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How to Freeze Apples and An Apple Cake Recipe

Apples, apples, and more apples! Recently, my family visited an apple orchard and I purchased a bushel of apples. (That is about forty pounds!) They were only sixty cents a pound, so I couldn’t resist! Today I am going to show you how I freeze my apples. In less than two hours, I was able to wash, peel, core, slice, bag, and freeze every apple! Later, I will share my favorite apple cake recipe…..mmmm!

 

Choose sweet apples for baking. These are a combination of Fuji and Golden Delicious apples.

 

Thouroughly wash the apples. I use Liquid Organic Cleaner (L.O.C.) from Amway.

 

Peel, core, and slice the apples. Usually, I use the one I have from Pampered Chef, but mine broke. So, I borrowed this one from a friend. It is called Peel Away.

This is what the apple should look like when you are done.

Cut the apple into fourths (or smaller). At this time, cut off blemishes, bruising, or any apple seeds that might remain.

Gather lots of bowls! This is what a bushel of sliced apples looks like! Note: the apples will turn brown. I have heard that you can make a syrup to prevent this, but I only use my frozen apples for baking, so I don’t care if they turn brown.

Can you envision all of the yumminess that I will be able to create?

Measure the apples. I put 3 cups of apples in some bags. (The amount needed for my apple cake recipe.) I put 6 cups of apples in other bags. (The amount needed for apple crisp and apple pies.) If I wanted to make applesauce, I would use two bags of the apples with 6 cups.

I use quart size freezer bags to avoid freezer burn. If you don’t have the freezer quality bags, then double bag them. After bagging, remove as much air from the bag as possible.

One bushel made 10 bags containing 3 cups of apples and 16 bags containing 6 cups of apples. That will make 10 apple cakes and 16 apple pies or apple crisps!

Place all of the bags in the freezer. If properly bagged, they will freeze up to a year.

 

Let’s bake!

One of my closest friends gave me this recipe for apple cake. She used to have an apple tree in her backyard, so she has all kinds of yummy apple recipes!

 

Alisha’s Apple Cake

2 cups of sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups of shortening or oil

1 1/2 tsp. soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. vanilla

3 cups of flour

3 cups of apples (peeled, cored, and diced)

Optional: 1 cup nuts

Preheat oven to 35o degrees. Combine sugar, eggs, shortening/oil, soda, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla. Combine. Slowly add in the flour until thouroughly mixed. Stir in the apples. (and nuts, if using) Pour into a greased bundt pan or 9x 13 pan. Bake about 35-40 minutes for a bundt pan or 30-35 minutes for a 9×13 pan. While it bakes, make the icing below.

Icing

Powdered sugar

1/2 cup of hot water

Starting with 1/2 cup of water, gradually combine powdered sugar and water until it is a thick syrup-like consistency. (not watery) While the cake is still hot, pour the icing over the cake. The mixture will harden as it cools.

Little Man making an apple cake.

Add in the apples.

Try to share with others. It will be hard, but you can do it!

 

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Best Ever BBQ Baked Beans Recipe

As I prepare for our weekend get-togethers, I am gathering my recipes. I am sure that I am not alone! Anyone else considered buying food at Costco, putting it in another container, and passing it off as homemade? Just kidding….I wouldn’t do that….again.

Generally, baked beans are my favorite side dish to bring to gatherings. Why?

  • It’s easy! Dump it all in the crock pot. Put it on low. Done.
  • It’s cheap! There are a few ingredients that are not cheap in my recipe, but once you buy them the first time, they will last awhile. Overall, beans are cheap!
  • Everyone likes them! Many times, the potluck table is covered with fancy dishes that my kids won’t touch. They are good eaters. But, when you put chips next to a vegetable casserole……guess what will win? They will take the beans….alongside some chips, of course.
  • It’s protein! My kids feast on white sugar and white flour at every function that we attend. It makes me feel better to know that the protein in the beans will help offset some of the empty carbs they will be sure to consume. (Okay, there is sugar in my recipe….but, I can live in my dreamland that it is a little healthier, right?)
  • They feed a lot! This recipe makes enough to feed many people! I don’t know the exact number. But, it fills my crock pot to about 3/4 full. (If you want to make a smaller batch, then just half the recipe.)

 

Best Ever BBQ Baked Beans

5 (16 oz.) cans of pork-n-beans, drained

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup molasses (honey will work, but it is not as good)

3/4 cup BBQ sauce (I use K.C. Masterpiece Original.)

1/4 cup ketchup

1 Tablespoon minced onion

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1 Tablespoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon liquid smoke

Bacon, fried and crumbled, to taste (Or you can use real bacon bits.)

In the crock pot: Put everything in the Crock-Pot. Cook on high for about 2 hours or on low for about 4-5 hours.

On the stove: Put all the ingredients in a large pot. Bring it to a gentle boil. Turn it down to low. Cook on low for a minimum of 30 minutes. The longer it simmers, the better it will taste.

What are you cooking this weekend?

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Energy Ball Recipe

These treats make a tasty, healthy snack.  They are packed with protein!  I store them in the freezer to help them retain their shape.  Also, this recipe works well as granola.  My boys love making them! 

Energy Balls

 1 cup peanut butter 

1 cup honey

1 cup chopped peanuts

2 ½ c. oatmeal

 1 cup wheat germ

1 cup sunflower seeds

 1 cup powdered milk

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.  Form into balls.  (I use a cookie dough scoop.) If they are crumbling, add more peanut butter or honey.  Place them on a cookie sheet.  Freeze until solid.  Place all balls in a ziploc bag and return to the freezer.  Remove as needed. 

 

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