Apple pie is all I could think of. The air is nice and crisp early in the morning and late in the evening. The leaves are turning into this beautiful golden color, the sweaters are coming out of the closet. A great cup of coffee or tea with some apple pie is the perfect ending to a great day. It can be enjoyed after a great meal, or sitting in your favorite chair and enjoying a quite moment.
Here is my family favorite. As soon as they see me coming home from the store with extra apples, their faces light up as they know what they will get to enjoy.
From my family to yours, enjoy!
1 Pastry crust – I use Pillsbury
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced
½ to ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
Preheat the oven to 400°. Roll out the pie crust in a 9 inch pie dish. Make sure the crust is all the way up to the rim. Poke lightly the dough and place in the hot oven for 5 to 7 minutes.
Remove and let it cool off.
In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, heavy cream, vanilla extract and the brown sugar.
Add the sliced apples to the pie dish. Cover with the egg mixture.
Place a pie shell shield to cover the border of the dough or make one with aluminum foil.
Lower the heat to 375°. Bake the cake for 40 to 50 minutes. The top should be nice a golden brown, and the middle should not be runny.
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Fall is the season we love the most. Living in Arizona we welcome Fall with open harms. This is the time we forget the long warm summer days and we say goodbye the days of 100 plus degrees with pleasure . The morning air is clean and crisp, and a bit chilly if you wake up early and want to enjoy a cup of coffee with a full stars sky. I love it!
With the welcoming of fall, our house is enjoying a make over and the kitchen is the place of all the changes take place. As we settle into our routine we enjoy cooking more.
A dish that is a staple is homemade pasta. Working the dough, cutting it, letting it dry while we prepare a wonderful tomatoes sauce, is a family affair during the week end. A time to enjoy each other and have fun.
Last week end was no exception. Homemade fettuccine with tomato sauce, spinach and prawns.
We could not wait to enjoy our dish that we did not take the picture of the finished dish. I guess we will have to make it again…
HOME MADE PASTA
3 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
Warm water or white wine
Place the eggs, flour and salt into the bowl of your mixer fitted with the bread blade. Mix slowly and add water as needed to the dough. Once the dough is well blended, not flaky or too wet (add more flour if this is the case) remove, place on cutting board and cover with a bowl. Let rest for 10 minutes or until ready to use.
Using the pasta machine, follow manufacturer directions to prepare long strips of pasta. I use Kitchen Aid and the last turn of pasta is with number 6.
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Having friends for the weekend is always fun as it allows me to be a bit more creative in the kitchen. However my son and guest did not feel my excitement on the new muffins that I was going to prepare for them.
Me: I am going to make chocolate chip sweet potatoes muffins
Son: Sweet potatoes?? Really!! I don’t think that will taste that good, potatoes muffins!!!
Me: You must expand your food repertoire and I would like for you to try them. I know once you bite into one, you will love them.
Friend: I do not like chocolate chip muffins.
Me: You do not like chocolate chip muffins?
Son: my mom can’t have them either as she gave up chocolate for lent, so you are in luck.
Me: I guess it will be sweet potatoes muffins.
Son and Friend: Oh!!
I have not made this very old recipe, which it was handed me down by someone ions ago, was delicious with the chocolate chips, and now without them, I was in unknown territory and had no idea what to expect. Not too sweet, light and just delicious was the final verdict. we enjoyed them also with butter and jam.
We hope you will enjoy them as well as much as we did.
SWEET POTATOES MUFFINS
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup orange juice
1/3 cup oil
16 ounces – 2 medium sweet potatoes or yams- cooked in the oven until soft
1 cup chocolate chip
Sanding sugar for decoration
Cook in the oven the sweet potatoes until soft. Remove from the oven and peel them. Place the meat into a dish, smash to reduce to a no chunk pulp and let it cool.
Keep the oven at 400°.
Mix all the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, cinnamon and chocolate chips if using.
Add to the dry ingredients the orange juice, sweet potatoes, egg and oil and mix well.
Place muffins cups in muffins pan and pour muffins mix up to cup high.
Sprinkle sanding sugar and bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the toothpick comes out clean.
Serve at room temperature.
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