Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Deconstructed Chocolate Caramel Mini Apple Pie / #appleweek

My favorite part of an apple pie is the apples and that sweet, cinnamon sauce that they are cooked in. Mmmm...! So I thought it would be fun to make a pie with a lot of the filling and less of the crust. Don't get me wrong, I love the crust also. But sometimes you just have to change things up a bit! That's how I ended up with this Deconstructed Chocolate Caramel Mini Apple Pie!
Deconstructed Chocolate Caramel Mini Apple Pie
(printable recipe at end of page)
(2 Mini Apple Pies)

1 package of refrigerated Pie Crust
1 Nordic Ware Reversible Pie Top Cutter 
1-2 tablespoons Flour
1 teaspoon unsalted Butter, melted
1/4 cup Sugar
2-3 tablespoons Cinnamon
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
Pinch Nutmeg
1 cup Caramel Bits
2 ounces Milk Chocolate, chopped
1-2 tablespoons Heavy Duty Whipping Cream


Before opening your pie crust, let it come to room temperature. Unroll the packaged pie crust. Of course, you could make your own pie crust if you wanted. Sprinkle a tablespoon of flour on the Nordicware Pie Top Cutter. Place the piece of pie crust on top of the apple side of the cutter. Using a rolling pin, roll over the dough until it looks like the picture above. Then pull off the dough in between the apples. Put the dough aside, and use a toothpick to pick out the apples. Place them on a parchment covered cookie sheet. 
Reroll the dough and the 4 little leaves in the middle. You don't need the cute little leaves for this recipe, but it is hard to avoid them. Place on pie top cutter and do it all over again.
By the end, you will be using little pieces of dough. 
Keep cutting the dough until it is all gone. I used this Swiss Diamond Paring Knife to help me with the job! Very handy and sharp!
Brush each apple with the melted butter.
Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Sprinkle the mix onto the apple cutouts. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Let cool. These can be made a day or two before serving, keeping in a sealed container.
Chop your apples into small bite sized pieces. Click here to get the most efficient way to get these small pieces! Place apples on the stove with a pat of butter. Add the cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg. Cook on medium, stirring often until slightly soft. Remove from stove, or if you wish to enjoy your pies warm, just turn heat to low, and keep an eye on them while you finish the dish!
Get your caramel melting in a double boiler. Once it is melted, heat 1 tablespoon of heavy duty whipping cream in the microwave until warm. It takes less than 10 seconds. Slowly pour the warm cream into your caramels, stirring constantly until they are incorporated. If the cream is cold, it will not mix well, making your caramel too hard. This way it will be creamy. 
Chop your chocolate into small and large pieces.
Start building the deconstucted pies by placing some apple cutouts in the bottom of the bowls.
Add the cooked apples,
the melted caramel, and top with the chopped chocolate! 

Add a couple more apple pie crusts for fun! Serve and enjoy!

*a couple notes~ This would be great ala mode, and for another fun taste, add chopped peanuts on top of the chocolate and caramel. Then it will taste like a chocolate caramel apple! also....There is no need to make as many apple crusts as I made. Since I was making them anyway,  I froze them for future desserts! 

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Yield: 2 pies

Deconstructed Chocolate Caramel Mini Apple Pie

ingredients:

1 package of refrigerated Pie Crust
1 Nordic Ware Reversible Pie Top Cutter 
1-2 tablespoons Flour
1 teaspoon unsalted Butter, melted
1/4 cup Sugar
2-3 tablespoons Cinnamon
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
Pinch Nutmeg
1 cup Caramel Bits
2 ounces Milk Chocolate, chopped
1-2 tablespoons Heavy Duty Whipping Cream

instructions:


  1. Before opening your pie crust, let it come to room temperature. Unroll the packaged pie crust. Of course, you could make your own pie crust if you wanted. Sprinkle a tablespoon of flour on the Nordicware Pie Top Cutter. Place the piece of pie crust on top of the apple side of the cutter. Using a rolling pin, roll over the dough until it looks like the picture above. Then pull off the dough in between the apples. Put the dough aside, and use a toothpick to pick out the apples. Place them on a parchment covered cookie sheet. 
  2. Reroll the dough and the 4 little leaves in the middle. You don't need the cute little leaves for this recipe, but it is hard to avoid them. Place on pie top cutter and do it all over again.
  3. By the end, you will be using little pieces of dough. 
  4. Keep cutting the dough until it is all gone.
  5. Brush each apple with the melted butter.
  6. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Sprinkle the mix onto the apple cutouts. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Let cool. These can be made a day or two before serving, keeping in a sealed container.
  7. Chop your apples into small bite sized pieces. Click here to get the most efficient way to get these small pieces! Place apples on the stove with a pat of butter. Add the cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg. Cook on medium, stirring often until slightly soft. Remove from stove, or if you wish to enjoy your pies warm, just turn heat to low, and keep an eye on them while you finish the dish!
  8. Get your caramel melting in a double boiler. Once it is melted, heat 1 tablespoon of heavy duty whipping cream in the microwave until warm. It takes less than 10 seconds. Slowly pour the warm cream into your caramels, stirring constantly until they are incorporated. If the cream is cold, it will not mix well, making your caramel too hard. This way it will be creamy.
  9. Chop your chocolate into small and large pieces.
  10. Start building the deconstucted pies by placing some apple cutouts in the bottom of the bowls.
  11. Add the cooked apples, the melted caramel, and top with the chopped chocolate! Add a couple more apple pie crusts for fun! Serve and enjoy!

