Apples

Honeycrisp & Clementine Sangria with HEB Primo Picks

by Shawnda on October 22, 2014

in Apples,Beverages,Citrus,Giveaways,HEB Primo Picks,Wine

Honeycrisp Apple and Clementine Sangria

“Is there something special about these apples?”

It was the first time I’d seen honeycrisp apples in… I don’t even know. I eagerly paid too much, too early, for far too many apples. (I’ve never tried to keep my hoarding tendencies a secret.) So much so, that the cashier looked at me like there must have been some kind of a mistake.

But to answer her question: Yes. There is something special about Honeycrisp apples. They are my very, very favorite apples. Sweet, beautifully crispy, and they actually taste like an apple should. Eat them straight from the shopping bag, make chicken salad, applesauce, or bake them into a slab pie. They work everywhere.

Also? Sangria.

Honeycrisp Apple and Clementine Sangria

When my HEB “Ciao Italia” Primo Picks arrived this month celebrating Italian food, I zeroed in on the Clementine Italian Soda. Central Market’s line of Italian sodas are some of my very favorite things in the world to make sangria (and margaritas) with.

The Clementine Soda isn’t very sweet and it’s less carbonated (compared to “regular” soda) so it was perfect to knock the edge off of that bottle of budget, “too-sweet red” that I had stashed in the wine shelf for emergency sangria. And if the sudden need to make sangria for football Sunday with some spendy first-reappearance Honeycrisp Apples doesn’t qualify as an emergency, then I don’t know what does.

Honeycrisp Apple and Clementine Sangria

HEB has provided a selection of this month’s Ciao Italia Primo Picks to a lucky reader. To enter the giveaway, simply answer this question in the comments below: What is your favorite Italian dish or beverage?

The lucky winner is Eva! Eva, please check your inbox for instructions on how to claim your prize!

Besides Sangria? Carbonara, either traditional or in any of it’s many, many wonderful forms.

Honeycrisp Apple and Clementine Sangria

A fall sangria with sweet honeycrisp apples and clementines.

Ingredients

  • 750ml bottle of any sweet red wine
  • 2 cans of Clementine Soda
  • 1 Honeycrisp apple, cored and very thinly sliced
  • 2 clementines
  • Additional sugar or sweetener, as desired

Instructions

  1. Add the red wine and apple slices to a pitcher.
  2. Using a citrus zester, make a couple of passes over the clementine to pull off a few strands of zest and add to the pitcher.
  3. Peel the clementines, roughly chop the segments, and add to the pitcher.
  4. Just before serving, add the clementine soda and taste to see if you require further sweetening.

Notes

Yields: 6 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 10 minutes

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Salted Caramel Apple Waffles

by Shawnda on December 27, 2013

in Apples,Breakfast

Salted Caramel Apple Waffles

‘Tis the season! Pie for breakfast. Pie for lunch. Pie after lunch. Pie before dinner. OMG how is there still so much pie left?!

More than once during the holidays, in place of pie-for-breakfast, we usually whip up our favorite version of Eggs Benedict – homemade buttermilk biscuits topped with crispy bacon, eggs, and Bearnaise sauce. Sometimes there’s something green thrown onto the plate for good measure, but the closer to the end of the year we get… nah.

It’s truly an indulgent breakfast worthy of the indulgent, ribbon-topped chaos of the holidays.

But it was by no means the most indulgent breakfast this season. That title, my friends, is reserved for these waffles.

Salted Caramel Apple Waffles

The team behind Private Selection sent me a pack of their new Finishing Butters to play around with this month. Brown Sugar Cinnamon, Roasted Garlic & Herbs, Honey… But my heart skipped a beat when I saw the Caramel Sea Salt butter. Nothing non-tequila stops me in my tracks like the promise of sweet and salty caramel baked-in, drizzled-over, or spooned straight from the jar. Nothing.

We whipped up a batch of waffles using the Caramel Sea Salt butter in the batter, topped those waffles with some diced apples, and then drizzled the whole thing in caramel sauce.

It was almost pie for breakfast. But way better.

Salted Caramel Apple Waffles

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Salted Caramel Apple Waffles

Fluffy waffles flavored with Caramel Sea Salt butter.

Ingredients

  • For the waffles:
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 3.5 oz container Caramel Sea Salt butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • For serving:
  • Honeycrisp and Granny Smith Apples, diced
  • Caramel sauce (purchased or homemade)

Instructions

  1. Heat your waffle iron.
  2. Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks and set aside.
  3. Whisk the egg yolks, buttermilk, butter, vanilla, and brown sugar in a medium bowl and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  5. Add the butter mixture and mix until smooth.
  6. Add the egg whites to the bowl and fold in until incorporated.
  7. Cook the waffle batter to desired brownness and serve hot, topped with diced apples and warmed caramel sauce.

Notes

Yields: 12 waffles

Adapted from Williams Sonoma

Estimated time: 25 minutes

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Bourbon Caramel Apple Slab Pie

Butter + Apples + Bourbon + Heavy cream = the best 10 pound apple pie you’ll ever sink you teeth into.

At dessert or breakfast.

Bourbon Caramel Apple Slab Pie

It’s a mash-up of 1) The Pastry Queen’s Southern Comfort Apple Pie, the very best apple pie I’ve ever eaten and 2) Tara’s Slab Apple Pie, the most beautiful apple pie I’ve ever seen. And I’ve made it 3 times in the last 3 weeks. 3. Times. That’s 30 lbs of apple pie!

Did you click the link to look at Tara’s version? No? I’ll wait. Because sweet flaky, buttery baby Jesus.

Bourbon Caramel Apple Slab Pie

The homemade pie crust is incredibly buttery and flaky and the apples inside are lightly coated with a cinnamony (it’s a word) bourbon caramel sauce. If you’re doing the math at home, that’s 5 sticks of butter.

