Light Apple Recipes for a Healthier Breakfast

 

Spring is almost here, and many of us are doubling down on our fitness routines and low calorie diets in anticipation of showing a little more skin after a long and dreary winter. But you don’t have to deprive yourself to get fit — you can eat well and still eat lightly and healthfully. Hickory Farms has found a few recipes using delicious apples from our Fruitful Gift Box that are both delicious and full of nutrition.

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This fresh apple salsa recipe calls for our Fuji apples, onions, bell pepper and seasoning, and is wonderful alongside a pork roast or roasted chicken. It’s simple to make and can serve up to 12 family members and guests.

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These brie, apple and arugula quesadillas may quickly become a family favorite. Just spread slicedFuji apples over a layer of brie on a quesadilla, spread with mustard, then top with arugula and grill in a skillet until golden brown. The smooth texture of the cheese blends wonderfully with the sharp crispness of the apples, making these a stand-out selection for brunches and get-togethers year round.

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Make some healthy lunch choices with curried chicken salad with apples and raisins. Eaten as a sandwich on whole wheat bread or spread across some whole grain crackers, this is a healthy alternative to many lunch options. Make sure you use skinless chicken to keep this dish as nutritious as possible.

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Cut back on your carb intake with this open-faced turkey sandwich with apple and Havarti. The tang of the Havarti is a sharp counterpoint to the sweet apples and spicy arugula. You can save even more calories by modifying this recipe and using low-calorie bread in place of the heartier, homemade version.

Hickory Farms offers many selections of fruit boxes, so you can indulge healthfully all year long. Call 800.753.8558 to place your order or order online 24 hours a day.

 

Seasonal Recipe: Orange Cake with Mulled Wine Cranberry Jam

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Combining bright, bitter fruit and warm, citrus flavors, orange and cranberry are one of winter’s classic flavor combinations. Bring this amazing pairing to your dessert table with a delightful Orange Cake with Mulled Wine Cranberry Jam. Using the gorgeous Mandarin oranges from our Hickory Farms Fresh Fruit Trio Gift Box, this perfectly sweet and spicy cake is destined to be a new family favorite.

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Bake the Cake

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and lining two pans with parchment paper and baking spray.

Combine sugar with the zest of one of your Mandarin oranges in a food processor and pulse until all of the zest is broken up, releasing the flavorful oils into the sugar. Then, in a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and a pinch of salt.

In a separate bowl, beat egg whites with a whisk until they form soft peaks. Slowly add some sugar, continuing to beat the eggs until the peaks have stiffened.

Combine butter and your orange sugar in a stand mixer. Afterwards, add egg yolks one at a time. Finish the batter by incorporating your flour mixture and a combination of milk, freshly-squeezed Mandarin orange juice and vanilla. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Add the Finishing Touches

In a medium saucepan, combine wine with spices, including cloves, ginger, cinnamon and peppercorn. Mix in a bit of sugar and a dash of orange peel, bringing everything to a boil. Simmer until the sauce forms a thick syrup. Then, combine the syrup with cranberries and continue cooking until the fruit forms a jam-like consistency.

Start your butter cream frosting with syrup by boiling sugar, corn syrup and wine. In a separate bowl, whip egg whites into peaks before streaming in the syrup. Complete the decadent icing by adding butter. Finally, finish by layering the cake with jam and topping with frosting.

 

Combining delicious fruits from Hickory Farms‘ gourmet fruit baskets with flavorful spices, this cake makes a festive ending to any winter meal. Make sure to toast the New Year with this one-of-a-kind cake.

Seasonal Dessert Recipe: Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

Apple dessert recipes from Hickory Farms.

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Cinnamon and apples are a classic combination. Finish your dinner with a sweet seasonal dessert, featuring just the right amount of sugar and spice, by preparing this delicious Apple Streusel Coffee Cake. Showcasing the gorgeous ripe apples from our Hickory Farms gourmet fruit baskets, this great recipe is sure to be a staple of your family’s dessert repertoire for years to come.

 

Apple streusel coffee cake from Hickory Farms.

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Prepare the apple streusel coffee cake

Start making this moist cake by sifting the flour, making sure to remove any lumps. Then, combine the flour with the remainder of the dry ingredients, including a bit of baking powder, salt, a little sugar and a dash of cinnamon.

In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients together. Start by beating an egg, then adding melted vegetable shortening and milk. Once this is well combined, add the wet mixture into the dry ingredients.

Prepare a couple Fuji Apples from your Hickory Farms gift box by rinsing the fruit and removing the stems and core. Give the apples a rough chop, trying to keep the pieces as uniform as possible. Once they’re chopped, mix the apples into the batter.

 

Seasonal desserts from Hickory Farms.

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Add the decadent streusel topping

To make your delicious apple dessert extra special, while adding a nice textural component, finish with a streusel. In a small bowl, simply combine sugar, flour, butter and a little extra cinnamon for good measure.

Pour the apple cake batter into a greased 8-inch pan and top with the streusel. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean, at 400 degrees.

Serve this delightful, decadent dessert warm out of the oven with a heaping scoop full of homemade vanilla bean ice cream.

 

Delicious apple desserts from Hickory Farms.
 

This delicious Apple Streusel Coffee Cake is just one of the many great apple dessert recipes you can make with fresh fruits. Starting with the beautiful fruits included in our gourmet fruit baskets, such as our Orchard’s Bounty Gift Basket, featuring Crown Comice Pears, Mandarin Oranges and Fuji Apples, and a little creativity, your dessert and snack possibilities are endless!