Fall is officially here and there is a definite chill in the air. That always makes me think of apples. This recipe from Katie Stryzewski,, of Midlothian, IL, fits the bill and is a breeze to fix.
Country Apple Coffee Cake
2 medium tart apples, peeled and chopped, divided
1 tube (12 oz.) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1/3 cup corn syrup
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp. butter or margarine, softened
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup confectioners sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1-2 tsp. milk
Place 1-1/2 cups apples in a greased round baking pan. Separate biscuits into 10 pieces; cut each into quarters. Place over apples with point side up. Top with remaining apples. In a mixing bowl, combine egg, corn syrup, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. Stir in pecans. Spoon over apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes, or until biscuits are browned. For glaze, combine confectioners sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle over warm coffee cake. Serve immediately.
Yield: 8-10 servings.
Having friends over for dinner? The following fresh-tasting salad from Diane Molberg, of Calgary, Alberta, would be great.
Apple Carrot Salad
4 large carrots, shredded
1 medium tart apple, chopped
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup plain non-fat yogurt
1/4 cup fat-free mayonnaise
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. pepper
Artificial sweetener equal to 2 tsp. sugar
1/3 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
In a bowl, combine carrots, apple and raisins. In a small bowl, combine yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, pepper and sweetener. Pour over carrot mix and toss to coat. Stir in cheese.
Yield: 8 servings of 66 calories each.
Diabetic exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit.
This last thought is from Rachel Hartnett.
Don’t wait ’til you’re needing a blessing
That will lighten your burden of care;
Turn to your heavenly Father
And put all of your heart in a prayer.
Turn to Him in your gladness
When everything seems all right;
Praise Him for all of His goodness
That made your world happy and bright.
He deserves so much more than our sorrows,
Which often we lay on His breast –
He’s deserving our sincerest praises
And all in our lives that is best.
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Until next time,