Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Apple Recipes for Microwave Apple Crunch and Dessert or Snack Apple Squares

Another of my old 2009 Internet articles I am putting into the archives.  Thought I would share it with you before it goes into oblivion.  This article was first published in August 2009 and was republished last July.

As we come into apple season, here are a couple of apple recipes that are so easy even beginning cooks can make them easily. Just image the delicious taste of Microwave Apple Crunch with it's butter, oats, Granny Smith apples, etc! The Dessert or Snack Apple Squares are perfect for after school snacks with milk as well as for dessert, pitch-ins, picnics, etc.

MICROWAVE APPLE CRUNCH

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup Graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
3 tbsps packed brown sugar
2 tbsps all-purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 lbs Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1/4 cup sugar

Melt butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Stir in the Graham cracker crumbs, oats, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir until well blended; set aside. Put apples and sugar in an 8-inch square microwave-safe dish and toss to mix. Sprinkle the topping mixture from the bowl evenly over the apples. Microwave uncovered on high for 8 to 10 minutes until the apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Use a rotating microwave pad or turn the mixture halfway through the cooking time for even cooking. Remove from the microwave and set on a flat surface for 30 minutes until just warm and topping is firm.

DESSERT OR SNACK APPLE SQUARES

FILLING:

1 cup sugar
4 tbsp cornstarch
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 tsp grated lemon rind
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 cups sliced apples, coarsely chopped

Combine all the above ingredients, except apples, in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture is thick. Remove from heat and add apples. Let apple mixture stand while making crumbs.

CRUMB MIXTURE:

2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine
3/4 cups quick oats, uncooked

Mix all the ingredients together, mixing thoroughly. Reserve 1 cup of the mixture. Spread the remaining mixture in the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Spread the filling over the crumbs. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon over the filling mixture. Sprinkle the reserved cup of crumbs over the top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes.

Enjoy!

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