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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Apple Recipes

My Papertrey Ink August Blog Hop  Project showed the apple recipes that  are family favourites. Here are the complete instructions. Enjoy!!

 Finnish Baked Apple Pancakes
 We live in a city with a very large Finnish community, so everyone here knows the tasty Finnish pancakes that are served at the HOITO RESTAURANT Although this recipe is  not the traditional thin Finnish pancakes, I like them because you can prepare them and pop them in the oven and relax!! This dish makes a wonderful brunch served with bacon or sausage. It also makes a very nice dessert served with a good vanilla ice cream.

4 eggs
1 ½ c. milk 
½ tsp. salt 
2 Tbsp. sugar 
2 c. sifted flour
3-5 tart apples, peeled, cored, sliced
3 Tbsp. butter
cinnamon sugar:  (½ c. sugar + 3 tsp. cinnamon)
+ Beat the eggs until thick; add the milk, salt and sugar.
+ Sift in the flour, mixing it well. Let batter stand for 30 min.
+ Preheat oven to 375° F
+ Prepare the apples and cinnamon sugar.
+ Butter two 8-9 round cake pans; sprinkle with half of cinnamon sugar. Arrange the sliced apples in the pan.
+ Sprinkle apples with remaining cinnamon sugar and dot with butter. Pour pancake batter over apples, dividing it evenly between pans.
+ Bake for 30 min. or until the top of each pancake is golden and set. Slice each pancake into 8 wedges.     2 pancakes serve 8-10.  

Apple Pie Muffins
2 ¼ c. all-purpose flour        
1 tsp baking soda              
½ tsp salt                             
1 egg                                      
1 c. buttermilk                     
 ½ c. butter, melted
 1 tsp vanilla extract
 1 ½ c. packed brown sugar
 2 c. diced apples
½ c . packed brown sugar
1/3 c . all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp butter, melted

+ Preheat the oven to 375° F.   Grease a 12 cup muffin tin.
+ In a large bowl, stir together 2 ¼ cups flour, soda and salt.
+ In a separate bowl, mix together egg, buttermilk, ½ cup  melted butter, vanilla and 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar .
+ Mix liquid into  flour mixture and then sprinkle  and mix in diced apple. Stir just until everything is blended.
+ Spoon into prepared muffin tin, filling the cups to the top.    
+ In a small bowl, stir together ½ cup of brown sugar, 1/3 cup flour and cinnamon. Drizzle in 2 Tbsp. melted butter. Toss with a fork until well blended. Sprinkle over tops of muffins.
+ Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the tops of the muffins spring back when lightly pressed.

Pork Chops and Apple Bake 
6 pork  loin chops
1 1/2 tsp salt 
1 1/2 tsp dried sage
vegetable oil
3 - 5 tart apples            
3 Tbsp molasses
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 cups hot water 
1 Tbsp vinegar
1/3 cup raisins   

+ Season pork chops evenly on both sides with salt & sage.
+ In a large skillet, heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil over med. heat. Brown pork chops in hot oil on both sides; transfer pork chops to a shallow baking. Reserve drippings.
+ Peel, core, and slice apples 1/4-inch thick. Arrange apple slices over pork chops. Drizzle molasses over apple slices.
+ Sprinkle flour over skillet drippings; cook until brown, stirring occasionally. Slowly add water, stirring constantly, until smooth; then bring to a boil. Stir in vinegar, 1/2 tsp. salt, and raisins; pour mixture over pork chops.
+ Cover pan with foil and bake at 350° for 50 to 60 minutes. Serves 6          

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