Apple Crisp

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The early fall is truly magical.

These days I love to revel in all the pleasant impressions that this time of year evokes in me.

I love the calm… as if everything is coming to rest after all the hard work.

I’m excited when I see first signs of the glitter party that nature is going to throw soon.

Also, I love to go for long walks and enjoy the nice and warm days.

And if I didn’t sleep so late I’d definitely enjoy the crisp and cool mornings.

Hm, you can’t have everything, I guess.

 

But most of all, I enjoy the fruits of this season.

Like apples, for example.

In my world, there’s nothing more wonderful than the smell of apples and cinnamon coming out of the oven.

That’s why I end up making all sorts of apple-cinnamon creations these days each year – Apple Crisp being one of my favorite.

Yum!

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The ingredients are simple and economical.

And that’s great.

 

Now I invite you to have a look at what crazy stuff was going on in my kitchen…
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1. First, I preheated the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

2. I placed all the ‘topping’ ingredients into one bowl – namely the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, salt, oats and walnuts.

Okay, maybe it wasn’t that crazy.

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3. Using a fork, I combined them all just until this crumbly mixture had formed and no large pieces of butter were visible.

The topping is finished.

Easy!

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4. Then I grabbed six medium apples.

These are Golden Delicious.

Also Empire, Gala, or Braeburn are especially good in this recipe.

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5. I peeled, washed, cored and sliced them.

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6. And then I cut the slices into 1 inch (2.5 cm) chunks.

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7. To make the filling, I placed the apples, the lemon zest (I used dried lemon zest) and the sugar in a larger bowl…

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8. …and tossed it to combine.

Mmmm… can you smell that?

Instant home!

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9. I am brushing a dish with vegetable oil here.

Instead, you can butter the dish or just spray it with some cooking spray.

Also, although I used a slightly larger dish, I recommend to use a 9 inch (23 cm) deep dish pie plate or an 8 x 8 x 2 inch (20 x 20 x 5 cm) baking dish.

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10. Fill the dish with the fragrant apple filling.
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11. And, using your fingertips, spread the topping evenly over the apples.

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12. Pop it in the oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes, or until bubbly and the topping is golden brown.

13. Remove from the oven, place on the cooling rack and let cool for about 30 minutes.

Then dig into it with a spoon and check whether everything is all right.

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And if everything is perfectly all right, and it definitely will be, proceed to another step – fill a bowl with some more spoonfuls of this flavorful, juicy and crispy wonder.

Add a nice, fat scoop of vanilla ice-cream.

Or two.

Or four.

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And have a great time!
If, by any chance, you end up with some leftovers, refrigerate them and reheat them before serving.

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Enjoy!

 

Mini Apple Pies

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Would you like to know what I’ve been doing for the past two hours?

Sitting in the kitchen and staring at the Mini Apple Pies I’ve just made.

I LOVE the way they look… so cute, adorable and so much fun to make.

And I haven’t even started talking about the way they taste – it’s left me speechless… up till now…

Just try making them – your family will love you and your kids will surely be awed and remember them for quite some time.

These are the ingredients:

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And this is how the story goes:

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1. Place the flour, sugar (2 tablespoons/30 grams) and salt in the bowl of your electric mixer.

Stir with a spoon until combined (don’t use the mixer yet… unless you want to disappear in white, dusty fog forever).

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2. Add the butter (1 cup – 226 grams) and mix (now you have the permission to use the mixer) until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

3. Pour 1/4 cup (60 ml) water in a slow, steady stream until the dough holds together when pinched. If necessary, pour more water.

Mix for only about 30 seconds.

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4. Remove the dough from the mixer bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about one hour before using.

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5. Meanwhile, we can prepare the filling…

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Peel the apples (I am using Golden Delicious here), core them and cut them into teeny tiny dices.

Place the cut apples into a bowl.

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6. Add the sugar (1/2 cup – 100 grams), lemon juice, salt (1/4 teaspoon), cornstarch (some of you may know this as corn flour) and the wonderful, fragrant, heavenly cinnamon.

(What would I just be without cinnamon…? Probably some purposeless creature. I am sorry for this purposeless note.)

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7. Melt the butter (2 tablespoons/30 grams) in your microwave and add it to the mixture.

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8. Mix, mix, mix.

I am glad to inform you that now we’ve reached the apple filling perfection.

