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favorite uses for apples + szarlotka (slavic apple cake) recipe

Posted Sep 19 2012 12:16pm
Mike's company had an apple picking excursion at Homestead Farm in Poolesville, MD on Saturday afternoon. We got to enjoy the beautiful weather (the DC humidity seems to have made its grand exit, fingers crossed it stays away into the fall!), watch kids and animals being adorable, and pick some prime produce. We came home with a peck of delicious, ripe apples, and already have been putting them to good use.

  • Peanut Butter Apple Oatmeal: dice half an apple. In small saucepan, bring 3/4 cup of almond milk and diced apple to a boil. Add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, reduce heat, and stir in 1/3 cup of oats. Cook until oats have reached desired consistency, and stir in a tablespoon of all-natural peanut butter.
  • Apple Slices on Sandwiches: I love thin-sliced apple to compliment turkey or chicken sandwiches, especially when paired with a low-fat cheese on multigrain bread! Yum!
  • As a filling snack: There are so many great ways to eat an apple as a snack. I love topping slices with peanut butter, sugar free coconut, and some mini chocolate chips for something decadent mid-afternoon. Apple and cheddar never gets old... and neither does an unadulterated apple in all its glory!
  • Apple-Based Desserts: I'm sure I don't need to tell you that apples are the king of fruits for baked goods. You just can't beat them. 
  • While I'm sure you all have your family's recipe for apple pie, apple crisp, or baked apples, I'm going to go out on a limb and assume you don't have a recipe for a typical dessert in Slavic cultures: apple cake or szarlotka (shar-LOT-ka). This is my Russian host mom's recipe, straight from Saint Petersburg!

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