Apple Cake

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This recipe I first made because I was teaching a cooking class and I was using different beers and Redd’s Apple Ale had just came out.

Which if you never tried it, it really is a great light beer, its very refreshing, when I first tasted it my first thought was this beer would be fantastic on an extremely HOT!! day ūüôā¬†
It just gave me that refreshing feeling…I thought it was great, so I paired it with this Apple Cake.

(I was doubling the cake in these pictures, I used a 11×15 pan)

Ingredients (missing in photo, butter and brown sugar)

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Peel, core and slice apples

 

 

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add flour, cinnamon and baking powder, whisk together

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Add softened butter and brown sugar

 

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Cream together

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add eggs and vanilla

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when mixed

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add 3rd of flour, mix, then half applesauce, mix
another 3rd flour, mix, rest of the applesauce, mix
add rest of flour, mix

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fold in the flour on the sides

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spread mixture in sprayed baking dish

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layer you apples over top and bake

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Meanwhile in a sauce pan add cider, beer & brown sugar

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reduce down and let cool slightly

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Baked

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pour over cake using a pastry brush to spread around

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Then let cool down, then slice and serve

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Recipe – Apple Cake

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
2 cups brown sugar, packed, divided
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 large apples, peeled, cored, sliced
1 1/2 cups apple cider
1 cup Redd’s Apple Ale

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees, spray a 9 inch square pan.

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  In a large bowl beat with a mixer butter and 1 1/2 cups brown sugar for 3 minutes.  Add vanilla and eggs, beat until combined, reduce speed to low; add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with 2 additions of applesauce and beat until just combined, scrap the sides and fold in by hand.

Pour batter into pan and smooth out, arrange apple slices in rows on top, if you like more apples you certainly use more, and overlap them more closely.

Bake until toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs, 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Set on wire rack to cool about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile in a medium sauce pan add cider, beer and remaining brown sugar cook over medium-high heat until reduced to about 1 cup and let cool slightly.  With a pastry brush brush mixture all over the top of the cake, letting drip down the sides.  Let cool, then serve.

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If you did not want to use beer you can just add more cider.

This cake is super most and the cider/beer reduction is so good, soaks right in ūüôā

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Enjoy!!!

Rustic Fruit Tart

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This is my simply, easy and delicious go to dessert, well maybe my family’s cobbler is my first one I’d go to, but this is¬†definitely¬†a close second for sure.
I will make this all year around, with any kind fruit that appeals to me as I walk through the produce dept. or at my local farmers market.  I like using Apples, Pears and Plums mostly since I have at least one or combination of those always in the house.

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You can mix and match any combo you like, add in some blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, even nuts if you like. ¬†I’ve added those huge Red Holiday Grapes (seedless), just cut them in half added them to some apples…delish!!

Now you can make your own pie crust that is great you go to town, but for me this pre-made crust works out perfectly.

This time I had few pears and one lonely apple…but it was delicious and this how I do it.

Ingredients

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I roll the pie crust out on my baking sheet and set aside

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Peeled my fruit (I do not peel plums)

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Cut the fruit

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toss in together in a large mixing bowl

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add flour, brown sugar, cinnamon

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and toss to coat all the fruit

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Pile up high in the center of your crust

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pull up one edge of the crust then continue to go around overlapping crust

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looks like this

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make an egg wash, and brush all over crust

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I sometime will sprinkle a little sugar over the crust, then bake

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Done!!!!

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Recipe

Rustic Fruit Tart

1 pie crust
Fruit (i used) 4 pears and 1 small apple
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 egg
3/4 tsp. granulated sugar (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees

Roll out pie crust on to baking sheet, I used a siltpat on my baking sheet.
Peel, core or seed fruit, then slice, put slice fruit in a large mixing bowl, add flour, brown sugar and cinnamon and toss to coat all the fruit.  Pour fruit in the middle of your pie crust and pile it high.  

**I like to use a lot of fruit and pile it high, you can use as much or as little as you want, you like more crust then fruit use less fruit to have more crust coverage, to each his own.

Take one edge flip it up on to fruit then continue to go around the fruit overlapping the crust all the way around.
Egg wash – 1 egg & 1 tsp. water, whisk together and brush to coat crust. (you will not use much, so you can keep for breakfast in the morning)

If you want to add a little more crunch and sweetness to your crust, sprinkle 3/4 tsp of sugar over the crust.

Bake for 25 minutes at 425 degrees, then turn oven down to 400 degrees for 15 minutes more. ¬†It should be nice and golden brown, but everyone’s ovens do vary, so do keep an eye on it. ¬†If you feel your crust is browning to quickly you can tent with some foil until fruit is tender.

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Serve this warm or at room¬†temperature, most the time when I make it, very little makes it to room¬†temperature, and it does make a tasty breakfast…and goes great with Coffee!!!! ¬†Enjoy

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This is picture of the Plum tart that I did this past summer.

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Family Cobbler Recipe

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I love cobbler, but I love my families recipe the best, not that others out there are not good its just that I’m used this one.

You pretty much can use any fruit, I have used peaches, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries with white chocolate chips, apples, pears, cranberries, use your imagination the possibilities are unless.

These pictures are from when I made Apples & Cranberries.

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Peel apples and cube add cranberries
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Mix with sugar and cinnamon, set aside and start on batter
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add sugar & melted butter, then mix in dry ingredients and milk
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Pour batter into baking dish, top with fruit
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take the ice cold water add vanilla to it and pour all over fruit and batter
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Recipe:

3 – 4 cups fruit – (you can use frozen if you don’t have fresh)
1/2 cup + 3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
4 tbsp. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup ice cold water

Use a 8×8, 9×8, 9×9, if you go bigger (9×13) I double the recipe.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large bowl add fruit and 3/4 cup sugar and toss to coat all the fruit

In a medium bowl add butter and 1/2 cup sugar, whisk together, then add half the flour, salt and baking powder, whisk, then add half the milk, whisk again then add the rest of the flour and milk and whisk to make batter.

Pour batter into a sprayed baking dish

Sprinkle fruit all over batter

Mix 1 cup cold water and 1 tsp. vanilla together and pour over batter

Bake for about 40 minutes sometime is takes longer, you want it to look golden brown, I have gone as long as 1 hour for a double recipe.

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Serve warm with vanilla Ice Cream….its yummmy!!!! ¬†Enjoy!!!

Chocolate covered Apple Bites

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It’s Apple time, I love the fall and I love using apples in dishes and warm apple cider. ¬†Had a little fall get together with friends this past weekend so I made apple bites. ¬†Great fun for the Kids too!!!

These are so easy to make, I used Fowler Farms Zestar Apples, we carry apple from this farm and they are by far the best I’ve ever had, just delicious.

Things needed:
apples
melon baller
melting chocolate
Toppings – crushed oreos, pecans, sprinkles, m&m’s really what ever you can find that will stick
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Hold the apple in one hand and melon baller in the other, scoop out balls of the apple.
I put them all in a bowl, then took a paper towel and kind of squeezed the cut side of the apple (because if its too wet the chocolate will not stick) to absorb some of the juice.  Put a toothpick in the top (skin side), then dipped in chocolate then toppings, set on a tray to cool.  You can also drizzle extra chocolate on them too, these will keep in the refrigerator for 2 -3 days.

This is great fun to do with your kids and to serve at Halloween Parties or any party.
Enjoy!!!