Thursday, September 27, 2018

Celebrate It! Blog Link Party!

Thank you for stopping by today! 
I want to apologize for not having a party last week.
I have very bad arthritis in both of my hands and my spine, 
and sometimes, I just can't do what I want to do! 
It is extremely annoying and painful, 
and I apologize for letting you down!

I am so happy you are here today, so let's get on with the fun!

Featured Links from our last party:

How to Make Velvet Acorns and Pumpkins
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5 Ingredient Quick Spaghetti Sauce
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Accordion Paper Fall Leaves
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Time for the party!


















Grandma's Apple Butter / #appleweek

I have enjoyed Apple Butter several times, but this is the first time that I have made it myself. I love it! It is so much better than the jars I have picked up at the grocery, and it is even better than the time I bought some at an apple festival! It is a sweet, flavorful mix of apples, cider, sugar and spices. No butter is involved, but you can spread it like butter on anything and everything!
This is not a quick recipe, and if you make it like I did, pressing the apples with a sieve, you need a little muscle. A food mill would work much better. But, either way, it is worth your time and energy! I only made enough for one canning jar, and it was gone within the week!
Grandma's Apple Butter
(printable recipe at end of page)
(makes 1 jar)

3 pounds of Apples
1 quart Water
1/2 quart Sweet Cider
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Spice House Apple Pie Spice


Wash the apples and cut them off the core.
Chop the apples into small pieces. Place in a large saucepan, cover with water, and boil until soft. It takes about 30 minutes.
Once the apples are soft, place a small amount at a time into a sieve and press down on the soft apples, pushing them through the holes and into the bowl underneath. This helps the apples breakdown. You could also use a food mill.
Pour the quart of sweet cider into a medium pot, and boil down the cider to half.
Here is a quick tip for making sure you boil the cider to half volume and not more. Pour the cider into the pot, and mark where it is in the pot on the outside with a pen and a piece of paper. Then mark where you want it to end up, which is halfway down. When the cider gets to that point, you are done. This helps you remember to keep an eye on the cider, because it boils down fast, and it is easier to gauge.
Add the apple pulp, sugar and Spice House Apple Pie Spice to the pot. Mix in.
Cook until the apple butter becomes a spreadable consistency, stirring often. The amount on this spoon is at the beginning of the process. Stir often to prevent burning.
The continued cooking and stirring will make the apple butter thicker, like it looks on this spoon.
After cooking, the apple butter wll look like this. Pour into jars and let cool. This Apple Butter is perfect for canning, and would make a great hostess or teacher gift!  

Tip-I should have peeled the apples, but forgot until after I had cut them. So I went ahead and left them on. Some of the peels came off as the apples cooked, and some of the peels came off as the apples went through the sieve. The peels would not go through. 


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Grandma's Apple Butter

ingredients:

3 pounds of Apples
1 quart Water
1/2 quart Sweet Cider
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Spice House Apple Pie Spice

instructions:


  1. Wash the apples and cut them off the core.
  2. Chop the apples into small pieces. Place in a large saucepan, cover with water, and boil until soft. It takes about 30 minutes.
  3. Once the apples are soft, place a small amount at a time into a sieve and press down on the soft apples, pushing them through the holes and into the bowl underneath. This helps the apples breakdown. You could also use a food mill.
  4. Pour the quart of sweet cider into a medium pot, and boil down the cider to half.
  5. Here is a quick tip for making sure you boil the cider to half volume and not more. Pour the cider into the pot, and mark where it is in the pot on the outside with a pen and a piece of paper. Then mark where you want it to end up, which is halfway down. When the cider gets to that point, you are done. This helps you remember to keep an eye on the cider, because it boils down fast, and it is easier to gauge.
  6. Add the apple pulp, sugar and Spice House Apple Pie Spice to the pot. Mix in.
  7. Cook until the apple butter becomes a spreadable consistency, stirring often. The amount on this spoon is at the beginning of the process. Stir often to prevent burning.
  8. The continued cooking and stirring will make the apple butter thicker, like it looks on this spoon.
  9. After cooking, the apple butter wll look like this. Pour into jars and let cool. This Apple Butter is perfect for canning, and would make a great hostess or teacher gift! 
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Cinnamon Apple Fritters / #appleweek


This post is sponsored in conjunction with AppleWeek .
I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the
creation of the AppleWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

I have loved Cinnamon Apple Fritters since I was a little girl. But, I haven't had them since .....well, I can't even remember the last time! So when when it was time to decide on apple recipes for #appleweek, Cinnamon Apple Fritters were a definite YES! The fritters are full of all the yummy fall flavors, and made me wonder why I waited so long to have them again. I know you will love this recipe too! It is full of flavor, and the fritters, served either hot or cold, are amazing and known to be addicting!
Cinnamon Apple Fritters
(printable recipe at end of page)
(makes enough for 4 -5 people)

2 large Apples-peeled

2 tablespoons Sugar
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Allspice
Pinch of Salt
1 1/4 cup Flour
1 cup Beer
Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup Caramel Bits
1-2 teaspoons Heavy Duty Whipping Cream
Chocolate Shavings



Start by chopping your peeled apples. You'll need small pieces as shown. For how to cut a small, fairly consistent size, read here.


Place the apple pieces in a large bowl. Add the sugars, cinnamon, allspice, and salt. Mix together until all the apple pieces are coated.
Whisk together the flour and the beer. Let it set up for 15 minutes.

Add the apples to the batter.
I used my Swiss Diamond frying pan to fry the fritters and heated the oil to 350 degrees. Using a cookie scoop, place the fritter batter into the fryer. Turn them over as needed to fry evenly. When done, remove from oil and let rest on a paper towel. 
While the fritters were frying, melt the caramel bits on low heat. Make it sauce by heating the heavy duty whipping cream and then adding it, a little at a time, until the caramel is smooth and you are happy with it's consistency.
Serve with the caramel sauce and enjoy!


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Cinnamon Apple Fritters

ingredients:

2 large Apples-peeled
2 tablespoons Sugar
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Allspice
Pinch of Salt
1 1/4 cup Flour
1 cup Beer
Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup Caramel Bits
1-2 teaspoons Heavy Duty Whipping Cream
Chocolate Shavings

instructions:


  1. Start by chopping your peeled apples. You'll need small pieces as shown. For how to cut a small, fairly consistent size, read here.
  2. Place the apple pieces in a large bowl. Add the sugars, cinnamon, allspice, and salt. Mix together until all the apple pieces are coated.
  3. Whisk together the flour and the beer. Let it set up for 15 minutes.
  4. Add the apples to the batter.
  5. I used my Swiss Diamond frying pan to fry the fritters and heated the oil to 350 degrees. Using a cookie scoop, place the fritter batter into the fryer. Turn them over as needed to fry evenly. When done, remove from oil and let rest on a paper towel. 
  6. While the fritters were frying, melt the caramel bits on low heat. Make it sauce by heating the heavy duty whipping cream and then adding it, a little at a time, until the caramel is smooth and you are happy with it's consistency.
  7. Serve with the caramel sauce and enjoy!
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Deconstructed Chocolate Caramel Mini Apple Pie / #appleweek


This post is sponsored in conjunction with AppleWeek .
I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in
the creation of the AppleWeek recipes.
All opinions are mine alone.


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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