Recipe Corner (10/1/09)

Apple variety

Oct. 1, 2009

By Ginger Isham

Apples are in season, so here are some recipes to enjoy the fruit.

This first recipe reminds me of food for babies because of the combined ingredients. One would think babies would become children and adults who eat only combined foods. I like the combination of fresh applesauce served with a few fresh blueberries, strawberries or prunes on top.

Sweet Potato Pie

5 carrots

3 medium sweet potatoes

pinch of salt and pepper

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

3 medium apples, sliced

1 tablespoon butter

3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

Peel sweet potatoes and carrots, cut into chunks and cook in lightly salted water until soft. Mash and add salt, pepper and cinnamon to taste. In a greased baking dish spread half of the mixture. Spread sliced apples over this layer and spread the remaining carrot and sweet potato mash over all. Melt butter with honey and pour over the top. Bake at 325 degrees for about 40 minutes.

Apple Cider Bake

Peel and slice 6 large tart apples and put in a 2-quart baking dish. Mix 2 cups apple cider and 1/3 cup brown sugar and pour over the apples. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. Stir once while baking. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve warm with cream or ice cream.

Sausage Apple Pie

8 apples, peeled and sliced

1 cup brown sugar, separated

1/4 cup white sugar

3 tablespoons flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 pound sausage links, sautéed or cooked in microwave (place on paper towel to absorb fat)

double crust pie crust

Make one piecrust to line a 9-inch pie dish. Combine the apples, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup white sugar, flour, cinnamon and pepper and toss all to mix. Put mixture in pie shell. Place sausage links on top of apples in a wheel shape (may cut in half and be created with shapes). Mix dry ingredients for a second pie shell and add remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar. Sprinkle over apples and sausages. Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. Can be frozen and baked another time. Thaw partially before baking.

Ginger Isham lives with her husband on a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Road.