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My favorite fall-winter fruit are apples.I believe the adage that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Although the phrase was from Benjamin Franklin, it actually originated in 1866 in Wales—“Eat an apple on going to bed and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”

Why are they healthy? Apples may lower high cholesterol and blood pressure; have fiber that can aid digestion; can support a healthy immune system; are a diabetes-friendly fruit; and the antioxidants in apples may play a role in cancer prevention.


Apple Enchantment

4 servings

This recipe was in my files from the 1970s from the Carmel wine company.

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup Carmel Amaretto
  • grated rind and juice of 1 orange
  • 4 large, firm apples
  1. In a saucepan, combine sugar, Amaretto, orange rind and juice. Bring to a boil.
  2. Peel, core and thickly slice apples. Place in the pan as they are sliced. Reduce heat and simmer until apples are tender and liquid has evaporated.
  3. Remove to a dish. Chill.

Garnish with shredded coconut or whipped cream.


Quick and Easy Microwave Apple Compote

4 servings

This recipe is from an old recipes magazine.

  • 4 large apples
  • 3-5 T. water or apple juice
  • ¼ to ½ t. cinnamon
  • 2-3 t. sugar or sugar substitute
  1. Cut apples into small pieces, discarding cores. Place in a microwave-safe dish with water or apple juice.
  2. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir and microwave for 2 more minutes.
  3. Add cinnamon and sugar (not sugar substitute). Cover and microwave 1-2 minutes or until tender. Add sugar substitute at the end.

Sybil Kaplan is a journalist, author, compiler/editor of nine kosher cookbooks and food writer for North American Jewish publications, who lives in Jerusalem where she leads walks of the Jewish food market, Machaneh Yehudah, in English.

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