Friday, October 4, 2013

Foodie Friday ~ Fall Treats


I found some delicious treats to share for the start of this fall season, the stuff we love to comfort each other with, time tested traditions revamped and some added goodies.

Bon Apetít




Pumpkin Pie Cake Recipe
Ingredients:
16 ounces canned pumpkin
12 ounces evaporated milk
1 1 /2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 yellow cake mix
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Directions:
Mix together the pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, eggs, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice in a bowl.  Pour into a greased 9x13  pan.  I used a glass pan.  Then sprinkle the dry cake mix over the entire pumpkin mixture in the pan.  Be sure to use all of the cake mix.  Then spoon 1 cup of melted butter over the dry cake mix.  Sprinkle chopped nuts over all.  Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes. You can eat it warm or cold.  However you like to eat your pumpkin pie!
Makes about 20 servings



LifeWith4Boys.com has a great selection of recipes if you have a crockpot, it's all you need to provide a delicious hearty meal without all the hard work.  





An what about the apple pie? Here a delightful twist from Just a Taste


SALTED CARAMEL APPLE HAND PIES
yield: MAKES 10 (3-INCH) HAND PIES prep time: 1 HOUR (INCLUDES CHILLING) cook time: 15 MIN
INGREDIENTS:
For the dough:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1/2 cup cold sour cream
For the filling:
2 cups small diced (peeled) Granny Smith apples (See Kelly's Notes)
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
8 store-bought soft caramels, roughly chopped
Large flake sea salt (See Kelly's Notes)
Egg wash (1 egg lightly whisked with 1 Tablespoon water)
Crystal sanding sugar (optional)
DIRECTIONS:
Make the dough:
Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.
Add the cubed butter to the bowl and use your fingers to work the butter into the flour until the mixture is the consistency of wet sand.
Stir in the sour cream (the dough will be very wet), and then turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface.
Knead the dough a few times until it comes together, adding more flour, 1 teaspoon at a time, if the dough is too sticky to handle. Roll the dough into an 8x10-inch rectangle and dust both sides with flour before folding it into thirds as if you were folding a letter.
Rotate the dough 90º and roll it out again into an 8x10-inch rectangle. Fold the dough again into thirds then wrap it securely in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes while you make the filling.
Make the filling:
In a small bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar and flour, stirring until thoroughly mixed. Set aside.
Assemble the pies:
Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and unfold it onto a well-floured surface, rolling it out to a 14x14-inch square. (See Kelly's Notes.)
Using a 3-inch circular cookie cutter or cup, cut out as many circles as possible. Re-roll the scraps and continue cutting out circles until you run out of dough, ensuring you end up with an even number of circles. (You should have approximately 20 3-inch circles.)
Place six of the dough circles on a Silpat or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Spoon a small portion of the apple filling into the center of each circle, leaving enough of a border around the filling. Top the apple filling with a portion of the chopped caramels and a pinch of sea salt. Place a second dough circle atop each filled circle then use a fork to crimp the edges together, sealing each pie.
Brush each pie with the egg wash, and using a sharp knife, cut two or three vents on the top of each pie. Sprinkle the pies with crystal sanding sugar (optional).
Bake the pies for about 15 minutes, or until they're golden brown.
Remove the pies from the oven and allow them to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Repeat the filling and baking process with the remaining dough circles.
Kelly's Notes:
The cubed apples should be no larger than the size of corn kernels to ensure they become tender during the quick 15-minute bake time.
Large flake sea salt is available in most supermarkets. My preferred brand is Maldon Salt.
If the dough is too firm to work with after refrigerating, allow it to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before cutting out the circular shapes.
If the sour cream in the dough makes it too sticky at any point in the rolling out process, just simply sprinkle a pinch of flour atop the wet areas and continue rolling.



I can't wait to dive into my holiday baking and cooking, the house always smells so inviting, feel free to stop by...

The Stylista

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