It's Apple Season!


Hi everyone!

Well, it is Apple Season again here in Michigan. Did you know that Michigan is one of the biggest producers of apples? Yup, we are! And everywhere around us right now is different "Applefests" happening. And the local apple orchards are having all kinds of fun fall days starting up. Pick your own apples, hay rides, fresh apple cider with hot homemade doughnuts, pumpkin patches, corn mazes...you get the idea. These fun "apple days" will go through October and we will visit as many as we can. They are just a lot of fun.

So, to kick off the apple days, I thought I would revisit a post I wrote about this time last year.

These 2 apple recipes are used from the same apple mixture. And they are very quick, easy and very yummy! My pictures aren't that great. Both of these were a major hit around here so much so, not only did I make them several times for us, I made several of the apple monkey bread for different family members.

Here is another good example why I thrift. Throughout the year, I look for cheap pans/serving dishes so that when I make homemade goodies for someone, I can present it to them in the pan hot from the oven and not worry about getting the pan/platter/dish..whatever, back.

Just something to keep in mind now that colder weather is here. I don't do very much baking during the summer but, love to do it when the temperatures start cooling off.




Since apples are in major abundance right now, we seem to have a lot of them. So, I have been playing around with making some desserts.

Sometimes I am in the mood to do the full "from scratch" thing. But, sometimes, I just want to whip up something simple. So, these two recipes I put together are "cooking hacks" because I used a couple of pre-made products.

Last month, I got quite a bit of the Pillsbury refrigerator biscuits and crescents for little to nothing (big sale & lots of coupons!). So, I played around and made a couple of desserts.

The first one I used the crescents.

Here are the other ingredients:

6 Jonathon apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
1/3 cup of sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp Cinnamon
3 T softened butter
1 T flour

Mix all together.
**I wish I would have chopped the apples a lot smaller than what I did. So, I would recommend cutting the apple pieces very small.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Unroll the crescents and smash them down just a little. Put a good T of mixture on the crescent and roll up. I tried to pinch some of the edges the best I could so the filling wouldn't all seep out during baking. Bake for about 20 minutes. They didn't come out real pretty but, OMG! They tasted so rich and buttery!!

Here is a picture:



Since I only used half of the mixture, I grabbed a can of the Grand biscuits and cut them like you make monkey bread (each biscuit cut into 4 pieces)

I rolled each piece in a cinnamon/sugar mix and put them into a round cake pan (sprayed). The one can makes just the right amount to fill the entire pan (you do a little squishing along the way).

Once the pan was filled with the biscuit quarters rolled in the cinnamon sugar, I just dumped the rest of the apple mixture on top and spread it around. I put the pan in the already heated 400 degree oven. Baked for about 25 minutes.

WE can't decide which one we like better! I have a feeling I will be receiving requests for both of them from the Hubs in the future!

Here is a picture of the "Apple Monkey Bread"-


I put the bread back in the oven after the one picture above because I had followed the time from the package of biscuits. They weren't fully cooked so, back in the oven for another 10 minutes and they came out great. The bottom of the biscuits almost creates a caramelized crust. YUM!!

A little coffee and dessert and we were happy campers! LOL



The coffee mugs, plates and pumpkin votive holders, which make very nice spoon rests, were all from the dollar store. The basket tray was from a yard sale a few week ago, $2.00, the cream and sugar dishes were from The Home Goods store years ago (clearanced because of a chip, so I paid $1.29 for the set) and the napkins were recently purchased at Walmart in the clearance aisle for $1.00 (a pair).


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29 comments :

  1. Living in the South, I never knew there were so many different varieties of apples until I visited my BFF in Ohio. Amazing!

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  2. How easy and delicious are those recipes. Wow! I grew up in northern Ohio and now live in central PA -- both with fabulous apple orchards. I'll be keeping these recipes in mind.

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  3. Love apples and apple monkey bread looks right up my alley! Thanks for sharing this post again.

