Apples, Apples & More Apples

Apples, apples and more apple desserts. This weekend was “apple” weekend and I am sure I will have several more over the next few weeks making “apple” desserts (and healthy stuff too!) and “collecting” all of the different varieties we have here in the Shenandoah Valley. “Apple Valley” as we are also known and of course, for our infamous “Apple Blossom Festival” in the spring, has lots of places to go and enjoy some of these “tasty treats” in various forms and especially pies. Some of the local orchards also have fresh pies, dumplings, apple sauce and everything else “apple imaginable” for sale. One of my favorite quick recipes we had this weekend follows:

Tropical Belgian Waffles with Apple Compote:

You can use your own homemade Belgian Waffle recipe or if in a hurry, you can use Krusteaz Belgian Waffle Mix. Simply make your waffles adding: 1/2 cup shredded coconut; 3/4 cup (2 mashed) ripe bananas

Set aside and if you like, you can toast a bit in the oven before serving if you like a more “crunchy” waffle.

Cut up 6 apples into chunks into bowl, season with a sprinkling of apple pie spice and nutmeg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add to skillet with 1 tablespoon butter. Cook into “al dente” and then add 1/2 to 1 cup+ (desired sweetness) of brown sugar. [You can also add raisins or pecans.] Stir into apples and let simmer on low for a few minutes. Set aside. Prepare plates with waffles, scoop on generous portions of the apples, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with whipped or sour cream. You can use the pan syrup from your cooked apples or use a maple syrup.

These are delish and I make them often for brunch or when we have house guests and they are always a hit.

For good recipes for apples: Southern Living


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