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Does the thought of rushing through a crowded store to track down all the necessary supplies stop you from making festive holiday treats?
For this Halloween, why not try our Caramel Apple Kit? It is a simple and easy way to create Halloween memories with your kids and it’s delivered right to your home. Complete with six jumbo-sized Granny Smith apples, sturdy sticks, rich caramels to create a delectably sticky caramel coating plus an assortment of festive candy toppings, including M&M’s Minis, almonds, and sprinkles, to make a truly gourmet holiday treat. Our foolproof kit even includes step-by-step instructions.
One of our favorite parts of this project is that there are lots of opportunities to get the entire family involved. While mom and dad heat the caramel sauce (on the stove or even in the microwave!), the kids can skewer the apples and sort through the candy and nut toppings. Or set up a party table with the kit’s ingredients and let your family and guests create their own individualized creations! Sweet and salty or rich and tart, The Fruit Company’s Caramel Apple Kit has something to satisfy every taste.
And since all the essential ingredients are right at your fingertips, feel free to explore your creative side – dive into the pantry and personalize the kit’s confections to your tastes. Mix in a handful of chocolate chips to the chopped almonds for an extra special treat. Now if only making your Halloween costume was this easy!No comments
Apple pie is both a seasonal and an American classic, but let’s face it, apple pie can also be a little boring. And these are greedily culinarily adventurous times, where we want to experience new and exciting flavors without giving up the traditional tastes and recipes that we love. That’s where this Caramel Granny Smith Apple Pie comes in.
At first glance, it may seem like there are a lot of steps, but they’re extremely easy ones that would even be easy to get involved in. Have them unwrap the caramels to make the sauce or get their hands into the bowl of streusel topping.
Granny Smith apples are the perfect choice for this pie because they hold their shape and crispness in baking and their light texture and tart flavor notes play well against the rich and decadent caramel and streusel topping.
You can personalize it by using your favorite nuts, like pecans or walnuts in lieu of the nut topping. The crunch both in and on top of the pie adds great texture and interest, modernizing this traditional favorite.
Great with ice cream, and decadently superb all on it’s own.
For the crust – this makes a 9 to a 10-inch pie:
2 cups of flour
3 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt (you can reduce this)
2/3 cup oil (canola)
3 tbs. milk (or more as needed)
Mix together the dry ingredients and make a well in the center. Add the oil and milk (keep more milk if too dry). Press dough into the pie plate – starting with the edge and working towards the middle.
For the caramel sauce:
1 16 oz bag of caramels
Unwrap and add half the bag of caramels to a microwave safe bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of water and microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir. Return to microwave and cook for about 1 more minute. Stir well. Keep warm.
For the filling:
2 lbs Granny Smith apples
2/3 cup brown sugar (can adjust to taste)
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbs flour
2 tbs butter
1/3 cup of caramel sauce
1/4 cup nut topping (used for sundaes or caramel apples)
Peel and slice the apples, toss with sugar, flour and cinnamon. Line prepared pie crust with caramel sauce and nuts, place apples, dot with butter and top with streusel topping.
If you do not want the edges of your crust to get to brown, wrap the edges of your pie plate with aluminum foil. (You’ll need to check the pie the last 10-15 minutes and remove the foil if the edges are too light.) The pie bakes at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until the apples are tender when pierced with a fork.
For the streusel topping – before baking:
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
6 tbs butter
Melt butter, stir in sugar and flour; let rest for 5 minutes and then stir with fork and crumble over apples.
For the topping – after baking:
1/2 cup caramel sauce
1/2 cup nut topping
Drizzle caramel over top of slightly cooled pie and sprinkle with nuts.No comments
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Looking for a fun summer dessert recipe? Try this Strawberry Napoleon, which is a fun riff on the classic shortcake recipe and takes the familiar flavors and concepts of our favorite summer dessert and spins in unexpected Italian flavors. Then to surprise guests at a dinner party or for something a little elegant to mix it up, I love this easy to make Strawberry Napoleon. Store bought puff pastry is amazingly easy to find and gives you no excuse to try this simple to make version of the classic. The balsamic and basil interplay against the fresh berries for a richness that echoes summer through it’s Mediterranean flavors, and all of the elements can be made a day ahead to assemble at the last minute to surely impress your guests.
Strawberry Napoleon (Serves 4)
1 sheet Prepared Puff Pastry
1 Egg, beaten
1 lb. Strawberries, hulled and quartered
2 T Sugar
1/4 c Basil, torn into large pieces
3 T Balsamic Vinegar
8 oz. Mascarpone Cheese
2 T. Honey
1 T. Orange Zest
2 T. Orange Juice
- Thaw puff pastry in fridge according to package instructions.
