Diabetic Dessert of the Week – Chocolate Mocha Pudding

February 13, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dessert of the Week | Leave a comment
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The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Chocolate Mocha Pudding
A decadent combination of cocoa and coffee, this is the perfect treat for sharing with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day!

Ingredients
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Chilling time: 1 hour

1 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
2 1/2 cups skim milk
1/2 cup double-strength coffee (coffee made with twice as much instant granules or ground beans as usual)
1/4 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
Fresh raspberries or strawberries for garnish (optional)

Directions
Yield: about 4 cups

Serving size: 1/2 cup

Place the chocolate in a 2-quart, microwave-safe glass bowl and microwave at Medium (50% power) for 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk the milk and coffee into the chocolate. In separate bowl, combine the cornstarch, sugar, and salt; whisk this mixture into the milk mixture. Microwave the entire batter at High for 4 minutes. Whisk the mixture and continue cooking at High for 4 to 6 more minutes, whisking each minute until the pudding thickens. Pour the pudding into eight dessert cups and refrigerate for at least one hour. Before serving, top with a few raspberries or strawberries for garnish.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 142 calories, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Sodium: 77 mg, Fiber: <1 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/desserts-sweets/chocolate-mocha-pudding/

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Diabetic Dessert of the Week – Chewy Chocolate Brownies

February 6, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dessert of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dessert of the Week is Chewy Chocolate Brownies. Diabetic Friendly Chewy Chocolate Brownies! Made using All Purpose Flour, Cocoa, Salt, Egg Whites, Whole Egg, Sugar, Unsweetened Applesauce, Oil, Vanilla, and Chopped Walnuts. Plus these are only 11 calories and 16 net carbs per serving. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Chewy Chocolate Brownies
Ingredients
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Baking time: 25 minutes

Vegetable cooking spray
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
1 whole egg
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts or pecans

Directions
Yield: 12 brownies
Serving size: 1 brownie

* Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with vegetable cooking spray. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, and salt. Mix well. In a separate large bowl, whisk together egg whites, egg, sugar, applesauce, oil, and vanilla. Stir in the flour mixture until just blended; do not overmix. Pour batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle walnuts on top. Bake for 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the brownies on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes. Cut into 12 rectangles.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 111 calories, Carbohydrates: 17 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: <1 g, Sodium: 65 mg, Fiber: 1 g
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TRIPLE BERRY BAKED BRIE

February 6, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | 1 Comment
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I have a recipe for a Triple Berry Baked Brie to pass along. Made using Frozen Puff Pastry, Smucker’s Orchard’s Finest Northwest Triple Berry Preserves, Round Baby Wheel Brie Cheese, Pecans, Egg, and Water. Served with assorted Crackers, Pear slices and/or Apple slices. The recipe comes from the Diabetic Gourmet website where you’ll find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes so be sure to check it out soon. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

TRIPLE BERRY BAKED BRIE

Ingredients

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1/3 cup Smucker’s Orchard’s Finest Northwest Triple Berry Preserves
8 ounces round baby wheel brie cheese
1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts or pecans
1 large egg
1 tablespoon water
Assorted crackers, pear slices and/or apple slices

Directions

1 – Heat oven to 400F.
2 – Unfold puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. Roll gently to seal any cracks in pastry.
3 – Spoon preserves onto center of pastry. Place cheese on top of preserves. Sprinkle evenly with nuts.
4 – Fold pastry up over the cheese to cover. Trim excess pastry and press to seal seams. Reserve pastry scraps.
5 – Whisk egg and water in small bowl.
6 – Brush seams with egg mixture.
7 – Place seam-side down on baking sheet.
8 – Cut pastry scraps into decorative shapes and arrange on top, if desired. Brush with egg mixture.
9 – Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown.
10 – Let stand 20 minutes before cutting.
11 – Serve with crackers and sliced fruit.

Recipe Yield: Yield: 12 servings

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 250
Fat: 15 grams
Saturated Fat: 4.5 grams
Fiber: 2 grams
Sodium: 180 milligrams
Cholesterol: 25 milligrams
Protein: 6 grams
Carbohydrates: 23 grams
Sugars: 10 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/triple-berry-baked-brie

One of America’s Favorites – Peanut Butter

February 3, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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“Smooth” peanut butter in a jar

Peanut butter is a food paste or spread made from ground, dry-roasted peanuts. It often contains additional ingredients that modify the taste or texture, such as salt, sweeteners, or emulsifiers. Peanut butter is popular in many countries. The United States is a leading exporter of peanut butter and itself consumes $800 million of peanut butter annually.

