Sunday, October 14, 2012

fried green tomatoes

our daughter tina and her gary were coming to dinner to celebrate their anniversary
so i thought i would make one of her favorites, fried green tomatoes......i had never
made them before so i turned to simply recipes and here is what i found (and the
tomatoes were great!):

3 medium, firm green tomatoes
1 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. buttermilk
1 egg
1/3 c. cornmeal
1/2 c. fine dry bread crumbs
1/4 c. peanut or vegetable oil

cut unpeeled tomatoes into 1/2 " slices and sprinkle with salt.  let tomato slices stand
for 5 minutes.  meanwhile, organize the separate bowls for the flour, the buttermilk and
egg, and the breadcrumbs with cornmeal.

heat the oil in skillet on medium.  beat the egg and buttermilk together.  dip tomato slices
in the flour, hen the buttermilk/egg mixture, and the cornmeal/breadcrumb mixture.  in the
skillet, fry the tomato slices 3-5 minutes on each side or until a lovely golden brown.  set
the cooked slices on paper towel to absorb the oil and sprinkle lightly with coarse salt.

Jewish Apple Cake

it wouldn't be fall without baking with apples!  jewish apple cake is one of the best
ways to use tart apples, such as mcintosh.  this is a very easy recipe that is modified
from one a catering client gave me many years ago:

6 mcintosh apples
1 T. cinnamon
5 T. sugar

2 -3/4 c. flour, sifted
1 T. baking powder
1 t. salt
1 c. vegetable oil
2 c. sugar
1/4 c. orange juice
2-1/2 t. pure vanilla
4 eggs
1 c. walnuts, chopped (optional)

preheat oven to 350*.   grease a bundt pan.  peel, core and chop apples into chunks.
toss with the cinnamon and sugar and set aside.

stir together the flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.  in a separate bowl,
whisk together the oil, orange juice, sugar and vanilla and then add the eggs, one at a time.
slowly incorporate the dry ingredients, mixing well.

pour half the mixture into the prepared pan and then spread half the apples over.  pour the
remaining batter over the apples and distribute the remaining apples on top.  bake for one hour
30 minutes or til tester comes out clean.

serve with 10-x sugar sprinkled over top or with whipped cream on side.