Apple Cinnamon Madeleines

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*tap, tap…..is this thing on? Hello? Anyone still out there?…….

Yes I joke but really it’s been a loooooooonnnnnnnng time since I posted a new recipe on this site. I can give you all the same blah, blah, blah of not enough time etc.etc but honestly I haven’t been cooking much. My life has taken a different direction at the moment and aside from my steadfast favorites nothing creative is happening in my kitchen. It’s okay though. Lots of great food is still eaten and enjoyed.

So what prompted these? Well Ted Bundy did in fact.

*chrip

*chirp

*chirp

Yes I am talking about the serial killer but let me explain.  I joined a true crimes book club and Mr. Bundy was our man of the hour.  And because we are a morbid group we wanted to keep our discussion nibbles authentic. And Ted was known for his love of French food. And why madeleines? Well they are pretty easy and it allowed me to do one other important thing….fight out against #pumpkinabuse . C’mon people we don’t need pumpkin spice in September. It’s apple season!

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I was really excited to join a book club. One cause I love to read and two, cause I love to talk.

I am a voracious reader. Growing up with a sibling three years older than you (and male) meant you had different rules. I always had to go to bed at least 1 hour sooner and I hated it. What if I missed out on something? My dad came up with a solution.  As long as I was in bed I could read by the light of the window until it was too dark to see anymore. No lights, no getting up and most importantly no telling my mom. The summer months meant I would be awake even longer than my brother and during the darker ones at least we were pretty much the same.

Thanks to my dad reading became such an important part of my life that a night doesn’t go by that I’m not engrossed in my book for at least an hour (and usually in the bathtub…..a busy girl has to mutli task).

And thanks to Ted Bundy these Madeleines exist.

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Apple Cinnamon Madeleines
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 apples, cored and peeled, diced
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. In a food processor puree the apples.
  3. In a bowl beat together the sugar and eggs until thick and pale, about 6 minutes. Baat in the vanilla and apples.
  4. Mix in the dry ingredients, 1/3 at a time. Fold in the melt butter.
  5. Cover and refrigerate at least an hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare your madeleine pans by coating with butter and dusting with flour.
  7. Drop a tablespoonful of batter into the middle of each mold.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the edges are golden and the centers spring back when pressed.
  9. Remove from oven and place madeleines on wire rack to cool.
  10. In a plastic baggie combine the sugar and cinnamon. While the madeleines are still warm drop a few in the bag and shake gently to coat with sugar. Place back on rack to finish cooling and continue with remaining.
  11. Serve right away or seal in airtight container for a couple of day.
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Mini Apple Galette’s with Brown Sugar Cider Sauce + The Niagara Craft Beer Festival

Right now at this very moment my house smells like booze. If the step kids were here, probably not a good idea but since I’m all alone with the house to myself things just got real.

It also smells like apples and cinnamon and pie crust but really what’s most important here?  And why, you ask, does my house smell this way.  Because of these.

Apple Galettes

Kicked up, boozy adults-only apple galettes.  Now you get it!

I’ve been wanting for a while to create something using the currently popular alcoholic ciders on the market and after talking with the owner of the Brickworks Ciderhouse and trying his refreshing product back in the Spring at an event I knew this was the drink for me. There are a lot of brands of cider on the market and it may be hard to choose which one to purchase but trust me when I say you can’t go wrong here.  Small batch, hand crafted cider from a company hoping to repurpose the old orchard around the Evergreen Brickworks for their own apple source.  But until then apples used in each of their batches never travel more than 300 kilometers meaning local and sustainable.

Apple Galettes

Craft is a word you hear loosely thrown around beer drinkers and you may be completely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of brewers out there. It is a term generally used to describe beers made by a small, independant brewers using traditional means to create great tasting beer.  Simple.  And the best way to navigate through all the varieties?  Attend a beer event like The Niagara Craft Beer Festival being held at Montebello Park in St. Catherines August 22-24. With more than 20 vendors on site you can taste to your hearts content and I can 100% guarantee you will find at least one new beer you will absolutely love.  I’ve been to many beer events like this one and thanks to cheap and small sample sizes I have stocked my fridge with an abundant variety to drink over the summer.

Another great thing about Craft Beer Festivals is it usually brings out some stellar food vendors that offer up eats that always pair well with a cold one.  And to top everything else you can enjoy live music from artists like The Trews and USS while enjoying all this great food and drink.

This is how recipes like this happen.  By attending beer festivals and sampling new and sometimes eccentric flavors my taste buds begin conversations with the recipe developer in me and before you know it my house smells like booze.

And one last thing.  My rule when cooking with alcohol: always serve it with the dish for maximum taste.  If it’s good enough to go in the dish, it’s good enough to serve along side it.

Yields 6

Mini Apple Galette's with Brown Sugar Cider Sauce + The Niagara Craft Beer Festival

Frozen pastry shells can be substituted if you are not comfortable with making you own dough.