Peanut butter is served as a spread on bread, toast, or crackers, and used to make sandwiches (notably the peanut butter and jelly sandwich). It is also used in a number of breakfast dishes and desserts, such as peanut-flavored granola, smoothies, crepes, cookies, brownies, or croissants. It is similar to other nut butters such as cashew butter and almond butter.

The two main types of peanut butter are crunchy (or chunky) and smooth (or creamy). In crunchy peanut butter, some coarsely-ground peanut fragments are included to give extra texture. The peanuts in smooth peanut butter are ground uniformly, creating a creamy texture.

In the US, food regulations require that any product labelled “peanut butter” must contain at least 90% peanuts; the remaining <10% usually consists of “…salt, a sweetener, and an emulsifier or hardened vegetable oil which prevents the peanut oil from separating”. In the US, no product labelled as “peanut butter” can contain “artificial sweeteners, chemical preservatives, natural or artificial coloring additives.” Some brands of peanut butter are sold without emulsifiers that bind the peanut oils with the peanut paste, and so require stirring after separation. Most major brands of peanut butter add white sugar, but there are others that use dried cane syrup, agave syrup, or coconut palm sugar.

Organic and artisanal peanut butters are available, but their markets are small.

A tractor being used to complete the first stage of the peanut harvesting process

Production process
Planting and harvesting
Due to weather conditions, peanuts are usually planted in spring. The peanut comes from a yellow flower which bends over and infiltrates the soil after blooming and wilting, and the peanut starts to grow in the soil. Peanuts are harvested from late August to October, while the weather is clear. This weather allows for dry soil so that when picked, the soil does not stick to the stems and pods. The peanuts are then removed from vines and transported to a peanut shelling machine for mechanical drying. After cropping, the peanuts are delivered to warehouses for cleaning, where they are stored unshelled in silos.

Shelling
Shelling must be conducted carefully lest the seeds be damaged during the removal of the shell. The moisture of the unshelled peanuts is controlled to avoid excessive frangibility of the shells and kernels, which in turn, reduces the amount of dust present in the plant. After, the peanuts are sent to a series of rollers set specifically for the batch of peanuts, where they are cracked. After cracking, the peanuts go through a screening process where they are inspected for contaminants.

Roasting
The dry roasting process employs either the batch or continuous method. In the batch method, peanuts are heated in large quantities in a revolving oven at about 800 °F (427 °C). Next, the peanuts in each batch are uniformly held and roasted in the oven at 320 °F (160 °C) for about 40 to 60 minutes. This method is good to use when the peanuts differ in moisture content. In the continuous method, a hot air roaster is employed. The peanuts pass through the roaster whilst being rocked to permit even roasting. A photometer indicates the completion of dry roasting. This method is favored by large manufacturers since it can lower the rate of spoilage and requires less labor.

Cooling
After dry roasting, peanuts are removed from the oven as quickly as possible and directly placed in a blower-cooler cylinder. There are suction fans in the metal cylinder that can pull a large volume of air through, so the peanuts can be cooled more efficiently. The peanuts will not be dried out because cooling can help retain some oil and moisture. The cooling process is completed when the temperature in the cylinder reaches 86 °F (30 °C).

Blanching
After the kernels have been cooled down, the peanuts will undergo either heat blanching or water blanching to remove the remaining seed coats. Compared to heat blanching, water blanching is a new process. Water blanching first appeared in 1949.

Heat blanching
Peanuts are heated by hot air at 280 °F (138 °C) for not more than 20 minutes in order to soften and split the skins. After that, the peanuts are exposed to continuous steam in a blanching machine. The skins are then removed using either bristles or soft rubber belts. After that, these skins are separated and blown into waste bags. Meanwhile, the hearts of peanuts are segregated through inspection.

