By Giner Isham
November 7th, 2013
I was elated when a kind friend and neighbor said I could have some of the apples from his trees. They were Red Delicious apples, which I normally do not use for cooking but for eating alone or with cheddar cheese. I found they made the following delicious dishes.
Norwegian apple pie (dessert with no effort)
3/4 cup sugar (I use 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup flour
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 beaten egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 generous cup peeled and diced Red Delicious apples
Blend dry ingredients. Stir in egg and diced apple. Mix well until all is moist. Spread in a greased 9-inch pie plate. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Serve warm with favorite vanilla ice cream or yogurt. My family likes it with fresh/frozen strawberries or pudding.
Sugar-free apple pie
6 medium Red Delicious apples, peeled and sliced
1 frozen can (6 ounce) sugar-free apple juice (cider works too)
1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter
Two pie crusts, unbaked
Mix apples with apple juice and cornstarch and simmer and stir over low heat a few minutes until apples are somewhat tender and mixture is thickened. Remove and add cinnamon and butter. Spread over bottom pie crust and add top crust. Poke holes in top crust with fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. I suggest using 9 apples, adding 3 ounces more cider and increase cornstarch to 2 tablespoons for a pie with more filling.
Apple chicken salad
6 cups Red Delicious apples, peeled and cubed (more or less)
4 1/2 cups cooked chicken, cut into cubes (more or less)
1/2 cup each sliced celery and chopped green onion
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 1/4 cups mayo (can blend mayo, milk, yogurt)
salt and pepper
Mix all together and let set an hour before serving. Serve on lettuce leaf.