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Ingredients

  • For the Galettes
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 5-6 tbsp cold water
  • 4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced ( I used Granny Smiths)
  • 1/4 cup Brickworks Cider
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • For the Cider Sauce
  • 2 cups Brickworks Cider
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

Instructions

  1. To make the Galettes
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt and sugar.
  3. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the butter until flour resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Adding a tablespoonful at time stir in the water until the dough begin to come together and form a rough ball of dough. Store in fridge until ready to use.
  5. In another bowl stir together the apples, cider, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. To make the mini galettes separate the dough into 6 even sized pieces.
  8. Using a rolling pin roll out the dough into 6" round circle. (you can use a bowl to get the shape and size you want.
  9. Arrange the apples in a pretty spiral in the center of the dough, or simply pile them in the middle making sure a 1" edge is maintained. Fold the edges up and on to the apples leaving the center open faced. Repeat with remaining dough and apples.
  10. Brush the edges with the egg white and bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. They are ready when the crust is golden brown. Remove from oven.
  11. While the galettes are baking, make the Cider Sauce.
  12. In a saucepan over med-high heat bring the cider to a boil until reduced by half.
  13. Quickly whisk in the cornstarch, butter and brown sugar and bring everything to a boil, stirring constantly for about 5 minutes and the sauce has thickened.
  14. You can serve the galettes warm or cold and drizzled with the warm sauce.
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*Disclaimer- This is a sponsored post.  I was asked to create a recipe using any of the beer vendors participating during the Niagara Craft Beer Festival. Had I not been asked I still would have created this eventually!

Apple Toffee Turnovers

Apple Toffe Turnovers from The Tasty Gardener

It is that time of year again. It’s apple season.  And it’s a bumper crop. Orchards coming off a horrible season the previous year have apple bursting off there trees ready for baking, snacking and cooking.  Here is my contribution to the apple recipe world.

And it all starts with the apples.  Choose any variety you want.  Here I used macintosh.  I ate about three while making these.  Chop them nice and fine.

Apple Toffe Turnovers from The Tasty Gardener

Add your sugar.Apple Toffe Turnovers from The Tasty Gardener

And your spices.

Apple Toffe Turnovers from The Tasty Gardener

 

And then the piece de resistance.  Toffee bits.  Yummy!  All your addition should be based on your taste buds and how sweet you want you turnovers. Taste often.

Apple Toffe Turnovers from The Tasty Gardener

Create your pastry using your favorite recipe.  Roll out the dough and cut into 3-4″ circles.

Apple Toffe Turnovers from The Tasty Gardener

Brush the edges with egg white and place a couple tablespoonfuls of the apples in the center.

Apple Toffe Turnovers from The Tasty Gardener

Fold over the edges and press firmly together with a  fork.

Apple Toffe Turnovers from The Tasty Gardener

Brush the top with more egg white and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Apple Toffe Turnovers from The Tasty GardenerBake and enjoy!

Yields 6-8

Apple Toffee Turnovers
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Ingredients

  • 6-8 small apples, peeled and chopped small
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup toffee bits
  • pastry
  • egg white, beaten
  • cinnamon sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. In a large bowl combine the apples, sugars, spices and toffee.
  3. Roll out pastry and cut into 3-4" circles.
  4. Brush edges with egg whites. Place 2 tbsp filling in center of dough.
  5. Fold over edges and seal with fork.
  6. Brush top with egg white and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes until brown.
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Peanut Butter and Apple Cookies

You really don’t taste the apple much in this recipe but it definitely adds moisture and texture to the final cookie. Adapted from www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com

Serves per cookie

Peanut Butter and Apple Cookies
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup grated apple.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl beat together the peanut butter, butter, sugar and brown sugar.
  3. Beat in the eggs.
  4. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add dry ingredients to the peanut butter mixture.
  5. Fold in the apple.
  6. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and press down gently with a fork.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms begin to brown. Let cool on wire racks.
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Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl beat together the peanut butter, butter, sugar and brown sugar.

Beat in the eggs.

In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add dry ingredients to the peanut butter mixture.

Fold in the apple.

Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and press down gently with a fork.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms begin to brown. Let cool on wire racks.

Apple Crumb Cake

Use any of your favorite apples for this recipe.  I always bake with granny smith but others work just as well.

Serves per square

Apple Crumb Cake
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Ingredients

  • 4 medium apples, peeled, cored and cubed.
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8" square baking pan with butter or cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a glass measuring small beat the egg with the milk. Add to the flour.
  4. Add the melted butter.
  5. Mix until everything is combined and smooth.
  6. Pour batter into bottom of your prepared pan.
  7. Spread the apples evenly over top of the batter.
  8. In a separate bowl combine the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon.
  9. Mix in the melted butter.
  10. Sprinkle the sugar mixture evenly over the apples.
  11. Bake in preheated oven for about 0 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into squares.
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 8″ square baking pan with butter or cooking spray.
In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

In a glass measuring small beat the egg with the milk. Add to the flour.

Add the melted butter.

Mix until everything is combined and smooth.

Pour batter into bottom of your prepared pan.

Spread the apples evenly over top of the batter.

In a separate bowl combine the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon.

Mix in the melted butter.

Sprinkle the sugar mixture evenly over the apples.

Bake in preheated oven for about 0 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into squares.