DSC02286November already: the heat is on, the leaves have fallen, and I saw the first snowflakes yesterday. Fortunately, the Cornell orchard still has plenty of fruit. As I was browsing through Katrina’s posts on Baking and Boy for November’s Secret Recipe Club assignment, I kept gravitating to the fruit recipes (despite my longing looks at all the delightful Christmas cookies Katrina has made over the years). Should I make one of those lovely crisps? Should I try a tart? Or– even better– take fruit and dip it in chocolate. These little balls of apple were adorable, although I don’t have a melon baller, so I just used large chunks instead.

I make these just for me a couple of times, and then makes dozens and dozens for a department gathering (seriously, we stopped counting at 68). Shown in the picture are a few variations: apples with dark chocolate and pecans, pears dipped half in white chocolate-PB and half in chocolate, and both dipped in white chocolate-PB with chocolate drizzle. They were so popular that I only ended up bringing home five pieces. They did stay in ok shape overnight, but the chocolate fell off more easily the next day, so I’d say try to make them the same day if possible.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Apple Bites

10 oz white chocolate chips*
8 oz smooth peanut butter
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OR

10 oz dark chocolate chips
4 T butter
Heavy cream, if needed

AND

Apples and pears, cored and cut into chunks
Chopped nuts, sprinkles, etc

Melt the white chocolate and stir in the peanut butter (or melt the dark chocolate and stir in the butter). Stick a toothpick into each chunk of apple. Dip the chunks of apple into whichever mixture you prefer or apply chocolate with a spatula or spoon. Top or decorate as desired, and place in the fridge until the chocolate has set. If the chocolate seizes (clumps up), add a little more chocolate and some cream. Reheat, and it should smooth back out.

*The peanut butter chips I found had partially hydrogenated (aka trans) fat as a major ingredient, so I dug around for an alternative. This worked very well for me, but another alternate is pure cocoa butter, a sweetener of their choice, and peanut butter.

For those who don’t know, SRC is a group of bloggers who secretly make recipes from each other’s blogs once a month. It’s a fun bunch that has grown to be quite large, and you should take a peek at what else people make this month (click on the blue frog):

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