An Apple a Day

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Hope you’re enjoying this magical season.  I know I am.  It’s the busiest and craziest month, yet the merriest time of the whole year.  The to-do lists seem never-ending and there never feels like enough time in the day to accomplish it all.

 

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I love to share simple ideas that are easy to replicate, and hopefully make your life easier.  I was recently introduced to a unique type of apple, an Opal, and fell in love.  Opal Apples were first discovered in Europe in 1999 and introduced to the U.S. in 2010.  They’re a cross between a Topaz and a Golden Delicious, and grown only in Washington by Broetje Orchards.  The best part?  Opal apple is no ordinary apple!  This gorgeous, bright yellow apple has an incredibly unique feature – it is naturally non-browning!! That means you can use it for a variety of holiday purposes without the worry of it turning brown.

 

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Here are a few ways I’m using Opal apples this season:

Opal apples a drink garnish. 

I love cut fruit in drinks, whether it’s berries in a pretty beverage dispenser or a slice of lime on the side of a cocktail.  Because Opal apples don’t brown, you can slice these up and garnish away!  They’re great to add to a hot apple cider, apple spritzers, even an apple martini!

 

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For a special touch, cut your apple horizontally (meaning, lay apple on it’s side and cut vertically, but it’ll cut the apple in a horizontal way).  When you cut the apple this way, it gives each slice a star in the middle!

 

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Opal apples on cheese board and charcuterie platters.

My go-to party food is always a great cheese and cracker plate.  This season, I’m adding Opal apples to my platters since they don’t brown!  With their distinctive crispy texture, Opals offer a flavorful eating experience that starts out sweet and fragrant and finishes with a subtle hint of tart.  They make a perfect pair with nuts, cheeses, crackers and meat varieties.

 

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Even if you aren’t entertaining, make yourself a cheese and apple platter!  When I’m addressing Christmas cards or wrapping gifts, I like to have a snack to keep me going.

 

An Apple a Day | 3 Best Apple Recipes for the Holidays | apple recipe ideas | homemade apple recipes | easy apple recipes || JennyCookies.com #applerecipes #holidayrecipes

 

An Apple a Day | 3 Best Apple Recipes for the Holidays | apple recipe ideas | homemade apple recipes | easy apple recipes || JennyCookies.com #applerecipes #holidayrecipes

 

An Apple a Day | 3 Best Apple Recipes for the Holidays | apple recipe ideas | homemade apple recipes | easy apple recipes || JennyCookies.com #applerecipes #holidayrecipes

 

An Apple a Day | 3 Best Apple Recipes for the Holidays | apple recipe ideas | homemade apple recipes | easy apple recipes || JennyCookies.com #applerecipes #holidayrecipes

 

Opal apples in simple desserts.

Opals are great for baking!   They hold up well and stay firm when cooked.  If you don’t have time for baking and need a quick treat, this apple dip is delicious and quick to throw together.

 

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Easy Toffee Apple Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package Heath english toffee bits (10 ounces)
  • 3 Opal Apples, sliced 

Directions:  In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugars and vanilla. Fold in Heath english toffee bits.   Serve with Opal apples.

 

An Apple a Day | 3 Best Apple Recipes for the Holidays | apple recipe ideas | homemade apple recipes | easy apple recipes || JennyCookies.com #applerecipes #holidayrecipes

 

An Apple a Day | 3 Best Apple Recipes for the Holidays | apple recipe ideas | homemade apple recipes | easy apple recipes || JennyCookies.com #applerecipes #holidayrecipes

 

Not only am I a huge fan of how these amazing apples don’t brown, Opal apples are also known as the apple that gives back!  A portion of every Opal sale goes towards youth-based non-profits, empowering youth to put their dreams into action and then serve those most in need within their community. They are only available seasonally while supplies last!

 

An Apple a Day | 3 Best Apple Recipes for the Holidays | apple recipe ideas | homemade apple recipes | easy apple recipes || JennyCookies.com #applerecipes #holidayrecipes

 

An Apple a Day | 3 Best Apple Recipes for the Holidays | apple recipe ideas | homemade apple recipes | easy apple recipes || JennyCookies.com #applerecipes #holidayrecipes

 

To learn more about Opal Apples, like where you can find them and the causes they support, visit www.opalapples.com and visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/opalbrand.

Photos by Kelly Clare Photography

 

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