Showing posts with label Apple. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Apple. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Apple, Pear, Cranberry Crostata

First things first. Happy Election Day! I hope everyone is voting today no matter who you choose to vote for. Second, I hope everyone stayed safe and dry last week through hurricane Sandy. What a storm! I decided to play things safe and worked from home that day, even though my office was open for business. One of the great things about working from home is the ability to bake during my lunch break! I was flipping through some recipes and this Apple, Pear, Cranberry Crostata caught my eye for a couple reasons.



To learn more about this Apple, Pear, and Cranberry Crostata, head over to Cooking New England for the full post and recipe.



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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Granny Smith Apple Brunch Cake

October, November, and December are my absolute favorite months of the year to be a baker. The holidays are right around the corner and fall is in full swing. The leaves are changing colors and I’m starting to crave fall foods and desserts. Some of my favorite ingredients come into season during the fall. Crisp apples. Pumpkin, which can be used in sweet or savory dishes. Butternut squash. Tart cranberries. The list goes on and on. And I literally can’t keep up with all the baked goods being imagined in my head.



To learn more about this Granny Smith Apple Brunch Cake, head over to Cooking New England for the full post and recipe.



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Monday, October 8, 2012

Apple 7-Layer Magic Bars

Every year at the holidays, Hubby's mom makes a cookie tray. It's pretty famous in their family. She makes the same cookies every year including Hubby's favorite Lumberjacks, and her favorite, Seasame Crisps. She also always makes Magic Bars. I have also heard of them called 7-Layer Bars or Dream Bars. They're a classic baked good with the layers of graham crackers, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, nuts, and coconut.



When I saw this recipe for a pumpkin variation on magic bars on Baker's Royale, I was instantly intrigued. What a brilliant thought! Naomi even mentioned that you could substitute apple butter for the pumpkin puree in the recipe.

When I read that, I instantly thought of the homemade Vanilla Spiced Applesauce that I had in the fridge. I decided to take Naomi's twist on the classic magic bar recipe and twist it even more.



Instead of using almonds, I went with walnuts. They just seem to go better with apples in my mind. And I knew that I couldn't use chocolate chips in the apple variation. I decided to use half cinnamon chips and half chopped white chocolate (you could use white chocolate chips if you prefer). This turned out to be a winning combination. If you can't find cinnamon chips, you could just boost up the amount of cinnamon in the recipe and use all white chocolate.



Like Naomi, I prefer my bars to be thick, so I baked these in an 8x8 pan. If you prefer a thinner bar, use a 9x13 pan instead. As you can see, these bars were a bit crumbly, so I served them with a fork. Everyone that had one of these really enjoyed them. I can't wait to make them again!

One Year Ago: Blueberry Lemonade and Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Risotto
Two Years Ago: Homemade Marshmallows and Smores Cookies
Four Years Ago: Grilled Beef Ribs



Don't forget about my Power of Pink Challenge - make something PINK by the end of the month to raise Breast Cancer Awareness!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Vanilla Spiced Applesauce

This year I am welcoming this crisp cooler air with open arms. I just pulled out my box of sweaters and sweatshirts this weekend and have been rocking a hoodie all weekend long. One of the things Hubby and I do every year to ring in the new season is to go apple picking. It's become a tradition to do this with my brother and his family.



We're lucky enough to live about 30 miles form my brother. The rest of my family is out in the Midwest where I grew up. Every year, they bring their kids and it's fun to look back at last year's apple picking adventure to see how my little niece and nephew have grown.



After we got home with our bag of apples, Hubby made his first request of the season for applesauce. He loves homemade applesauce and I tend to only make it in the fall. My favorite recipe to make is this Cranberry Applesauce but I was in the mood to mix things up this time around. I had a few vanilla beans in the cabinet and decided to make this Vanilla Spiced Applesauce.



Hubby enjoyed the flavor and I loved the little black specks. Vanilla beans are probably one of my favorite ingredients out there.



One Year Ago: Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce
Two Years Ago: Chicken Tikka Masala
Four Years Ago: Tiramisu Cupcakes
Five Years Ago: The Cone Method and Mussels



Don't forget about my Power of Pink Challenge - make something PINK by the end of the month to raise Breast Cancer Awareness!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Apple, Oat, Dulce De Leche Bars

I have a treat for you guys today. I'm participating in Baked By Rachel's Apple a Day. She asked fellow bloggers to help her post 30 days of apple recipes in September.



I've done themed weeks in the past and even attempted to only post pink foods last October, but I've never heard of a blogger posting 30 days of one type of recipe. Obviously, it's a brilliant idea! I've enjoyed seeing all the apple posts going up every day. It has given me a lot of apple inspiration and I've definitely added to my must-bake list this month. Be sure to go check out these Apple, Oat, Dulce De Leche Bars that I made for the occasion.



