Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Tart rhubarb paired with sweet strawberry is a perfect summer flavor combination.  Top both fruits with a thick layer of crumble and you’ve got an amazing afternoon treat!

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I wasn’t planning on posting this recipe.  Really, I just wanted to try out baking rhubarb and strawberry together to see how I liked the flavor.  I invited a few friends over with their kids to play and pulled this crumble out of the oven just in time for an afternoon treat.

As soon as I saw it completely baked, I knew it was going to taste amazing and decided to snap a few pictures in the backyard before we dug into it!

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Not only did the kids devour it, but my friends and I literally licked the dish I baked it in clean!

The freshness of the fruit with the crumbly sweet topped is literally so good, I went to the store and bought more rhubarb just so I could make it (or something like it) again!

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You must TRY THIS!  It’s so simple to put together and you will WOW anyone you serve it to!

Happy Baking!

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble
 
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Serves: 8-10 servings
Ingredients
Filling
  • 550g strawberries, cleaned & quartered
  • 200g rhubarb, strings removed and sliced into ½in pieces
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Topping
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cubed and cold
  • 1½ cups rolled oats
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Spray a 28cm fluted, round baking dish with non-stick baking spray with flour. Alternatively you can use a 9x13in baking dish.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the strawberries, rhubarb, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and toss until incorporated. Add the flour and cinnamon and fold to coat completely. Pour into prepared baking dish and spread evenly.
  3. In a food processor, pulse together the flour, sugar and salt until combined. Add the cold butter and process until it comes to a loose dough. Add the oats and pulse until combined. Remove to a bowl and mix together the oats if the food processor doesn't thoroughly incorporate them enough with out breaking them.
  4. Press the topping into clumps and spread them evenly over the top of the fruit. Place the baking dish on a baking sheet and place on the center rack of the heated oven.
  5. Bake for about an hour or until the topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
  6. Allow to cool for 20 minutes before serving. Eat while warm.

 

Southwestern Fajita Quiche

With Easter just a few days away, I prepared for you a delicious Southwestern Fajita Quiche that is perfect for Sunday brunch!

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I’m not going to pretend that I’m an expert quiche maker.  In fact,  this is the first I’ve ever made.  Typically for breakfast, my family makes an egg scramble where we just throw everything into one pan and mix it all up until it’s cooked… fast, easy and delicious! But for Easter, I want to serve something a bit nicer, but still just as easy!

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This is a Southwestern Fajita Quiche because it’s like your favorite fajita baked into a crust surrounded by delicious eggs.  To make things simple, I used a package of stir fry steak from the grocery store so I didn’t have to trim and cut a big hunk of steak.  If you didn’t want to dice up your veggies, you could just as easily use a bag of frozen stir fry veggies… but I like fresh, so that’s what I used! I also used already shredded cheese on top and only added the seasonings I had in my cabinet.

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Not only do I love this quiche because it tastes amazing, but because it can be either served hot out of the oven, cold or at room temperature!  Which makes it so versatile!  When my family ate this quiche, it had been sitting at room temperature for several hours and was so good!  The next day we warmed it up and was perfection!  I honestly don’t know which way I prefer it more!

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Oh a side note… aren’t my nails adorable?  They are Jamberry nails and I am absolutely in love with them!  The set I am wearing in this photo is from their new Spring line and is called Desert at Dusk.  If you’re interested in getting them for yourself, contact my friend and consultant, Kristine Rego!  She’ll help you out!

I served my Southwestern Fajita Quiche with sour cream and salsa for condiments and a simple fruit salad as a side.  You really don’t need much more than that to complete this meal, but if you wanted to the possibilities are endless.  Crème fraîche, chives, scallions, hot sauce.  Yum!  One slice of this full-flavor quiche and you’ll be full and happy for hours!

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For more about my Easter Brunch, check back tomorrow for an amazing collaboration with MyDIY.life!

Happy Easter!

