Recently I was invited by the Ontario Apple Growers to visit apple farms around Toronto. On that day not only did I learn how hard Ontario farmers work to bring their fresh and local apples to city folk like us, I also learned how ideal the weather is in the Great Lake region for apple farming. So if you drive an hour out of Toronto you are likely to bump into a fruit orchard or two.
Did you know that Ontario is the largest fruit-producing province in Canada?
I came away with tons of knowledge about this humble fruit, more on that soon. I also came away with a GIANT bag of apples. The kids were excited to snack on them – they were Royal Gala, and so fresh and juicy from the orchard. And I was totally over the moon to be
Since my hubby and I moved to Canada a lot has changed in our lives. That includes our food, what we cook, the ingredients we use and how we cook them. I am though still the same girl who likes to experiment in the kitchen and so ofcourse this equation makes total sense.
Apples + Diwali time = Indian sweets with a Canadian twist
Saffron-infused Rustic Apple Peda
- 2 cups grated apples
- 1 cup grated paneer (cottage cheese)
- 2 tbsp olive oil or ghee
- 1/2 cup sugar castor or cane – I use the latter
- 1-2 tbsp almond milk or regular milk if needed
- 2 tbsp slivered pistachios optional
- 1/2tsp saffron
Add oil to a non-stick pan and let it heat.
Add grated apples in the pan and let them sit and cook. The liquid will take a while to evaporate. Keep the mixture moving so it doesn’t over-caramelize.
This may take 15-20 mins.
Heat a tbsp of milk for 15 secs and add the saffron strands. Let them sit and infuse.
Add the paneer, sugar and saffron milk mixture and toss and mix,
Cook for another 15 minutes. Toss occasionally.
Spread the mixture out on parchment paper and shape into slightly flattened spheres. Your hands will feel greasy from the mixture and that’s ok.
With your thumb press a dimple into the top.
Top with slivered pistachios. Craft leaf-like faux apple tops if you’re taking pictures.
- I made this recipe with olive oil and not ghee. It’s “reasonably healthy” except for the sugar of course.
- In the
recipeI used the Royal Gala apples I received from the kind people at Ontario Apple Growers. This variety released a fair amount of moisture. If you use Golden Delicious or even Cortland there may be less liquid and so add more almond milk. Test for sugar too.
- This dish can be left on the counter for a week, and in the fridge for another week. If you do decide to refrigerate then pop them in the microwave for a few seconds. The flavour is far better served at room temperature.
You can see my other favourite Diwali sweet recipes here. I hope you enjoy them!This Diwali I am getting together with a few other bloggers around the world to share ideas to celebrate the festival of lights. Please see the Diwali for Kids blog hop here from Multicultural Kid Blogs! You can find even more ideas from last year’s blog hop, 2016, and on our Diwali Pinterest board: