The Fudgelet and I don’t really watch television, but we do watch some YouTube videos together. Especially baking ones. One of our favorites to watch together is Rosanna Pansino’s channel. At first, I thought she was a little annoying, but then she grew on me and I like watching what she makes. The videos are usually short and colorful with easy descriptions the Fudgelet can follow. He has watched enough baking videos with me to now say things like “stir until well-combined” and “are you using the paddle attachment?”.
Today, for the first post of the new year, I have a light salad that works for the winter. You can feel free to make changes, including adding things like walnuts, parmesan cheese, or carrots. No step-by-step pictures because it is not necessary for this: it’s really easy!
During my Thanksgiving visit, I made an apple crumb pie for my dad, a second pie crust from the same dough, and I still had dough left! K had the brilliant idea for me to try and make apple turnovers. I had never made them before, but decided that it would not require much waste if they did not turn out. They ended up being amazing. I loved how puffy the dough got when baked.
This is a loose recipe because you may have more or less dough than I did. I ended up having too much filling, so I scaled it down a bit for you. We ate the remaining filling on the side with our turnovers because it was still tasty, even without the crust. You could also reserve the filling for the next day and make some more dough. If you want to go all out and make a bunch of turnovers, just scale accordingly.
Apparently I’ve been making a bunch of food recently, so this is actually the dessert I made for my dad for my Thanksgiving visit. I am visiting my family again for Christmas, which means any Christmas baking will have to be posted after the fact. Particularly because some of their gifts are food, and I don’t want to ruin the surprises. For instance, my dad is getting another “dessert” (I already told him it’s more savory than sweet this month) that needs to be made in person. Supposedly it is best when made fresh, so we’ll see how it goes! It will be my first time making it, so hopefully it goes ok. For November’s dessert, I had to schedule the Apple Crumb Pie for a visit because there was no way that was going to ship properly. I was a little concerned about making the pie crust at my dad’s, but it ended up working out fine. Using my mom’s marble slab was nice since his counters aren’t granite like mine.
Another day in October, another apple post for fall? I know this is not a Halloween post, but I cannot say that I have ever made a Halloween recipe before. I am not very crafty or creative with decorating, but I also am waiting for a reason to do it. My husband is not going to be as impressed with ghost cookies or the like. But, as I said in my last post, we have a bunch of apples in the house. This means I need to find different ways of using them to take advantage. If you liked the sound of the apple crumb, then you will probably enjoy this breakfast version. To be honest, I was making this recipe because I had stale croissants and a pain au chocolat that needed to be used in some way. Bread pudding seemed like a great way because I remembered reading somewhere that old croissants were a nice decadent addition to bread pudding. Well, I could not find a recipe with it so I decided to make my own. This one is not as pudding-like as some recipes, but it worked for me. You could use other fruit, and you do not need croissants but they were really nice in this. I was pleasantly surprised how nicely the bits of chocolate from the pain au chocolat paired with the apple.
If your bread is not stale, no worries. My croissants were not enough, so I used some Italian bread that was bought fresh the day before. I was already preheating the oven, so while the oven preheated, I placed a pan with the bread cubes in the oven. By the time the oven was preheated and I had prepared the apples, they were ready. You could toast them longer if you prefer a crunchier bread pudding. I liked having a combination of half stale and half toasted.
I live in apple country, but last year we had trouble finding places to pick our own apples. We were actually told that you couldn’t pick apples because people kept suing the farms. So, we gave up our search and satisfied our apple craving with apple cider. This year, while at a farmer’s market, we saw that there was a u-pick orchard about 1-2 hours away. We were going to Hawaii that week, so we delayed the visit until after we got back. After picking so many apples, I had to find recipes to use them. Of course, apple cider was first and allowed me to update my post on it with more pictures. For the next apple treat, I decided to try a treat from a Jacques Pepin cookbook I have, called “Fast Food My Way“. The recipe is supposed to have dried apricots in it, but we don’t like them so I added a different dried fruit I had: cherries! You could also use raisins or some other dried fruit you enjoy with apples. The fruit gets nice and plump like juicy raisins.
Happy Wednesday! This is a super happy one for me because I am currently in Hawaii. We went for our honeymoon last year and had to return after having such a wonderful time. And before you get concerned, no I am not blogging in Hawaii. I did set this up to post long before I left. Probably the last thing on my mind is apple pie ice cream. More like sunscreen, fish, beach, buffet breakfasts, awesome hotel staff, loving husband, relaxation…you get the picture! Maybe I will share some pictures when I return to make you more jealous.
In the meantime, make this and you won’t feel as jealous (no kitchens or ice cream makers in my hotel room!). I saw apple pie ice cream recipes and thought it sounded really interesting. After all, apple pie goes so well with ice cream. Well, it turns out that I am more a chocolate ice cream girl than apple pie, but K loves it, and I loved it with oatmeal cookies in a sandwich. So, even if you do not want this “as is” wait until Friday and I will share the cookies I used for this.