Apple Enchiladas & Chewy Apple Oatmeal Cookies
We are right in the middle of apple harvesting time here in Alabama. Apples are one of the most popular fruits eaten, and now is a good time to incorporate this seasonal fruit into your cooking.
At our previous home, we had a crab apple tree, (which is the only native apple to North
America), in the back yard, and I would always snatch one from the tree as I passed by it on the riding lawn mower while mowing the lawn. Although they were a little sour, they were very crunchy and juicy. On some occasions, I would gather them by the basket full and give them to my grandmother to freeze and make pies and jams.
October 21 st is “National Apple Day”, which is a holiday that began back in 1990 in the U.K. as an annual celebration of apples and orchards. It is commonly a weekend event on the Saturday and Sunday closest to the 30th of October that might include activities such as apple games, apple cooking demonstrations, and foods prepared different ways with apples.
A couple of interesting facts about apples, (because I love facts, haha), are that apples are a member of the rose family, and it takes 30 apples to make 1 gallon of apple cider! There are more, but I won’t bore you with that.
In addition to apples being popular, they are high in nutritional value with many health benefits. The old saying is true, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” They are
extremely rich in antioxidants and very high in dietary fiber. They help reduce the risk of developing caner, diabetes, and heart disease.
Apples can be cooked many different ways such as baking and frying. Baking an apple is very simple. Fill a whole apple with a mixture of cinnamon, brown sugar, and chopped pecans, top with a pat of butter, put in a baking dish, pour a little water around it to prevent burning, and bake for 30-45 minutes until fork tender in a 375 degree oven. When the butter melts and mixes with the sugar, it renders a delicious sauce. To fry them, dice 4 apples into
small cubes, melt ½ cup butter in a frying pan, stir in ½ cup of brown sugar and 2 tbsp. of cinnamon until it is mixed thoroughly, add the apples and cook them over medium heat for 5-8 minutes until they are tender.
I am including two recipes this month that are made using apples. One is a cookie recipe called, “Chewy Apple Oatmeal Cookies.” Along with using dried apples, it calls for old fashion oats, which give it a chewy texture. They are best served warm right out of the oven.
The second recipe is another favorite of mine that I got from my mother-in-law called, “Apple Pie Enchiladas.” I first tasted these at a church function she brought them to, and they were very good. Both of these recipes are quick and easy, and would be great to take to a fall event, or a potluck dinner!
Chewy Apple Oatmeal Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1.5 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup dried apples, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350° degrees.
2. In large mixing bowl cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
3. Beat in egg and vanilla extract.
4. Combine together: flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
5. Gradually add to creamed mixture, mixing well.
6. Stir in oats and chopped apples.
7. Drop onto parchment lined baking sheets with a small cookie scoop, 2" apart.
8. Bake 10-12 minutes until golden brown in color. Cool on wire rack.
Be sure and use old fashion oats and not the instant kind
You can use self-rising flour, but leave out the baking soda and salt if you do.
Apple Pie Enchiladas
1-21 oz. can apple pie filling
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ cup butter
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup water
1 tsp. vanilla
6 (8 inch) flour tortillas
Spoon about ¼ cup of pie filling evenly down the center of each tortilla.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and roll up, tucking in edges, and place seam side down in a 13x9 casserole dish.
In a medium sauce pan over medium heat combine butter, white and brown sugars, and water.
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in 1 tsp. vanilla.
Pour sauce over enchiladas and let stand 45 minutes.
Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 30 minutes.
You can drizzle caramel ice cream syrup on top of these for an even better taste.
Be sure and let them stand for the full 45 minutes before baking because the tortillas transform into a faux pastry dough.
You can double the sauce if you prefer too. This sauce makes enough for 6 tortillas.
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