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An Apple a Day………..

 

It’s that time of year again.
It’s Apple Time!

In many ways apples are fall’s fruit

In fall families go apple picking. As the weather gets cooler there is hot apple cider. For Halloween we bob for apples. This is the time to make applesauce and baked apples. Also on the fall menu are apple tarts, apple crisps, and apple dumplings.

So many lovely delicious ways to keep the doctor, if not the sugar nannies, away.

Of course apples are timeless. Throughout the year there is apple juice, apple jelly, apple jam, apple butter and so many other apple delights.  Have you ever tried apples dipped in peanut butter? Taste Explosion!!!!!

Did You Know?

According to the  Midwest Apple Improvement Association  (MAIA) in Newscomerstown,Ohio, every culture has an origins story that includes milk and honey and lots of fruit trees.

Apples were eaten by humans way back in the Stone Age and in the Iron Age. They were eaten by the Egyptians, Greeks, and the Roman. Greek and Roman mythology refer to apples as symbols of love and beauty.

According to MAIA, “In Greek mythology, Gaia, or Mother Earth, presented a tree with golden apples to Zeus and his bride Hera on their wedding day.”

Also from MAIA,  in 8000 B.C. apples spread from nomadic tribes in the Fertile Crescent to all  the “civilized world.” From Hein Bijlmakers blog, this probably occurred in modern day Kazakhstan.

A Cultural Phenomenon

There are Adam’s apples. Apples keep doctors away. You can be the apple of someone’s eye. There was Johnny Appleseed. There is the Big Apple. Apples discovered gravity.

Technology

And who would have ever thought to name a computer or a phone an apple?

Apple, apples everywhere!

Including in today’s Featured Recipe.  

Featured Recipe    Yummy Apple Dumplings

I know. I know. You all know I don’t bake. It is not because I can’t. I can and I have. It is just baking means there are way too many sweets around the house that I don’t need to eat. I might as well glue bread and pastries to my hips cause that is where they are going to show up anyway.

I just don’t need that much sweet temptation in my house.

But this recipe is just so easy….and delicious.

Now some of you know I have a part time job. Technically I am doing a bit of marketing. My task is to deliver candy to thirty some real estate offices in theColumbus area for Jim who owns a home inspection company.

This is a fun job. Everyone is always happy to see me. People often call me the Candy Lady. One of my Twitter friends calls me, “Her Sweetness.”

In addition to delivering candy I also pass out flyers for Jim’s home inspection company. I mean I do have to actually work sometimes. Every once in a while the flyer he shares is a recipe from his wife, Laura.

Today’s recipe is from Laura.

This is also a great recipe to have your children help make.

BE FOREWARNED ~ These are deliciously decadently addictive.
This is what you will need for 16 dumplings:

2 large Granny Smith apples

2 – 8 ounce cans refrigerated crescent roll dough

1 cup butter

1½ cup white sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 – 12 ounce can/bottle Mountain Dew

WILL ALSO NEED: You will also need some spray oil to grease the baking dish. This will only cost a couple pennies more.

Here is what you do:

NOTE: Because I do not in any way shape or form need to have 16 apple dumplings in my house I only made half a recipe today. And I will be sharing those with my neighbors. However, the cost analysis is for the full recipe for sixteen dumplings.

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.

Peel and core the apples and cut into 8 wedges.

NOTE: I do not core the apples in the traditional fashion. Regulars here know this is because I flunked scissor cutting in 5th grade. I do not do well with knives either. I always mangle an apple when I try to core it. So……  I do it this way.

First, I peel the apple……..

….and then I cut it in half.  

Then I cut each half in half again.

Then I cut each of those pieces in half and voilà, eighths.

Then all I have to do is use a small knife to cut the core off each apple wedge.

Separate the crescent roll dough into triangles.

Roll each apple wedge in a crescent roll starting at the smallest end.

Pinch to seal and place in the baking dish.  

Melt butter in a small pan………

……………and stir in the sugar and cinnamon.

*****NOTE: I also added the Mountain Dew to the melted butter. I combined those two steps into one. If you want to follow the actual directions,  they continue below the picture.

******Pour the butter and sugar mixture over the apple dumplings.

******Pour the Mountain Dew over the dumplings.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown.     

Hot out of the oven. Serve hot. 

You could also serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.       

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

2 large Granny Smith apples                     $1.69

2 – 8 oz cans ref crescent dough               $5.00

1 cup butter (2 sticks)                               $1.25

1½ cup white sugar                                 $1.12

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon                    $0.13

1 – 12 ounce can/bottle Mountain Dew       $0.99

Total cost =$10.18
Cost per dumpling = $0.64

Quote of the Day

Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.

Bernard M. Baruch

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