One Year Ago: Watermelon Arugula Goat Cheese Salad and Baked Zucchini Sticks with Caramelized Onion Dipping Sauce
Two Years Ago: Raw Summer Vegetable Pasta and Garlic Naan
Four Years Ago: Lime and Coconut Margarita Cupcakes and Squash and Turkey Lasagna
Five Years Ago: Chicken sausage, spinach and mushroom pasta and Easy Lemon Cookies


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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Pimento Cheese Burger

Today I'm participating in my second virtual baby shower of the week. Today's baby shower is for Erin from Erin's Food Files, which is being hosted by Jessica from The Novice Chef. Erin is also due in a few weeks and since she lives Nashville, the theme for the shower is Southern food.



I'll be the first to admit, I know very little about Southern food. I had no idea where to start. Erin was the first one to introduce me to cheesecake cakes (it all started with Lincoln's Cake, which I also made. Since then she's made a peanut butter-chocolate, and Oreo version and I've made a carrot cake and Neapolitan version), so I was originally thinking I'd do a cheesecake cake...

Then Erin posted these Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs last week. For whatever reason, I just could not get them out of my head. You all know I grew up in the Midwest and live in Boston. I've never had pimento cheese. I'm not even sure if I've ever seen it. Thanks to Google, I found out that pimento cheese is a mixture of mayo, cheddar cheese, sometimes cream cheese, and pimentos.



As I kept trying to force myself to come up with a Southern dessert to make for the shower, my curiosity kept bringing me back to the idea of pimento cheese. There was another detail that stuck out from Erin's post last week. She mentioned pimento goat cheese. Everything fell in to place the other night when Hubby requested turkey burgers for dinner. We regularly put goat cheese and spinach on our turkey burgers, so at that moment this Pimento Cheese Burger idea was born!

I have no idea how authentic this pimento goat cheese is, but I do know it's delicious. The tangy goat cheese pairs beautifully with the sweetness of the pimentos. I decided to add a couple thin slices of a tart green apple to cut the salty creaminess from the cheese mixture. This burger was a home run and I'll definitely be making some more of the pimento goat cheese in the future. I really enjoyed snacking on extra apple slices dipped in the cheese mixture. It would make a perfect appetizer!



Congrats to Erin on the upcoming bundle of joy! To see the other items made for Erin's virtual shower, be sure to check out the roundup on The Novice Chef.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fall Bruschetta

Hubby and I are off to Canada for a long weekend today. We're going to see Niagara Falls with some friends from college. I'm really looking forward to the extra long weekend. But don't worry, I have some posts scheduled to keep you guys company while we're away. I finally admitted to myself (and my stomach) that fall has arrived. So now I'm starting to get really excited about all the fall baking that I have coming up!



This bruschetta screams fall to me. I brought it to Megan's surprise birthday party and it was a big hit. As you can see, the recipe includes butternut squash, apple, and eggplant. I honestly couldn't taste the apple or eggplant, so if I made this again, I'd probably leave them out unless I had some in the house to get rid of... Since I can't eat ricotta, I subbed goat cheese. Feel free to use whichever you prefer. When the topping came out of the oven, I tasted it and thought it needed some texture. So I added some toasted walnuts. The texture was a nice addition and I'm glad I made it!



This fall bruschetta is a great appetizer to bring to a potluck or party. I brought all of the components (toasts, goat cheese, and topping), then assembled them once we got to Megan's place. It worked out really well.

One Year Ago: Pizza Dough
Four Years Ago: Tofu and Veggies in Peanut Sauce


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Apple Crisp Pie

I know I said I wasn't going to do any fall baking until October. But then Hubby and I went apple picking. And then Brandy over at Nutmeg Nanny asked for a guest post. So... I made an exception and here we are with this Apple Crisp Pie. For the full recipe, be sure to go check out the post here.



Two Years Ago: Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Brownies

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

It's finally here. Time to admit that fall has arrived. I can't possibly continue to be stubborn about this any longer. The days are cooling down, pumpkin spice latte's are calling my name, and we went apple picking. Apple picking is NOT a summer activity. So I'm caving. And this non-coffee-drinking-girl is going to get a pumpkin spice latte ASAP!



Making your own applesauce is really simple. Hubby and I don't eat applesauce except during the fall when I make huge batches on the weekends. I usually make cranberry applesauce because I love the combination of apples and cranberries. But this year I wanted to try out a new recipe. This applesauce is very cinnamony and delicious. And I made it extra thick! I love eating it warm. Makes me think of apple pie. Especially when you top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.



