Saturday, October 9, 2010

How 'Bout Them Apples?

As I mentioned previously, the star of this week's blog is apples.  And I STILL have more to get rid of, so if any of you have any fantastic apple recipes, please send them my way.  I had a pretty busy baking week, so this blog entry will be a bit longer than most.

First up....

Apple Spice Drops

You can find the recipe for these cookies here: apple spice drops.  I call these "Breakfast Cookies" because they taste almost like an apple coffee cake.  They are sooooo good.  I always throw in more apple pieces than the recipe calls for because I love how it tastes.  No one wants to get an apple cookie minus apple pieces.  These cookies most definitely make your kitchen smell like fall, so it's a great way to celebrate the season.

The next apple recipe I threw together this week was Impossibly Easy French Apple Pie.

Impossibly Easy French Apple Pie

 This recipe really is impossibly easy and on top of that, it comes out tasting like pure apple pie heaven.  You can find the recipe on the Betty Crocker website here.  I threw this together right after work and then took it over to my friend Melissa's house to bake while we watched some quality TV (I use the word "quality" loosely here, 90210 won't be winning any emmy's). 

This recipe consists of three basic steps:

1. The apples

(covered in cinnamon and nutmeg...oh the smells)

2.  Pouring the batter onto the prepared apple covered pie pan (so pretty)

3. Covering everything in a brown sugar & pecan streusel (yes it tastes as good as it sounds)

Melissa and I managed to eat a third of this pie right out of the oven.  It was that good.

Last, but certainly not least, I hosted a Beauty and the Beast DVD re-release party this past week.  Yes, I know I'm almost 27 years old, please don't judge.

I chose to make Champagne Truffles as my dessert because of the French setting in the movie. 

Champagne Truffles

These are a favorite of my friend Angela, so I knew at least one person would be excited about them.  You can find the recipe I used here.  Truffles sound fancy and difficult, but they're really easy to make once you've gotten the hang out of it.

This recipe requires very few ingredients:

(Champagne or Sparkling wine, butter, one egg, chocolate and whipping cream)

Getting the chocolate ready is my favorite part, there's nothing better than the smell of melting chocolate.

I make it look so easy!  Don't be discouraged if you burn a batch of chocolate, it happens...a lot.  Just make sure you have some extra on hand, just in case.

As a side note, I hate hate HATE opening up bottles of champagne.  I am Marshall in How I Met Your Mother.  I'm really scared of opening them, because I'm positive one of these days I'm going to hit myself or a friend in the face with a cork.  So I always go outside to open bottles, just in case I break something in my house (windows, glasses, faces, etc). 

And this is my neighbor's fence that the cork shot over when I opened the bottle, causing all the dogs in the neighborhood to go on a barking spree.  Graceful, I am not.

A lot of making truffles involves waiting.  Waiting for chocolate to thicken, waiting for it to hold its shape...just waiting.  But in the end it is so worth it.  I roll my truffles in powdered sugar rather than cocoa powder, it's just a personal preference.  And now some party favor photos :)

Apple Spice Drop Cookies in the CUTEST little cupcake holders from

Tea, in honor of Mrs. Potts and a candle for Lumiere.

Champagne Truffles: The finished product.

Ok, so that's it for this week!  Next week will probably be less eventful, I have no idea what I'm making yet, so we'll just call it a surprise.

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