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Monday, October 3, 2011

Apple Desserts

It is apple picking season here in the midwest and there is nothing better than yummy desserts made from this delicious fruit.

Many of these recipes are easy to make, require only a few ingredients, and will be loved by all members of the family.

Easy Caramel Apple Bars

½ cup cold butter
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® oatmeal cookie mix
1 egg
1 cup finely chopped peeled apple
¾ cup caramel topping
¼ cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.

In large bowl, cut butter into cookie mix using fork or pastry blender. Stir in egg until mixture is crumbly.
Reserve 1 1/2 cups cookie mixture. Press remaining cookie mixture into bottom of pan. Bake 15 minutes. Sprinkle apple evenly over crust. In small bowl, mix caramel topping and flour; drizzle over apples. Sprinkle reserved cookie mixture over apples.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 2 hours. For bars, cut into 9 rows by 4 rows.

Apple Crisp

4 medium tart cooking apples, sliced (4 cups)
¾ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
½ cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Heat oven to 375ºF. Grease bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with shortening.

Spread apples in pan. In medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients until well mixed; sprinkle over apples.

Bake about 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Serve warm with cream or ice cream.

Apple Cinnamon Fritters

Vegetable oil for deep frying
2 cups Original Bisquick® mix
½ cup cold water
1 egg
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 large unpeeled Granny Smith apple, chopped (about 1 3/4 cups)
¼ cup powdered sugar

In deep fryer or 4-quart heavy saucepan, heat oil to 350°F.

In large bowl, stir Bisquick mix, water, egg, granulated sugar and cinnamon. Fold in apple. Working in batches, drop batter by tablespoonfuls into hot oil. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, turning occasionally, or until golden brown. Use a metal slotted spoon to remove fritters from oil; drain on paper towels.

Before serving, sprinkle fritters with powdered sugar.

Creativity Bug ~ Sue


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