Thursday, October 2, 2008

You can never go wrong with Apple Pie


There's just something about fall and apple pie,
they just go hand and hand
I always welcome fall with a yummy apple pie

I decided no lattice today

Classic Apple Pie

INGREDIENTS

1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
1/2 cup unsalted butter (I use 1/4 cup if I'm watching my figure ;)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons of water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 dash of nutmeg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
8 apples - peeled, cored and sliced
(I like fresh ones from my tree best)

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste.
Add water, white sugar and brown sugar,cinnamon, nutmeg and bring to a boil.
Reduce temperature add vanilla and let simmer.

2. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Mix apples with all but 1/4 cup of sugar mixture, mounded slightly.
Cover with a lattice work of crust.

3. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven.
Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.
During the last 15 minutes of baking gently brush the sugar and butter mixture over the crust and return to oven

Baking up a storm in my new oven

After being with out a proper oven for months we finally bought one (it was so hard to pick one there are so many to choose from!) and now I've been baking up a storm here are a few of my first baking goods




Sweet Dinner Rolls
These are light soft and sweet

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1/2 cup warm milk
1 egg
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/4 cup butter, softened

DIRECTIONS

1. Place water, milk, egg, 1/3 cup butter, sugar, salt,
flour and yeast in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer.
Select Dough/Knead and First Rise Cycle; press Start.(you also make these the good old fashion way)

2. When cycle finishes, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
Divide dough in half. Roll each half into a 12 inch circle, spread 1/4 cup softened butter
over entire round. Cut each circle into 8 wedges. Roll wedges starting at wide end;
roll gently but tightly. Place point side down on ungreased cookie sheet.
Cover with clean kitchen towel and put in a warm place, let rise 1 hour.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

3. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until golden.