Showing posts with label light dessert. Show all posts
Showing posts with label light dessert. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A Writer's Snack: How to Make Apple Pie Fruit Roll-Ups by Cleo Coyle


Sitting is the new smoking. Have you encountered this phrase yet? It's making the rounds. If you have the sort of occupation that requires you to sit for long periods of time, the recent health news that "prolonged sitting is shortening our lives" is less than cheery. 

Like many writers, I do plenty of walking to counteract the sitting. Then, of course, there's the issue of noshing. One can only eat so many carrot sticks before one's nose begins to twitch, so I'm always on the lookout for snacks that satisfy without expanding my, er...assets.

These Apple Pie Roll-Ups fit the bill. They’re chewy and sweet with the flavor of apple pie so they taste great with a cup of coffee or tea, yet this "fruit candy" is low in fat and calories and insanely easy to prepare. 

As summer fruit becomes more plentiful, I’ll be posting recipes for more Roll-Up flavors (strawberry, peach, etc…) so stay tuned to this blog and I sincerely hope you'll continue to…

Eat with joy! 
~ Cleo 



Culinary mystery writer
Cleo Coyle is author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries
Cleo Coyle's
Apple Pie
Fruit Roll-Ups

The apple sauce, maple syrup, vanilla, and spices in this recipe blend together to make a sweet, chewy snack that tastes just like apple pie. It's guilt free, too. While store bought Roll-Ups can include such unsavory items as corn syrup, cottonseed oil, and artificial colorings, this homemade version uses better tasting (and better for-you) ingredients. Best of all, you’re in control of the recipe so you can make your Roll-Ups as sweet or as tart as you like. You can even use artificial sweeteners if you’re trying to cut sugar out of your diet. ~ Cleo


To download this recipe in a PDF format that you can print, save, or share, click here.


Makes 1 half-sheet pan (18" x 13") of Apple Pie Fruit Roll-Ups

Ingredients

1 23-ounce jar (2-1/3 cups) natural,
    unsweetened apple sauce 
    (do not use chunky apple sauce) 

1-2 tablespoons maple syrup (or use your favorite sweetener, 
      adjust amount to your own taste) 

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract 

½ teaspoon apple pie spice (*or make your own, see directions 
    at end of recipe) 


Directions: Whisk together all ingredients until well blended. Line a rimmed half-sheet pan (18 x 13-inches) with parchment paper or a silicone sheet. Pour the apple sauce mixture into the paper-lined (or silicone lined) pan. 




TILT the pan in each direction until the mixture is evenly spread over the entire pan. (For best results, do not use a utensil to spread the mixture. Tilting will give you the best results for an even thin layer over the entire pan.) Bake at 170 degrees Fahrenheit for about 8 hours (yes 8 hours). Do not increase the heat. The low heat and long cook time is necessary for the apple sauce to properly dehydrate. 

When is it done? As the roll-up slowly gives up its moisture, it will harden and “finish” from the outside edges in. Watch for the center of the pan to become as dry and un-sticky as the outside edges. Then you know the roll-up is done. Do not over-cook. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Carefully peel the fruit roll-up off the parchment paper or silicone sheet. (See my photos.) Wrap immediately in plastic to preserve the chewiness of the roll-up and prevent over-drying. 



How to store: You must wrap the roll-up in plastic fairly soon after it’s finished dehydrating to prevent it from over-drying. No need to refrigerate. It should keep up to two weeks this way.



*Apple Pie Spice: Here’s how to make your own: For every 1 teaspoon mix the following: 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice, 1/8 tsp ground cardamom (some cooks replace cardamom with ginger).





Eat with joy!
~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries



Yes, this is me, Cleo (aka Alice). 
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The Coffeehouse Mysteries are bestselling
works of amateur sleuth fiction set in a landmark
Greenwich Village coffeehouse, and each of the
12 titles includes the added bonus of recipes. 
To learn more, click here. 


