Autumn Apple Brownies

I hope your family is enjoying the spectacular skies and colorful leaves of this autumn season. I recall seeing the first bright red leaves appear in late August, and now, those same trees have many empty branches.

While pumpkins are everywhere, I’m still holding on to apple season! This is a very simple, quick brownie recipe that can be prepared in 15 minutes, with a bake time around 30 minutes. The bonus is that there is no need to use beaters! I’m all about quick clean up!

Ingredients:

    1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

    ½ cup melted butter

    1 egg

    2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    1 cup flour

    1 ¾ teaspoons baking powder

    ½ cup toffee chips (I use Heath)

    1 ½ cups peeled and diced apples of your choice     

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350º.  Stir together brown sugar, butter, egg and vanilla.  Add flour and baking powder, mixing ingredients well. Stir in apples and toffee chips.  Spread batter into a greased and floured 8×8 inch pan.

Bake at 350º for 30-35 minutes or until a knife or toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Completely cool before cutting.

Tips: *Substitute chopped nuts for the Heath toffee bits, if desired. *Double recipe for a 13×9 pan.

Frosted Apple Squares

Our family had a great time going for our annual apple picking adventure last weekend! Now, I have a counter full of apples to peel and make into yummy treats!  (And, we still have plenty for the school lunches as well!)

This recipe is very similar to an apple pie recipe, but made into soft bars. They are not firm like a cookie-bar, and best eaten with a fork. While I prefer less icing (a light drizzle), my kids prefer to frost them like cake!

Any square or rectangular pan of your choice (I wouldn’t recommend using a pan larger than a 15×10 or the dough will be too thin.) The measured amount of the ingredients works best in a 10×10. All ingredient amounts can be easily altered to accommodate your desired size pan.

Photo: start cooking.com
Photo: start cooking.com

14 oz. (9” pie size) box of two rolls of refrigerated, ready-made pie crust dough

7 medium-sized apples, peeled and sliced

¾ cup sugar (I’ve used a full cup when making a larger sized pan)

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 cups confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar)

3-4 Tablespoons milk

Flour for rolling dough

1 egg

Foil

Mix sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Beat egg in a small bowl. This will be used to brush along the top of your dough.

Sprinkle flour onto counter. Roll one dough roll out into the shape of a rectangle/square. Be careful not to make the dough too thin. Spread rolled dough into the bottom of the pan and slightly up the sides. Using a fork, poke a few holes into the bottom of the dough.  Lay sliced apples in the pan. Sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mixture evenly over the top.  Roll second dough out and carefully place it on top of the apple mixture. Pinch edges with fingers and trim if necessary. Poke a few holes on the top with a sharp knife.

Brush egg lightly over the top of the dough.  Cover edges with foil (just as you would with a pie) so they don’t burn. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil. Bake another 10 minutes, or until light brown. For the 15” pan, you may need to bake a total of 40 minutes, for a 10×10 or even an 8×8, start checking it at 15-20 minutes. Cool completely.

Mix powdered sugar with milk until you have a very thick white frosting. Add more or less milk and sugar until your desired consistency is met. Drizzle or frost when pan is completely cool (I put pan in the refrigerator or freezer for easier cutting). Cut into squares and store in refrigerator.

Apple Maple Turkey Burgers with Maple Dijon Sauce

Sandra Lee BurgerMy husband came home from work the other day with all the ingredients for these burgers!  We have made these so often that we know the recipe by heart.

While we are moving away from summer, burgers still work for a busy weeknight, and yet the “apple” gently moves us into fall!

This easy, delicious recipe, Apple Maple Turkey Burgers with Dijon Sauce is courtesy of Sandra Lee, Food Network.com.

Ingredients:

For Maple-Dijon Sauce: (we always double the sauce)

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons real maple syrup

For Burgers:

1 1/4 pounds ground turkey breast

1/4 cup real bacon bits (we use real bacon, torn into small pieces)

1/2 cup chunky applesauce

1 teaspoon poultry seasoning (if I don’t have it, I don’t use it and they are still yummy)

2 tablespoons real maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:

Set up grill for direct cooking over medium heat. Oil grate when ready to start cooking.

For Maple-Dijon Sauce: In a small bowl, stir to combine mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and 2 tablespoons maple syrup; set aside.

For Turkey Burgers: In a medium bowl, mix together all ingredients for burgers. Wet hands to prevent sticking and shape into 4 patties.

Place burgers on hot oiled grill for 5 to 6 minutes per side or until done.

Serve on buns with traditional burger condiments and a dollop of maple-Dijon sauce.

Personal Notes:  While I prefer grilling these, I have often broiled the burgers in the oven when I can’t use the outside grill, and they still cook up nicely.  I have used smooth applesauce, which doesn’t change the texture of the burgers very much. Finally, cooking bacon is so time consuming when I’m trying to make a fast dinner, I open a package of precooked bacon, tear into pieces and add to the turkey mixture.SONY DSC