Maple-Spiced Apples

These fragrant apples are wonderful served on top of French toast, or tucked inside crêpes.

Ingredients:
4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced ¼-inch thick
2 tablespoons butter
¼ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Method:

1. Melt butter in a heavy skillet. Add apples and cook over medium heat until they begin to soften.

2. Add brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon and maple syrup. Cook until most of the liquid is evaporated. Keep warm until ready to serve.

Variation: This recipe is also lovely with fall pears instead of apples, or a mixture of the two.

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Apple-Rhubarb Crisp

A quick and easy dessert—simply toss apples and rhubarb with the following ingredients, then sprinkle with our signature crisp topping.

Ingredients:
2 cups rhubarb, washed and chopped
4 cups apples, peeled, washed and sliced
1¼ cups sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1-2 tablespoons of butter
F&L fruit crisp topping

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 375°.

2. Toss the rhubarb and apple slices with sugar and cornstarch. Place in an oven safe dish and add butter dabs to the top.

3. Sprinkle the fruit crisp topping evenly over the fruit, covering it completely. Bake until the topping is lightly browned and the fruit is bubbling.

Rhubarb-Apple Cake with Almonds

A great baking project for an afternoon at home. Top with a dollop of our sweetened crème fraîche!

Ingredients:
1½ cups diced rhubarb
1 Honeycrisp apple, cored and thinly sliced
1¼ cups sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
1⅔ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
⅓ cup sliced almonds
Pinch of salt

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Grease a 9-inch round pan.

2. Beat 1¼ cups sugar and the butter together using an electric mixer until well blended, light, and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, followed by vanilla extract, mixing well after each addition.

3. Turn mixer to low speed and slowly add in flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt, mixing just until combined. Fold in rhubarb. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan. Smooth the top and place apple slices in a circular pattern on the batter. Sprinkle the almonds and a little additional sugar on top.

4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool, and serve warm or cold.

Rhubarb Custards

These custards from Martha Stewart Living couldn’t be easier! (Or any more delicious!)

Ingredients:
12 ounces rhubarb, trimmed and sliced
¾ cup sugar
1 cup whole milk
½ cup heavy cream
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
Coarse salt
Butter, for dishes

Method:
1. Heat oven to 350°. Butter six 5 1/2-inch gratin dishes (1 inch deep), and dust with sugar; arrange on a rimmed baking sheet.

2. Toss rhubarb cup sugar, and divide among dishes. Cover each first with parchment and then with foil, and bake until rhubarb is just beginning to release liquid and soften, about 30 minutes. Leave oven on.

3. Purée milk, cream, flour, eggs and yolk, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a blender until smooth. Divide mixture evenly among dishes. Bake, uncovered, until just set, 22 to 24 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes.

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