Recipes starring apples

We all eat an apple as a snack, but you also see more and more recipes that contain apples. Recently I was invited to a lecture about fitness and balance in your life with apples in the lead role. In addition to this lecture, we also had lunch and the dishes that I was allowed to taste then, I can share here!

Marlene apples

Marlene apples are delicious apples. They are not only healthy, but also tasty and varied. Marlene apples come from Northern Italy. Well, this is not directly known for its apples, yet the largest apple area in Europe is located there.

Thanks to its location on the south side of the Alps, the unique climate and the efforts of the Italian apple farmers, the area produces high quality apples. I have often written about this apple and shared recipes with apple. Unfortunately, Marlene apples are not yet available in supermarkets.

You can find them at various vegetable halls.

Cooking with apple

Marlene apples are not only suitable as healthy snacks, but you can also make delicious healthy dishes and smoothies with them. Many health benefits are attributed to apples in general. For example, red apples in particular have a cholesterol-lowering effect.

Thanks to the high dose of vitamin C, they are good for your resistance. Moreover, an apple is rich in antioxidants, which has a positive effect on the brain and can help prevent diseases such as cancer. Apples are even great for killing bacteria in the mouth, so they help prevent tooth decay.

Fitness and balance

But what do fitness and balance have to do with these apples?? Before lunch we received a lecture by Leontien van Moorsel. Leontien, the Netherlands’ most successful cyclist of all time, owes a lot to the nutritional value of the apple. During the period when she suffered from an eating disorder, she did endurance training of 6 hours on one apple, which she cut into 6 wedges. “The apple that saved my life now represents a festive and healthy addition to my daily diet.said Leontien.

Because the apple pie also made her eat again. In the meantime, she has got her lifestyle back on track and is now helping others to balance their daily diet. (www.leontien house.NL)


In January many people would like to eat healthy and be fit and balance, we all want that in our lives. Cooking with apples is then a very good idea. We were allowed to taste 3 dishes.

Each prepared with Marlene apples and very tasty. I would like to share the recipes with you below:

Meal soup of apples and red beets

With yogurt and turmeric (for 4 people)

  • 3 peeled and diced Marlene Golden Delicious apples
  • 3 diced red beets
  • ½ finely chopped onion
  • 1 piece of ginger about 2.5 cm in size
  • 1 liter vegetable stock
  • Salt pepper

For the yogurt

150 g natural yogurt

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 50 ml vegetable stock
  • Salt to taste
  • a little lemon juice

Fry the apples, beetroot, onions and ginger in a little olive oil until the onions have become translucent. The vegetables should not get dark. Add the vegetable stock and let it simmer.

Mix everything in the mixer and add a little water if necessary until you have obtained the desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper. For the yogurt, dissolve the turmeric powder in the olive oil and heat over a low heat until foam begins to form.

Then immediately mix it with the vegetable stock.

Let the mixture boil down a bit. Let it cool down and then add it to the yogurt. Season with some salt and a few drops of lemon juice.

Pour the hot meal soup into the bowls and add 1 tablespoon of turmeric yoghurt.


Crispy duck breast

With salad of apples and endive, pomegranate seeds, linseed and chia seeds (for 4 people)

  • 2 Marlene Gala apples
  • 2 duck breasts with skin
  • (approx. 180g – 200g each)
  • 2 bushes of chicory
  • 2 bushes of red chicory (or radicchio di Trev iso)
  • 1 bunch of arugula
  • A little colorful nasturtium as a garnish
  • 1 pomegranate
  • a tablespoon of linseed
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • Vinaigrette: (mix everything with the mixer)
  • 4 tablespoons safflower oil (or sunflower oil)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • two tablespoons of vegetable broth
  • two tablespoons of pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

Carefully cut a cross in the skin of the duck breast. Be careful not to cut into the meat. Roast the skin side over low heat for about 8 minutes, then turn the meat over and extinguish the heat.

Leave it in the frying pan for 5 minutes. Before serving you have to roast the side with the sheet for a short while and then cut the chest into sticking.

Cut the chicory à la julienne over the length, cut the apples with a cutting machine or a sharp knife into thin slices and place them in layers on the plate, interspersed with the chicory. Sprinkle the pomegranate seeds over the salad of apples and chicory and place the slices of duck breast on it. Garnish with the East Indian cherry and sprinkle everything well with the vinaigrette.

Just before serving, finally add the line and chia seeds to the salad.


Apple cheesecake

With oatmeal crumbs and blueberries (for a baking dish of 26 cm)

For the bottom

  • 2 cubes cut Marlene Granny Smith-Appels
  • Two cups of oatmeal
  • 2 cups of almonds cut into small pieces
  • 8 dates
  • 3 bananas
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter

For the mousse of the cheesecake

  • 600 g cream cheese
  • 200 g low-fat cottage cheese
  • 200 g dark brown cane sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 2 eggs
  • Juice of 1 lemon

For the crumble

  • 50 g fine oatmeal
  • 50 g almonds cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • a tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Marrow of a vanilla pod or
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sprinkle a little cane sugar over the apples. For the base: roast the oatmeal and almonds in the oven at 170°C until they have a light brown color. Mix the dates and bananas with a hand blender. Add the mixture to the oatmeal and toasted almonds along with the peanut butter and then mix everything together.

Pour the mixture into a buttered springform tin, spread evenly and press down slightly.

For the mousse: mix all the ingredients together until smooth and then add the apples without the juice that has formed. Spread it over the bottom of the pie. Mix the crumble ingredients together and spread over the surface of the cheesecake. Bake at 160 °C for about 50 minutes and let it cool completely.

Serve with fresh blueberries.


Use other apples

So if you are looking for fitness and balance in your life, or if you just love apples so much, then these recipes are highly recommended. Unfortunately, Marlene apples are not for sale in supermarkets, so you can of course also use other apples for this, but pay attention to the flavor that has been used here.

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