You've heard the adage "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." Fact is, there is a lot of truth in that adage. On the other side of the coin, there is very little truth to the legend of Johnny Appleseed. There never was a guy who walked around America tossing apple seeds. There was a guy named John Chapman, however, who did take some free apple seeds he received and started nurseries throughout Ohio!
So, why are apples considered one of nature's wonder foods? Because they are a vitamin neutron bomb! It is common knowledge that apples are high in fiber, which is why they are a wonderful food item if you want to lose weight. What is not too commonly known is they are also very high in phytonutrients, a big word meaning they contain a lot of antioxidents which support a healthy heart. Currently there are tests being done to ascertain the apples ability to fight certain types of cancer.
Since everyone loves apples, what do you think is the most popular type of apple of the 55-million tons of apples grown worldwide? If you said Golden Delicious, congratulations... you're wrong! The most popular variety of apple is the Red Delicious!
Of course apples are great no matter how you want to eat them. One of the ways we use freshly picked apples at Casa de Cuisine is Spiced Caramel Apple Crepes. They are easy to prepare, sure to impress and will literally make your lips smack!
The word "crepes"scares some people. It shouldn't. They are very easy to prepare. Matter-of-fact, if you can make a pancake, you can make a crepe. To help you along this way, you can find the recipe for perfect crepes and a complete slideshow on how to make them here.
The caramel we use for this dessert is tha Casa's famed Sea Salt Caramel. A satiny rich caramel which is very easy to make and you don't even need a candy thermometer. Use our recipe and follow the slideshow to make it here.
Ingredients needed to make Spiced Caramel Apple Crepes (serves 4)
- 2 Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled and chopped
- 2 Tbs. butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- crepes (see link above for recipe and how-to pictures)
- caramel sauce (see link above for recipe and how-to pictures)
- Once you've prepared the apples, set them aside. Don't worry if they begin to brown, this is natural as they are oxidizing (the air is making them turn brown). If this bothers you, toss them in some lemon juice.
- In a medium saute pan or skillet over medium heat, combine the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt and cook until the butter has melted.
- Add the apples, toss to coat and let cook 10 minutes.
- Remove the apples and sauce to a bowl and let cool to room temperature.
- Fill the crepes, drizzle with caramel sauce and serve.
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