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To Positive

Cinnamon Waffles with Cinnamon Vanilla Apples

Disclaimer: Nothing about this recipe is healthy, but sometimes indulgence is a good thing.  This week the challenge for /52weeks was an ingredient challenge featuring cinnamon.  I debated doing a savory dish for a while, such as a curry, but then decided I wanted to do more of a special breakfast recipe.  In the end it came down to a cinnamon sugar bread pudding or waffles, but that was before checking the bread supply.  However cinnamon waffles isn’t enough for a cinnamon challenge, so I decided to make up a some cinnamon vanilla apples to go on top.  After all, if I’m going to go down the unhealthy road I might as well go all the way.  The end result was a cinnamony treat perfect for a special brunch or making a breakfast special.

Cinnamon Waffles

Serves: makes 6 waffles

Ingredients

1 stick butter, melted

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups milk

1 3/4 cups flour

3 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp sugar

1/2 tbsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat waffle maker according to directions.
  2. In a medium bowl stir together the melted butter, eggs, vanilla, and milk then set aside.
  3. Sift the dry ingredients in to a large bowl and form a well in the middle. Slowly whisk in the wet ingredients in the fewest motions possible.
  4. Pour the mixture onto the center of the waffles maker and cook according to directions of machine. Serve topped with the apples and/or powdered sugar and/or maple syrup
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Cinnamon Vanilla Apples

Ingredients

2 tbsp butter

1 large tart apple, quartered

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tbsp cinnamon

1/2 tbsp sugar

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the apple and cook for 3 minutes before adding the vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar. Cook for an additional 10minutes. The "sauce" should be a very rich brown color when they are ready. Serve over top of waffles, ice cream, pancakes, or anything else that needs some extra sugar.
http://dancingveggies.com/2012/11/to-positive.html

Sometimes it feels good to veer from the normal diet and indulge in something delicious and not so nutritious.  This certainly isn’t an every day breakfast but as a sweet treat, why not?!?

Out of Sight

Sweet Potatoes & Apples

I was doubly blessed this month by the Secret Recipe Club in that I got two (2!!!) amazing blogs to talk about.  Needless to say having two blogs caused twice as much agony when it came time to pick THE recipe to feature.  When I was sent Kate’s blog I was blown away by everything that she has got going on.   She cooks, she bakes, she takes care of her three adorable kids AND she’s a part-time paramedic.  As someone looking to go back to school to become a PA, I’m in awe of this blogger and hope I’m able to rock it all as well as she does.  Once I stopped staring at, and drooling over, her foodporn entries I got down to business picking the perfect recipe to showcase.  I originally set out to recreate her Salted Browned Butter Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies but then I got distracted by her recipe for Udon Noodles which then resulted in me finding THE recipe.  Essentially I followed the tags at the bottom of the udon noodles recipe which eventually led me to the ultimate fall side dish: Sweet Potatoes & Apples.  I LOVE sweet potatoes and apples and idea of them together…yum!  The fact that both of these items are in peak season right now just made this recipe all the better.  For my apples I went with Pink Ladies, which are a sweet-tart medium sized apple.  They aren’t always the easiest to locate at the Farmer’s Market but fortunately I was able to find the two needed for this recipe.  I didn’t make any changes to the recipe, outside of soy butter, so be sure to check out Kate’s blog for all the delicious details on this can’t miss recipe.

As an added bonus, the aroma that comes from this baked creation is insane! I could still smell the cinnamon and nutmeg the next morning when I was getting ready for work, which had me looking forward to lunch since I had been able to stash some leftovers.

For my other entry please go here for an outstanding Thai Green Bean and Tofu recipe, and be sure to check out the other Secret Recipe Club entries for more can’t miss recipes!



Twice the Fun

Apple Salad

I’m writing this while enjoying the perfect salad on a HOT HOT HOT (almost) summer day.  When I went on Facebook to see what was going on in the SRC world I saw Angie’s post regarding two orphan blogs.  While one was claimed later in the day, Kate’s Kitchen was still alone.  Well, I’m a firm believer in no blogger left behind so jumped at the opportunity to check out another blog and some more delicious recipes.  I had a general idea of what I was going to do for dinner tonight, so I went looking for salads, breads, and desserts that would go with my main dish.  It didn’t take me very long to stumble upon Kate’s Apple Salad and realize the last apples in my fridge now had a calling.  I swung by the store on the way home to grab some extra spinach and I was set!  I did make two slight changes to the recipe, leaving out the almonds to make it nut-free and subbing some apple cider vinegar for the red wine.  The cider substitition made it closer to the original recipe but I have a feeling that either one will go great with this crisp winner.

