I will be one of the first to tell you – I love apple season! I’m one of those people who buy apples throughout the year, even if I feel a bit guilty knowing that they came from the other side of the world. When October rolls around, one of the first things I look at doing as making some type of apple pie. I have a handful of recipes I make depending on sales and the mood of my family. To start off Budget Earth’s Apple Festival, it seemed only appropriate
While I know some people love complicated recipes, I am someone who prefers enjoys simplicity and creating delicious dishes using ingredients that can be found in just about any kitchen. One recipe that has gotten quite a bit of attention in the past few weeks in my family is my Coconut Apple Surprise. The original recipe came from a cookbook my mother bought over a decade ago – An Occasion to Gather by the Milwaukee Entertains. I liked the original recipe, but I found it was way too sweet for anyone over the age of six. With how much I tweaked the recipe, it ended up being my own recipe that I think turned out to be a very delicious, flavorful dessert that will have anyone at your table asking for more!
- 4 Cups Jonathon Apples cubed
- 1 Lemon juiced
- 2 Cups White Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1½ Cups Shredded Coconut sweetened
- 1 Can Evaporated Milk 5 oz can
- 1 Egg I prefer organic or natural
- 2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
- ½ Cups Butter melted (crust)
- 1½ Cups All Purpose Flour prefer King Arthur (crust)
- ¼ Teaspoon Salt (crust)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- With a hand or stand mixer, mix together the butter, flour, and salt to make the crust until it forms a crumbly mixture. When finished, gently press into a 9" x 13" baking pan.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the lemon juice and cubed apples. Once thoroughly mixed, pour the apples over the crust.
- Mix 1 cup of sugar and the cinnamon in a bowl. Sprinkle this sugar on top of the apples.
- Place the apple dish in the oven for 20 minutes (make sure it is preheated to 350 degrees!)
- While the dish is baking, mix together the coconut, remain sugar, evaporated milk, vanilla, and egg.
- When apple dish comes out of the oven, spoon the coconut mixture on top of the apples. Make sure it is spread over the apples evenly.
- Place the Apple dish back in the oven for another 20 minutes. When finished, it should be slightly brown on top and bubbly.
- Let the dish cool completely before serving.
While this dish is excellent served hot, I highly recommend letting it cool completely before serving. This will allow the top layer to completely solidify and prevent a huge mess when it comes time to serve this dessert. As well, Coconut Apple Surprise is excellent with vanilla ice cream!