Old Fashioned Apple Pie

I’ve never been a big fan of apple pie until I tried it with tangy spy apples.  The apples are just sour enough to cut the sweetness of the sugar and the fat of the crust.  The recipe would be just as good with granny smith apples.

INGREDIENTSApple Pie

PIE CRUST

5 cups flour

3 tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 lb vegetable shortening

1 egg

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

ice cold water to make 1 cup

FRUIT

1 cup sugar

2 tbsp flour

1 tsp cinnamon

5 cups Spy apples

DIRECTIONS

Crust

Mix flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.

Mix in vegetable shortening until mixture is crumbly.

Beat egg in measuring cup until frothy.  Add vinegar and water,

Mix together just until mixed.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

When chilled roll out dough into two disks.  I like to do this between two sheets of parchment paper as it is easy to handle.

Line a pie plate with the first disk and trim edges.  Set aside.

Fruit

Combine sugar, cinnamon and flour.

Add apple and mix until well combined.

Pour into pie shell and top with second crust.  Scallop edges and vent the pie.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes until apples are soft and crust is golden brown.

Cranberry Almond Shortbread

Dried cranberries add a fruity flavour to this shortbread recipe.  The combination of the fruit and the crunch of the almonds  blend well together and make an unforgettable cookie.

INGREDIENTSCranberry ALmond Shortbread

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup icing sugar

1 1/4 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup chopped almonds

DIRECTIONS

Cream butter, icing sugar and vanilla together.

In a separate bowl mix flour, salt, cranberries and almonds.

Fold dry ingredients into wet until mixed well.  DO NOT OVER MIX.4

Spread cookie dough  on parchment and roll into logs.  I usually make two.  Chill for at least 1 hour.

Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until slightly brown.

For another cranberry recipe try Citrus Cranberry Cookies.

 

 

Hard Candy

Hard candy is made from an unusual combination of vinegar and sugar.  It’s a great addition to a Christmas gift basket or cookie tin.

INGREDIENTSHard Candy

2 cups sugar

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup vinegar

2 tbsp butter

10 drops green food colouring

DIRECTIONS

Place ingredients in a large saucepan and heat until sugar is dissolved in mixture.  Boil until a candy thermometer indicates the hard ball stage for sugar is reached (266 degrees Fahrenheit). Be careful the sugar will be very hot and can burn easily.

Pour into a greased and lined 8 inch pan.  Chill

Break into pieces and serve.

 

Caramel Corn

This time of year I think about my grandmother.  She passed away many years ago but I have many fond memories of visiting her house every weekend.  On special occasions she would pull out her tattered recipe book and make some special treats.  Caramel corn was one of those recipes and I carry on the tradition of making it at Halloween and Christmas.  Sweet and crunchy this recipe is sure to please trick or treaters.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup popcornCaranel Corn

1 cup butter

2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup golden corn syrup

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS

Heat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pop 1 cup of popcorn.  Remove unpopped kernels and put it in a buttered roast pan.

Melt 1 cup of butter in a saucepan.  Stir in 2 cups brown sugar, 1/2 cup golden corn syrup and 1 tsp salt.

Bring mixture to a full boil stirring constantly.  Let mixture boil for 5 minutes and remove from heat.  Do Not Stir.

Stir in 1/2 tsp soda and 1 tsp vanilla. Pour over popcorn and mix together well.

Bake for 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes.  Spread out onto parchment paper to cool.

Peanuts can be added to this recipe.

For another sweet treat try Chili Cereal Brittle

Candy Corn Cookies

Seasonal sweet treats are everywhere this time of year and I like to try to combine unusual combinations in my baking.  Candy Corn cookies are great for those days you need something sweet to fill your cravings. 

INGREDIENTSCandy Corn Cookies

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tsp cornstarch

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup sugar

1 tbsp vanilla

1 egg

3/4 cup butter

2 cups candy corn

1/4 cup pumpkin sprinkles

DIRECTIONS

Mix flour, baking soda, salt and cornstarch together in a large bowl. Continue reading “Candy Corn Cookies”

Maple Sugar Cookies

It might seem like a strange time of year to be craving maple baked goods but I find when the leaves begin to fall from the trees I look forward to making a batch of Maple Sugar Cookies.  Sweet and crunchy these cookies go fast on a holiday table.  Cut leaf shapes and colour icing as desired.

INGREDIENTSMaple Sugar Cookies

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

ICING

1 cup icing sugar

1/4 cup maple syrup

DIRECTIONS

Blend flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl.

Continue reading “Maple Sugar Cookies”

Olive Oil Cake

The olive oil in this cake gives a savoury note to the taste. Try experimenting with different quality olive oils to find the version you like the best.

Ingredients

2 cups flour

Olive Oil Cake1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup lemon juice

DIRECTIONS

Sift dry ingredients  into a bowl.

Mix wet ingredients into another bowl.

Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix until just combined.

Pour onto a parchment lined loaf pan and cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-40 minutes.

Cool before serving.

For another different cake recipe try Chocolate Carrot Cake

Pumpkin Bread

Bright orange and white pumpkins are beginning to show their faces in the local stores.  At this time of year I long for comfort food and this pumpkin bread recipe is sure to satisfy.  Made with yogurt and Stevia it is healthier than most recipes.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTSPumpkin Bread

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup safflower oil

1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt

3/4 cup Stevia

1/2 tsp salt

3 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 1/2 cups flour Continue reading “Pumpkin Bread”

Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Many people like their coffee to be flavoured.  Pumpkin Spice creamer flavours coffee with a taste of the fall.  Creamy pumpkin mixed with pumpkin pie spice makes this drink something to be enjoyed throughout the season.  You might want to double the recipe as it goes fast.Pumpkin Spice Creamer

INGREDIENTS

1/8 cup Stevia

2 tbsp pumpkin puree

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tbsp maple juice

3/4 cup half and half cream

1/8 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS

Whip all ingredients together until frothy.

Serve in hot coffee.

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