NOTES:

*a couple notes~ This would be great ala mode, and for another fun taste, add chopped peanuts on top of the chocolate and caramel. Then it will taste like a chocolate caramel apple! also....There is no need to make as many apple crusts as I made. Since I was making them anyway,  I froze them for future desserts!
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Monday, September 24, 2018

Apple Cinnamon Pull Aparts / #appleweek

It is day one of #appleweek, and I am so excited to show you some new recipes featuring falls favorite fruit~the apple! Today's recipe, Apple Cinnamon Pull Aparts, featuring Envy Apples will quickly become a family favorite, whether you serve it for breakfast or as a yummy dessert after dinner. It's pretty perfect for both, and would be great for brunch also!
Apple Cinnamon Pull Aparts
(printable recipe at end of page)
(recipe makes 1 ring of pull aparts)

1-2 Envy Apples, peeled 
2 cups Buttermilk Baking Mix
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 cup Milk
2 ounces solid Cream Cheese
1/3 cup Sugar
1/3 cup packed Brown Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
1-2 tablespoons Milk


Cut the apples off of the core. This will leave slices like the picture on the left. Cut the slices in half. If necessary, cut the slices in half again, per picture #2. Taking the cut slices a little at a time, hold the flat edge on your cutting board like, picture #3 and chop small pieces, like picture #4.
Add baking mix, and cinnamon to a large bowl. Mix together with a spoon. Add the chopped apple pieces.
Add the milk, and stir together to form a ball.
Form 16 balls of equal sized dough.
Cut the cream cheese into 16 equal sized pieces.
Wrap each ball of dough around a piece of cream cheese.
As you form them into balls, make them look nice, as these are pretty close to how they will look when baked. In a separate bowl, mix together the white and brown sugar, and cinnamon. In another separate bowl, melt the butter. Take each ball of dough, roll it in the butter, and then into the sugar cinnamon mix.
Once rolled, place the dough balls into a 4-5 cup ring mold, that has been buttered. I used the pan above with the small one in the middle because I don't have a ring mold. This is simple to do. Just butter each pan. 
Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-40 minutes. They should be light golden brown when they are done. Immediately flip over to a serving platter. Then flip back over to serve. You can also just take the small inside pan out, and use a spatula to remove them.
Make a little bit of a drizzle by whisking sifted confectioner's sugar and milk together. 
Drizzle over the warm rolls and enjoy! Don't forget a big cold glass of milk!

Well, this was my first recipe of #appleweek, and I hope you enjoyed it! Don't forget that I will have more apple recipes for you every day this week, all featuring fresh and delicious Envy Apples! Please stop by and give them a look. They are all yummy and fun to make!


Would you like to know more about Envy Apples? Aren't they gorgeous! Check them out on facebooktwitterinstagram, and pinterest!


The giveaway that I posted about here, goes on throughout the week. Click on the link above to enter the drawing. There are some awesome prizes that you will definitely love! Good Luck!

There are a lot of bloggers participating in this fun #appleweek, and they have some mouthwatering recipes for you to make! Make them now, or print a copy of the recipe and make them later. You won't be dissappointed! Here is the list of today's recipes and the author. Just click on the link for more tasty apple ideas!


Monday's Recipes:



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breakfast, dessert, treat, brunch
Yield: approx. 5 servingsPin it

Cinnamon Apple Pull Aparts

ingredients:

1-2 Envy Apples, peeled 
2 cups Buttermilk Baking Mix
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 cup Milk
2 ounces solid Cream Cheese
1/3 cup Sugar
1/3 cup packed Brown Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
1-2 tablespoons Milk

instructions:


  1. Cut the apples off of the core. This will leave slices like the picture on the left. Cut the slices in half. If necessary, cut the slices in half again, per picture #2. Taking the cut slices a little at a time, hold the flat edge on your cutting board like, picture #3 and chop small pieces, like picture #4.
  2. Add baking mix, and cinnamon to a large bowl. Mix together with a spoon. Add the chopped apple pieces.
  3. Add the milk, and stir together to form a ball.
  4. Form 16 balls of equal sized dough.
  5. Cut the cream cheese into 16 equal sized pieces.
  6. Wrap each ball of dough around a piece of cream cheese.
  7. As you form them into balls, make them look nice, as these are pretty close to how they will look when baked. In a separate bowl, mix together the white and brown sugar, and cinnamon. In another separate bowl, melt the butter. Take each ball of dough, roll it in the butter, and then into the sugar cinnamon mix.
  8. Once rolled, place the dough balls into a 4-5 cup ring mold, that has been buttered. I used the pan above with the small one in the middle because I don't have a ring mold. This is simple to do. Just butter each pan. 
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-40 minutes. They should be light golden brown when they are done. Immediately flip over to a serving platter. Then flip back over to serve. You can also just take the small inside pan out, and use a spatula to remove them.
  10. Make a little bit of a drizzle by whisking sifted confectioner's sugar and milk together. 
  11. Drizzle over the warm rolls and enjoy! Don't forget a big cold glass of milk!



Sunday, September 23, 2018

Welcome Post / #Apple Week

This post is sponsored on behalf of #appleweek. Our generous
sponsors, Swiss Diamond, Envy Apples, Imperial Sugar,
Nordic Ware, Rodelle Vanilla, Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal, Nairn's
and The Spice House have provided us with products for
recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers.
As always, all opinions are my own.

Hello, and Welcome to #appleweek!
I am so excited that you are here! In case this is your first time
to visit during #appleweek, let me tell you a little bit about it!
I want your #appleweek experience to be fun and inspire you!
This week some blogger friends and I are sharing some of our
favorite tastes of fall with recipes overflowing with cinnamon,
apples, nutmeg and many more tasty ingredients! There will
be a lot of recipes to browse, and some "new to you" bloggers
to explore also! Here is a preview of one of my favorite recipes
coming up this week:
Apple Cinnamon Pull Aparts

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