Enjoy Fresh Fall Apples

Apple Caramel Bars

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup butter

2 large eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 Golden Delicious apples, cored and diced

1 cup caramel candies, unwrapped and cut into quarters

1/2 cup chopped nuts

Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 9-inch square baking pan. In a mixing bowl combine 1 cup flour and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan and evenly into bottom of pan. Bake 10 minutes. In a mixing bowl beat eggs, vanilla, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Stir in apples, caramels, and nuts. Pour over bottom crust. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until golden. Cool about 5 minutes and while still warm cut into bars. Cool completely before serving. Makes 16 bars.

Boudin Blanc (White Sausage with Apples)

This is a traditional dish from Normandy, France, made with Calvados, an apple-flavored liqueur. If you don’t have Calvados, substitute apple juice or apple cider with a splash of cooking sherry.

1/3 cup unsalted butter

4 Macintosh apples, cored and quartered

8 boudin blanc or other mild, white sausages, pricked

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup Calvados

Pre-heat oven to 350 F. In a large skillet, heat half the butter over moderate heat. Add the quartered apples and cook, turning, until golden and just tender. In another skillet heat the remaining butter over moderate heat. Add the sausages and cook, turning, until lightly browned. In a shallow baking dish, arrange the sausages and the apples, sprinkle with the Calvados and bake for 20 minutes or until juices run clear and sausage is cooked through. Serves 4.

Apple Cranberry Pie

1 pie crust for a 9-inch, deep dish, double crust pie

1 cup fresh cranberries

3 cup apples, peeled, cored and sliced

1 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons butter

Pre-heat oven to 400 F. Combine cranberries, apples, sugar, flour and salt. Mix well. Pour into crust. Dot all over with small bits of butter. Cover with top crust, crimp decoratively. Cut vents in top of crust for steam to escape. Bake 50 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden. Serves 6 to 8.