Thursday, October 17, 2013

Foodie Friday -- Apple Week

Welcome to the October 18th Foodie Friday. I'm celebrating Apple Week with the
Novel Bakers, Jain, Mary, and Pam.
 (You can find links to their blogs at the end of this post.)
Our baking was inspired by Susan Wiggs' bestselling novel, The Apple Orchard.

Here's a quick recap of Apple Week:
Monday -- Apple Crab Cakes
Apple Week concludes with a triple feature . . .  
Apple Pancakes and Caramel Apple Topping
Apple Pie
Apple Ice Cream
Let's start with pancakes.

Apple Pancakes with Caramel Apple Topping
Shake 'n Pour pancake mix
3 to 5 tablespoons pureed honey crisp apples
Mix pancakes according to directions and add pureed apples.
Shake and pour. Cook according to the instructions.
For the topping, place 1 cup granulated white sugar in a warm frying pan. Add 3 tablespoon butter and cook on low heat until sugar has melted. Tilt the pan, swirling the butter-sugar mixture, until it starts to caramelize. Chop, peel, and core 1 Honeycrisp apple. Add apples to pan and stir. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Spoon over pancakes.

 A classic apple pie is next.
Pie Crust
Yield: 2 crusts
 2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup soft butter
1 egg
1 tablespoons cold water
1 tablespoon white vinegar
Combine ingredients. Make a soft dough and cover with Saran Wrap. Chill in refrigerator for 20 minutes. Remove. Discard plastic. Roll dough on a cold surface and shape into two crusts.
Reserve leftover dough to make a pastry garnish.

Apple Pie Filling
1 Granny Smith apple
2 Honeycrisp apples
2 Red Delicious apples
dash of lemon juice
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Butter (3 or 4 pats, cut into bits)
Peel, core, and slice apples. Toss with sugar and lemon juice. Add flour and cinnamon and mix. Place in a pie shell and dot the top of the apple mixture with butter.
Making the Pie
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Place 1 freshly rolled out crust in the bottom of an oven-proof pie dish. Using a fork, poke holes in the crust. Add filling. Place second crust on top and crimp the edges. With a knife, cut vents into the top shell. Roll out the leftover dough and create shapes with cookie cutters or presses. Brush top of the crust and cut-outs with an egg wash.
Bake 30 minutes or until top crust is brown and the filling is bubbling through the vents. If the crust browns too quickly, cover with tin foil.
I found adorable cutouts at Williams-Sonoma.
 Apple Ice Cream
Serves: 3 Big Eaters
1/2 honeycrisp apple, peeled, cored, and pureed
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
1 cup granulated white sugar
1 vanilla bean, cut and scraped
Mix contents and pour into an electric ice cream maker.
Follow the directions for your machine. I use a Cuisinart, and the ice cream was ready in 30 minutes.
I love this recipe because it's tasty and egg-free. No cooking--a bonus for exhausted cooks.
Garnish the ice cream with pastry cut-outs, if desired.

Apple Week continues today with fellow bakers Mary, Jain, and Pam.
I can't wait to see what these talented ladies have prepared. Weaving words and photography, they will delight your senses.

 Jain   a quiet life,

I'm on my way to a book party so I'm posting a bit early today.
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Note: I'll return this Saturday with a peek at Rattlebridge Farm's exterior shutters, another sample clock for the kitchen,  and a visit with an architect. 
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  1. yippee a triple threat! those pancakes look amazing, this is the type of stuff scott craves every weekend for breakfast... throw in the word caramel and i am on it! they look wonderful!

    i adore you little pie cut out pics, its the details that delight me!

    well, and, umm ... PIE!

    WITH ICE CREAM! this is an apple lovers orgy! i love the pic with the acorns and ice cream, just darling!

    so many wonderful pics, i have been to busy to sit online pinning for days, but trust me i will be snatching your pics from all week, nothing better then bright bold colorful pics as we head into the winter to recall the joy of anundance!

    thanks so much for such a wonderful week, sadly i am pushing apples thru november, even though i am devouring poms everyday now, my posts are very far behind!

  2. You are killin me here, apple pancakes, apple pie and apple ice cream~swoonworthy all! Thank you for such a delicious week with the Novel Bakers! The photos are as yummy as the recipes look and sound. Your 3 tier galvanized stand is so perfect for all the beautiful varieties of apples and the WS cut outs look like so much fun to play with! Thank you for hosting the party too, you have had a busy week! I had so much fun at your birthday party!

