However, for our purposes today, I am going to share two more great recipes involving apples: an apple chili/baked bean dish, and, of course, another dessert.
This recipe is originally from Laurie Colwin's book called Home Cooking. I have messed with it a bit.
Baked Chili Beans with Apples serves 6
You can use any type of dried beans for the combination. I like the following:
1 cup dry black beans
1 cup dry small red beans, like cranberry beans
1/2 cup dry black eyed peas
1/2 cup dry small french beans
1 bay leaf
1 28 oz. can of chopped tomatoes in juice (Muir Glen is best)
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 med. onion chopped
chili powder to your liking (I use 2 tsps of the not-too-hot variety)
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
3 cups of water
1 1/2 tbsp molasses
2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped into smallish pieces
Combine everything except apples and molasses in a pot. Bring to a simmer and let cook for two hours. Test beans and if pretty much done, add the apples and molasses. Now, you can either turn off the heat and let it meld for a while until room temp. or you can cook it for another 15 to 20 minutes. Do the later if you are going to eat this right away. Do the former if you are going to eat it later in the day or the next day. Season with salt and pepper to your liking.
Apple Tart serves 6 to 8
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup ground almonds
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cold water
5 large tart apples
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp. flour
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 400. To make the pastry, place all ingredients except water in a food processor and process until you get a fine meal. Add the water, a few drops at a time, until the dough forms a ball.
For the filling, peel, core and thinly slice apples in a bowl. Sprinkle with cinnamon, sugar, flour and juice. Gently mix until thoroughly coated. Remove 1/2 cup of the pastry and set aside. Press remaining dough into the bottom of an 8" tart pan. Add filling and sprinkle remaining dough over the top of the tart. Bake for 30 - 40 minutes or until pastry is golden.
This freezes well if you want to start baking for the holidays now.