Festive Treats for National Apple Month!
While we don’t have cool enough weather in Southern California to grow apple trees, we do have an abundance of them at the grocery stores. my favorite are Gala and Honey Crisp. For those of you that love fall and want to enjoy some delicious apple recipes, check out these two easy ones. I’m jealous of those that have apple trees in their yard but happy I can still create these desserts at home. They are great for Thanksgiving and Christmas too and easy to transport for a potluck.
Viki’s Granola Baked Granola Apple
3 tablespoons cold butter, diced
3 tablespoon dark brown sugar
½ teaspoon brown sugar
Pinch of salt
4 apples, washed and dried
1 cup of Viki’s Granola Apple Cinnamon
Vanilla ice cream
Preheat oven to 375°. In a bowl combine butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Take good care to mash everything together with a fork. Use a melon baller, apple corer or paring knife to remove apple cores; don’t go all the way through. Place apples in a small baking dish and fill with butter mixture and bake for 30-40 minutes. To serve top with Viki’s Apple Cinnamon Granola and a scoop of ice cream.Viki’s Granola is made with 100% all natural ingredients, gluten-free and baked with love. It has a fresh, soft, chewy texture and no artificial aftertaste. Available in five delicious flavor and available in snack packs.
I’ve never heard of an ice cream recipe that had olive oil in it but just check it out! Once you bake it you’ll understand how awesome it is and how all the ingredients fit nicely into this sweet treat.
Gaea’s Baked Pears with Chocolate Ice Cream and Olive Oil
1 pound semi-sweet chocolate ice cream
2 3/4 tablespoon butter
4 tablespoon brown sugar
8 pears, peeled and cut in half, seeds removed
Juice and zest of 1 orange
4 Tbsp. Gaea Kalamata D.O.P Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Place shallow pan over heat and add butter and sugar. Stirring constantly over low flame, allow mixture to caramelize. Add pears and turning over frequently cook them for about 10 minutes or until they caramelize. Add orange zest and juice and remove pan from heat. Place a large scoop of chocolate ice cream in each bowl, arrange 2 pears around it together with the pan liquid. Sprinkle with black pepper and drizzle pears with 1 Tbsp. of olive oil.
Gaea Kalamata D.O.P Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil comes from the P.D.O. region of KALAMATA in the southwest Peloponnese and has flavor profile that includes an intense aroma of green banana and perennial herbs and a bright, peppery flavor of fresh green olives rich in antioxidants.