Sweet Buckwheat Crepes with Roasted Apples

Recipe by Meg Raines, The Evolving Plate.

The intense sweetness of the Cosmic Crisp® apples are the perfect compliment to earthy buckwheat crepes and the tangy mascarpone filling. Enjoy this dish for dessert or breakfast.

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Ingredients:

Crepe Batter

3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup buckwheat flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
1/4 to 1/2 cup water

Roasted Apples

4 cups diced Cosmic Crisp® apples (2 large, or 3 medium apples)
2 tablespoon honey, warmed until runny
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
Juice of 1 large orange 

Filling

8 oz. mascarpone cheese
Zest of 1 large orange
1 tablespoon honey, warmed until runny

Garnish (Optional)

Roasted nuts
 

Directions:

Crepes

  1. Combine all the crepe ingredients, except the water, in a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a container, cover and let batter rest for at least 2 hours, or overnight. 
  2. When you are ready to make crepes, thin batter with the water (less water for thicker crepes, more water for thinner crepes). Heat a crepe pan or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Lightly spray or grease the pan, add about 1/2 cup of batter to the pan while swirling the pan to distribute the batter evenly. Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Repeat with remaining batter. 
  3. Transfer the cooked crepes to a plate and place a towel over them to keep warm.

Roast the apples

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine the warm honey, melted butter and orange juice in a baking dish. Add the apples and toss to coat. Note: Zest the orange (for the filling) before juicing it.
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the apples are tender and the sauce has reduced to a syrup. Stirring once or twice during baking.
  4. Let cool slightly before using.

Make the filling 

  1. Combine the mascarpone cheese, warm honey and orange zest in a bowl, mix well to incorporate.

Assemble to crepes

  1. Dollop about 2 tablespoons of the filling onto one side of the crepe then fold it in half, and again in quarters. Place the folded crepe on a serving plate and spoon some of the roasted apples over the top. Garnish with chopped roasted nuts and a drizzle of honey if desired. Serve warm. Components can be stored separately in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 
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Servings:

6 crepes


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Cosmic Crisp® Upside Down Cake

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Recipe by Meg Raines, The Evolving Plate.

Ingredients:

Apple Topping

1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large Cosmic Crisp® apples

Cake

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1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs (at room temperature)
1/2 cup milk (at room temperature)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup oat flour (or use more all purpose flour)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and generously great a 9-inch round cake pan.
  2. Peel and thinly slice the apples.
  3. Topping: Heat the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a gentle boil. Cook until the sugar dissolves and mixture has thickened slightly, about 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the cinnamon and vanilla. Pour into the prepared cake pan and arrange the apple slices on top of the sugar mixture.
  4. Cake: Sift together the flours, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. In a mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat to incorporate, scraping down the sides of the pan in-between. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the milk and then the flour and mix just until incorporated, careful not to over mix. Pour cake batter over the apples and bake for 40-45 minutes, until the cake is golden brown and the center springs back when touched. 
  5. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the cake and invert it onto a plate. Tap the bottom of the cake pan before removing it and scrape out any remaining syrup onto the cake. Let cool completely.
  6. Serve at room temperature with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Store leftover cake in an airtight container at room temperature for one or two days.  

Cook time:

40-45 minutes


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Baking and Cooking with Cosmic Crisp® Apples

by Meg Raines, The Evolving Plate

So far to date I have roasted, sautéed and baked with the Cosmic Crisp apples, as well as eaten them raw. The first characteristic that stood out to me is the high sugar content. This brought a lot of natural sweetness to baked goods, allowing for a reduction of the sugar in the recipe. Making the Cosmic Crisp apple a great choice for healthier baking and cooking. The high level of sugar also means that they caramelize well when roasted or sautéed at high heat.

The second noticeable characteristic is the texture and juiciness of the Cosmic Crisp. The flesh of the apple is not too dense and dry, but not too watery and mushy either, so it strikes a perfect balance for baking particularly. The juiciness brings moisture to a baked good and adds liquid to pies which gets turned into sweet syrup during baking.

Because the texture is medium dense it holds it shape during cooking enough to make it pleasant to eat but does not remain crunch as some apples do when baked. I have shredded the apple and baked in into muffins, and it disappeared nicely into the final baked product. When I used them in larger slices, for roasting, sautéing and baking, they retained their shape but had a velvety smooth texture when cooked.

