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Putting Your Local Apples to Work: Yogurt Batter Apple Rings

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These apple rings are a quick and easy way to treat yourself over this busy study break, with many of the ingredients being organic or in season/local.

1 cup organic, all-purpose flour
– 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1 large egg
– 1 cup plain yogurt (I like Liberte)
– 6 apples, cut vertically into ~1/4inch thick slices (Granny Smiths are good for cooking, but so are many others!  Try to use what’s in store at your local farmer’s market – many varieties are in season now)
– Canola oil
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 2-3 tsp cinnamon

If you don’t mind doing some preparation ahead of time, I also recommend using some vanilla beans to make a vanilla bean sugar by scraping the bean seeds into an airtight container, and simply letting the sugar sit with the seeds buried inside, for 2-3 weeks.

Cooking Instructions
1) In a mixing bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.
2) In a separate bowl, whisk yogurt with the one egg and combine well.
3) Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and set that bowl aside.
4) Slice the apples with a round cookie cutter or simply use a knife.  Do not throw away the remains of course – you can either create different shapes (instead of rings) to make use of the apple as a whole, or simply leave remaining apple pieces for snacking later.
5) In a deep and large skillet, heat canola oil over medium heat.
6) Dip the apple rings into the batter mixture, then place into the oil in batches carefully. Cook for a few minutes, flipping to brown either side.
7) Set out a plate of mixed sugar and cinnamon (and any other spices that you like) and dip the rings into the sugar mix while hot to allow the coating to stick.

Easy stuff, local ingredients, and decently healthy.  Alternatively, cut down the sugar and use spices and honey to coat.  You could also try baking on a rack over a baking sheet if you have dinner that is expected to go in the oven, so that you use your energy efficiently, and have dessert all ready to go after your meal.


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