An apple a day….

Apples belong to the Rose family of plants like apricots, plums, cherries, peaches, pears, raspberries, and even almonds. Most of us eat apples because they are delicious but these fruit are also very good for health. Apples are fat free, saturated fat free, sodium free, cholesterol free and an excellent source of fiber. Apples contain pectin, which has been shown to aid digestion and boron, which helps harden bones. The apple is the ultimate symbol of temptation as Eve tempted Adam with an apple. Apples are an important symbol in Greek mythology and are included in the stories of Zeus and Helen of Troy.

Whether the tart green Granny Smith, Gala, Red or Golden Delicious, the varieties are as numerous as they are delicious in different ways.

This versatile fruit can be used in snacks, salads, deserts, jams, jellies, chutneys and sauces. Some of my favourite apple recipes are:

Healthy Apple Snack:

Ingredients:

8 slices bread
4 slices cheese: mozzarella or cheddar, according to your taste
2 apples, sliced
4 teaspoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Method:

Toast the bread. Place cheese and apple slices on one slice of bread. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Top with another slice of bread; grill or microwave until the cheese is melted. This takes about 5 minutes.

Apple Cake:

Ingredients:

2 cups apples, peeled and chopped
1 ½ cups flour

½ teaspoon baking powder,

1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
½ cup oil
1 egg, beaten
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt

Method:

Preheat oven to 350°F and grease an 8-inch round cake pan. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix lightly. Pour into prepared cake pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. This takes about half an hour. Remove from the oven and cool the cake for a few minutes and then remove from the cake pan.

Apple Raita:

Ingredients:

1 Apple
2 cups natural yogurt 

A little grated ginger
1 tsp Black Pepper Powder
1 tsp Sugar
Salt to taste

Method:

Peel and chop the apple. Beat the curd till it becomes smooth. Add the chopped apple, ginger, pepper, sugar and salt. Mix well and refrigerate. Serve.

Apple Brownies:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1 cup flour

1/2cup cocoa

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Method:

Cream butter and sugar, beat in egg and mix in apples and nuts. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder, soda and cinnamon together and mix gently into the mixture. Pour into a buttered, 8 x 8 inch baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

 

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25 responses »

  1. Irene says:

    Beyniaz, you have to invite me for a meal some day soon! I know there are logistical problems, even so!

  2. Indrani Talukdar says:

    I think I am defintely going to try the apple snack. Thanks Beyniaz!

  3. deepika says:

    Not only informative but also full of delicious recipes to try.
    A perfect food write up.

  4. Dear Beyni,

    Wow! Couldn’t have expected any lesser.

    Now, you seem to have set very high standards for me. My husband thinks that if I have such lovely friends who can come up with such delicious recipes I should be absorbing something at least and whip up something…:(

  5. vimala madon says:

    Really, really, Beyniaz, Tell me have you really tried all the recipes and have they all come out well and do they take not very long to make? There are always apples in my fridge but I do nothing with them other than eat them as they are or toss them into a salad.

    • Beyniaz says:

      You know me Vimala..I like to cook not slave in the kitchen. Have a nice simple apple kheer recipe too..will send it to you via email.

  6. varuniiml says:

    I don’t have a microwave, or an oven. So will do try the raita soon and let you know how it was 🙂

    • Beyniaz says:

      Thanks Varun! Try apples with fresh cheese slices too.It’s a nice snack.

      • Varun Reddy says:

        Just tried them today… The Apple Cheese snack was delicious… It’s like mystery in every bite !!!

        And the raita is still in the fridge, but i am sure it even beat the snack !!!

  7. Sonal Shree says:

    Truly applecious (nice expression) and delicious.

    I had commented yesterday but God knows where did it disappear! May be even Comment was feeling pangs of hunger after seeing this page and went to your house in search of these delicacies;)
    If you find it, kindly send it back on my address.

  8. nadi says:

    hungreee

  9. Beyniaz says:

    Shernaz: Could not find the reply button above your comment so am writing here. Thanks for the positive feedback!

  10. Beyniaz says:

    Thanks Sneha for reading and writing in.(If the Doctor is handsome, throw the apple away!)

  11. Sneha says:

    Will have to get myself a microwave soon.
    Love apples.

    By the way, I always say : An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but not if he’s handsome ! 🙂

  12. Geetashree Chatterjee says:

    Uffffffffffffff! What mouth watering recipes! I am going to try them all one by one! Thanks a lot for sharing

  13. vimala ramu says:

    As ever, an informative, yummy blog,Beyniaz. I wish someone prepares all these things and present me !!

    • Beyniaz says:

      Ah Vimala, after my own heart..u make these, I’ll eat them. 🙂

      • Shernaz says:

        If either of you makes any of these delicacies – Beyniaz or Vimala – please don’t forget to invite me! Great recipes Beyniaz, my daughters will sure want to try out some of them. Thanks and looking forward to the next mouth-watering instalment from you. Will be forwarding a link of your blog to both my girls.

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