- Cut sheet 3×3 into 9 squares, each approximately 3 inches across.
- Brush with beaten egg and bake according to package instructions. Set aside to cool.
- Meanwhile, in a medium sized bowl gently mix strawberries, sugar, basil and balsamic vinegar and set aside to macerate, about 10 minutes.
- In a small bowl, blend together mascarpone, honey, orange zest, and orange juice.
- After pastry has cooled split pieces in half and set aside. Each dessert will need 3 halves.
- Spread a tablespoon of the sweetened mascarpone onto each layer and top with macerated strawberries until you have a layered dessert stacked 3 high with berries and sweetened cream in between. Enjoy!
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A former baker, chef, caterer, and a forever foodie, John is now a writer and essayist, who has written for newspapers and magazines across the country, and enjoys spending his spare time traveling and collecting bow ties.
Our early pear harvest is soon to start. These delicious little seckel pears are nearing their harvest and we can’t wait to get pick them! While each one just a little larger than a golf ball, the taste so sweet and delicious that some refer to them as “Sugar Pears.”
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If you’ve never had a passion fruit before, prepare for a pleasant surprise! Roughly between the size of a golf ball and a small apple, the thick skin of a ripe passion fruit is purple, leathery and wrinkled. Inside are a number of seeds covered in a juicy yellow to orange pulp, which are edible and have a very flavorful and tart taste. Due to its similarities the Spanish nicknamed the fruit “little pomegranate”.
The passion fruit was named for its flower by Catholic missionaries in South America, who saw symbolism between the passion flower’s complex structure and the passion of Christ. They saw the flower’s corona threads as a symbol of the crown of thorns, the five stamens for wounds, the five petals and five sepals as the ten apostles (excluding Judas and Peter) and the three stigmas for the nails on the cross.
Passion fruit juice is often used with other fruit juices to enhance flavor and aroma. They’re fairly easy to eat fresh—all you need to do is cut one in half and scoop out the pulpy seeds with a spoon and enjoy! Passion fruit are rich in vitamin C and potassium. When selecting a ripe passion fruit, make sure the skin is slightly wrinkled; if it’s smooth the fruit is still immature and not ready to eat. Ripen your passion fruit by leaving out of direct light at room temperature. Avoid passion fruit with a lot of black marks on the skin.
You’ve probably seen Chicken Apple Sausage in your grocery store or favorite restaurant for years now. It’s delicious. It’s moist. It delivers that perfect blend of sweet and savory. It’s a fantastic option to have when you have friends coming over that don’t eat red meat or pork, and it’s great when you want something hearty and satisfying that’s not going to weigh you down. The thing that most of us didn’t know (until now) is now foolishly easy it is to make at home.
I love this recipe because I am crazy about the mixing of sweet and savory, and the addition of maple syrup in the mix really delivers in flavor. I love eating this sausage with pancakes or waffles and letting the maple syrup and butter migrate over for the perfect sweet and salty bite.
However, the sweetness is still subtle enough to have with scrambled eggs or to crumble into am omelet. I’ve even used the leftover patties to create one of those “griddle sandwiches” from that drive through restaurant (I’m sure you know which one I’m talking about, and with a little Swiss cheese on a soft breakfast bun, the flavors are complimentary surprising.
The golden delicious apples are of course the star of this recipe, they shine against the mild flavors of the chicken and do their job of keeping the sausage patties insanely moist. Some recipes call for sautéing the apples first, and you can certainly do that for a richer apple flavor, but I prefer to put them in raw. The raw apple adds a ton more moisture and has a fresher crisper apple flavor.
These patties are so easy to make that I often double or even triple the batch. You’ll be done start to finish in less than half an hour and the patties freeze perfectly for up to a year. They’re definitely the kind of thing you’re going to pull into your everyday arsenal of recipes.
1 lb. ground chicken
1 lg. golden delicious apple, grated
1/2 small onion, grated
1/4 c Fresh Sage, minced fine
1/4 c Maple Syrup
1T Olive Oil
1T Fennel Seeds, toasted
1 T. Salt
2 t. Pepper
1 t. Ground Mustard
Additional oil for frying
- Grate onion and apple into a large mixing bowl, making sure not to lose any of the juice created by grating.
- Mix in all remaining ingredients, incorporating well but not over mixing, this could make your sausage gummy, and we want the mixture to remain light.
- Head a heavy bottomed skillet on medium heat with enough oil to thinly coat the bottom of the pan.
- Using a measuring cup or portioned scoop, create patties directly into the preheated oil that are about 1/4 cup in volume and about 1/2 inch thick.
- Cook on each side for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown and the chicken is just cooked all the way through.