Saturday, November 20, 2010

Spiced Apple Cream Cheese Danish

To begin with:

A) I can't believe I made this.
B) I can't believe how easy it was.
C) I can't believe how well it turned out.

As soon as I saw this post over at Annie's Eats I knew I had to make and devour it. And since today was my amazing husband's 30th birthday it seemed like a good day to splurge and eat this butter filled treat for breakfast.

I started it on Friday morning. Made the dough, made the butter square (that's right, a butter square) then played with Jake for a bit. Rolled out the dough with the butter square.

Went and ate lunch at school with Alexis, came home and rolled it out again (looks the same as above) and made the fillings.

So this morning all that was left to do was roll it out the last time, fill it, braid is, bake it and devour it.

We didn't take the time to take a picture of the whole thing before we dug in!
It does take time, but 90% of that time is just waiting, it only took about 15 minutes to roll it out each time I actually had to do something. Now, this thing seems to be so packed full of calories I won't be making it weekly or anything but I will be making it again and I will use the dough recipe to make croissants some time soon!

Head over to Annie's Eats for the recipe. The only thing I did differently than her was the apples. I added a whole teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp cloves and a dash of ginger to the apples before throwing them into the pan.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Apple-Raisin Bars

This is a great and easy little recipe that I make all the time. Jeremy eats it or breakfast if he is running late and the kids eat it for afternoon snack. The only person in out family who doesn't eat it is Alexis because as she says "I don't like stuff in my food".

1 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 c butter softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 large apple diced
1/2 c raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 X 9 pan. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
In a large bowl cream together sugar, eggs, butter and vanilla until smooth.
Gradually add flour and mix until just incorporated. Stir in apples and raisins. Spread into pan evenly.
Bake at 350 for 35 – 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Unexcused Absence

We were on a roll there posting once a week and then all of the sudden, one month with no posts... what's with that?

Our computer's hard drive crashed, so we lost all of our pictures and recipes.... but now we are back up and hopefully back in working order. I'll try to get something up here soon.

For now though - for all of you who are hosting Thanksgiving dinner and cooking a big turkey, I would like to share with you the biggest thing you can do to make your turkey amazing. Ready?

Brine it.

I wish I had all my pictures from last year to show you how to do this but instead I'll point you to a great web site that I love. The Pioneer Woman. This link has a step by step guide on how she makes her turkey brine each year.

Turkey Brine Recipe

Please brine your turkeys people, it will revolutionize your Thanksgiving meal!