Apple Crisp

So simple, so delicious: Simply toss apple slices with cornstarch and sugar, then sprinkle with the topping from this week’s box.

Ingredients:
4 cups peeled and sliced apples
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1-2 tablespoons of butter
Farm & Larder fruit crisp topping

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 375°.

2. Toss the fruit with sugar and cornstarch. Place in an oven safe dish and add butter dabs to the top. Sprinkle the fruit crisp topping evenly over the apple slices, covering completely.

3. Bake until the topping is lightly browned and the fruit is bubbly, about 35-40 minutes.

Polenta Cake with Italian Prunes

This luscious cake is kissed with juicy Italian plums and citrus peel.

Ingredients:
4 Italian prunes, pitted and cut into wedges
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup polenta or yellow cornmeal
1½ teaspoons baking powder
⅛ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
4 egg yolks, plus 2 full eggs
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon or orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla
Crème fraîche for serving (optional)

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease and flour bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan; line bottom with a 9-inch circle of parchment paper. Arrange prunes on parchment in pan. Sprinkle brown sugar over the plums. Set aside.

2. In a small bowl combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar and beat until light. Add egg yolks and eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Add lemon peel and vanilla; beat until combined. Beat in the flour mixture. Spoon batter over plums in pan and spread evenly.

4. Bake about 50 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Remove sides of pan; cool cake completely. Invert cake onto serving platter; remove bottom of pan and parchment. If desired, serve with crème fraîche.

Dulce de Leche Bread Pudding

Made with challah bread and farm-fresh eggs, this easy-to-assemble dessert always wows.

Ingredients:
1 loaf stale challah bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For the Dulce de Leche sauce:
1 cup Dulce de Leche, store-bought or homemade
¼ cup milk

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Place the bread pieces in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the heavy cream, milk, both sugars, eggs and the vanilla until well combined. Pour the mixture over the bread and let it sit for about 10 minutes, or until the bread soaks up all the mixture.

2. Coat the bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan with the melted butter making sure to cover the sides of the pan as well. Spoon the bread mixture into the pan and spread into a single layer. Place it in the oven and bake for about 35-40 minutes, or until the bread pudding has set and the edges are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack.

3. To make the dulce de leche sauce: Place dulce de leche in a small bowl and warm in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Add milk and mix well, until smooth. Stir in more milk if necessary to thin it out until you achieve the desired consistency.

4. Drizzle half of the dulce the leche over the bread pudding. Cut the bread pudding into squares to serve. Drizzle a bit more dulce de leche if you’d like and top with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Summer Brunch Recipes

Locally-grown blueberries, heirloom tomatoes and summer squash: This week’s brunch-themed box is packed with some of the season’s all-time best produce, served up alongside such morning time favorites as Skagit River Ranch’s breakfast sausages, freshly-baked cinnamon-raisin bread, locally-roasted coffee and eggs from our heritage breed hens. Also accented by salad-ready escarole greens, soft amaretti cookies, living Genovese basil, sugar snap peas, orange carrots, Persian cucumbers, and much more, this lineup will have your day off to a great start. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Baked Cinnamon-Raisin French Toast
This homey recipe from The Pioneer Woman can easily be done a day ahead and chilled until ready to bake.

Sausage, Sweet Onion & Leek Scramble
This hearty scramble will fill you up to start your day.

Baked Eggs with Heirloom Tomatoes
Juicy tomatoes, fresh herbs and a touch of cream lend rich appeal to this dish.

Escarole Salad with Grana-Dijon Dressing
A wonderful side salad!

Blueberry-Nectarine Buckle
This easy dessert is sure to please the whole family!

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