Water blanching
After the kernels are arranged in troughs, the skin of the kernel is cracked on opposite sides by rolling it through sharp stationary blades. While the skins are removed, the kernels are brought through a one-minute hot water bath and placed on a swinging pad with canvas on top. The swinging action of the pad rubs off the skins. Afterward, the blanched kernels are dried for at least six hours by hot air at 120 °F (49 °C).

After blanching, the peanuts are screened and inspected to eliminate the burnt and rotten peanuts. A blower is also used to remove light peanuts and discolored peanuts are removed using a color sorting machine.

Grinding
After blanching the peanuts are sent to grinding to be manufactured into peanut butter. The peanuts are then sent through two sizes of grinders. The first grinder produces a medium grind, and the second produces a fine grind. At this point, salt, sugar and a vegetable oil stabilizer are added to the fine grind to produce the peanut butter. This adds flavor and allows the peanut butter to stay as a homogenous mixture. Chopped peanuts may also be added at this stage to produce “chunky” peanut butter.

Packaging

A jar of commercial “creamy” peanut butter

Before packaging, the peanut butter must first be cooled in order to be sealed in jars. The mixture is pumped into a heat exchanger in order to cool it to about 120 °F (49 °C). Once cool, the peanut butter is pumped into jars and vacuum sealed. This vacuum sealing rids the container of oxygen so that oxidation cannot occur, preserving the food. The jars are then labelled and set aside until crystallization occurs. The peanut butter is then packaged into cartons distributed to retailers, where they are stored at room temperature and sold to consumers.

A 2012 article stated that “China and India are the first and second largest producers, respectively”, of peanuts. The United States of America “…is the third largest producer of peanuts (Georgia and Texas are the two major peanut-producing states)” and “more than half of the American peanut crop goes into making peanut butter.”

Nutritional profile
In a 100 gram amount, smooth peanut butter supplies 588 Calories and is composed of 50% fat, 25% protein, 20% carbohydrates (including 6% dietary fiber), and 2% water (table).

Peanut butter is a rich source (20% or more of the Daily Value, DV) of dietary fiber, vitamin E, pantothenic acid, niacin, and vitamin B6 (table, USDA National Nutrient Database). Also high in content are the dietary minerals manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and copper (table). Peanut butter is a moderate source (10–19% DV) of thiamin, iron, and potassium (table).

Both crunchy/chunky and smooth peanut butter are sources of saturated (primarily palmitic acid, 21% of total fat) and monounsaturated fats, mainly oleic acid as 47% of total fat, and polyunsaturated fat (28% of total fat), primarily as linoleic acid).

Peanut allergy
For people with a peanut allergy, peanut butter can cause a variety of possible allergic reactions, including life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potential effect has led to banning peanut butter, among other common foods, in some schools.

Symptoms
* Shortness of breath
* Wheezing
* Tightening of the throat
* Itching
* Skin reactions such as hives and swelling
* Digestive problems

Peanut butter cookies, a popular type of cookie made from peanut butter and other ingredients

As an ingredient
Peanut butter is included as an ingredient in many recipes: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, peanut butter cookies, and candies where peanut is the main flavor, such as Reese’s Pieces, or various peanut butter and chocolate treats, such as Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and the Crispy Crunch candy bar.

Peanut butter’s flavor combines well with other flavors, such as oatmeal, cheese, cured meats, savory sauces, and various types of breads and crackers. The creamy or crunchy, fatty, salty taste pairs very well with complementary soft and sweet ingredients like fruit preserves, bananas, apples, and honey. The taste can also be enhanced by similarly salty things like bacon (see peanut butter, banana and bacon sandwich), especially if the peanut butter has added sweetness.

One snack for children is called “Ants on a Log”, with a celery stick acting as the “log”. The groove in the celery stick is filled with peanut butter and raisins arranged in a row along the top are “ants”.

Plumpy’nut is a peanut butter-based food used to fight malnutrition in famine-stricken countries. A single pack contains 500 calories, can be stored unrefrigerated for 2 years, and requires no cooking or preparation.

As animal food
Peanut butter inside a hollow chew toy is a method to occupy a dog with a favored treat. A common outdoor bird feeder is a coating of peanut butter on a pine cone with an overlying layer of birdseed.