Southwestern Fajita Quiche
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 28cm round fluted baking dish
  • 1 premade pie crust
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1lb stir fry steak (or steak cut into small strips)
  • Oregano
  • Chili powder
  • Chili peppers
  • Salt/pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450F degrees.
  2. Bring the premade pie crust to room temperature then roll it out in a 28cm fluted, round baking dish. Gently press the crust into the pan making sure it's up against both the side and bottom of the pan. Trim any extra crust from the sides. Poke holes in the bottom and sides of the pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the crust is firm and browned. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a frying pan, brown the steak over high heat and add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from the pan into a large bowl lined with paper towels to drain off any extra grease. Dice the steak into smaller, bite size pieces and place back in large bowl minus the paper towel.
  4. In the same pan, melt 2 Tbsp butter. Add the diced peppers and onion then salt and pepper to taste. Cook the peppers and onions over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes or until they become tender. Add the cooked veggies to the bowl with the steak and toss together.
  5. Drain the can of tomatoes and add it to the steak and veggies and toss again.
  6. Sprinkle the meat and veggies with chili powder and chili peppers to taste.
  7. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the eggs, milk and cream. Turn the mixer to medium-high and whisk for 6-7 minutes. You want this egg mixture to be light and fluffy. Add salt/pepper and chili powder to taste and whisk again for 1 minute.
  8. To the bottom of the prepared pie crust, add a even layer of the meat & veggie mixture. You may have some left over from this, but you want one single layer across the bottom.
  9. Slowly pour the egg mixture into the crust until it's about 80% full. Sprinkle an even layer of the cheese on top. Pour remaining egg mixture into the center of the quiche until it just reaches the top of the crust and a small edge can still be seen. NOTE: The quiche will collapse and shrink after baking so you want to fill it up as far as possible and still be able to move it.
  10. Sprinkle Oreagno over the top.
  11. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. NOTE: You may need to create a foil shield for the sides, rim of the quiche to prevent it from burning.

 

Farmhouse Style Doughnuts

What a fun treat for your family?  Whip up a batch of these Farmhouse Style Doughnuts made from a no-yeast dough that’s gently fried and dipped in chocolate and sprinkles!  Because really, everything… even doughnuts… are better with sprinkles!

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I made these Apple Filled Doughnuts a few weeks ago and was amazed at how easy the dough came together.  I’m a fan of instant gratification so the fact that I didn’t have to use yeast in these doughnuts made them perfect for me.  I decided that I needed to make another batch, but this time I wanted chocolate!

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These doughnuts reminded me of something I’d see at the farmers market on the weekends in my town growing up or from the local bakery in the farming town near by.  Fried with no toppings is my Dad’s favorite way to eat them.  Yum.

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I used a 3 1/6″ round cutter for the large doughnuts and a smaller 1 1/4″ for the doughnut holes.  These seemed to create the perfect sizes for my doughnuts!  Topping these little fried beauties is a rich chocolate ganache with chocolate or rainbow jimmies or a simple coating of cinnamon and sugar.

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They really are so amazingly delicious and simple to make!  Your family will love them!

Enjoy!

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Farmhouse Style Doughnuts
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 18 doughnuts
Ingredients
Doughnuts
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs, large
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup sour cream or yogurt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted, browned and cooled
  • vegetable oil for frying
Toppings
  • ½ cup sugar + 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 4 oz dark chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
Doughnuts
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk and sour cream until smooth. Add the cooled butter and whisk until completely incorporated.
  3. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the wet mixture. With a rubber spatula, slowly fold the flour into the wet mix until it forms a sticky dough.
  4. On a well floured work surface, turn out the dough and lightly dust the dough with more flour. Knead dough 2-3 times then pat or roll dough out to ¼ in thickness. Dough may be sticky, so use more flour as necessary.
  5. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  6. Using a 3 1/16 inch round cutter, dip the cutter into flour then cut out rounds of dough. Use a 1¼ inch round cutter to cut a center hole out of each doughnut. Place the cut dough on prepared baking sheets.
Frying & Toppings
  1. Pour enough oil into a deep skillet to make a layer at least 1½ inches deep. Slowly heat the oil over medium-high heat to 350F degrees.
  2. Fry the large doughnuts on one side for 2-4 minutes or until they are dark brown. Then turn them over with tongs or the frying spoon and fry another 2-3 minutes until dark brown all over. (NOTE: You may want to try frying 1 doughnut first to get the timing & temperature down to ensure the dough cooks all the way through.) Use the frying spoon to lift the doughnuts out of the hot oil and place them on the paper towel lined baking sheet.
  3. Repeat this process with the doughnut holes but for only 1-2 minutes or until brown all over.
  4. For the cinnamon sugar doughnuts: Once the doughnut is cool to the touch, roll it in the cinnamon and sugar mixture and set aside to cool or until ready to serve.
  5. For the chocolate donuts: Place the chopped chocolate in a medium glass bowl with a wide mouth. In a sauce pan, heat the heavy cream to a gentle boil then immediately pour it over the chocolate and let it sit untouched for 2 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, gently stir the chocolate until all the cream has been incorporated. Stir in the butter, salt and vanilla until smooth. Allow the chocolate to cool for 10 minutes or until thick enough to stick to the doughnuts.
  6. Once the doughnut is cool to the touch, dip the top side into the chocolate letting any extra drip off. Set it on a wire rack and garnish with sprinkles, jimmies or any topping of your choice.
  7. Repeat this frying and coating process with the remaining dough.
  8. Serve immediately.

