Monday, October 10, 2011

Apples - 3 ways...

At the Farmer's Market, we brought home a box of apples for baking. 

I started out peeling, coring, and slicing with my handy apple peeler, corer, slicer to freeze the apples.  While I was in process, Jenn decided she'd like a crisp.  

Gluten Free Apple Crisp: (please see a better GF apple crisp here)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease 8x8 baking dish 
  • Fill baking dish half way with sliced apples (some people prefer to leave the skin on) and set aside

To make the crumble, stir in a large bowl until moistened:
  • 1/2 C gluten free rolled oats (we use Bob's Red Mill)
  • 2-3 T vanilla rice milk (or soy or almond or whatever you have)
  • set aside for 10 minutes
Add to oats:
  • 1/2 C gluten free baking mix (Namaste pancake or muffin mix or rice flour will do in a pinch)
  • 1/2 C light brown sugar
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
Stir to mix
  • Add dabs of 3-4 T butter

Rub oat/flour mix into butter with fingers until crumbly and moist. Add more rice milk if needed. Evenly spread crumble over the apples.  Bake 30-40 minutes until golden brown and apples are tender but not mushy. Enjoy hot with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on top!

Cinnamon and Sugar Peels:

I had a bunch of peelings and cores left over. I could have composted them, but they were calling to me to do more.  So I did an internet search to try to find ideas for using the peels and cores in clever ways.  

I found a suggestion for the peels. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and bake for a tasty treat. Which I did. I was tired and didn't bake them long enough, but they are still delicious.  I would suggest the lowest heat possible, and crack open your oven while baking.  Check them after 45 minutes, and continue to check after that until dried to your desire. A great snack for on the go... or added to your favorite GORP.

DIY Apple Cider Vinegar

But what to do with the cores? Do it yourself Apple cider vinegar!!! 

I put the cores and any leftover peels into a wide mouth jar.

Fill with water and cover with cheesecloth or towel.  Then store in a warm, dark place.  I marked the jar with the date and in 30-60 days, voila, DIY Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.  I will keep you posted on how it comes out!

And, I still have half of a box of apples to work with.  It's gonna be a pie, crisp, yummy winter.  


  1. Wowza, I can't wait to see (taste?!) how that apple cider vinegar turns out. Love the idea of DIY vinegar.

  2. I tried this once, and I started seeing little vinegar flys all around my house. Forgetting that I had done it. Then when I found it again I had to bring the bowl outside and down the street to dump it out there were thousands of flies under the cheese cloth! oops. How did it go? Every September I drag my family out to the organic orchard down here and we pick 50 pounds of apples. I make tons of apples sauce and apple pie and apple this and that till they come out of my ears.


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