Apples are in plentiful supply throughout the year nowadays, making them a great choice of ingredient for delicious desserts in all seasons. If you would like to try some new dishes but are not the world’s greatest cook, the five recipes below are sure to be of interest.
1. Apple cinnamon rolls – although there is some baking involved, you do not need to make your own rolls from scratch so do not panic!
The dough you need can be bought in cans from your local supermarket, along with the 2 large apples, butter, orange juice, sugar and ground cinnamon that you will need. First, preheat your oven to 400 °F / 200 °C. Baking is easier when using a decent AEG fan oven, or one made by another leading manufacturer of home appliances, but you should be able to manage with whatever you already have.
Next, unroll your dough and cut into triangular strips, put an apple wedge in each one and roll it up. Pour melted butter and sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon and sugar over each one.
Finally, pour the orange juice into the baking tray and then bake until the rolls are golden brown. This should take around 35 minutes.
2. Fried apples – this recipe is a great one to start with if you lack confidence in your cooking abilities. It is one of the simplest and most delicious that you can find.
First, peel and core your apples.
Next, cut them into 8 equal sized pieces, melt some butter in a pan, sprinkle brown sugar in it and throw your apple wedges into the mix. Keep stirring the apples as they cook, so that each wedge is thoroughly coated in the melted butter and brown sugar.
Sprinkle some ground cinnamon and nutmeg over the apples as you continue to stir them, and carry on cooking until the wedges are easily pierced with a fork. Whilst food thermometers are handy when cooking meat, a simple fork test is fine for apples. Once they are ready, simply eat them on their own or, if you think you deserve a special treat, pour fresh cream over them first. Alternatively, you could put them on top of some ice cream and enjoy the delicious combination of hot and cold sweetness.
3. Apple cider cups – even simpler than the above recipe, this one is a great idea when having friends round for a special meal. Whilst not really a dish as such, I thought I would include it as they are such fun.
Buy as many apples as there will be people coming for dinner. Choose fruit that has a good colour and is still nice and firm
Using a sharp knife, cut the top off each apple. Then, push the knife into the apples, about half an inch from the edge, and make a circular incision in each one. This will make it easier to scoop out the middle of the apples, so that you end up with a set of attractive cups. Knife safety is important when cutting fruit and other ingredients in the kitchen so if you are not sure how to use knives, it might be worth attending a course at a local college or government institution first.
Once your cups are finished, fill with cider and add a cinnamon stick to each one. Serve and enjoy the look of delight on your friends’ faces.
Once you have mastered a few simple recipes such as these three, you can be a little more adventurous and try some more complicated dishes if you like. Cooking with apples is great fun and very rewarding too.