Tag: desserts

Taffy Apple Salad

Apples are a delicious healthy food, easy to carry for snacking, low in calories, a natural mouth freshener, and they are still very inexpensive. The old saying of “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away” has a good deal of merit.

Eating one or more apples a day may lower your risk for Alzheimer’s disease and cancers of the breast, colon, and prostate as well as numerous other conditions. To get the full benefit you must also eat the skin.

There is nothing like Fall with the aroma of fresh apples in the air as you pick your own in the local apple orchard. My favorite thing to do with my grandchildren is apple picking and then going home and making some of the delicious recipes from those fresh picked apples.

Some of our favorite recipes include apple pie, apple crisp, apple butter, applesauce, baked apples, candied apples, apple bars, apple cake and this wonderful Apple Taffy Salad.

This is a great recipe for kids. It really does taste like a taffy apple! If you want your kids to eat apples you have to try this salad.

SERVINGS: 

Ingredients:

1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple drained with juice reserved

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 and 1/2 tablespoon cider vinegar

1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

4 cups diced unpeeled apples

2 cups lightly salted peanuts, coarsely chopped

4 cups miniature marshmallows (optional)

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine pineapple and marshmallows; cover and refrigerate for several hours.

In a saucepan, combine the egg, sugars, flour, vinegar and reserved pineapple juice; cook and stir until mixture thickens and reaches 160°. Remove from the heat; cool.

Cover and refrigerate.

Fold whipped topping into the chilled dressing. Add the apples and peanuts to the pineapple and marshmallows. Fold dressing into fruit mixture. Refrigerate leftovers.

 

Summer Sorbet Recipe

Sizzling hot summer days whirl you out of the kitchen to cool places, beaches, pools, rivers and lakes. Food gets simple and moves away from the kitchen to an outside barbeque, as the kitchen stove gets too hot to handle. Sometimes however, you do feel the urge to make something delicious and beautiful for dessert.

This citrus sorbet recipe served in the hollowed out peels of the orange, mandarin or lemon is the perfect thing to make for a summer celebration. The bright colours of the skins look cheerful, the sorbet is fragrant and refreshing. You can do all the work ahead of time and they can sit in the freezer happily until you need them.

Choose whatever fruit is available – mandarins, tangerines or clementines are all delicious, oranges work very well and lemons can be done the same way, just by adding rather more sugar to taste.

Recipe for Tangerine Ice

20 small tangerines (or 10 oranges)

juice of half a lemon

100ml/ 3floz/ ½ cup water

icing sugar

Syrup

250g/8oz/1 cup sugar

150 ml/5 fl oz/2/3 cup water

juice of ¼ lemon

Make the syrup by heating the three ingredients over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil and boil for 2-3 minutes. Leave to cool.

Grate the zest from half the tangerines or oranges and squeeze the juice. Cut the remaining fruit, horizontally near the top, so they each have a lid. Scoop out the flesh with a small spoon and press out the juice (I used a sieve to do this). The skins must be left in good shape, but as long as they aren’t holed you can stuff them back into roundness with the sorbet. You should end up with about 3 cups of juice altogether.

Add the grated zest, lemon juice and water to the juice, then taste to see if you need any of the icing sugar. If you over sweeten, you can add a bit more lemon juice to sharpen the flavour again. Remember that frozen ices need more sugar to bring across the flavour than when they are at room temperature, so go for the sweeter end of your taste range when adding sugar. Freeze this in a plastic container. I usually take it out after a couple of hours to beat it with a fork, then freeze again until it is firm.

Scoop all the leftover pulp from the shells so they are clean inside. Chill them and when the sorbet has set quite firm, (but before it is rock hard) beat it again and scoop it into each shell, packing it down quite firmly. Replace the lids, wrap the whole fruit in cling film and freeze again until needed.

I made these for a dinner party and served a rich and intense chocolate cake alongside them. The combination of flavours was stunning, the perfect finish for an elegant meal. Children love these sorbets too though, so if you can find small clementines make plenty of small sorbets and bring them out for a family lunch.

 

Stay at Home with Your Date and a Cheesecake

It is a daunting task to prepare a romantic night in for your loved one. It feels like it’s all up to you to make sure everything goes perfectly. Whether it’s Valentines Day, her birthday, or your anniversary, preparing a romantic dinner for your significant other is an intimate and memorable way to communicate your affection. To be certain that your special meal is a hit and not a miss, abide by these easy and useful suggestions.

It is very important to make certain that your home is spotless before your girlfriend arrives. Remember, there are few turn-offs as great as laziness. So make sure you get your socks up off the floor! Okay, now that your place is clean, you’ll have to prepare it for your romantic evening. Setting the dinner table just right is a necessary prerequisite to establishing a romantic setting.

The most romantic way to set the table is with the classic flowers and lightly scented candles. You may consider the candle lit dinner cliché, but if it’s cliché, it has become so for a very good reason: it suits the bill. Get some candles and set them up as your centerpiece along with a few roses, or add your own twist, using her favorite blooms. And if you truly want to impress her, you might even scatter some flower petals around the tablecloth.

It’s time to think about what to serve for the dinner itself. Don’t worry about making her favorite food if it’s not within your expertise. Cook her a dish that you know how to make well, and she will be happy that you catered to her.

And just as significant as the meal, is the beverage you serve with it. Perhaps one of the most romantic drinks out there is champagne. Or you might select a good wine that enhances the meal that you’ve prepared. If you don’t know where to begin when it comes to choosing the right wine or champagne, ask for help at the store. Usually they have a good idea of which drinks are most appropriate for a particular occasion or meal.

Don’t overlook the capping moment of your romantic dinner: the dessert. Ending the meal with a delicious dessert will ensure that the evening will be perfect. Because dessert is such an important aspect to a successful romantic dinner, consider serving a scrumptious cheesecake. Cheesecake is both a romantic and elegant choice.

Cheesecakes are available in a variety of flavors, so you can be sure to find one that she’ll like. And with so many online vendors of gourmet cheesecakes, finding and purchasing an elegant dessert is as easy as a click of the mouse. I personally enjoy a smooth New York cheesecake, with a few fresh berries on the plate.