While I'm talking about apples, do you have one of these apple peeler, corer, slicer things? They're AWESOME. It's one of two uni-tasker we allow in the Beantown Baker kitchen (the other is the garlic press). Hubby really enjoys using this contraption partially because it's fun to use and partially because he knows he'll get more apple goodies if he helps out. If you have one in the back of your cabinet collecting dust, I recommend pulling it out while it's apple season!

One Year Ago: Garlic Naan and Chicken Tikka Masala
Four Years Ago: The Cone Method


Monday, August 15, 2011

Egg, Avocado, Apple Salad

Have you guys heard of Secret Recipe Club? I have been participating for the last few months and it's been a great way for me to find new blogs and try new recipes. It's been a ton of fun and I highly recommend joining if you haven't already.



This month, I was happy to find I was paired with another blogger I had never heard of - From Arepas to Zwetschgen! I searched through the various posts and saw tons of great salad and sandwich recipes. I chose this recipe because we had some delicious lettuce, red onion, and cherry tomatoes in our CSA box last week.



This salad was amazingly delicious and filling. The pecans gave a nice crunch to the salad and the avocado and hard boiled egg gave the salad some heft and creaminess. I dressed the salad with some olive oil and balsalmic vinegar. Hubby commented that this salad would be great with some grilled chicken on top as well.



One Year Ago: Blueberry Rhubarb Pie, Caramelized Onions, Homemade Hamburger Buns, and Salmon Burgers 
Two Years Ago: Rhubarb Raspberry Jame and Peanut Butter Brownies 
Three Years Ago: Panzanella

Monday, March 14, 2011

Cranberry Apple Pie

Happy Pi day everyone! Yes, I'm a nerd and celebrate Pi day with a pie. Hey, what do you expect from and engineer who bakes?!? It is quite the shame that National Pie Day doesn't fall on 3/14. Doesn't make any sense to me...



I had bookmarked this pie back around Thanksgiving when cranberries were plentiful. I always grab a few extra bags to throw in the freezer and use at a later date. I decided to pull out one of those bags of frozen crans to make this pie.



Cranberry and apple make such a great team. They just compliment each other so well. And in the case of this pie, the cranberries turned the pie filling into a pretty pink color.



If you happen to have any cranberries around, I highly recommend making this pie. Or save it off in your back pocket when the fall flavors of Thanksgiving are swirling around in your head.

Two Years Ago: Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Three Years Ago: Vegan Vanilla Raspberry Cupcakes


Friday, October 15, 2010

Spiced Caramel Apple Pie

The other day Hubby cleaned out our basement storage area. He made a big pile of things to take to Goodwill. One of the things I pulled out of the Goodwill pile was my apple peeler/corer/slicer. I see why he put it in that pile, I haven't used it since... well ever. I got it from my mom a long time ago and kind of forgot about it. See I am not a big apple pie fan. I've actually never made one before today. As I tried to explain to Hubby that we needed this torture-device looking cooking gadget, he promised to cut up any apples I ever need cut.



Hubby does cut the two apples I take in my lunch every morning. Yes, I realize I'm spoiled... Luckily for me (and Hubby) this debate took place during apple season. I told him to he should use it to cut, peel, and slice the apples for this pie. After using it once, he agreed that it was awesome and worth finding a place in our tiny kitchen to store it. In fact, he loved using this gadget so much, that he used it multiple times that same day since we had apple grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch too.



Now on to this pie. Holy wow. The filling in this pie is AMAZING. I had to take a bite of it before filling the pie and I joked to Hubby that I was just going to eat the filling without actually baking the pie. The sautéed apples are coated in a spiced caramel sauce that is out of this world.



This pie reminds me of a variety of apple favorites. It's got the apple pie thing going, then topping reminds me of a great apple crisp, and the filling reminds me of spiced apple cider. We will definitely be sticking with this apple pie forever. I see no reason to try any other recipes out there.



One Year Ago: I met Alton Brown!
Two Years Ago: Peppery Lemon Brown Sugar Salmon - this is a favorite of ours, we make it very often for a quick dinner


Monday, October 11, 2010

Caramelized Apple Grilled Cheese

Hubby and I went apple picking a couple weeks ago, so I've been trying to use up our apples. We've been eating a lot of them just raw since we both take two apples in our lunch every day. I also made a big batch of cranberry applesauce, which Hubby LOVES. I was working from home the other day and typed apple into my Google Reader to see what would pop up.



Amidst all the cobblers, pies, and other desserts, there was this sandwich. My stomach was grumbling for lunch so I threw it together. Wow, this sandwich is awesome. And it's really easy to make.

Start by caramelizing the apples in some cinnamon, butter, and brown sugar.



While the apples are cooking, get out two pieces of bread and add some cheese. I shredded some goat milk Gouda since that's what I had on hand. Cheddar would be awesome too.



When the apples are done, pour them onto one of the pieces of bread. Then top the apples with the other piece of bread.