And it’s so totally worth every single bite.

Bourbon Caramel Apple Slab Pie

Bourbon Caramel Apple Slab Pie

Sweet apples are served family-style in a bourbon-caramel sauce, underneath a buttery, flaky homemade pie crust.

Ingredients

  • For the crust
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 sticks (1 lb) of cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1-1 1/4 cup very cold water
  • For the filling
  • 6 lbs apples, peeled and sliced thin (I used a combo of Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, and Braeburn)
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 Tbsp water

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt,
  2. Add the cubed butter (I cut the sticks into quarters lengthwise and then make 10-12 cuts for small cubes) to the bowl, toss to coat, and then cut the butter into the flour until the butter cubes are about the size of small peas. You can use a pastry cutter or two knives. I use my fingers - it's a workout!
  3. Add 1 cup of the cold water and stir with a spoon at first, and then use your hands to fold the dough a few times to create one large ball - add the additional water if necessary to bring it all together.
  4. Divide the dough into two pieces - I weighed the ball and pulled 2/3 off for the bottom crust, leaving the remaining 1/3 for the top crust.
  5. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375.
  7. To make the filling, melt the butter over medium heat in a large pot (you'll be adding the apples to the pot - I use my big "pasta pot").
  8. Stir in the sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
  9. Let the mixture come to a slow steady boil and cook for ~10 minutes.
  10. Add the whiskey and cook for another ~10 minutes.
  11. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and heavy cream.
  12. While the mixture is cooking, line a 11x17 jelly roll pan with parchment (or just butter it).
  13. Flour your work surface and roll the bottom crust to a rectangle larger a few inches larger than then pan.
  14. Transfer it to the pan, making sure it is big enough to hang over the edges, and then put it back into the fridge.
  15. Roll out the top crust to about the same size of the pan.
  16. Put the apples in the still warm caramel sauce, stirring until all of the apples are coated.
  17. Pour the apples into the prepared pan, spreading out into an even layer.
  18. Top with the other crust, fold the excess crust over the top crust, and then crimp the edges.
  19. Take a knife and cut several small venting slits over the top of the pie and brush with the egg wash.
  20. Bake in the top of the oven (with a large pan or foil on the shelf below - you will get spatters and drips) for ~45 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.
  21. Take out, let stand for ~15 minutes, and then enjoy with an optional (just do it) scoop of Salted Caramel Gelato on top.

Notes

Yields: ~18 servings

Adapted from The Pastry Queen and Smells Like Home

Estimated time: 2 hours

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Sangria Fruit Cobbler

by Shawnda on June 25, 2013

in Apples,Cobblers and Crisps,Fruit,Wine

Sangria Fruit Cobbler

&#^@%, we left the wine opener in Florida.

I could have taken it as a sign. But I didn’t.

Because it was almost 10am. And I was alone in the house with a bag of plums and a $6 bottle of wine that I was surprised to discover wasn’t a screw top. The odds…

Sangria Fruit Cobbler

But Jason owns one of those multitool thingamajigs that has a flip-out corkscrew in it, a corkscrew which promptly broke the second that I pulled on it turning my $6 bottle of wine into an unwieldy, high class shiv.

A pair of pliers and several “mommy words” later, I poured myself a glass of wine. At 10am. I kinda earned it.

Sangria Fruit Cobbler

And when that first sip confirmed that 10am was far too early (even for me) for a glass of $6 wine, I simply dumped it straight into a casserole dish with beautiful red and black plums, cherries, apples and citrus zest and I called it cobbler.

Sangria Fruit Cobbler

Sangria cobbler.

I’ve had worse ideas. But few go as great with a scoop of ice cream as this one.

Sangria Cobbler

The best parts of sangria - sweet and ripe plums, cherries, citrus, and red wine - come together in cobbler form.

Ingredients

  • For the filling:
  • 1 lb ripe red and black plums, sliced
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted
  • 1 medium apple, diced into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 medium orange, juiced and zested (1/2 tsp of zest reserved)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1/2 cup red wine (I used Llano Sweet Red)
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • For the topping
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 Tbsp sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (which I "made" with 1/4 cup fat-free Greek yogurt and 1/4 cup 1% milk)
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 and arrange your racks so you can bake in the center of the oven.
  2. Place a 1 1/2 qt baking dish on a baking sheet.
  3. Put the fruit in a medium bowl with the orange juice and zest (reserving ~1/2 tsp of zest), lemon juice and zest, and sugar.
  4. Whisk the wine and cornstarch together and pour over the fruit, tossing to mix everything.
  5. Transfer the fruit mixture to the baking dish, scraping everything from the bowl.
  6. Whisk the flour, 2 Tbsp of sugar, baking powder, and salt in that same bowl, making a well in the dry ingredients.
  7. Add the egg, butter, and buttermilk (or my favorite, a yogurt-milk sub), and mix with a spoon until smooth.
  8. Taste for sweetness - I *really* try to skimp on the sugar where I can so if you want a sweeter biscuit topping, add another Tbsp or 2 of sugar.
  9. Spoon the topping over the top of the fruit, don't worry about covering everything.
  10. In a small bowl (or just on a dry spot on your cutting board), mash with a spoon (or just massage with your fingertips) the reserved orange zest with the remaining 1 Tbsp of sugar.
  11. Sprinkle the heavenly orange-scented sugar over top of the dough.
  12. Bake for 35-45 minutes - the top should be nicely golden and the now-thickened cobbler filling should be bubbling at the edges.

Notes

Yields: 6-8 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride, biscuit topping adapted from Big Bowl of Love

Estimated time: 1 hour

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