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Friday, October 1, 2010

Apples J'Adore :: Midnight Snacks

Tonight
Now! Crunch Crunch Crunch
Wednesday
Tuesday
Monday
Daily!
All that Wanda's Pie in the Sky talk gave me a pie craving...but where can I buy pie at 12AM?!

Daily - Honeycrisps are finally in season!! Pink ladies, Gala, Honeycrisps. Not pasta. Oops. Was eating dinner.



I love apples. Growing up across from an apple farm meant a childhood full of fruit-picking, amazing pie, and a huge stash in the cellar at all times. I'm now an apple addict! I love going to the market and picking up a few different varieties every week - Spartan, Fuji, Gala, Paula Red, Red Delicious, Cortland, gimme, gimme, gimme!  Right now I have Gala, Pink Ladies, & Honeycrisps sitting in my fruit basket ready to be munched, baked, heated in oatmeal, or turned into a Midnight Sammy. Sometimes I just slice & sprinkle with a lots of cinnamon. So. Good.

Freezing spartan slices
I actually felt excited when I spotted Honeycrisps yesterday, and snatched them up despite a hefty $1.99/lb price tag. As the picture above shows, every variety differs in colour and, of course, taste!

Honeycrisps are tart, crunchy, and last long. Paula Reds, Cortlands, and Red Delicious tend to be softer and must be eaten faster. Spartans are smaller (despite the name!) and very sweet. Gala, Fuji, and McIntosh freeze very well for future bowls of oatmeal. I tried Pink Ladies for the first time - pretty colour but a little too soft and not very sweet. I realized after I bought them that they are from Chile...not Ontario! Sitting between Cortlands and Paula Reds, I felt that this was very sneaky. Grr.
 
Monday's Pie Post left me with an intense craving for pie...

Instead of just sensibly buying a piece, I've been making making a poor substitute at home at 12AM. Nightly. I should really just stop lying to myself ("naw you won't be craving it tonight!") and get a slice during the day...or figure out how to make my own.




NotApplePie
Ontario Gala Apple
Nutmeg
Cinnamon
Strawberry Yogurt
Almond butter
Pumpkin Seed-Flax Granola from Tutti Frutti

StillNotApplePie 
Ontario McIntosh Apple
Kellogg's All-Bran*
Cinnamon
Strawberry Yogurt

*granola was much tastier


omgJustBuyApplePie
Ontario Gala Apple
Hempseed Granola form Tutti Fruitti
Cinnamon
Strawberry Yogurt
Filberts


This has been the best so far. I should just bust out the applesauce and croissant dough at this rate...or buy a friggen pie.
 ...just slices of apple
Pink Lady Apple
Nutmeg
Cinnamon
Maranatha Crunchy Peanut Butter



I do this on a pretty regular basis actually. Sometimes on crackers with some Nutella as well.
Sun-Rype Crisps
Crunchy cinnamon apple crisps! These are the best apple chips I've tried! These only have two ingredients - apples and cinnamon. Can't get any better than that.
Apples with steel-cut oatmeal for breakfast:
I love my slow cooker. I make a week's worth of breakfast in one go!

...and let's not forget apple butter at midnight!!
Also, when camping I like to pick up a couple packs of organic dried apple slices from Tutti Frutti:
Wild blueberries, banana chips, dried mango, dried mango and organic apples!


Perfect for portaging, you can have apple in your...

S'mores!


Pancakes!


Campfire Bannock Pie!

Morning Oatmeal & Baileys Coffee! Re-hydrated = win

14 comments:

Mers said...

you can buy an apple pie @ Metro at anytime of the day! they have vanilla ice cream for the perfect pairing too... although i rather pair a nice dry white wine with my pie.

Erin said...

Metro is a little far for me to go at that hour, unfortunately! I'm thinking of going today to see if they sell Chudley's frozen apple or bumbleberry blossom pies. My pie cravings subside in the morning because I'm on the go...but explode at night!

This surprises some people but I really don't enjoy vanilla ice cream. A scoop of decadent dark chocolate ice cream though....topped with a swirl of goopy natural peanut butter...that would be great!

I take back the craving subsiding in the morning comment...tonight will be either ice cream or pie night. Or ice cream AND pie night.

Mers said...

My fave pie place is "Kensington Natural Bakery" and they have delicious pumpkin and apple pies, all made with natural ingredients, and vegan! So if you like pies and desserts, you definitely have to go!

Bonus: Since it's vegan friendly, it's also "waist-line" friendly! They use quality ingredients that are not adverse to your health or weight. Which is perfect for those who love desserts.

Double Bonus: a slice of pumpkin pie is about $2.25 before tax. All the desserts in there are about that much.

One negative aspect: The joint is kind of ghetto, not aesthetically appealing.

Check it:
http://www.yelp.ca/biz/kensington-natural-bakery-toronto#hrid:tcFshsKEWQ0D1wc6X0a2xg

Erin said...

Ooh! I've never tried vegan desserts before, and I love Kensington. That's a good price compared to wanda's - I still haven't decided if I don't like pumpkin pie or if I just don't like it.

Ghetto places are the best =) Thanks for the tip! On my to-go list now

Erin said...