Add more butter to your pan and plot down the sandwich. Then walk away for about 3 minutes. You're going to want to poke at it, but don't!



Flip your sandwich and let the other side cook for about 2 minutes. I like my grilled cheese like I like my bacon and toasted marshmallows - burnt and crispy. If you don't want yours this "well done" just flip is sooner.



Take the sandwich off the pan and let it cool a minute. Then cut in half on the diagonal. Grilled cheese just tastes better when it's cut this way. Trust me. Try not to burn your tongue like I did. I just couldn't wait to dig in.



I did want to add that this sandwich is very much like apple pie in a sandwich. So if you're not up for something quite so sweet, try this - use 1/2 of an apple instead of a whole apple per sandwich and add a few slices of bacon. The more savory version is Hubby's favorite.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Gingerbread Apple Upside Down Cake

Hubby and I have been hosting quite a few dinner parties since our kitchen is finished. It's nice to not be embarassed to have people over because of our kitchen. For one of these dinner parties, I let Hubby choose the dessert. I gave him a few to choose from and he said he was in the mood for gingerbread. Hubby even offered to help by peeling and cutting the apples for me.

I didn't have a 10" pan, so I used a 9" pan. The cake didn't overflow, but you can see that I have a nice little foot on the bottom of my cake due to using a smaller pan and not adjusting the recipe. That's ok it was still amazing.

I must have cooked my caramel too long because it was not as gooey and flowy as the original pictures show on Smitten Kitchen. I served this at room temperature with some fresh whipped cream on top. Everyone really enjoyed it.

Gingerbread Apple Upside Down Cake - from Smitten Kitchen - serves 12
Printable Recipe
Topping
4 tablespoons butter, plus extra for greasing pan
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
Pinch of salt
4 apples (about 1 3/4 pounds), peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch wedges

Batter
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/3 cup dark molasses
1/3 cup honey
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Very softly whipped cream

Make the Topping:
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease a 10-inch cake pan. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add brown sugar and simmer over moderate heat, stirring, four minutes, then swirl in salt. Remove from heat and pour into the bottom of your cake pan. Make circles of overlapping apple slices on top of the caramel. Chop any remaining slices and place them in the gaps.

Make the Batter:
Using a mixer, blend 1/2 cup butter and the sugar on medium-low speed. Increase the speed to high and cream until light and fluffy.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, molasses, honey and buttermilk. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon. Alternate mixing the flour and molasses mixtures into the butter mixture, adding the next once the last has been incorporated.

Pour the batter into the pan. Bake at least 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool on a rack for 10 to 15 minutes, then turn out onto a platter.

Don't forget - I'm offering a chance to win a cute tote if you donate $5 or more to my Avon Walk by the end of January. See details here.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Cranberry Apple Pumpkin Muffins

After making these pumpkin cranberry muffins a couple weeks ago, Hubby said I didn't need to ever try another muffin recipe again. He said they were the best I had ever made and he could eat them forever. Now, I've made quite a few different muffin recipes. And for anyone who knows me in real life, they know that I don't just stop trying new recipes. It's just not my thing. It annoys my family sometimes when they ask me to make something I've already made and I get all hesitant because I've already tried the recipe. Don't get me wrong, some recipes I do repeat, but not so much for baked goods...

When I gave Hubby one of these muffins to try, he first thought it was a repeat of the pumpkin cranberry muffin. When I told him it was a new recipe, he seemed apprehensive. But I can say without any hesitation that these are much better (in my opinion) than the pumpkin ones of a few weeks ago. These muffins add a few extra flavors and textures. I love the different textures from the apples, cranberries, and nuts in the muffins. And they're quite colorful!

I ended up using walnuts and pecans because that is what I had on hand. This is the type of recipe that you can adapt to fit your pantry. I used Granny Smith apples and next time I'll be sure to chop them a bit smaller. I really enjoyed the bites with the fresh cranberries in them. The small punch of tartness is just great. As always, I doubled the recipe so that I would have muffins to freeze for us.



Cranberry Apple Pumpkin Muffins - adapted from Good Things Catered - makes ~20 muffins
Printable Recipe
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour - I used 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 all purpose
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. light brown sugar
1/2 can (or 7.5 oz) pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
1/4 c. oil
1/4 c. applesauce
1/4 c. milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 medium apple peeled, cored, and diced
1 c. fresh cranberries
1 c. chopped pecans - I used 1/2 pecans and 1/2 walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffin pans.

In large bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt and whisk to combine.

In another large bowl, combine sugar, pumpkin, eggs, oil, applesauce, milk, vanilla and stir to combine well.

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until just barely blended. Fold in apples, cranberries and pecans.

Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake for ~30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 10 minutes.

Check out my week of Cranberries here.

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