Archive for September, 2012

Apple Betty

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We’re only 5 days into autumn and I’ve already made 2 apple crisps, 2 versions of apple betty, and 1 apple strudel. I’ve been getting lots of apples from my fruit share since August! So far, my mom’s favorite apple dessert is the Apple Betty from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book (1996). Their version of this old-fashioned, baked fruit dessert uses soft bread cubes instead of dry breadcrumbs. My mom loves the crunchy bread topping!

Apple Betty is fun and easy to put together; my mom may even make it with her pre-school class. The children will definitely enjoy tearing the bread into pieces, slicing the apples under adult supervision, and measuring the other ingredients. Sounds like a great lesson!      

Looks like stuffing, but it’s dessert!

Apple Betty

  • Serves 6

5 cups peeled, cored, and sliced cooking apples (5 medium)

½ cup sugar

1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

½ tsp. ground cinnamon

5 cups white bread cubes (about 7 slices)

3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted

whipped cream (optional)

1. (Preheat the oven to 375°F.) For filling, in a large mixing bowl combine sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Add apples; toss to coat. Add 2 cups of the bread cubes; toss gently till combined. Transfer filling into an ungreased 2-quart square baking dish.

2. For topping, place remaining bread cubes in a medium mixing bowl. Drizzle with melted butter or margarine; toss to coat. Sprinkle topping over fruit filling. Bake in a 375° oven about 30 minutes or till fruit is tender and topping is golden. If desired, serve warm with whipped cream.

Note: I used Italian semolina bread instead of white bread in this recipe with excellent results. Feel free to use any bread that you have on hand.

Spiced Watermelon Fig Popsicles

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My summer was way too short, so I’m holding on to the season with the last watermelons and figs that I can find. Last Saturday, I bought the very last watermelon that the farmer’s market had in my neighborhood and it was delicious! This week, my nearby Stop and Shop has watermelons on sale, so let’s enjoy them before they’re all gone.

Watermelon is an amazing fruit that is made up of 91% water plus vitamins A and C, potassium, and lycopene. One cup of watermelon has almost 2x the amount of lycopene in 1 fresh tomato! Figs are a great source of potassium, calcium, and iron. Since iron absorption is increased by vitamin C, the watermelon, lemon juice, and white grape juice in this recipe aid in the absorption of iron from the figs.

The flavor of Spiced Watermelon Fig Popsicles bridges the end of summer with the beginning of fall. If you’ve already had enough popsicles for the season, you might enjoy this recipe as a smoothie instead!

Spiced Watermelon Fig Popsicles

  • Makes 6

1½ cups watermelon cut into about ½ inch chunks

1 cup fresh figs cut in quarters (about 6 large)

1 Tbsp. honey*

1 tsp. lemon juice

3 shakes cinnamon

2 shakes nutmeg

100% white grape juice (about ½ cup)

Blend first 6 ingredients until smooth and add enough grape juice to bring the total to 2¼ cups. Blend once more to mix in juice and pour into popsicle molds.

*Adjust honey according to sweetness of the watermelon. Also, remember not to introduce honey to children less than 1 year of age.