Overall, it is an excellent apple for baking and cooking purposes. For apple pie, the Cosmic Crisp apple would pair well with a combination of tart and soft apples for the best texture and flavor outcome.

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Ginger Crisp Stir Fry

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 2 Cosmic Crisp® apples, cored and sliced 
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 1/3 lb. pea pods
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, cut into strips
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. ginger, minced
  • 10 shitake and/or white mushrooms, sliced 
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper 
  • 1/3 cup Cosmic Applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth or water
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch

Directions:

  1. Heat sesame oil in nonstick skillet or wok.
  2. Add garlic and ginger, and stir for approximately 30 seconds.
  3. Add chicken and cook in hot oil.
  4. Remove chicken from skillet. Add vegetables and cook while stirring until tender crisp, sprinkle with pepper.
  5. Combine applesauce, soy sauce, vinegar, cornstarch and chicken broth or water.
  6. Add chicken to vegetables, add sauce mixture and cook until sauce is thickened and clear.
  7. Add apples during last five minutes of preparation.
  8. Serve over steamed brown rice.

Servings:

4

Prep and cook time:

40 minutes


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Starburst Puffs

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar 
  • 1/2 cup water 
  • 2 Cosmic Crisp® apples 
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening 
  • 6 tablespoons milk 
  • 1 tablespoon butter 
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

1.) In small saucepan, heat 1/2 cup sugar and the water to boiling; reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.

2.) Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Peel, core and halve apples; place in shallow baking dish. Pour sugar mixture over apples.

3.) In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture is crumbly. Stir in milk to make dough. Top each apple half with mound of dough, cover apple well. Make a hollow in center of each mound of dough. Mix butter, remaining tablespoon sugar and the cinnamon; spoon in hollows in dough. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until apples are tender.

Other Info:

Servings: Serves 4

Nutrition Information:
 
Protein: 3g; Fat: 17g; Carbohydrate: 58g; Fiber: 2g; Sodium: 386mg; Cholesterol: 11mg; Calories: 388.


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Apple Cream Cheese Spread

Ingredients

  • 1 c. chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 (8 oz.) cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 grated peeled Cosmic Crisp® apples

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except apples.
  2. Mix until smooth.
  3. Stir in apples.
  4. If you like caramel apples with nuts, you'll love this. Use on a spread for toast or banana bread.

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Iced Apple Tea

Ingredients:

3 cups apple juice or cider
3 cups boiling water
6 tea bags
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp. allspice
Cosmic Crisp® apple slices, cut in circles, to garnish (optional)

Directions:

Add tea bags to boiling water. Let stand 15 minutes. Remove and add allspice, honey and apple juice. Simmer over low heat until honey is blended, about one minute. Chill. Serve over ice with lemon slices.

Servings:

5

Prep time:

40 minutes


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Cosmic Applesauce

Ingredients:

  • 8 pounds Cosmic Crisp® apples
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Sugar to taste
  • Cinnamon to taste

Directions:

  1. Core and quarter apples. Put in a heavy saucepan with a closely fitting lid, add water, and cook over low heat until very soft.
  2. Puree through a food mill and add sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Store in a clean container for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for longer storage. 

Other info

Servings: Makes 2 quarts


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Cosmic Cranberry Nut Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1 cup quick oats 
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk 
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large egg whites 
  • 1 Cosmic Crisp® apple, cored and chopped 
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins 
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts 
  • 2 tablespoons flaked coconut (optional)

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-inch square baking pan. In large mixing bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; stir to blend.
  2. Add buttermilk, oil, and egg whites; beat just until blended. Stir in apple, dried fruit, and nuts. Spread batter evenly in pan and top with coconut, if desired. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool and cut into 10 bars.

Other info:

A great take-along snack packed with the goodness of grains and fruit.

Servings: Makes 10 Bars 

Nutrition Information:
Protein 4g; Fat: 7g; Carbohydrate: 39g; Fiber: 2g; Sodium: 298mg; Cholesterol: .6mg; Calories: 232.


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CC Apples and Yams

Because yams (or sweet potatoes) require much longer cooking time than apples, this recipe calls for pre-baking them. This step can be done a day or so ahead if desired.