Actually I just realized that that's the bakery that I was staring at yesterday while waiting for a friend at Sushi Couture. I was tempted to go in for a pastry BEFORE dinner...kind of wish I knew your tip and got a slice now!

Mers said...

Vegan desserts taste just like regular desserts for the most part, minus the fat from conventional butters, creams, and refined sugar. Vegan desserts and regular desserts are more or less the same price, and I don't care if they're a tad more expensive... cos I don't want my money to be spent on something that would be adverse to my health. Vegan desserts are usually made with quality ingredients, or ingredients that are better for you. For example, spelt flour opposed to white flour; and cane sugar instead of white sugar, and sometimes NO sugar at all because the baked good relies on the natural sweetness of the ingredients. For instance, some of the cookies at Kensington Natural Bakery doesn't have any/ alot of sugar in it because it has carob/ chocolate chips.

While Kensington is my fave pie place, my fave vegan cookie place is from a health food store near my work at First Canadian Place, I forgot its actual name, I think it's called "Naturally Yours," it's right across from the Longos. They only sell 2 types of cookies (try the ginger-molasses one,) but they have a large variety of fresh Vegan scones baked fresh every morning. YUM. They say Bay Street people work hard and don't eat well, I say that's not true at all. You should try this place too, sadly it's only opened Monday-Friday during business hours.

Erin said...

As someone who eats a lot of cookies, cakes, and pie this sounds pretty good! I like spelt flour pizza crust a lot, and given my tastes I could see myself really enjoying a lot of vegan food...I'm going to Pulp Kitchen on Sunday, looking forward to the vegan sandwiches I heard about.
I'll keep Naturally Yours in mind - I hope they have chocolate chip cookies! I'm trying to find the best one downtown...if they look tasty, a vegan cookie would be a nice addition to my list =)

Thanks Mers!

Mers said...

No probs! Hope you like the 2 bakeries! I really like the Ginger-Molasses cookie from "Naturally Yours" at FCP and the Pumpkin pie from Kensington Bakery. I was actually at Kensington today and I had the vegan granola spelt cookie. I wanted the "good for you cookie" but it has whole eggs in it. (So tragic for me, but good news for non-vegans!)

Another place near Kensington Bakery is the Green Beanery, and they have 1 vegan item in their selection of baked goods: the vegan cupcake that's topped with blue icing. Although they're lacking in vegan friendly foods, they have fair-trade and organic coffee! That's good also! Bonus: they have a nice interior for you to sit to enjoy your coffee. It's NOT ghetto at all.

Check this: http://www.yelp.ca/user_details?userid=TwilnpgwW43r9-O2AS4PDQ

Erin said...

Ahhh!! I think that I need to put vegan treats on my hunt list. I happen to really like the taste of spelt - I enjoyed spelt waffles the other day as well as spelt pizza crust. Anything grainy, really.

Pie pie pie is on the eating list :D

Erin said...

Hey Mers! Since you like Kensington Natural Bakery, check out this deal: https://livingsocial.com/deals/9544?ref=conf-jp&rpi=1693684

Feel free to take off the referral link, not a big deal.
I got one...will try the pumpkin pie and cookie! I hope its as good as your report =)

Anonymous said...

This microwave apple pie is the best I found for my midnight apple pie cravings:

- Core + Slice the apple and put on the bottom of a dish
- Sprinkle cinnamon + Honey/brown sugar/. Enough to coat fully
- Cut some Granola/cereal with butter and nutmeg and honey (helps if you grind half of the granola into a powder). Spread it over the top of the apples.

Into the microwave for 5 mins or until apples start softening.

Tip: 1 scoop of Vanila with 1 Tbsp of Bourbon...excellence!

Anonymous said...

This microwave apple pie is the best I found for my midnight apple pie cravings:

- Core + Slice the apple and put on the bottom of a dish
- Sprinkle cinnamon + Honey/brown sugar/. Enough to coat fully
- Cut some Granola/cereal with butter and nutmeg and honey (helps if you grind half of the granola into a powder). Spread it over the top of the apples.

Into the microwave for 5 mins or until apples start softening.

Tip: 1 scoop of Vanila with 1 Tbsp of Bourbon...excellence!

Mers said...

No probs! Hope you like the 2 bakeries! I really like the Ginger-Molasses cookie from "Naturally Yours" at FCP and the Pumpkin pie from Kensington Bakery. I was actually at Kensington today and I had the vegan granola spelt cookie. I wanted the "good for you cookie" but it has whole eggs in it. (So tragic for me, but good news for non-vegans!)

Another place near Kensington Bakery is the Green Beanery, and they have 1 vegan item in their selection of baked goods: the vegan cupcake that's topped with blue icing. Although they're lacking in vegan friendly foods, they have fair-trade and organic coffee! That's good also! Bonus: they have a nice interior for you to sit to enjoy your coffee. It's NOT ghetto at all.

Check this: http://www.yelp.ca/user_details?userid=TwilnpgwW43r9-O2AS4PDQ

Mers said...

you can buy an apple pie @ Metro at anytime of the day! they have vanilla ice cream for the perfect pairing too... although i rather pair a nice dry white wine with my pie.

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