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Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

17 Sep


6 Large; tart apples, (Granny  

1 ts Lemon juice

1/4 c Bacon drippings

1/4 c Brown sugar; packed  

1/8 ts Salt

1 ts Cinnamon

1/8 ts Nutmeg


Peel and core apples. Slice them into eighths. In a large skillet, melt bacon drippings. Place apples evenly over skillet bottom. Sprinkle lemon juice over them, then brown sugar, then salt. Cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes, or until apples are tender and juicy. Uncover, and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir well. Simmer for a few minutes longer until the pan juices begin to thicken. Serve hot as a side dish. 


Caramel Candied Apples

15 Sep

Enjoy the sweeter side of life with this playful recipe for Caramel Candied Apples. Dipped in a homemade caramel sauce and rolled in chopped candy bar pieces, these fun-to-eat apples are a special treat for kids of all ages.

Estimated Times 
Preparation Time: 20 mins 
Cooking Time: 30 mins 
Cooling Time: 1 hr refrigerating 
Servings: 12


12 wooden craft sticks

 12 large tart apples, washed, dried and stems removed (very important to wash well or caramel will slide off) 

Nonstick cooking spray 

About 12 ounces assorted NESTLÉ Candy Bars, such as Butterfinger or Crunch, finely chopped

 1 pound box dark brown sugar 

1 can (14 ounces) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk 

1 cup light corn syrup 

1 cup (2 sticks) butter 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 


INSERT stick into each apple. Line trays or baking sheets with wax paper; spray paper with nonstick cooking spray. Place chopped candy bars on separate plates or mix together on one plate.

COMBINE sugar, sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup and butter in medium,heavy-duty saucepan over medium-low heat. Heat, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes or until sugar has dissolved. Attach candy thermometer to inside of saucepan. Increase heat to medium; cook, stirring frequently, for about 20 minutes or until mixture reaches 236° F on thermometer. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla extract.

DIP apples all the way into caramel mixture, shaking off excess. Roll bottom half of apples in chopped candy bars, then place on prepared trays. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until set. Store apples in refrigerator in airtight container.

TIP: To clean the apples, quickly dip them into very hot (not boiling) water mixed with about 1 tablespoon vinegar. This will remove all the wax.

Peach Beignets

22 Aug

6 large peaches, peeled, pitted and halved 
2 tbs sugar 
2 tbs kirsch or cherry brandy 
vegetable oil 
1 1/2 cups buttermilk pancake mix 
1 cup water 
powdered sugar 

Place peaches in a large bowl and sprinkle with sugar and kirsch. Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature. Meanwhile, heat oil to 375 in a dutch oven. Make sure oil is 1 1/2″ deep. Bland pancake mix and water just until smooth. Dip peaches in batter, covering completely. Fry battered peaches in oil for 2-3 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels and serve hot with a dusting of powdered sugar. Serves 6-8.

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