Ingredients:

2 large yams or sweet potatoes
2 Cosmic Crisp®, cored and sliced crosswise
into rings
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons chopped pecans or walnuts 

Method:

1) Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake yams 50 minutes or until soft still retain their shape. (This step can also be done in the microwave; microwave yams on high (100 percent) 8 to 10 minutes, rotating halfway through cooking.) Cool yams until they can be handled. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees F.

2) Peel yams and slice crosswise. In shallow 1-quart baking dish, alternate apple rings and yam slices, overlapping their edges slightly. In small saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and cloves; stir in orange juice and blend. Heat orange juice mixture, stirring, until thickened; pour over apples and yams. Top casserole with nuts and bake 20 minutes or until apples are tender.

Servings:
Serves 6

Nutrition Information:
Protein: 2g; Fat: 2g; Carbohydrate: 37g; Fiber: 3g; Sodium: 9mg; Cholesterol: 0; Calories: 165.


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Apples with Honey-Cream Cheese Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cosmic Crisp® apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 Gala apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 Golden Delicious apple, cored and chopped
  • or use any 3 of your favorite varieties of Washington apples 
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup honey 
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Ground pistachio nuts 

Directions:

  1. In a shallow bowl, combine the apple slices and lemon juice to prevent browining. 
  2. In a small bowl, mix cream cheese, honey and lemon zest until well blended. 
  3. Garnish with ground pistachio nuts on top. 
  4. Arrange sliced apples on a platter and serve with dip. 

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Apple and Lemon Custard Tart

Ingredients:

  • Pastry for one-crust (9-inch) pie 
  • 3/4 cup sugar 
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 3 large eggs 
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice 
  • 2 tablespoons flour 
  • 2 Cosmic Crisp® apples, peeled, cored, and thinly 
  • sliced 
  • 3 tablespoons apple jelly 

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F. On lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to 11-inch round; line a 10-inch tart pan with pastry. Lightly prick bottom with fork. Bake pastry 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Set aside.
  2. Reduce oven heat to 375 degrees F. In large bowl with electric mixer, beat sugar and butter until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in 3 tablespoons lemon juice and the flour. Pour batter into prepared tart shell. Arrange apple slices over egg mixture. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until set.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare glaze for tart: In small saucepan, combine remaining tablespoon lemon juice and the apple jelly. Cook over low heat, stirring, until jelly melts. Spoon glaze over warm tart. Cool completely before serving.

Other Info:

Servings: Serves 8

Nutrition Information:
Protein: 4g; Fat: 17g; Carbohydrate: 41g; Fiber: 1g; Sodium: 229mg; Cholesterol: 99mg; Calories: 327.


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Washington Apple Turkey Gyro

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
  • 1 cup sliced onion 
  • 1 cup thinly sliced sweet red pepper
  • 1 cup thinly sliced sweet green pepper 
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice 
  • 1/2 pound cooked turkey breast, cut into thin strips
  • 1 Cosmic Crisp® apple, cored and finely chopped 
  • 6 pocket pita bread, warmed 
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt 

Directions:

  1. In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, peppers, and lemon juice and cook until tender-crisp. Stir in turkey and apple; cook until turkey is heated through. Remove from heat.
  2. Fill each pita with some of mixture; drizzle with yogurt. Serve warm.

Other Info:

Servings:  Serves 6

Nutrition Information:
Protein: 23g; Fat: 5g; Carbohydrate: 27g; Fiber: 3g; Sodium: 258mg; Cholesterol: 30mg; Calories: 253.


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Bistro Apple Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 12-inch prepared pizza dough crust
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups Cosmic Crisp® apples cored, peeled and thinly sliced (or chopped)
  • 1 cup shredded low-fat, part skim Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup crumbled Blue, Gargonzola or Roquefort cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmasan cheese
  • 1 tsp. dried leaf oregano

Directions:

  1. For each pizza: Heat oven to 450° F. Saut&ecute; garlic in olive oil over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Brush olive oil blend onto pizza crust.
  3. Distribute spinach evenly onto crust.
  4. Sprinkle on apples.
  5. Blend mozzarella cheese, blue cheese and parmesan cheese. Distribute evenly over apples.
  6. Sprinkle on oregano. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cheese boils and crust is brown.

Other Info:

Servings: Yield one 12-inch pizza, 4 servings

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