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  4. Both of those dishes look yummy. I don't think you can go wrong with adding apples.

    thanks for visiting the pretty cookie results. i think they are just to pretty to eat, ok, well almost. I did have one, or two.

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  5. Those look so yummy. We will be getting into apple season soon and I can't wait to try them.

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  6. I'll have to try your recipes. They look so good.

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  7. I AM IN MICHIGAN TOO AND YES, ALL KINDS OF APPLE ORCHARD THINGS TO DO AROUND HERE. YOUR RECIPES SOUND DELICIOUS! MY HUSBAND HAS BEEN AFTER ME TO MAKE AN APPLE CUSTARD PIE FOR A COUPLE WEEK. I WONDER IF THE APPLE MONKEY BREAD WOULD MAKE HIM HAPPY? I AM POSITIVE IT WOULD!

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  8. way too tempting to eat. it'a apple time in the mountains of north Ga. love those apples.

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  9. Howard loves apple anything...he'll like these recipes!

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  10. My parents have a lovely apple tree and I'm anxiously awaiting apple picking day. I get a big box of apples and can start making pies and apple crisp and trying some of these new recipes I find.

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  11. Mmmmm, looks delicious! Good idea about buying baking pans cheaply at thrift stores so you don't worry about getting them back.

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  12. Does this look delicious! Now I'm really craving something made with apples. I can see I'm going to be baking tomorrow. ;-)
    Hope you'll stop in to see me over at the QCI blog where I'm sharing a tea party for Sunday Favorites.
    ~ Sarah

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  13. Wow that apple monkey bread is making me hungry..going to have to try it..my hubbie is a big apple pie guy and I think he would like this so much!! Thanks for sharing! have a wonderful Sunday!

    Miss Bloomers

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  14. Guess I need to dust off my baking skills and get out a bag of our Michigan apples.
    These all look so yummy' A happy fall greeting to you fram another Michigan gal.

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  15. Sounds and looks good! I also, do not want to worry about getting the pan/dish back, so send the treat in something I don't have to worry about.
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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  16. I received a bag of apples a couple days ago and made an apple crisp-so good!

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  17. Yum! New apples aren't out just yet here but I'm saving this...I like the second one-its like upside down cobbler!

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  18. Oh my gosh! This loooksss sooooo delicious! Popping over from under the table and dreaming link party!

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  19. First a great deal on dough and then wonderful ways to make seasonally delicious treats. You must be doing something right in life.
    Not as many apple fests on the east side of WI but when I lived across state on the MN border we had some good times.
    Right now my yard is producing apples for the local hunters to feed deer. (Hunting is not my thing but sharing apples keeps neighbors friendly to me.)

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  20. DELICIOUS-looking!!! I also love how the pics in your photo-collage all go so well together colour-wise. I can just imagine how well those desserts go with a cup of coffee!

    DD

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  21. Yummy....no I did not know that about Michigan....cool. Love anything apple related.

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  22. It's apple season in PA too! Gotta love it-enjoy:@)

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  23. Hi Diann...

    Mmmm...both of your thrifty recipes looks scrumptious, Diann! I would have never thought to use crescent rolls that way but they look and sounds really delicious! I'll definitely have to give these a try! Thank you so much for sharing your great recipes with us this week for Sunday Favorites, my friend!!!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  24. Apples certainly do put us in a fall mood! I did an post on an apple crisp this past week. Thanks for the recipes and for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  25. I cannot wait for our apples to be ready for picking. We go up to a local farm and pick...I wrote few posts about that last year, I will definitely be reposting. Thanks for getting me excited about apples!

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  26. I can't wait to try the apple recipes. Living in Winchester, VA for 30 years - where apples reign supreme - I was surprised to hear that Michigan also has apples.

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  27. YUM! Love the mosaic with it fall colors and yummy food. My Uncle Don used to come down from Michigan every year and bring us a ton of apples. We would make applesauce, pies, tarts, cakes, bread, etc.

    Sorry I have been a little bit MIA, but I am trying to catch up today and I think I have finally succeeded!

    ~ Tracy

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