Thamsford and Norwich Library - The great apple snack challenge! Sept 27 & Oct 1

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 Apple cheddar fondue

Apple sunbutter sandwiches

Apple sauce with yogurt

Apple salsa with tortillas

Apple quesadillas

Apple fennel salad

Class description – It’s officially fall, and time for a Growing Chefs! Ontario cooking challenge, featuring our favourite fall fruit, apples!  Apples are everywhere this time of year, and although we could just taste apples on their own all day, this cooking class explores different ways to transform apples into delicious easy after school snacks.  During our friendly competition, we will split into two teams, create six different apple recipes and vote for the best apple themed snack.  

Apple cider fondue

Ingredients

1 cup cider

8 ounces cheddar, shredded

8 ounces Monterey Jack, shredded

2 tablespoons cornstarch

Freshly grated or ground nutmeg

Sliced apples, for serving 

Directions

In a medium saucepan, bring the cider to a simmer over medium heat. In a medium bowl, toss the cheeses with the cornstarch. Gradually stir the cheese mixture into the cider until melted and smooth. Add nutmeg to taste. Transfer to a fondue pot. Serve with sliced apples.

 

Apple sunbutter sandwiches

Ingredients

1 organic apple

1 tsp Sunbutter or nut butter of your choice

Raisins

Shredded Coconut

Directions

Cut apple into rings about ½ inch thick, and cut out the middle core. Spread nut butter on one of the apple rings. Top with raisins, coconut, or other toppings. Top with another apple ring. Repeat until apple rings are used up, and enjoy!

 

Apple sauce with greek yogurt 

Ingredients

3 
lbs apples

1 
teaspoon cinnamon

1 
pinch nutmeg

1 1⁄2
cups water

2 
thin lemon slices

1⁄4
teaspoon salt

1 cup greek yogurt

honey to taste

Directions

Peel and core apples. Cut apples into approximately 1 inch cubes.

Add all ingredients to pot, and turn heat on high. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the apples have softened significantly.

Stir frequently, making sure that the apples are not sticking to the bottom of the pot. Add more water if necessary. Remove lemon slices.

Mash with a potato masher or use a food mill for a smoother consistency. Serve warm or at room temperature.

To make parfaits, swirl in a couple spoonfuls of greek yogurt, and drizzle with honey to taste.

 

Apple salsa

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup lime juice (from about 5 limes)

4 tart apples, peeled and cored

1 small onion, finely diced

A handful of cilantro, roughly chopped

2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced

2 poblano peppers, seeded and minced

3 tablespoons minced ginger

2 tablespoons sugar

Salt

PREPARATION

Pour the lime juice into a medium bowl. Finely dice the apples and toss with the onion in the juice. Add the cilantro, peppers, ginger and sugar and toss until well combined. Season with salt to taste. Serve with tortilla chips.

 

Apple quesadillas

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

6 whole wheat tortillas

1 large or 2 small apples, cored and thinly sliced

Method

Sprinkle 2 tablespoons cheese over one half of each tortilla. Arrange apple slices, barely overlapping, on top of each pile of cheese then sprinkle 2 more tablespoons cheese over apples on each tortilla and fold each in half.

Generously spray a large skillet with oil spray and heat over medium high heat. Arrange half of the quesadillas in the skillet without overlapping and cook, gently flipping once, until cheese is melted and tortillas are golden brown on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to plates and repeat process with natural oil spray and remaining quesadillas; serve warm.

 

Apple fennel slaw

Ingredients

2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice

3 tart apples

2 small heads fennel, cut into matchsticks

1 small red onion, cut in half and very thinly sliced

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

 

Directions

Put the lemon juice in a large bowl. Cut one of the apples in half, core it, and julienne it. Put the cut apple in the bowl and toss it with the lemon juice to keep it from browning. Repeat with the other apples. Toss in all of the remaining ingredients. Let stand for at least 20 minutes at room temperature. Taste for seasoning and serve.