Showing posts with label apple filling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label apple filling. Show all posts

Friday, September 2, 2011

Apple Bread Pudding w/Vanilla Sauce

Apple Bread pudding is this weeks fruit inspired dessert. Bread Pudding has long been a favorite of mine, and adding the apples definitely brings it up a notch! Comfort Food at it's best.!!
Apple Bread Pudding
3 cups Whipping Cream
4 tablespoons unsalted Butter
1 1/2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon Sugar
pinch Salt
8 slices French Bread
3 eggs
2 Granny Smith Apples
1/2 cup Golden Raisins
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Pour the whipping cream into a saucepan.
Put the heat on low.
Add the butter.
Add 1 teaspoon of butter.
Add 1/2 cup sugar and pinch of salt.
Heat until the butter melts.
Using a 2 quart baking pan, butter the pan.
Tear the slices of bread into bite size pieces, 
and place them in the baking dish. They should not be
all the same size. This is a rustic dessert. It should
look homemade!
Place all the pieces in the pan.
Go bake to your sauce on the stove. Using a whisk,
mix the ingredients together. The butter should be
melted by now. Mix to make sure the cinnamon
is fully mixed, and not in clumps.
Pour the saucepan of cream over the bread in the baking dish.
Let the sauce and bread sit for a few minutes, but push 
down any pieces of bread that want to pop up
and not stay submerged.
Put the three eggs in a bowl,
and whisk them like you would for 
scrambled eggs. (Not real hard, but enough so the
whites and eggs are together)
Pour the eggs in the bread and cream mix. Stir it in.
Peel the apples.
 Core the apples with a corer, or cut around the core
as I did. You will end up with 4 quarters from each 
apple. Then slice the quarters.
Cut each quarter into 4 pieces.
Here are all your apples.
Sprinkle the apples and raisins over the mix in the pan.
Push the apples and raisins down into the mix.
We need to make a water bath to cook the bread 
pudding. To do that, place the baking dish with the
bread pudding in it inside a larger dish. The larger dish
has to have enough room to hold water.
 Pour water in to the larger pan so that it surround the smaller pan,
and pour it so that it is within 1"  of the top.
In a small bowl mix together the 1 tablespoon of sugar
and the 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.
Thoroughly mix.
Sprinkle the mix over the top of the bread pudding.
Bake for 40 -60 minutes. To test, slide a knife in to the center.
If it comes out clean~it is done.
Vanilla Sauce
1 tablespoon Cornstarch
2 tablespoon Butter
1/2 cup Sugar
1 cup Boiling Water
1teaspoon Vanilla
Boil water in a different pan or tea kettle.
In a saucepan, add sugar and cornstarch.
Add the boiling water to the pan.
Simmer for 5 minutes, then add butter and vanilla. 
Turn heat up to medium. Let heat until sauce thickens.
Pour sauce over bread pudding for a delicious treat.

Thanks for joining me today!
I hope you enjoyed all of our fruit inspired dishes.

Next week I will be featuring some of my
Las Vegas Favorites!

See you tomorrow!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Apple Pie Bundles

These Apple Pie Bundles are a great way to finish out our week. Rumor has it that fall is just around the corner, bringing with it all the wonderful fall food flavors and colors. I can't wait! But right now, I am sitting in the air conditioning, attempting to wait out the record high temperatures we are experiencing this week. Oh, please, make it go quick. I'm begging!

1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg
4 cups Apples
1/4 teaspoon Cornstarch
 1/2 cup Water
1/2 teaspoon Lemon Juice
Place water in a pot.
Add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice and cornstarch.
Bring to boil. Let boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add apples and return to boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 6-8 minutes.

Pie Crust
(adapted from Perfect Party Food)
(I apologize for no pictures. My camera died while I was
making this recipe, but I didn't know it. It kept taking pictures,
but even though I was using a card, and I checked to make sure the
pictures were there, it didn't keep them. As soon as I am done here,
I am off to get a new camera)

2 1/2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Sugar
1/2 cup Vegetable Shortening
1/2 cup unsalted Butter~Cold
3-5 tablespoons Ice Water

Put the flour and sugar in the food processor and pulse a few times.
Add the Vegetable Shortening and pulse again to mix it up.
Add the butter cut into cubes, and pulse until the mix
starts to pin itself against the sides of the bowl. Scrape the sides.
Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons of water and pulse 4-5 times again
until the mix comes together. The mix should still be a little crumbly.
Wrap the dough in plastic and set in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

Flour your work surface and using a rolling pin, roll out the dough.
I used a 6" round plate to cut my discs. I cut around the plate
with a pizza wheel.

Then I set the discs on a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
I piled apple pieces in the middle of the dough.
Then I pulled the dough up to the middle of the circle, and cinched
it together to form a bundle. If any of the crust broke open,
just squeeze it back together.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
Let bundles completely cool before moving them
off the baking sheet.

Caramel Sauce
1 1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Water
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

In a heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar and water
over low heat. Stir the sugar until dissolved. Turn the heat to high,
and let the mix cook until the mix becomes carmelized and amber in color.

Take the pan from the heat and add whipping cream, 2 tablespoons at a time.
Be careful, as mixture will bubble up. Continue adding the cream and mix
together thoroughly. Let cool, then refrigerate.

To Serve: Place the bundle on a plate.
Drizzle with the caramel sauce.
 Serve with ice cream, if so desired!


Thank for joining me today!