Fried Apple Rings (VIDEO AND RECIPE)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

You could certainly make this recipe at any time of the year (and I encourage you to do so) but, as the days become shorter and there is a hint of autumn in the air you really HAVE to make them. This is a down-home, super simple, show-stopping dessert. Always serve warm, either on their own tossed in cinnamon sugar, drizzled with honey or melting a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Fried Apple Rings
serves 4

What you need: 
3 granny smith apples
Oil for frying (enough for 2-inches in a dutch oven)
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg, room temperature
Honey for drizzling
4 small scoops vanilla ice cream (optional)
What to do:
1. Prep Apples: Peel apples and slice into thin round slices (about 1/4-inch thick or slightly thicker. I got 5 slices from every apple).
2. Preheat a large shallow pot full of about 2 inches of oil over medium heat. Line a plate with paper towels and set aside.
3. Make Batter: In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, baking powder, salt and sugar. Whisk in buttermilk and eggs until batter is well combined and no lumps are left.
4. Make Cinnamon Sugar: In a shallow dish, stir together remaining sugar and remaining cinnamon. Set aside.
5. Fry Apples: When the oil reaches 325 -350ºF, dip the apple slices in the batter (allowing excess batter to drip off) and carefully place into the hot oil (work only a few slices at a time). Use a spyder to flip after the bottom is golden brown. Remove to the paper towel lined plate when both sides are browned. Remove from oil and place on some paper towels to drip excess oil off.
6. Finish Apples: Dip apple slices into cinnamon sugar mixture, and coat on both sides.
To Serve: Divide apple slices between plates (stacking) and drizzle with honey. You can also add a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, but you don’t need it!
Make it Sweet and Vicious: I love adding just a pinch of chipotle pepper in the batter. It’s soooo good!!!
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Sprinkle Granola Bars (VIDEO and Recipe)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

An afterschool or lunch snack with flare!

Sprinkle Granola Bars
makes 1 (8×8 pan full)

What you need: 
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup crunchy almond butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup Box of Crayons Sprinkles (or your favorite sprinkle mix)

What to do:
1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
2. Pour oats and almonds onto a baking sheet and bake (stirring once) until lightly browned (about 15 minutes). You could also toast on the stovetop in a hot sauté pan. Allow to cool and place in a large mixing bowl.
3. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stir together the brown sugar, honey and butter. Cook until the brown sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in almond butter and vanilla.
4. Stir almond butter mixture into toasted oats and almonds until oats are completely coated.
5. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with sprinkles. Use a spatula to lightly press the mixture in the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
6. Turn out onto a cutting board and cut into bars or squares.
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Sprinkled Food on a Stick

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Sprinkle Twinkie photo by Liesa Cole Photography

Thinking back to the St. Charles County Fairs of my youth, I ate a lot of “Hostess food” on a stick –Ding Dongs, Suzie Q’s and all the likes. They were often deep fried and rarely finished because…well, they just weren’t that pretty. Even as an adolescent, I knew I needed my food to be pretty. So fast forward a few decades and I give you “Pretty Hostess Food”! This time, instead of a deep fried, they were decorated with frosting and SPRINKLES

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What you need:
Gas station snacks (honestly, David shopped at the gas station for the snacks)
Buttercream frosting (I colored mine with food coloring)
11-inch lollipop sticks (you can decorate them with colored tape for extra crazy)
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What to do:
1. Thread a snack (or multiple snacks) onto a lollipop stick. Frost an area with frosting and dip the frosted area into sprinkles!
Here are a few of my favorites!
1. The Cinnamon Roll

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2. The Zebra Cake (on this one, I used a thin layer of white frosting between the swirls and sprinkled each area with a different color! So fun!)
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3. The Classic Cupcake
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4. Cake Donuts
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5. Nutty Buddys!
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6. Twinkies
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Nantucket Salad

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest Social

If I were to take everything I love about Nantucket and put it in a bowl it would taste just like this.

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Nantucket Salad
(lobster, grilled corn, new potatoes, lettuce, radish + lemon vinaigrette)
serves 4

What you need:
3 lemons, 1 quartered and 2 halved
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
4 tablespoons olive oil
Flake sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound new potatoes, boiled until al dente, chilled and quartered
4 ears corn, grilled or boiled and kernels removed from the cob.
4 radish, thinly sliced
2 pounds lobster, cooked and shelled (I purchase my lobster from Beals in Southwest Harbor Maine)
6 cups of salad greens (I used a mix of butter lettuce and arugula)

What to do:
1. Make dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together juice from 3 lemons, mustard and olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
2. Make salad: In a large mixing bowl, add the potatoes, corn, radish, lobster and greens. Whisk the dressing again and pour over the salad. Gently toss to coat. Serve with lemon wedges.
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Sprinkle Cake Pops

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I’ve never met a single bored sole that didn’t enjoy a festive cake pop during the second hour of watching an expectant mother open baby gifts at her shower. 
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Sprinkle Cake Pops
makes 12

What you need:
1 single layer of a 9″ prepared cake (I used this recipe)
Homemade vanilla buttercream frosting (I used this recipe)
1 large bag white candy melts
12 cake pop sticks/sucker sticks
Yum Yum Smile Shop Sprinkles
What to do:
1. Line a small baking sheet (one that will fit in your freezer) with wax paper and set aside.
2. In a large bowl add the cooled cake and break apart until it resembles fine crumbs
3. Using your hands (I’ve found it’s the best way), mix in frosting (a LITTLE at a time) until the mixture can JUST hold together.
4. Use a mini scoop to scoop out the cake mixture. Roll into a ball. Place ball on the prepared baking sheet. Continue until all the cake mixture is used.
5. Melt 1/3 cup of the candy melt in the microwave.
6. Working quickly, dip the tip of a cake pop stick into the melted candy and insert into the center of a cake ball (about halfway in). Repeat with remaining cake balls and sticks.
7. Freeze for 30 minutes.
8. Place all your sprinkles in small dishes so you are ready for decorating!
9. Have a piece of styrofoam or a card board box turned upside down at the ready to hold your finished cake pops while they dry.
10. Melt the remaining candy melt in a deep bowl (you’ll want it deep enough to submerge the cake ball).
11. Working one at a time, hold the cake pop stick and dip a chilled cake pop into the candy melt until covered. Let the excess drip off by swirling the pop.
12. Decorate with Yum Yum Smile Shop Sprinkles while the candy is still wet.
13. Poke a hole in the styrofoam or box and place the bottom of the cake pop stick in it to hold the cake pop upright.
14. Allow to dry!
15. Once dry, you can cover with clear plastic bags and tie with a ribbon or display in glasses filled with sprinkles for a fun dessert table!
Pro Tips: 
•YES, you could use a store bought cake mix and store bought frosting. It’s not my thing, but you do you.
•Add food coloring to the candy melt before dipping.
•Mix and match your cake and frosting. There is no wrong combination. If you like it as a cake then you will like it as a cake pop!
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