Super killer apple bread....so good in fact...my husband ate it before I could take a picture.
3 eggs beaten
1 cup canola oil (or applesauce and yogurt)
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsps vanilla
4 diced medium honeycrisp or empire apples (preferred)
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tsps cinnamon
pinch ground clove
If you know how to bake you have a grasp on how to put this together...but for the novices...(which is cool!)
preheat oven to 350 degrees
grease a 13'-9' pan or 2 loaf pans
in a smaller bowl beat the eggs, blend in the sugar, oil, and vanilla into the eggs. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking soda. Dice the apples into a small to medium dice. Toss the diced apples in the flour. combine dry and wet ingredients. Pour into prepared pans and bake for about an hour or until a skewer poked in...came out clean.
In order to save some money, Hershey's has replaced the milk chocolate in some of their products with chocolate sans cocoa butter....which isn't really chocolate at all. It is now cocoa and vegetable oil. Yuck. They didn't even warn us. They just switched the recipe on us. At least with new coke we had advanced warning. Frankly, I would rather drink crystal Pepsi and new coke than eat "mock"late. I guess it is true what they say....N-E-S-T-L-E-S Nestles makes the very best.
Don't eff with my fix. I will come at you like a hurricane. (Though probably unable to move without my jolt from a take 5 bar.)
I suppose this is just the universe's way of telling me to eat more apples....never fake when pulled from a tree.
This, the first outcome from the freshly picked bounty, was delicious. Even though I was going for a rustic, rolled crust, which instead was just a hot mess, still yummy. I made the basic martha stewart pie crust and filled the pie with honeycrisp and empire apples, less sugar than a granny smith pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon zest. The juices were plentiful....though not as plentiful as barbs being slung over the silliest things in this campaign season.
Tonight I am making peanut butter-apple cupcakes....should be interesting....maybe the fine folks at Tribeca Treats will adopt it as their newest hit flavor! (who doesn't love slices of apples with peanut butter?) Or maybe that's just a pipe dream. I'll have to stick to applesauce cake if this doesn't work out. We will soon see.
ummmm, tribeca treats...ummmm....peanut butter and jelly cupcakes.....ahhhhh
We had great intentions to get out there really early and be there to see the dew on the trees and have a breakfast of cider donuts and coffee. Alas my darling dumpling is teething (again) and we were up very late the previous night. We arrived at the farm around noon. The sun was high in the sky and there didn't seem to be even a hint of a breeze. Needless to say, we were very warm. The sock monkey sweater onesie that Elijah was is had to be removed. (So much for 60-65 degree weather!!!)
We got to the farm and loaded up with supplies, a picking pole, a wagon, a basket, and two apple bags. Elijah was in the ergo and rearing to go, even though after looking at the many hills in front of me, I was beginning to wonder.
This farm is huge. The sheer expanse of it is almost overwhelming. There is a great variety of produce to pick; peppers to pumpkins, corn to cabbage. After a few hours we left with pears, apples, cabbage, corn, yellow and green tomatoes, and broccoli. (and maybe a few of those cider donuts.) I think I might have even found Gary Coleman in my wagon, not to worry, I got him for half off.
Today for dinner we had a corn and tomato salad. Tonight I am making an apple pie. We will be eating apples for an eternity. Maybe if I knew Sarah Palin, she could go rustle up a wild boar for me to serve with it. I wonder if she could give Jack Bauer a run for his money. My republican parents would love to see that. Their left swinging offspring with the magical woman of Alaska. Personally, I am afraid Sarah Palin is going to eat me like a polar bear. Or take off those glasses and let down that hair Ala Van Halen. (Are you hot for governor?) I am not sexist, though. MickeyCain was a fine looking dude around Nam. But now he has scary teeth and may sometime soon require his head to be frozen like Walt's, but I am sure he would love to go pick some produce. (nor would he whine about pulling the wagon like my chubby hubby.) He would probably kick that wagon's ass, whereas, Obama would go apple picking, and the apples would sparkle and float right to his wagon. (Or at least, that's what NBC would tell you.)
So it has been many moons since I have made challah. I forgot how to braid it. That is so irritating. I had to watch a video on youtube and it was still loppy. Oh Well, still tasted good. I used this recipe. I think it could stand to use a bit more sweetness. But overall it was eggy and light. It would make a killer french toast.
The whole process took about 3.5 hrs. I used my mixer to knead the dough, and it did a fine job. I imagine you could knead it by hand, but I don't like my husband that much.
while adding flour
my loppy braid
Oh, and by the way, I am going as a pig with lipstick for halloween.
So, as I was cruising the whatever website and subsequent blog, I happened upon a recipe Alexis Stewart was making....it looked super. Pasta with Garlic and Anchovies. Let me tell you. It does not dissapoint. I would also like to add, it was good with a yeungling (sp?) beer. Posting a picture would have been possible had my husband not devoured it directly from the pan. He is a beast. A lovable beast, but a beast none the less.