 

Every summer I try to can and freeze several cups of peaches to put up in the freezer or on my canned foods shelf to enjoy in the winter months. My husband's grandparents have a few peach trees on their farm and this year they produced exceptionally well, so of course we were sure to work up a good amount of peaches.

I like to can peaches and freeze them as well. I enjoy the canned peaches to eat right out of the can. They have are delicious and melt in your mouth. I like to freeze peaches to use for baking.

The frozen peaches are great to make peach crisp. But while the peaches are in season, I enjoy making it with fresh peaches. 

Homemade peach crisp is a delicious summer treat!

Homemade Peach Crisp 

1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 oats
1 cup butter - 2 sticks - cut into cubes
1 cup sugar 
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon 
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
8 cups peaches 

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, oats, and butter. Blend together using a hand mixer until mixture becomes clumpy. This is your crisp topping, set aside. In another mixing bowl, combine the sugar, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla extract and mix together. Then add the peaches and mix. This is your peach layer. Pour the peach layer in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Then add the crisp topping layer over the peaches and spread evenly. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.
Let cool slighly. Enjoy the homemade peach crisp warm or cool. Add ice cream to enjoy it a la mode!


The peach filling is so yummy!!

I love my crisp with extra crisp!

Add vanilla bean ice cream to make the homemade peach crisp extra delicious!! My favorite way to enjoy it!
Homemade peach crisp is a delicious summer treat!

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