Happy Apple Day!

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It’s a well-known English saying that ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away,’ so we thought we’d share some tasty apple recipes with you in honor of Apple Day. In England, Apple Day falls in the middle of the harvest season, where countryside communities join together to celebrate the crops and bounties of the summer months. This time of year is all about attending village fetes, picking wild fruit like blackberries, apples and sloes, and turning them into delicious things: jams, ciders, crumbles and cakes! Here’s a tasty trio of apple recipes for fall: one saintly and two positively sinful! Enjoy…

Apple Spice Quinoa Granola

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  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large apple, peeled & diced
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 325 degrees, and line two large baking sheets. Combine the oats, quinoa, almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt and the apple. In a separate bowl, whisk the oil, vanilla, applesauce, maple syrup, and brown sugar, then pour the contents of the separate bowl (oats and nuts) on top, mixing together well. Spread this gooey mixture over the two baking sheets and place in the oven for 45 minutes, stirring once or twice to prevent burnt bits. Allow the mixture to cool before pouring into a large bowl and tossing in the raisins before refrigerating ready for breakfast! This hearty, healthy mix is delicious with milk or yogurt.

Blackberry and Apple Champagne Cocktail (makes 6)

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  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons of apple brandy
  • Bottle of fizz

Gently heat the blackberries in a pan with the sugar and a dash of water until the mixture is syrupy and gently simmering. Strain into a small jug, then pour into the bottoms of your champagne flutes, adding one tablespoon of the apple brandy per glass, then topping up with champagne. Garnish with additional blackberries and sprigs of mint.

Apple Cheesecake Cupcakes

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Cheesecake

  • 1-1/2 8oz packages of cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Topping

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 large apple, peeled/cored/diced
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp corn starch

Preheat your oven to 300, then line your muffin tin with cupcake liners. We love the silicone ones you can just pop the cakes out of once baked. In a large bowl mix the cream cheese and sugar, then add eggs, vanilla and cinnamon. Once mixed well, spoon your mixture into the cupcake cases to about 2/3 full and bake for 40 minutes.

Combine sour cream, sugar and vanilla now in a new mixing bowl, and spoon topping onto the cooled cupcakes before popping them back in the oven for a further five minutes to let the topping set a little. Meanwhile, warm the apples in a saucepan, then add the lemon juice and cinnamon as you stir the sauce. Add the corn starch when the mixture looks soft, the n turn off the heat and allow the apple topping to cool before spooning onto the top of the cupcakes. If you can bear to wait, allow to cool before tucking in – though these are delicious warm as well!

So, what’s on the menu? It’s Apple Cheesecake Cupcakes for us – we just can’t resist! We wish you a most delicious Apple Day!

  • Farrah

    The recipes sound delicious, but look simple. Love it!