Apples: Don’t Choose Delicious!

apples don't choose deliciousNow that fall is here, it’s time for apples!  The reason I say don’t choose delicious is because the red delicious apples are not all that tasty.  However, they are one of the most healthy due to their bright red skin that is full of antioxidants.  They are also good for recipes, but there are so many other varieties that are so much more delicious.  If you haven’t tried other varieties, this is the best time of year to do so.  Save those red delicious for smoothies and salads.

Red Delicious

Apples are real food that you can take anywhere.  They don’t go bad quickly and are easy to grab when you’re in a hurry.  I usually grab one in the 3:00 hour to curb my hunger before dinner.  They’re full of fiber and help ward off many diseases, such as heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Here are some of my favorites:

Granny Smith (great for pies and have the next most antioxidants after Red Delicious)

Granny Smith
Pink Lady

pink lady
Jona Gold
Gala
Honeycrisp
Fuji

FujiEnjoy these real food treats any time just as they are! Or, here’s a recipe for those days when you’re craving a special treat.

Gluten Free Apple Hand Pies

Preheat oven to 400⁰ F.

Gluten Free Pie Crust

2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour

½ cup grass fed butter

1 egg

2/3 cup of water

½ tsp. salt

2 tsp. white sugar

  1. Mix flour salt and sugar.
  2. Add cold grass fed butter that has been crumbled into small pieces. Mixture will be crumbly.
  3. Add slightly beaten egg.
  4. Add water one tablespoon at a time until mixture is just beginning to stick together.
  5. Cut into four equal pieces and roll out into circles.

Filling

¼ cup white sugar

2 tsp. brown sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

¼ tsp. salt

2 tbsp. butter

2 large green apples, peeled, cored and chopped

  1. Melt butter in a skillet. Add apples, sugar, brown sugar and salt.  Cook until tender. 
  2. Add water, and cinnamon. Cook about 1-2 minutes longer.

Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup filling to the middle of the rolled out pie dough.  Fold dough over to create a pocket with the bottom half slightly larger than the top half.  Pull the lower half up over the top and crimp around the edges with a fork.  Cut a few slits in the top to allow steam to escape.  Repeat with the rest of the dough circles and filling.  Place pockets on parchment paper on a baking sheet.  Cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes.  Cool for 15-20 minutes before serving.

Be adventurous and try all the varieties of apples!

Enjoy!

 

 


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