Diabetic Dessert of the Week – Coconut Almond Biscotti

January 30, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dessert of the Week | 1 Comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dessert of the Week is a Coconut Almond Biscotti. Two of the key ingredients you’ll be using are Shredded Coconut and Sliced Almonds. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Coconut Almond Biscotti
What better a way to cap off a meal than with a crunchy biscotti? This recipe features the award-winning combination of shredded coconut and sliced almonds for a sweet treat that’s sure to leave a smile on your face…

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
3/4 cup sliced almonds
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 extra-large egg at room temperature
1 extra-large egg white at room temperature
4 ounces (8 tablespoons, 1 stick) light butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions
1 – Center a rack in oven and preheat to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick liner.

2 – Combine flour, coconut, almonds, sugar, baking powder, and salt in large bowl. Mix with electric mixer at low speed until combined.

3 – Lightly beat egg, egg white, butter, and vanilla in medium bowl. Add to dry ingredients; mix at low speed until blended.

4 – Divide dough into two equal pieces. Shape each piece of dough into 8 x 2 3/4-inch loaf with lightly floured hands. Place loaves 3 inches apart on prepared baking sheet.

5 – Bake loaves 26 to 28 minutes or until golden and set. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes. Using serrated knife, slice each loaf diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Place slices, cut sides down, on baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes or until firm and golden. Cool completely on wire rack.
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/desserts-sweets/coconut-almond-biscotti/

 

 


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PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA BITES

January 30, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I’ve got a second Diabetic Dessert to share, PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA BITES. This one is made using Cornflakes, Quick Oats, Seedless Raisins, Chunky Peanut Butter, Egg Substitute, Equal Spoonful, Honey, Vanilla, Cinnamon, and Equal Sweetener. Cornflakes, Peanut Butter, and Honey together in one Bite, I’ll take it! The Recipe comes from the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website which has a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes and Tips. Enjoy and eat Healthy in 2020! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA BITES

Ingredients

2 cups cornflakes
1 cup quick oats, uncooked
2/3 cup seedless raisins
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup egg substitute OR 4 egg whites
1 cup Equal Spoonful or Granulated*
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* May substitute 24 packets Equal sweetener

Directions

1 – Combine cornflakes, oats and raisins in large bowl.
2 – Combine peanut butter and egg substitute in medium bowl. Stir in Equal, honey, vanilla and cinnamon until well blended. Spoon over cereal mixture. Toss gently to combine. Let stand 5 minutes.
3 – Preheat oven to 350F. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls. Place on lightly sprayed baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden and dough is set. Remove from baking sheet and cool completely on wire rack.
4 – Store in airtight containers at room temperature.
NOTES:
This hearty cookie is filled with lots of fiber and good flavor. Chunky peanut butter, oats, raisins and cornflakes provide fiber; a touch of honey, Equal and ground cinnamon add great flavor.

Recipe Yield: Yield: 2-1/2 dozen (1 per serving)

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 56
Fat: 2 grams
Sodium: 42 milligrams
Protein: 2 grams
Carbohydrates: 8 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/peanut-butter-granola-bites

Jan. 23, 2019 – National Pie Day

January 23, 2020 at 11:14 AM | Posted in National Food Day | Leave a comment
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On Jan. 23, 2019, the American Pie Council® (APC) invites everyone from sea to shining sea to celebrate National Pie Day with a small slice of heaven, the perfect end to any meal or a delicious, “just because” indulgence.

Whether it is apple, pumpkin, pecan, blueberry, cherry, peach, Key lime, lemon meringue, coconut cream, sweet potato, mince or countless more, the sweet, savory tastes are as American as… well, you know.

Diabetic Dessert of the Week – Country Strawberry Apple Cobbler

January 23, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dessert of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dessert of the Week is a Country Strawberry Apple Cobbler. It’s Cobbler Time, a Country Strawberry Apple Cobbler! Made using Apples, Strawberries, Reduced Calorie Margarine, Brown Sugar, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Flour, and Rolled Oats. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you’ll find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes Management Tips, Diabetes News, and more. You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. I’ve left a link to subscribe to it at the end of the post. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Country Strawberry Apple Cobbler
Combining late-summer strawberries with early-fall apples, this delightful cobbler is perfect to bridge the seasons!

