Food for Thought – October 7, 2014

October is here and apples are definitely in. This first recipe is from Leora Muellerliele, who has written her own cookbook.

Apple Turnovers with Custard


1/3 cup sugar

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

2 cups milk or half-and-half

3 egg yolks, lightly beaten

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract


4 medium baking apples, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 Tbsp. butter, diced

1/3 cup sugar

3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

Pastry for double-crust pie


1) Combine sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Stir in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes.

Remove from heat; stir 1 cup into yolks. Return all to pan. Bring to gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Cool slightly.

2) Cover surface of custard with waxed paper; chill.

Place apples in bowl; sprinkle with lemon juice. Add butter. Combine sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch; mix with apples and set aside.

3) Divide pastry into 8 portions, roll each into a 5-inch square. Spoon filling off-center on each. Brush edges with milk.

Fold over to form a triangle; seal. Crimp with tines of fork. Make steam vents on top. Brush with milk. Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes. Serve warm with custard.

Yield: 8 servings.

This next yummy recipe is from Janice White of Encampment, WY.

Apple Strudel Cheesecake


1 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar

1 egg yolk

1/4 cup vanilla extract

1/3 cup cold butter


4 cups sliced, peeled tart apples

2 pkgs (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup sugar, divided

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 cup walnuts

1) In a bowl, combine flour and sugar. In a small bowl, combine egg yolk and vanilla; add dry ingredients. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press into bottom of ungreased 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cool.

2) Place apples in ungreased 13” x 9”x 2” baking dish. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until tender; drain and cool. Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, eggs and vanilla; mix until light and fluffy. Pour over crust.

3) Toss baked apples with cinnamon and remaining sugar. Arrange apples over cream cheese layer; drizzle with any remaining cinnamon mixture. Sprinkle with nuts.

3) Bake at 475 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees; bake 45-50 minutes or until set. Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate 4 hours or more. Use sharp knife to cut. Store in refrigerator.

Yield: 12 servings.

This last thought from Psalm 57:2: “Have mercy on me, God, have mercy on me. In You I seek shelter. In the shadow of Your wings I seek shelter till harm passes by.”

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Until next time,