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Cardamom Hasselback Apples with Icelandic Provisions Vanilla Skyr

It’s autumn!!  And what’s more delicious in autumn than a baked apple?  As a girl that loves to eat seasonally, I enjoy apples in every form and this one is no exception.  I wanted to create a perfect, delicious and healthy apple dessert or snack.  This recipe has a twist with an unbelievable spice combination of cinnamon, cardamom and cayenne which make them so spectacular.

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I was so delighted to create this recipe with Icelandic Provisions Skyr, because it’s a natural.  This is a major bit of deliciousness with the addition of Vanilla Skyr.  If you have never had Iccelandic Provisions Skyr, you need to!  It’s perfect for the holidays, perfect for a topping on desert, for dips and dressings or as an ingredient for baking. It’s been part of Icelandic culture for over 1000 years and it’s a part of my everyday kitchen.

Hasselback. If you have never done a Hasselback technique on anything, it’s definitely time to start. Hasselback potatoes originated in Stockholm, Sweden. There is a lot of debate about whether the technique goes back to the 1700’s or the 1950’s! But no matter when it was first done – it’s a winner.  Thin slices are cut into the potato, apple or other vegetable and then topped with butter, crumbs or variety of toppings.  Here you get the bonus of learning a technique, the pay off here is so worth it because once you learn, it will catapult you to culinary genius!

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So, if you are asking yourself, “What is Skyr?”  Skyr (pronounced skier) is a cultured dairy product.  Skyr is to Iceland as Champagne is to France.  Icelandic Provisions Skyr is the only one in America that comes from original, Icelandic cultures.  Cultures in Skyr are like hops in beer – they determine it’s flavor and texture. The heirloom cultures in Icelandic Provisions Skyr have been treasured and preserved for hundreds of years and they are what gives Icelandic Provisions Skyr its unique flavor and texture.

I am so proud to partner with Icelandic Provisions because they are committed to making such a clean and healthful product.  It’s packed with protein and made with non GMO ingredients.  There are so many flavors that I love to use as an ingredient or as a topping like the Vanilla Skyr with these amazing baked apples.

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Teri’s tip for easy, perfect Hasselback Apples: Get a set of ordinary, disposable, chopsticks. Place the apple, cut side down on a cutting board.  Place chopsticks on each  side of the apple.  Begin slicing the apple at 1/8″ intervals.  The chopsticks will stop the knife just above the board which gives you the right depth of cut to keep the apple together.  Repeat until you have sliced the whole apple.  Be sure to look at the stories for a visual, as this can be hard to picture without seeing how it is done.  Once you get it, it’s easy!!

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Cardamom Hasselback Apples with Icelandic Provisions Skyr

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  • 4 large Braeburn apples (or your favorite type)
  • 5 Tbsp coconut oil (plus a little more for the baking pan)
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 4 Tbsp chopped pecans
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 containers (or more!) of Icelandic Provisions Vanilla Skyr

Preheat the oven to 400°F.  Peel and core the apples and cut in half.  Place the apples, cut side down on a cutting board and make slices in 1/8″ intervals, making sure not to cut all the way through to the bottom of the apple.  Lightly oil a baking pan with coconut oil.  Arrange the apples, core side down on a baking dish.

In a small saucepan, heat the coconut oil over medium heat.  Stir in the coconut sugar and let it dissolve slightly. Then add oats, pecans salt and spices.  Spoon the mixture over the apples, dividing it evenly across all of the pieces.

Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes, remove the foil and bake, uncovered, for an additional 10-15 minutes, until apples are tender.  Let cool for 5 minutes.  Serve topped with Icelandic Provisions Vanilla Skyr.

Teri’s short cut:  If you don’t have time to do all of the cutting for a Hasselback apple.  You can simplify the process by just turning the apples, cut side up. Sprinkle the topping and cook as directed above.

Cook’s note:  If you prefer, you can use 4 Tbsp of butter instead of coconut oil. You can also substitute regular cane sugar for the coconut sugar if you prefer.

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California Grown

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post to win a Gift Bag full of California goodies

What is better than California Grown? I am fortunate enough to live part of the year in the leading agricultural state in the country and the sole U.S. producer of almonds, pistachios, pomegranates, artichokes, figs and olives! 19.8 million acres of land in The Golden State is dedicated to farming, and I love that 90% of the farms are family owned.