 

Apple Filled Doughnuts

Freshly fried homemade doughnuts, there’s nothing like them!  Fill them with apple and you’ve got something special!  These Apple Filled Doughnuts are a sweet breakfast treat everyone will love!

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I get inspired to try new recipes from all places in my life.  Over the Christmas season, the local German bakeries were filling their pastries with apples.  Everything from doughnuts to pastry dough to cakes and tarts, it all had apples in it and my husband and I were in love!  Several times a week we were picking up a delicious bakery treat loaded with apples.

The Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented cookbook by Matt Lewis & Renato Poliafito has been on my shelf for about a year.  I flip through the pages to look at the beautiful food photos but nothing had really inspired me yet to want to bake from it’s pages.

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Well, that is until I had an epiphany.  What if I took the Baked recipe for farm style doughnuts and filled them with the apple mixture we loved so much from the holidays? YES YES!  That’s it… I’m inspired!  I must make this!

And so I did.  And these Apple Filled Doughnuts were AMAZING.  My only regret was that I didn’t’ make more.  Or… that I couldn’t eat more.  Ha!

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The dough is very simple to make.  No yeast, no waiting… just put the dough together, roll it out, cut it, fill it, fry it and roll it in sugar!   Too easy not to try, right?

I really hope you do!

Happy Baking!

Apple Filled Doughnuts
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12-16 doughnuts
Ingredients
Apple Filling
  • 3 medium Gala apples, cored & diced
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter,
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar, not packed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • dash of salt
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
Doughnuts
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs, large
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup sour cream or yogurt
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted, browned and cooled
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 1¼ cups sugar + 3 Tbsp cinnamon for rolling
Instructions
Apple Filling
  1. Core and chop the apples into small diced pieces and set aside.
  2. In a large pan on medium-high heat, melt the butter. Stirring constantly cook the butter until browned. The butter will begin to smell nutty and can burn quickly, so only slightly brown it.
  3. Add the apples to the butter and toss to coat them.
  4. Add the sugars, spices, vanilla and salt and stir to combine. With the heat on medium-high cook and stir the mixture until it begins to bubble. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the apples are tender but not mushy.
  5. Sift in the corn starch and cook 1 more minute until the apples thicken.
  6. Remove the mixture to a bowl to cool completely.
Doughnuts
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk and sour cream until smooth. Add the cooled butter and whisk until completely incorporated.
  3. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the wet mixture. With a rubber spatula, slowly fold the flour into the wet mix until it forms a sticky dough.
  4. On a well floured work surface, turn out the dough and lightly dust the dough with more flour. Knead dough 2-3 times then pat or roll dough out to ¼ in thickness. Dough may be sticky, so use more flour as necessary.
  5. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  6. Using a 3 inch round cutter, dip the cutter into flour then cut out rounds of dough. Place the cut dough on prepared baking sheets.
Filling & Frying
  1. Pour enough oil into a deep skillet to make a layer at least 1½ inches deep. Slowly heat the oil over medium-high heat to 350F degrees.
  2. While the oil is heating, you'll fill the rounds of dough with apples.
  3. Place 1 teaspoon of apple filling in the center of a round of dough. Lightly brush a small amount of water around the edge of the dough. This will create the glue to hold the dough together. Place a second round of dough on top and pinch the edges together. Pat the dough gently in your hand to create smooth edges. Place the doughnut back on the baking sheet. Repeat until all the dough is used.
  4. In a wide-mouthed bowl, whisk together the cinnamon and sugar for the rolling mixture. Line another baking sheet with 2-3 layers of paper towels.
  5. Once the oil has reached temperature, use a wire-slotted frying spoon to gently place 2-3 doughnuts in the hot oil. Do not over crowd the pot by putting more than that in the oil at a time.
  6. Fry the doughnuts on one side for 2-4 minutes or until they are dark brown. Then turn them over with tongs or the frying spoon and fry another 2-3 minutes until dark brown all over. (NOTE: You may want to try frying 1 doughnut first to get the timing & temperature down to ensure the dough cooks all the way through. With the apple filling, it's easy to undercook the doughnuts leaving gooey, uncooked dough in the center.) Use the frying spoon to lift the doughnuts out of the hot oil and place them on the paper towel lined baking sheet.
  7. Once the dough is cool to the touch, roll it in the cinnamon and sugar mixture and set aside to cool or until ready to serve. Repeat this frying and coating process with the remaining dough.
  8. Serve immediately.
Notes

Chocolate Eclairs

Delicate choux pastry filled with rich crème pâtissière topped with smooth chocolate ganache make these Chocolate Eclairs a sinful indulgence worth every bite!