Kate's Apple Salad

Ingredients

¼ c finely minced sweet onion

3 tbsp apple cider vinegar

3 tbsp white wine or champagne vinegar

2 tb sesame seeds

Pinch of paprika

2 T sugar

½ c extra virgin olive oil

2 cups spinach leaves

2 apples, sliced

2 tbsp blue cheese

Instructions

  1. Mix all of the ingredients up to the spinach in a dressing jar, or a tupperware with a lid. Make sure they are mixed well and then pour over the spinach, apples, and cheese.
http://dancingveggies.com/2012/06/twice-the-fun-2.html

In order to get the most bite out of the salad I recommend going with tarter apples in order to get more of a contrast.  Mine happened to be Granny Smith but I have a feeling that Pink Ladies would also go perfectly.

I should note that my amazing photographer was not available for this photo so please forgive the quality of the above shot.



Better Off

Curry Apple Tofu

The original plan was to post this for Simple and in Season, then life got in the way and that didn’t really happen.  So I missed the September round but I am trying to figure out something for October.  After being sick I haven’t been cooking as much, but that’s partially because Joe and I were fortunate enough to go to NYC this past weekend.  It was a late birthday get-together with his family, and everyone had a great time.  Nothing like sweet potato enchiladas and a mocha cheesecake to celebrate getting older! I was also gifted with a new hand mixer, so no more burning/smoking while cooking which is a plus.  This recipe doesn’t require a mixer or much of anything for that matter…but the longer it chills the better it will taste.

Ingredients: (serves 4-6)

  • 2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp apple vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 16 oz firm tofu, pressed and dried
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 large Cortland Apples, diced
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • pinch salt & pepper

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce and vinegar and set aside

  2. Press and dry the tofu for 10minutes and then crumble the tofu into bite-sized pieces. Heat the oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. add the garlic and tofu and cook, stirring often, about 5 minutes, add the soy vinegar mixture to the tofu, stir to coat and cook for a minute. remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

  3. Place the celery, red onion, and apples in to a small bowl and set aside. 

  4. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, yogurt, curry powder, salt, and pepper. Stir into the vegetables apple mixture and then add the cooled tofu and mix well.

I prefer to serve this on bread as an open faced sandwich but it would also work well inside of a pita or as part of a more traditional sandwich.   Feel free to switch up the types of apples used, I tend to go towards the more sour types but a crisp sweet apple would also work.  If you have access to Pink Lady Apples go for those for my sake since my Farmer’s Market is apparently not carrying them this year…

Falling on my Head

Honey Apple Cobbler

International Incident Party time!  This is one of those months that really flew by, to the point that I’m typing this while my cobbler finishes baking.  Between the birthdays, the hurricanes, the flooding, and the allergies time just kept slipping by.   Luckily cobbler is one of those recipes that come together in no time, especially when I knew from the beginning that I wanted to use apples.  Apples are everywhere in Virginia this time of year and every year I wind up with at least 15lbs of the crisp delicious fruits.  While i was able to go apple picking the past few years, that has not happened this year, so I had to rely on the local market to get my Virginia apples.  This year I switched things up and got Cortland Apples, instead of my normal super tart Pink Ladies.  So far I have tested two new apple recipes and hopefully have enough apples to do two more.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Cortland apples, quartered and then halved
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp honey (blueberry!)
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • dash salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Combine the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, honey, cloves, and butter in a large casserole dish.  Bake for 10minutes.
  3. In a large bowl mix the flour, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.  Cut in the softened butter .  Spoon the mixture over the cooked apples.  Bake for 30minutes, or until sauce is bubbling and the topping has browned.

Nothing like a delicious dessert that comes together in well under an hour, and also smells incredible.  This cobbler really highlights the essence of fall, nothing like the smell of cinnamon apples to know that fall really has arrived.