Apple Picking and Apple Snacks!

Mr. B’s workplace has an annual apple picking outing.  It’s fun and delicious, but the best part for me is the assurance that Fall has come and the potential for delicious Fall apple-y treats.  We got a ton of Macintosh apples so that I could make apple sauce in my new crockpot ($10, craigslist).

I really like this apple peeler/corer/slicer.  I know it doesn’t have many functions, but when you have to peel, core, and slice 12 apples, it’s seems to be worth the 10 or so bucks it cost at the discount store.

I threw my beautiful Macintosh apple rings into the slow cooker with 1/4c brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, a few T of lemon juice, and a piece of lemon rind.  I let ’em stew for about 8 hours, removed the lemon rind, and voila!  I cooked the apples long enough that they were soft and broke down a bit when stirred, but if you prefer your applesauce smooth, you can pulse it in the blender for a few seconds.

The apple sauce was delicious, but we also picked up some Honeycrisp apples for snacking on and I couldn’t get enough of them!  Especially when I made these Rachael Ray inspired Apple Dippers.  I don’t know if you know this, but peanut butter that has been microwaved for 30 seconds or so becomes the most luxurious, creamy, fantastic thing.  The semi-solid sticky stuff becomes thinner and more liquid and is just fantastic in this snack.

The snack is simple- Slice apples, dip them in nuked peanut butter (mixed with a drizzle of honey), and then roll them in some granola.  The result is sweet, crunchy, salty, and fairly healthy.  I ate it for four days straight.  I hope you like it as much as I did!

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