Category: Fruit

Grilled Bananas

Grilled Bananas

Grilled peaches, grilled plums, grilled watermelon, grilled pineapple – all pretty common. Grilled bananas??? That struck me as very different.

Grilled bananas are delicious and great for breakfast on cereal, granola, pancakes or waffles. They also make a great dessert over ice cream! Check out my ice cream cookbook here!

Grilled Bananas

The real key is not to use overly ripe bananas. A little green in the peel is best. If you want them sweeter, add a teaspoon or two of brown sugar to the melted butter before brushing the bananas.

Don’t forget to sprinkle with a little cinnamon right off the grill!

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Deep Dish Apple Pie

Apple Pie

 

Apple pie is a family favorite. Apple orchards are plentiful in Rochester, NY, my hometown and we always had a nice assortment of varieties on hand and drank lots of fresh-pressed apple cider. Deep Dish Apple Pie is just an excuse to use more apples!

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I think most people are familiar with apple pie ala mode, but in our family, the pie was always served with sliced extra-sharp Cheddar cheese on the side. The cider mills we bought our apples and cider at also sold cheese. After all, cheese and apples are a natural pairing!

Apple Pie

For a more interesting and complex pie, use at least three types of apples, such as Granny Smith, McIntosh and Rome. The sweet, tart and soft, firm textures blend nicely. Nuts, raisins and/or dried cranberries are a nice way to mix it up a little, the nuts provide texture and the dried fruit soaks up the apple juices.

Don’t forget to pierce the top of the pie dough several times. This allows the steam to escape and keeps your crust intact. The egg wash creates a shiny, golden brown crust – don’t skip it.

Apple Pie

I’ve never seen a pie recipe that suggests buttering the pie pan. I think the high fat content of the pie dough makes everyone think it won’t stick, but it does. Those juices leak out and the crimped crust breaks off and the bottom crust doesn’t easily release. So save those butter wrappers from the pastry dough and use them to butter the pie pan. You can thank me later!

Apple Pie

This recipe calls for a double crust, add 2 tablespoons sugar to the recipe for a sweet crust.

The pie can be frozen uncooked and baked from the frozen state. Wrap tightly and store for only a month. Bake at 450 for 20 minutes, then lower the heat to 350 and bake another hour or until the apples tender when pierced with a knife.

Apple Pie

Deep Dish Apple Pie
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Recipe type: Dessert
Makes: 1 9-inch pie
 
For a more interesting and complex pie, use at least three types of apples, such as Granny Smith, McIntosh and Rome. The sweet, tart and soft, firm textures blend nicely. Nuts, raisins and/or dried cranberries are a nice way to mix it up a little, the nuts provide texture and the dried fruit soaks up the apple juices. Serve with extra-sharp Cheddar cheese on the side. The pie can be frozen uncooked and baked from the frozen state. Wrap tightly and store for only a month. Bake at 450 for 20 minutes, then lower the heat to 350 and bake another hour or until the apples tender when pierced with a knife.
Ingredients
  • One double-crust pie recipe with sugar
  • 9 apples, peeled, cored and cut into eighths (~ 2.5 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • juice of one lemon
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped walnuts, optional
  • ¼ cup raisins, optional
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
Method
  1. Combine the apple slices, lemon zest, lemon juice, chopped walnuts, raisins, sugar, all-purpose flour, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Pour mixture into a prepared bottom crust in a 10-inch deep dish pie pan and tuck in the fruit to fit tightly.
  3. Cover with the top crust, crimp, and cut steam wholes.
  4. Brush crust with the egg wash.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for one hour, or until apples are soft when pierced with a knife.
  6. Remove to a baker’s rack and cool.

Cranberry Sauce Recipe

 

It isn’t thanksgiving without a cranberry dish, and the vibrant cranberry red is a welcome addition to the earthy colors of the Thanksgiving turkey and traditional sides. Cranberries are tart, so tart as to be inedible without some sweetener. This cranberry sauce recipe, however, goes light on the sugar to highlight the cranberry and complement the other naturally

Applesauce

 

Wonder what I did with all those apples? I had enough to make three cups of applesauce and a small apple crisp. This applesauce recipe is very simple to make and only three ingredients are needed: apples, a little water and ground cinnamon. Use a variety of

HOW TO: Peel a Pineapple

A pineapple ripens from the stem end up. Look for a pineapple that has a golden color. The more golden top to bottom, the more even the flavor. The leaves on top should be green and firm and the pineapple should be firm, but yield slightly to a little pressure. The aroma

Apple Sauce

Cooking for a bunch of hungry kids is great – and no food restrictions! Also, they were happy to try an experimental recipe for a veal meatloaf with applesauce on Thursday. It needs work, but overall it was a good start. I know my husband appreciated a few more bodies at the table — there are no leftovers or