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Apple Fritters

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When I was a little girl, about 6-7 years old, I had a BIG dream. My mom to this day reminds me that I used to tell almost everyone I met how I wanted to own my very own business. I was going to be the most popular girl in the neighborhood and everyone would love me. I didn’t want her to worry though because of course I would give family and friends a discount. My dream was to open a donut shop!!! Yep, and I was going to work there and eat donuts every single day. My favorites were bear claws, apple fritters, and of course donut holes! Not much has changed from my favorite’s list; but I have given up my dream on owning a donut shop, or at least it has transformed into a much more ritzy and eclectic “cafe/bakery/bookstore/homemade pottery/photography studio/the-best-place-on-earth” kind of store. See, we grow up and so do our dreams!

Another great story I remember about donuts, specifically apple fritters, is one sunday morning mom and I went for donuts and I was still totally gung-ho and serious about my dream. We visited our neighborhood donut shop that morning and upon leaving I really wanted mom to leave a tip, just like we do at all of the other “restaurants”. She eagerly complied, as to encourage my generosity for the future, and left a couple of dollars at the table where we were sitting. Before we got half way across the parking lot though, the sweet and much older asian woman came out screaming that we had forgotten our money as she waved it high in the air. I then, the seven year old, got to explain to her that was her tip for making such great donuts. She simply smiled and looked a bit confused, but flattered. From that day on, there somehow always seemed to end up an extra donut or two in my bag! Maybe that is whyI have love everything donuts. Probably even a little too much, I tend to make myself sick on them if no one is around to take the box away.

Apples, Apples everywhere!

Winter is here. Along with it brings a delightful array of wonderful apples! So many recipes to try… the possibilities are endless.
Recipe #1 – Applesauce
Homemade applesauce is unbeatable and ever so easy. Once you try it, you will never buy store bought applesauce again. Even the process of canning the extra will make you feel all Martha Stewart without breaking sweat.
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This is a good amount for us (since we are only two), but if you have a family you will definitely want to double, triple, or quadruple this recipe. Enjoy!
Homemade Applesauce

4-5 Apples, peeled-cored-chopped
3/4 cup filtered water
1/2 Lemon, juiced (and zest if you have bitter apples)
1 Tbsp. Apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup sugar* (I only use 1-2 Tbsp. – I prefer a more natural taste)
1-2 tsp. cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick (and/or clove, allspice, ect)

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Place apples, water, cider, and lemon in a saucepan on medium – medium high heat, simmer until apples are extremely soft, stirring occasionally to ensure they do not stick to the bottom of the pot. Mash the apples to desired consistency and continue to simmer until all water is evaporated. Remove from heat and stir in sugar and spices. From here, you can use a food mill for smoother texture or leave as is for more natural consistency.
While the applesauce is still hot, prepare your jars and fill with sauce leaving more or less than 1″ at the top to ensure a good seal. If you have leftover sauce and like apple butter, then you can continue to cook it down, adding more water, sugar, and spices as necessary.
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Recipe #2 – Apple Cake
Being an American from the South, I know all about some apple pies. Now, since living in Greece, I have been introduced to apple cake.
I must admit that I whole-heartedly prefer it! It is unbeatable fresh out of the oven with a cold glass of milk in hand. It is extremely easy to make, and with this recipe you don’t have to feel guilty about going back for seconds or thirds. The cake is full of sweet apples, so you hardly need to add much sugar; by using half applesauce and half olive oil, the fat content is also not a factor. Win/win situation here!
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Apple Cake Recipe

1/2 cup EVOO*
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Apple sauce
2 Eggs
4 cups Apples (About 4-5 apples, peeled-cored-chopped)
2-3 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 cup White Sugar / or Honey
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 cup Whole Wheat Flour

1 cup All Purpose Flour (or sub. White Whole Wheat Flour if you have that luxury icon smile Apples, Apples everywhere!
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Baking Soda

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Preheat the oven to 350°/180° and butter well the pan you will be using. Begin beating the brown sugar and oil. Gradually add the applesauce, then the eggs one at a time, beating well. In a separate bowl, prepare your apples and mix with the white sugar or honey, vanilla, and cinnamon, set aside. Sift together the remaining dry ingredients and add to the liquid mixture by hand. The batter will be very thick, do not add any water, but instead fold in the apples thoroughly. Pour into prepared pan and bake in oven for 40-45 minutes or 55 minutes if using a bunt pan. Check to make sure a knife or toothpick removes cleanly before removing from oven. Cool slightly on rack for 10 minutes, and then serve warm.

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I also have a great Applesauce Spice Cake that is pretty scrumptious too! I will share that with you another time. Enjoy your apples and remember, “When the apple is ripe, it will fall” – Irish Proverb and life lesson for today!

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Hi! My name is Jacquline. Welcome to my blog. I hope you will find some delicious Greek food recipes and enjoy the read along the way! Kali Orexi :)


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