Thursday, April 12, 2012

Caramel-Glazed Apples

Caramel-Glazed Apples on French toast
First prepared October, 2009. Versatile side dish.
2 c (about 2 medium) peeled and sliced sweet but firm apples [e.g., Fuji, Braeburn, Honeycrisp, Cortland]
1/2 c apple cider
1 T brown sugar
pinch of salt
2 t butter, cut into pieces
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1/8 t ground nutmeg
1 t lemon juice
Combine first 4 ingredients in 10 inch skillet. Bring to a fast simmer, cover, and cook 5 minutes. Apples should be crispy-soft. Uncover, dot with butter and raise heat to a vigorous boil to reduce and caramelize the syrup, about 5 minutes. When it thickens and coats the apples, mix in the spices and lemon juice. Serve as a side dish with French toast or pork roast and chops (see markee at top of page), or as a dessert, alone or with ice cream.

Crusty Garlic Bread

Garlic Bread on a Homemade Server
Recorded April 11, 2012. A Family Favorite for decades. Great with robust pasta dishes, salads, or soups. For a similar product prepared in a skillet, see this recipe.
Italian or French bread, sliced 3/4 inch (2 cm) thick at 45 degrees
low-fat soft margarine or softened butter
granulated garlic
Parmesan cheese, grated or shredded
If the bread is a bit stale, mist slices lightly with water (see Hint) and turn over. Spread margarine or butter on each slice. Dust on garlic, and mix into margarine with a spatula or knife. Sprinkle on the cheese, and press it into the seasoned margarine. Arrange on a metal pan, and broil in a toaster oven until nicely browned, about 5 minutes. Serve in a basket, loosely covered to keep warm.

Hint: An adjustable plastic spray bottle filled with water often proves handy in the kitchen.