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An Apple a Day Makes for Happy Taste Buds

An Apple A Day Makes for Happy Taste Buds

I love apple anything year round. But once fall is really in full effect, I weave it into my daily cooking and baking. From breakfast to dessert, these Blue Ribbon recipes are filled with apples.

“Rarely do I not have this made and in my refrigerator,” says Brenda Forbes (Red Rock, TX). “When a craving for something sweet raises its ugly head this recipe is a good (and healthy) fix!”

There are so many ways to serve Brenda’s Cranberry Apples. They’d be delicious in oatmeal, alongside baked chicken, or just a spoonful or two when you’re looking for something sweet.

Use your favorite mix of apples when preparing the recipe. I used Granny Smith, Gala, and Red Delicious.

The mix was terrific with the Granny Smiths being the standout. Made with only 4 ingredients, these apples are very versatile.

The aroma from Jackie Mento’s (The Villages, FL) Apple and Sausage French Toast Casserole With Cinnamon Syrup is divine. There are so many layers of flavor in this breakfast casserole.

“When my family has reunions, we love making breakfast the night before so there is less cleanup to do in the morning,” explains Jackie. “The sweet smell of French toast and sausage gets everybody up every time!”

The Challah bread layer is sweet, soft, and creamy. Sausage makes this hearty and adds a savory flavor. Apples and raisins add a sweet and tart taste. I love the cinnamon syrup so much, that I’ve used it with other recipes.

Serving stuffed chicken turns ordinary chicken breasts into a special meal. Amanda Smith’s (Dunlap, IL) Apple & Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken Breasts proves that.

“The combination of the apple and the prosciutto will surprise you with how delicious it tastes and how elegant it looks,” thinks Amanda. “If you want an even more decadent recipe that this already is, substitute heavy cream for the whole milk.”

Stuffed with simple ingredients, it’s sweet, salty, and very good. The sweet apple with the salty prosciutto is a match made in heaven.

Brenda Washnock’s Apple Raisin Scones With Bourbon Whipped Cream are a little different than other scones I’ve tried. They’re not very sweet and almost like a biscuit. And, boy they were good.

“The bourbon whipped cream is the icing on the cake, so to speak,” shares Brenda. “My family loves this delicious scone for breakfast or as a sweet snack; creamy and delicious.”

Apples and raisins add a slight sweetness to the scone. The scone itself has a subtle bourbon flavor that blends well with the fruit. The bourbon whipped cream is a delicious touch.

Michelle Bates-Phipps’ (Kalamazoo, MI) Delicious Apple Crisp is so good, delicious may not be a strong enough adjective.

“The biggest secret here is having a variety of apples to add texture and flavor surprises,” reveals Michelle.

I couldn’t wait to try this apple crisp based on the aroma wafting from the oven as it baked. It just smells of autumn.

The different textures and flavors from the apples make this special. With just the right amount of spice and crunch, the crisp topping is perfect.

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, I also think an apple a day makes for happy taste buds. Check out our A is for Apple recipe collection or A+ Apple Pie for more apple recipes. Happy Pinching!