Ingredients
Preparation time:
18 minutes
Baking time:
45 minutes

3 small apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
3 cups sliced strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup reduced-calorie margarine spread (40% fat)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
Yield: 8 squares

Directions
* Preheat oven to 350°F. In a 9″ x 9″ square baking dish, place sliced apples and sliced strawberries. Toss them gently together. In a small mixing bowl, cream margarine spread and brown sugar. Stir in vanilla. Mix in cinnamon, flour, and rolled oats until it makes a crumbly mixture. Sprinkle crumbs evenly over fruit. Place in oven and bake for about 45 minutes until top is golden brown and fruit is tender. Slice into 8 squares and serve warm.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 157 calories, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Sodium: 71 mg, Fiber: 3 g
Serving size: 1 square (about 1/2 cup)
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/desserts-sweets/country-strawberry-apple-cobbler/

 


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Healthy Ice Cream Pie Recipes

January 23, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Ice Cream Pie Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Ice Cream Pie Recipes with recipes like Devil’s Food Ice Cream Pie, Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie, and Blackberry-Lemon Ice Cream Pie. You can find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and eat Healthy in 2020! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Ice Cream Pie Recipes
Find healthy, delicious ice cream pie recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Devil’s Food Ice Cream Pie
Fat-free chocolate cookie cakes get a peanut butter drizzle and a layer of bananas and ice cream in this low-fat frozen dessert………………….

Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie
While pumpkin pie deserves respect as a Thanksgiving icon, it’s fun to shake up tradition. Surprise your family and friends with a frozen pie this year–it just might become one of their holiday favorites. No need to let them know how easy it is………………….

Blackberry-Lemon Ice Cream Pie
In this healthy ice cream pie recipe, crumbled gingersnaps make an easy and tasty crust for the blackberry and lemon filling made with nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt………………………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Ice Cream Pie Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19651/desserts/frozen/ice-cream/

One of America’s Favorites – Apple Dumpling

January 20, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | 1 Comment
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An apple dumpling is a baked pastry-wrapped apple. To prepare apple dumplings, apples are peeled, cored and sometimes quartered and placed on a portion of dough. The hole from the core may be filled with cinnamon, butter and sugar and sometimes dried fruit such as raisins, sultanas, or currants. The dough is folded over the apples and sealed. Sometimes a spiced sauce is poured over the dumplings which are then baked until tender; the sugar and butter create a sweet sauce. Apple dumplings can be served hot, cold, or room temperature for breakfast, dessert, or as a main dish.

An apple dumpling served with vanilla ice cream

Boiled apple dumplings are among the earliest of fruit puddings. They were eaten “at all social levels”. In 1726 Nicholas Amhurst complained about apple dumplings at Oxford, saying “nothing can be expected from only rot-gut small beer, and heavy apple-dumplings, but stupidity, sleepiness, and indolence. “Two recipes for apple dumplings were published in Hannah Glasse’s 1747 cookbook. In 1749–1750, when botanist Pehr Kalm traveled from New Jersey to Quebec, he reported having apple dumplings at every meal. In 1754 English agriculturalist William Ellis called them one of the most common foods among farmers, along with bacon and pickled pork.

Apple dumplings are typically made by wrapping a pastry crust around a peeled, cored, and sometimes quartered apple, sometimes stuffing the hollow from the core with butter, sugar, sometimes dried fruits such as raisins, sultanas, or currants, and spices, sealing the pastry, and pouring a spiced sauce over the top before baking or, in the case of older recipes, boiling. The earliest recipes refer to boiling, as few homes had ovens, while many later recipes call for baking. Sauces typically call for sugar or brown sugar and butter boiled with water, sometimes with sliced lemons or spices such as cinnamon added for flavor.

Apple dumplings are served for breakfast or other meals, as sides, or as dessert. They are served hot, warm or at room temperature, sometimes with milk, cream, whipped cream, custard, or ice cream. Each dumpling is an individual serving.

Apple dumplings are a common food in the northeastern United States, especially around Pennsylvania, where they are considered a “cultural staple”. Food historians trace this type of apple dumpling back to Glasse’s book. A common recipe among the Pennsylvania Dutch, it is often eaten as a breakfast item or dessert. It is sometimes served with cream, whipped cream, or ice cream.

In the US, September 17 is National Apple Dumpling Day. Annual apple dumpling festivals are held in the towns of Atwood, Illinois, Stuart, Virginia, and Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania.

 

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