  3. I don't know whether to start with breakfast or skip straight to dessert! I'm hyperventilating over your picture perfect crust! So golden and perfectly decorated with your pastry embellishments...and pastry leaves with apple ice cream to boot!

    Your apple pancakes with caramel apple topping are over-the-top delicious AND beautiful with apple goodness! What a treat for a fall weekend breakfast or brunch~ everyone must be very happy at your house having been so well fed!

  4. I LOVE apple anything! I haven't gone apple pickin' yet, what am I waiting for?! Happy to join you this week, Michael. Hope you had a wonderful birthday. xo

  5. Your pie turned out gorgeous Michael, love that crust! We're fond of mixing apples too, it really bumps up the flavor and texture-enjoy:@)

  6. Those apple recipes look delicious! Thanks so much for hosting!
    Dee :)

  7. That is a lot of apples! Some really great recipes today. How fun to cook through a piece of literature! Thank you so much for hosting.

  8. Your apple pie is too gorgeous to cut into! Thank you for hosting your great party.

  9. The apple pancakes, and the apple pie are looking amazingly delicious!!

  10. Your crust is spectacular. It looks so sophisticated with the cut-outs. I have those cutters somewhere. You've inspired me to make a pie and decorate it. Great idea to mix apples. Hope you had a great birthday and a lovely weekend ahead.

  11. I love your collection of all things apples, looks fantastic! Have a great weekend and thanks for hosting a great party!
    Miz Helen

  12. That Apple Ice Cream sounds wonderful! I chuckled that it serves 3 Big Eaters. LOL Thanks for hosting!!

  13. You are tempting me with all those apple goodies, Michael Lee! I want a big slice of that pie and the apple pancakes for breakfast. Thanks for hosting! xo

  14. Thanks for the party! All the apples look delicious!

  15. Those apples are so decorative, not to mention, looking delicious. What a beautiful setting!

  16. So many gorgeous photos and a stunning pie! Happy Birthday, Michael! I linked up a roundup of 175 apple dessert recipes and my new flourless chocolate cookies (no chocolate chips needed). :-) Hope you have a splendid weekend!


  17. Wow, these are great apple recipes! I love apples :)
    Thank you for the gathering!

  18. Everything looks so amazing! I love the tiered stand those apples are on. I would definitely like to try the Crab Cakes and the Apple Brie Bruschetta seems perfect for movie night. I can feel my waistline expanding just thinking about all the other goodies too. Looks like you had a great week with apples!

  19. It's been an applesicious week, Michael Lee. You have me baking an apple pie this evening. It won't look as gorgeous as the one you show here, but it will taste great. '-)
    Happy, Happy Birthday! ~ Sarah

  20. Incredibly beautiful photos and everything looks delicious, especially those pancakes. Yum!

    Have a great weekend. :)

  21. OOohh, a link party. This is actually my first time in a link party, and I think I picked a winner to start with. My post is actually not an apple post (the first in a long time for me), but it is a fall dessert post with tart cranberries and lots and lots of yummy crumb topping!

  22. Still don't know how you blog, bake, photograph and do life too but we readers reap the benefits. I enjoyed Apple Week. Your recipes all inspire. Today's apple pie is calling my name. So pretty and I know it is wonderful. Your family are blessed to eat so well.

  23. As if the pie crust bar wasn't set high enough, now you've gone and added cutouts! AND, I want flowered dishes. Very, very badly. I need them.

  24. All of your apple photos look like art! I just love anything with apples or pumpkin this time of year. I need to look for that bruschetta recipe. I think apples and brie are a perfect pairing. Our local "fancy place" has an apple, brie and bacon pizza to die for! Thanks for hosting!

  25. I so loved "Apple Week"....Have a great weekend!

  26. Your pie! Your pie! It's exquisite! Love the fall cutouts.

  27. Oh does this post get my mouth watering!! YUMMO! I just watched (and recorded) Guy Fiere on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives, where they made apple pancakes! I saved it because I wanted to try it & now you have!! Only they cooked their diced apples in some butter & brown sugar FIRST, then poured the pancake mixture over the top...kept it on the stove till the edges set & then popped it into the oven to finish. I think I like you way better!

    Hope you're having a great Birthday week/month!

  28. Thank you for hosting and I hope you had a great birthday!

  29. Your photos are always gorgeous Michael Lee. (Oh and happy birthday!)

    Anne xx

  30. Hi! just linked up to foodie Friday...a bit late....but very excited about sharing. My little "Pink" strawberry cakes are in honor of all women this month "Breast Cancer Awareness Month!...hug a friend today!


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