Please, be stronger than me and try not to feast on this heavenly mixture at this stage.

9. Preheat the oven to 356 F (180 C).

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10. Grease your regular sized muffin tin with vegetable oil.

As you can see I am using a silicone muffin tin – this one doesn’t need much oil… if any.

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11. For our mini pies we need the bottom crust and the top crust – the bottom circle being slightly wider than the top one.

Hence, I searched my house for two glasses – the bigger one measuring about 4 1/2 inch (11 cm) and the smaller one being about 3 1/2 inch (8,5 cm) in diameter.

These perfectly fitted the regular muffin cup – which should be about 2 1/2 inch (6,5 cm) in diameter.

Enough with numbers.

I dipped the glass in flour.

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12. I removed the dough from the fridge and placed it on a lightly floured surface.

Using a rolling pin, I rolled it out to about 0.1-inch (3 mm) thickness.

Then I went on and cut out a circle from the dough.

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13. Now press the circle gently into the muffin cup.

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14. Fill the dough with the apple mixture so that it comes over the top of the muffin cup.

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15. This is the smaller glass being dipped in flour.

Using the smaller glass, cut out another circle and…

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16.  … put it on top of your pie.

With your finger, press the edges down gently.

Then, using a fork, create some nice ornament.

Let your fantasy fly free and create any ornaments that come to your mind.

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Here, I grabbed my bamboo chopstick and created another decoration.

At long last, my chopsticks found some use around here… I think they are happy now…

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17. Using a sharp knife (which is exactly what I am NOT using here), make two slits in the centers of your cute pies to allow the steam to escape.

Continue doing this process until you’ve run out of the dough and apple filling.

18. Place in the oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

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19. Once they are done take them out of the oven and let them sit for about 15 or 20 minutes so they get cool enough to handle.

Enjoy dear friends!

This recipe makes 11 pies.

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Apple Galettes

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I have stumbled across this wonderful recipe on Foodgawker.

The little cuties looked very yummy, fun to make and their individual serving size seemed to make them perfect for sharing.

I opted for an apple filling (instead of the grapefruit one) because it’s my favorite these days. I just love that wonderful moment when apples become hot and intimate friends with cinnamon!

Of course, to satisfy my curiosity I went searching for where the word gallete came from and what it meant.

No surprise dear friends, it comes from French.

Galette is a general term to designate various types of flat, round or freeform crusty cakes. There are two most famous galette types – the galette des Rois (King cake) and the Bretton galette which is a a large, thin buckwheat flour pancake.

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To make the pastry you need:

2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons granulated sugar

1 cup (230 grams) cold butter, cubed

1 teaspoon vinegar

1/2 cup (120 ml) milk

To make the filling you need:

4 large apples; peeled, cored and sliced (or cut into cubes)

1/2 cup (110 grams) butter

4 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

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1. Preheat an oven to 356 F (180 C).

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

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3. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the flour, salt, and sugar.

4. Add the butter.

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5. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

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6. Then sprinkle the mixture with the vinegar and add milk gradually.

Pulse for about 4 more minutes until the mixture becomes smooth.

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7. Place the dough on a well floured surface and form a ball.

If the dough is too sticky keep adding flour.

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8. With a floured knife keep cutting the dough in halves until you have 16 even pieces.

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9. Shape the pieces into balls and put them in a refrigerator (the dough is easier to work with when cooled).

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10. Melt the butter and sugar in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir frequently for about 2 minutes.

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11. Add the apples.

Stir frequently, for about 4-5 minutes, until they just start to turn tender.

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12. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Toss the mixture gently and cook over medium heat for additional 2 minutes, until the sugar begins to caramelize and the apples are crisp-tender.

Place the apples on a plate.

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13. Remove a ball from the fridge and roll it out into a 5-inch (13 cm) circle (remove one ball from the fridge at a time).

Place about 2 tablespoons of the filling in the center of the circle.

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14. Fold the edges of the dough over the filling in a crimped pattern, leaving the center uncovered.

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15. Gently, but firmly, push down on the crimped edges to help prevent the crust from opening up during baking.

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16. Place the pastry on the baking sheet.

Brush with melted butter.

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17. And bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from the oven and let cool.

Yummy!

This recipe was adapted from the blog of “LaFujiMama” .