Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving Special: Apple Pear Crisp

Here's my dessert choice to share!

I can't even remember where I first found this recipe, but I've been making it for a couple years now. It's been a success among all that I serve it to, and I absolutely love it cold with vanilla yogurt the morning after as well!
                                                                                         The dessert selection from Thanksgiving. The crisp is on the right.
Apple Pear Crisp

2 ½  cups pears
2 ½  cups apples
1 tbsp lemon juice
¼ cup sucanat
1 tsp cardamom
¼ cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp vegetable oil

1 1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2/3 cup safflower oil
4 tbsp sucanat                                                         
2/3 cup walnuts

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375°. Add all of the filling ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Oil a 9x13 baking pan and spread the fruit mix into the pan.

Step 2: Mix the topping ingredients. Pour on top of the fruit in the baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown. I usually bake it for a bit longer. 


Thanksgiving Special: Apple Chestnut Stuffing

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I know I haven't posted in ages, but that doesn't mean I haven't been cooking! Brace yourselves for an onslaught of recipes.

First off, I'll share a couple of the dishes I made for Thanksgiving. Since some of us couldn't go home for Thanksgiving, we all got together for a potluck! Here's my first pick:

Apple Chestnut Stuffing
Adapted from Vegetarian Times
20 slices of hearty, crusty bread, cubed (I used a Multi-seed whole wheat and a Cranberry walnut from whole foods)
Olive oil to saute veggies
1 sweet white onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
5 ribs celery, chopped
2 tart apples, peeled and chopped
1 cup peeled roasted chestnuts, halved
1/4 cup chopped sage
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1: Preheat oven to 325 degrees f. Spread bread on a 9x13 baking pan and toast in oven for about 15 minutes.

Step 2: Saute onion and garlic for 2 minutes. reduce heat to low, cover, and let cook for 7 minutes. Add  apples, chestnuts, and sage and cook for 5 more minutes. Remove from heat.

Step 3: Add salt, pepper, bread and broth to mixture and stir until evenly incorporated. Transfer mixture to a greased baking pan.

Step 4: Increase heat to 350 degrees. Cover pan and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 15- 20 minutes, or until top is crispy and browned.

Serve Warm!