Like me, Californians are hard workers, and I’m awed by the farmers, ranchers, farm workers, ranch hands and fisher people who work 24/7/365 to provide food, fiber and foliage for the world. California grows more than 400 different products and produces more than a third of the country’s vegetables and two thirds of the country’s fruits. It is truly a gift to visit the California farmers markets and get to know the people who grow my food.

This gorgeous al fresco California Grown dinner is perfect for gathering with friends on hot summer days. It’s the kind of dinner that isn’t about slaving over a hot stove or grill—it’s all about the produce. Bring all of this California magic together with delicious cheeses, figs and dried fruits, nuts, and a variety of olives. Add your favorite gluten free crackers or crusty bread, and there is something for everyone. Ideal for delighting a group and creating a simple, magical evening under the stars.

And have it your way by getting creative with some of my MAGIC ELIXIRS™ like Green Goddess blended with Skyr, Pistachio Pesto (amazing when mixed with California goat cheese, recipe below!), Marinated Onions,  and Refrigerator Pickles. Tomato Confit stuffed into ripe California avocado halves, roasted California garlic and gorgeous olives and you have a party! I am so excited to share this California Grown table with you.

What are your California Grown favorites?

California Grown Table


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Roasted California Garlic

  • 3 heads of California Garlic
  • Olive oil

Pre-heat oven to 400.  Cut the tops off of the garlic and place on a pan.  Drizzle with olive oil.  Bake for 30-40 mins until soft and golden brown.

California Avocados stuffed with Tomato Confit MAGIC ELIXIRS™

  • 2 California avocados
  • Tomato confit MAGIC ELIXIRS™ (click here for the recipe)

Cut avocados in half and remove skin.  Fill with a generous scoop of Tomato Confit MAGIC ELIXIRS™.  Enjoy!

Pistachio Goat Cheese Spread

  • 1 cup Pistachio Pesto MAGIC ELIXIRS™ (click here for the recipe)
  • 1 cup softened California Goat Cheese

In a medium bowl, combine the pistachio pesto and the goat cheese, stirring to mix well.

Use all of this, along with your favorites grown in California to create a gorgeous spread.

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Blueberry and Skyr Winter Dream

Holiday Baking! So much fun, and it really gets me in the spirit of the season. I celebrate Christmas, but these are perfect for whatever winter holiday you are celebrating. I love this gluten free version with Skyr, lemon and blueberry. They’re amazing as is, but are delicious topped with a bit of the Skyr icing MAGIC ELIXIRS™.

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I’m delighted to be sponsored by Icelandic Provisions. I absolutely love working with their Skyr, which is a cultured dairy product rooted in Iceland. Skyr (pronounced “skier”) is to Iceland as Champagne is to France. Unlike similar cultured dairy products of this style, Icelandic Provisions Skyr is the only one in America that actually comes from Icelandic cultures, which give it a fantastic weight and texture. It’s packed with protein and mindful of sugar and I love Icelandic Provisions‘ commitment to making a clean healthful product.

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Click here to find Icelandic Provisions Skyr near you.

Gluten Free Blueberry and Skyr Winter Dream

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1-1/2 cups gluten free flour, divided
  • 1 cup Plain Icelandic Provisions Skyr, divided
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 cups blueberries
  • 3 Tbsp roughly broken sliced almonds, divided

For the Skyr Icing MAGIC ELIXIRS™

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a bowl, cream sugar and butter together.
  3. Add eggs one at a time.
  4. Add vanilla and almond extract.
  5. Add half the flour and half the Skyr . Combine.
  6. Add the remaining flour, soda, salt, and baking powder, then the remaining Skyr . Mix well to combine.
  7. Stir in 1 Tbsp of lemon juice.
  8. Add blueberries and mix gently.
  9. Bake 20-25 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool.
  11. Make the Skyr Glaze: In a bowl, mix all the glaze ingredients until combined well.
  12. Drizzle the muffins with the glaze and sprinkle with almonds.

Disclaimer: this post is sponsored by Icelandic Provisions

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