Cooking with Envy™ Apples

This post has been sponsored by EnzaFruit. I was paid and received apples as compensation for this post.

An Envy™ Apple a Day

Image courtesy of EnzaFruit

Tonight I attended a cooking class at Central Market featuring Envy™ apples. Previously I had never heard of Envy™ apples, so I was super excited for this learning experience.

For two-hours Central Market chefs demonstrated five unique dishes, perfect for anytime of the year. Each dish showcased the apples in a way that I have not experienced in the past. In the end, we all left with a handful recipes to tryout on our own and a better understanding of how to incorporate Envy™ apples into every meals, both sweet and savory.

A little about Envy™ apples…

Envy™ apples, a cross between Braeburn and Royal Gala apples, are non GMO – they are grown naturally in Washington State and New Zealand.

They have a naturally higher citric acid content which prevents the ‘browning’ enzyme from activating. This means they are very slow to brown, which makes them ideal for BBQ’s, salads, and charcuterie boards because they can be prepared ahead of time and will look great for hours.

According to grower Rick Derray, the Envy™ naturally boasts higher levels of an antioxidant (citric acid) that prevent the enzyme polyphenol oxidase from reacting with oxygen, resulting in it’s slow to brown feature.

Interesting, right?!

It’s time to get more apples in your diet. I encourage you to try cooking with Envy™ apples yourself. Here is a great recipe from Central Market Cooking School:

Image courtesy of @LeslieTypes

ENYV™ APPLE & BLUEBERRY BAKED OATMEAL
Adapted from Heidi Swanson’s Baked Oatmeal in Epicurious, September 24, 2015
Serves 6

Ingredients:
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup walnuts chopped
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fine-grain salt
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 cups milk
1 large egg
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted and cooled slightly)
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1 large Envy™ apple (washed, peeled, and roughly chopped)
1 medium sized container of Greek yogurt (optional)

Instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 375.
2. Butter the inside of a square 8″ baking dish with a small amount of the melted butter.
3. In a bowl, combine the oats, half of the walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
4. In another bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, milk, egg, and vanilla.
5. Spread the chopped apple pieces over the bottom of the buttered pan. Top with the oat mixture, and drizzle the liquid mixture over the oats. Scatter the walnuts and the blueberries over the oats.
6. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the top is golden and the oats are set.
7. Let cool for a few minutes and serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt, if desired.

Click here to learn more about Envy apples.
Click here to learn more about Central Market Cooking School.

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