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This past summer I traveled through France and was able to experience some of the most delicious pastries I’ve ever had in my life.  Seriously, so good… so so so so good!  From macarons to eclairs to cream puffs, everything I put in my  mouth was a flavor unlike anything I’d ever had before.

This past Fall I watched another season of The Great British Bake Off and got really excited when the bakers made some of these pastries I experienced while in France.  Between the two I knew I had to try my hand at something as delicate and delicious!

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On one TGBBO episode, choux pastry was made and I got to see many of the bakers create eclairs in various different ways.  I then watched a Paul Hollywood video explaining the process even more.  It seemed pretty easy, to be honest.  A  lot easier than I expected.  Pair the choux pastry with a homemade crème pâtissière and chocolate ganache and I’ve made Chocolate Eclairs!

Not going to lie, it took me three attempts at making these Chocolate Eclairs to really get the recipe down right.  Since this was a completely new endeavor for me, I wanted the eclairs to not only look good, but taste good too!

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I think I hit the mark with these chocolate eclairs too because let me tell you… they are out of this world good!  Especially when the creme pat was still cold… omg.  To die for!

I really hope you give these eclairs a try, they are so worth the effort!!!

Happy Baking!

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Chocolate Eclairs
 
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Recipe type: pastry, dessert
Serves: 12-15 eclairs
Ingredients
Crème Pâtissière
  • 300ml whole milk
  • vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped
  • 90g granulated sugar
  • 50g cornflour
  • 1Tbsp kirschwasser (you can use any liquor to flavor)
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 75g unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into cubes
Choux Pastry
  • 120ml water
  • 65g all purpose flour
  • pinch salt
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
Filling
  • 250ml heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
Chocolate
  • 200g high quality semi-sweet chocolate (I used Lindt 50% chocolate)
  • 200ml heavy cream
  • 2Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1Tbsp vanilla
Instructions
Crème Pâtissière
  1. In a medium heavy bottom sauce pan, whisk together the milk, vanilla pod and it's seeds over medium high heat. Continue to cook until it begins to boil, immediately remove the milk from the heat and cool for 10 minutes.
  2. While the mixture is cooling, in a medium bowl whisk together the sugar and cornflour until combined. Add the eggs, egg yolk and kirschwasser then whisk until smooth and pale yellow, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Once the milk has cooled, strain it into the eggs (discarding the pod) and whisk to combine. Immediately pour it back into the pan and place it over medium heat.
  4. Whisking continuously, cook 4-7 minutes over medium heat until the mixture thickens. Constantly whisking will insure no lumps form and you have a smooth cream. Cook until the mixture becomes thick enough to fill a bag and pipe.
  5. Pour the cream into a clean, glass gowl then cool for about 2-3 minutes in an ice bath. Press plastic wrap onto the top of the cream so a film doesn't form. Chill several hours until cold.
Choux Pastry
  1. Preheat oven to 400F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Measure the flour by weight then sift it onto a piece of parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a medium sauce pan, combine the water, salt and butter over medium high heat. Slowly warm until all the butter has melted making sure the water does not bubble or evaporate. .
  4. Once all the butter has melted, quickly bring the mixture to the boil and tip in all the flour in one go. Remove the pan from the heat and beat furiously with a wooden spoon. NOTE: The dough will come together, keep beating!
  5. Put the pan back on medium heat and continue to cook the dough for 1-2 minutes, continually stirring. You want a smooth, heavy dough that pulls away from the sides of the pan.
  6. Drop the dough into the bowl of your stand mixer and allow to cool until tepid, about 5 minutes.
  7. Beat the eggs in a bowl until combined, then gradually beat them into the dough with an electric whisk or mixer, or a wooden spoon, beating well after each addition. (You may not need all the egg.) The dough should be very shiny and paste-like, and fall from a spoon when lightly shaken.
  8. Spoon the pastry into a piping bag fitted with a 1.25cm/½in plain nozzle and pipe 12 x 10cm/4in lengths onto the greased baking tray.
  9. Sprinkle the tray, not the pastry, with a few drops of water, and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Then, without opening the door, reduce the oven temperature to 170C/325F/Gas 3 and bake for 10 minutes, or until golden-brown and crisp.
  10. Remove the tray from the oven and carefully make a small hole in the side of each éclair to allow steam to escape. Return to the oven and bake for a further five minutes, or until the pastry is completely crisp. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  11. For the filling, whip the cream with the sugar and vanilla extract in a bowl until just stiff.
  12. Once the éclairs have cooled, cut down the length of one side of each éclair and pipe in the whipped cream.
  13. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler or a bowl suspended over a pan of simmering water (do not allow the bottom of the bowl to touch the water) and allow it to cool slightly. Dip the tops of the éclairs in the chocolate and let the chocolate set before serving.
Chocolate
  1. Chop the chocolate into fine pieces and place a medium glass bowl.
  2. In a small sauce pan, heat the cream over medium high heat until just boiling. Immediately pour the cream over the chocolate and let it sit for 2 minutes - do not stir during these 2 minutes!
  3. With a rubber spatula, gently stir the chocolate and cream together until smooth and incorporated.
  4. Add the butter and vanilla and stir until butter has melted and vanilla has been incorporated.
  5. Allow the chocolate to sit for 5 minutes at room temperature before dipping the eclairs.
Assembly
  1. Using a ¼in round piping tip, gently press two holes on the bottom of an eclair on each end.
  2. Attach the same tip to a pastry bag and fill it with cream. Gently press the tip/bag into the holes you created and slowly squeeze cream into the hole until you see it come to the hole on the opposite side. Repeat this process with all the eclairs.
  3. Dip the top of each eclair in the warm, melted chocolate allowing the excess to drip off. Place it on a wire rack and allow the chocolate to firm, about an hour.
  4. Serve and enjoy!
Storage
  1. Store in a bakery box or on the counter with plastic wrap over the top. If you store it in an air tight container, the pastry will lose it's crisp. If you plan to keep them for more than a day, store them in the refrigerator but know the dough will become softer.

