I was gifted a big bag of apples earlier this week. Kind of exciting since we got our first bit of fall weather this week after a super hot summer. Fall weather really gets me in the mood for apple filled dishes.
I decided to use most of them to make some crockpot applesauce. Gretchen loves applesauce and while I don't care for it out of a jar, homemade it is great! I looked around the internet at crockpot recipes then just decided to add 4 TBSP of lemon juice and 3 cinnamon sticks to a crockpot 3/4 of the way filled with peeled and sliced apples. Turned it to high for a couple of hours then low for 3 or 4 more hours, stirring every once in a while. That was it, plenty sweet with no added sugar and high on cinnamon flavor.
For dinner that night to go with our applesauce I made apple pancakes using a standard pancake recipe I added about 1 cup chopped apples. I also switched out the while flour for whole wheat. Turkey bacon on the side. Meal of the week.
Last up a couple of days later with my 2 remaining apples I made an apple cake. I started with this apple coffee cake recipe but only really looked at the ingredients then did my own thing.
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
In a separate bowl
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup skim milk
5 1/2 TBSP melted butter
mixed together then added to dry ingredients
stir in 2 cups chopped apples and 1/3 cup shredded coconut
pour into a greased 8X8 baking dish
sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar
bake at 375˚ for about 30 minutes
It turned out great, perfect with coffee or milk.