 

The Ghost and
Mrs. McClure


Book #1 of 

The Haunted Bookshop
Mysteries
, which Cleo writes
under the name
Alice Kimberly

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Easter Recipes Roundup (Cat Approved) from Cleo Coyle

Meet Turtle, one of my many New York strays. The old girl is going on twenty. You'd never know it. Most days she bounds around the house like a kitten, has a healthy appetite, and purrs on my lap while I write.

She was the very first cat that my husband, Marc, and I adopted together, and we almost lost her last week to a massive kidney infection. Thanks to the very kind vets at NYC's Animal Medical Center, we got some good, strong antibiotics into her and (so far) she's bouncing back beautifully. She's bright-eyed again, jumping around, and back to purring on my lap. I don't know how much longer we'll have her, but seeing her out of pain and happy makes this Easter all the more special for us. 

Cleo Coyle, cat-approved
author of The
Coffeehouse Mysteries
As for my blog post this week, I have a Turtle-approved roundup of recipes that might be helpful as you put together your own Easter feast. 

May you cook and eat with joy!

~ Cleo




Easter Recipes Roundup!



Cleo's Foolproof Stuffed Mushrooms

Why are they foolproof? Because with this method, you won't have to worry about under- or over-cooking them.

This filling is ricotta mixed with spinach, but you can certainly switch up the filling. For example, a combo of soft and hard cheeses plus breadcrumbs with cooked sausage would be just as delicious.


For an illustrated PDF of this recipe that you can print, save, or share, click here.


Cleo's Healthier Mashed Potatoes

This is my favorite recipe for mashed potatoes. It's so beautiful and the addition of garlic and carrots adds flavor, nutrition, and fiber. 

For an illustrated PDF of this recipe that you can print, save, or share, click here.


Cleo's Holiday
Sprouts

With a festive combo of flavors and textures, this side dish makes a pretty addition to any holiday table. I usually serve it at Christmas, but the roast meats of Easter make it a good side for this holiday, too.

It was even a Foodbuzz Top 9. Click here to see. 
To download a PDF of this recipe, click here.


Cleo's
Rack of Lamb with Lemon and Rosemary

Why do crime-writers like lamb? 

Answer here! 

...along with my absolute favorite recipe for lamb.
A PDF link is located inside the post. To jump to the recipe post, click here.



Cleo's "Pernil" Puerto Rican-Style Roasted Pork Shoulder
If you're looking for a change from Easter ham, here's my first suggestion. Pernil is an impressive-looking hunk o' meat that's easy to prepare. In many Latin American homes, it's a classic holiday treat. For an illustrated PDF of this recipe that you can print, save, or share, click here.





Cleo's Chocolate Cloud Cookies

Another Foodbuzz Top 9 recipe. To see, click here.

For a keeper PDF of this recipe, click here.

Chocolate at Easter is classic, but with so many of us looking for lighter desserts, it can be an issue. Here's a solution. Light, delicious, and easy to make, my Chocolate Cloud Cookies are a tasty treat to serve with coffee or tea, especially after a heavy dinner.


Cleo's 5 Minute
Chocolate Fudge

You're crazed, right? You're too busy to cook or you're going to someone else's house for the big holiday dinner and not sure what to bring. Maybe my fudge recipe will help...

For a PDF of this recipe that you can print, save, or share, click here.

No kidding. This fudge takes only about five minutes to mix up and make. (You can use your microwave.) After it sets, cut it into little squares, drop it into mini muffin cup liners, and serve the treat to your friends or relatives with a smile. They'll love this smooth, delicious, chocolate fudge with a hint of hazelnuts. It's Easter chocolate coffeehouse style! Cheers, everyone!


Eat with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle, author of






To get more of my recipes, enter to win
free coffee, or 
learn about my books, including
my bestselling 
Haunted Bookshop series, visit my online coffeehouse: CoffeehouseMystery.com



The Coffeehouse Mysteries are national bestselling
culinary mysteries set in a landmark Greenwich Village 
coffeehouse, and each of the ten titles includes the 
added bonus of recipes. 
 


The Ghost and
Mrs. McClure


Book #1 of 

The Haunted Bookshop
Mysteries
, which Cleo writes
under the name Alice Kimberly
To learn more, click here.