Recipes

Okanagan Apples Recipe
Nov20

Spice up your cooking with Okanagan Apples

 

There are so many varieties of apples grown in the Okanagan, we thought we would look at interesting ways to use them in your home-cooking. Apples are harvested in September – late October in the Okanagan, but we all know that apples are a fruit that’s available all year round! Here is the perfect menu to satisfy all your apple-loving needs.

1. Appetizer: Apple Chutney.

Melt butter, add some onions or shallots, throw in some spices and/or vinegar, and stew those apples. Simmer everything, leave in the fridge until it’s cooled down and you’ll get a nice chunky chutney! Tip: you can add sugar or chili to adjust whether the dish is sweet or spicy. We’ve found this yummy recipe for Apple Chutney Stuffed Pork Chops  to start you off – we absolutely love it!

2. Entrée: Apple & Prosciutto Pizza.

Why not add apple to your pizza for a sweet taste? Get your favourite pizza base then add green onions, sour cream, thin apple slices and sliced prosciutto! Check out this mouthwatering recipe from thekitchn.com: Spelt Crust Pizza with Fennel, Prosciutto, and Apple – it even talks you through how to make your own spelt crust, if you’ve got the time to experiment with the dough!

3. Dessert: Baked Apples with Oatmeal.

Baking apples is one of the easiest, tastiest desserts to make! Though it does take a while for the apples to bake in the oven, it involves little preparation. All you need to do is core the apple so that there is a big hole in the middle. Fill this with your favourite oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter and bake until apples are soft! The filling will bubble over the edges. Have fun and read this Baked Apples with Oatmeal Filling for some inspiration!

What do you think? Will you be making any of these fabulous recipes? Got a favourite that we haven’t listed here- let us know! We are always on the lookout for our guests’ recommendations! Check out our other recipe suggestions here

 

Written by Hannah Poaros

chocolate nanaimo bars
Sep25

British Columbia’s Nanaimo Bars

Why not celebrate this fall by cooking up some tasty treats?  The Nanaimo bar is a Canadian delicacy and everyone’s favourite!  Originating in Nanaimo, this British Columbian dessert is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.  Being pretty easy to make due to is ‘no bake’ method, we are pretty confident that anybody can whip these up!  Enjoy the soft custard filling and the biscuit base, paired with the melted chocolate topping – sound yummy?  You bet!

We’ve found this awesome, simple recipe for Classic Nanaimo Bars from Canadian Living and thought we would share:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped walnut
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • egg lightly beaten

Filling:

  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons custard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk (approx)

Topping:

  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter

METHOD

In bowl, stir together graham crumbs, coconut, walnuts, cocoa powder and sugar. Drizzle with butter and egg, stirring until combined.

Press into parchment paper–lined 9-inch (2.5 L) square cake pan. Bake in 350F (180C) oven until firm, about 10 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack.

Filling: In bowl, beat together butter, custard powder and vanilla. Beat in icing sugar alternately with milk, making 3 additions of sugar and 2 of milk and adding up to 1 tsp more milk if too thick to spread. Spread over cooled base. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Topping: In heatproof bowl over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate with butter; spread over filling. Refrigerate until chocolate is almost set, about 30 minutes. 

With tip of knife, score into bars; refrigerate until chocolate is completely set, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Wrap and refrigerate for up to 4 days or overwrap in foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks.) Cut into bars. 

 

This recipe was taken from Canadian Living, all credit goes to them.  Please see their website for more delicious recipes.