Apple Fritters

The best way to enjoy these warm, chewy, crisp on the edge full of delicious flavor Apple Fritters is with a big cup of coffee and your loved ones!  Perfect for a cold fall Saturday!

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I have loved Apple Fritters me entire life.  When I was a child, every Sunday my parents would take my family to church and most times we’d stop after for “coffee & doughnuts” in the church hall.  If they were out of my favorite maple bars, my #2 was always an apple fritter.

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There’s just something about the crisp pointy edges, sweet glaze on top and the juicy apples in the center of the chewy dough that I couldn’t get enough of.   And in the town I grew up in there were several local bakeries that whipped up these fritters every day so I was never without one! Unfortunately, most of those bakeries have closed and a hot, fresh fritter is hard to find now a days.

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Until I came to Germany.  Apple Fritters are easily found during apple season here and I’ve fallen in love with them again!  So much that I decided it was time to try making them myself at home!  When I scored a big bag of local German apples for only 2 Euro, I knew it was a sign to make me some Apple Fritters!

Now, the process was long and there were a lot of steps, but let me tell you… it WAS WORTH THE EFFORT!  I’m already planning the next time I’m going to make these.  Seriously, they are so good.

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Soft in the middle and slightly chewy.  Juicy apples.  Crisp edges.  Sweet glaze.  You can’t ask for anything more in an apple fritter.

Well, except maybe MORE FRITTERS please!

Enjoy!

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Apple Fritters
 
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Recipe type: doughnut, breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
Ingredients
Dough
  • ½ cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten, room temperature
  • 1 packet of active dry yeast (2¼tsp)
  • 3¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
Apples
  • 6 small/medium apples
  • 3Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 4Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Glaze
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3-4Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1tsp vanilla
Frying
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Thermometer
  • Spider spatula (Asian style wire spoon)
Instructions
Dough
  1. Whisk together the yeast, sugar, 3 cups of the flour, cinnamon and salt in the bowl of your stand mixer. Fit the dough hook onto the mixer.
  2. With the mixer on low, pour in the room temperature milk until combined. Add the eggs and continue mixing until incorporated. Do your best to get as much of the dough mixed together to form a ball. It's okay if it's not all together, you can knead it in the next step.
  3. Sprinkle the remaining ¼ cup of flour on your work surface and roll out the dough ball. Knead the dough a few times until the ball is smooth and everything has been incorporated.
  4. Add one tablespoon of butter to the dough and knead until incorporated. