Wednesday, August 31, 2011

All American Apple Pie

This past weekend, we went to a wonderful wedding in the Adirondacks.  Despite Hurricane Irene, we had a great time.  The couple chose a beautiful venue with  floor to ceiling windows overlooking mountains and  Echo Lake .  The table settings, abundant with local products, included honey, jams and a basket full of local apples (shown in the picture above), complimented the room. As soon as i saw the basket of apples, I thought.... APPLE PIE!
So here it is, hot out of the oven!  Can't wait to slice into it and add a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/3 c packed dark brown sugar
1/3 c sugar 
1 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt  
6 c peeled, sliced, cored  cooking apples (granny smith)
Pastry for double crust 9 inch pie
1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tsp water

  1. Preheat oven to 400'
  2. In a small bowl, stir together lemon juice and cornstarch.  Mix well until blended.
  3. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, sugar, melted butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and cornstarch mixture.   Add the apple slices and toss to coat the slices completely.  Let stand 10 minutes.
  4. Prepare pie plate with pastry crust.
  5. Fill the pastry lined pie plate with the apple mixture.
  6. Roll out remaining pastry and cover.  Pinch edges to seal.
  7. Cut several vents in top crust and brush the entire top crust with egg yolk mixture.  Lightly sprinkle with sugar.
  8. Bake pie at 400' about 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown.   If necessary, cover edges of crust with foil to prevent over browning.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Chocolate Raspberry Bars

YES, PLEASE!!! These little treats are absolutely delicious and really easy to make. I came across this recipe from one of my favorite websites Laura In the Kitchen. I did add some chopped walnuts on half for my nut lovers. It was a big hit! Wish I had some tips on storage for you, but they didn't last long enough to store :)

Chocolate Raspberry Bars
1 Cup of Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
½ Cup of Brown Sugar
¼ tsp of Salt
2 Cups of Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1 14oz Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/3 Cup of Seedless Raspberry Preserves

1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 by 9 inch baking pan and line the bottom with parchment paper and set aside.

2) In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar, add the flour and salt and mix together until you have a crumbly mixture.

3) Press ¾ of the mixture into the bottom of the pan and bake for about 12 minutes.

4) In a microwave safe bowl, melt together the 1 cup of the chocolate chips and the condensed milk. Stir until the mixture has come together and the chocolate has melted.

5) Spread the chocolate mixture over the crust, dot the top with the remaining flour mixture. Sprinkle over the remaining chocolate chips and drop teaspoonfuls of the raspberry jam all over the top.

6) Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the center looks set. Let cool for a few hours before cutting into bars.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

iheartfaces Pets

This is Heidi
Queen of the  Castle  Couch

I'll be entering this photo in the iheartfaces Pet Challenge this week.  If you are interested in entering your pet photo, head on over to their site :)  Hurry! Contest Ends Tues. August 23, 2011, 9pm CST.