Hispanic Heritage Month has proved to be full of family events. From Birthday parties, to dinners, and back to a games of Mexican Bingo con la familia. My cup overflows from all the great food and awesome memories we’re making for my children. In fact, we’ve been having so much fun that my Papi turns to me and my sister and says, “I want you two to do something for me. I want you to help me plan a Family Reunion for June.”
Looking at each other, my sister and I KNEW that would take lots of time, lots of organization, and LOTS of funds. We have une grande familia and funding the entire thing would be impossible. Smuckers, a brand I’ve come to love in the mornings with my babies, has families like mine in mind, as they unroll the Smuckers Recipe and Essay Contest putting family reunions center stage for Hispanic Heritage Month.
Smucker’s invites consumers to visit www.smuckers.com or www.smuckersenespanol.com and share their original recipes made with at least 1/4 cup Smucker’s jams, jellies, preserves, or fruit butters, plus an original essay of 200 words or less in English or Spanish about how the recipe is part of family traditions and how it makes family celebrations special.
The contest takes place during Hispanic Heritage Month, a time when Latinos across the country celebrate their history and culture. More exact dates are from September 14 to November 16, 2011. In March 2012, five contest finalists will be selected and flown to New York City for a live recipe demonstration and judging, where one will win $20,000 towards a dream family reunion.
Smuckers has my family in mind with this contest, as we’ve been wanting to throw the biggest family reunion known to date for our the Montez Familia. So much so, that they wanted to get my creative juices flowing by sending me this sweet gift:
I, definitely, have a few recipes in mind to submit, but for now, I’d like to share a favorite recipe of Richard Smucker, CEO, The J.M. Smucker Company.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hours, 5 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
- 1 (9-inch) single Classic Crisco® Pie Crust
- 4 medium Granny Smith apples (about 2 lbs.)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 tbsps. butter, diced
- 1/4 cup Smucker’s Sweet Orange Marmalade
- or 1/4 cup Smucker’s Organic Orange Marmalade
- Powdered sugar
1. PREPARE recipe for single crust pie. Roll out dough, place in a 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Press to fit without stretching dough. Trim edges even with tart pan. Chill until ready to fill. Heat oven to 350°F.
2. PEEL and core apples. Cut in half, end-to-end. Slice apples crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices. Combine sugar, cinnamon and salt in large bowl. Add apple slices and toss to coat. Randomly place about 1/2 of apples into bottom of crust in two layers, cutting apples as necessary to fill all gaps. Arrange row of apples lengthwise along outside edge of pan, overlapping the slices about 1/8 inch. Fill in center with smaller pieces of apples. Dot with butter.
3. BAKE 55 to 65 minutes or until apples are fork tender and edges of apples begin to brown. Cool on wire rack. Heat orange marmalade in small microwave-safe bowl on HIGH for 20 seconds; stir. Brush marmalade over tart. Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving.
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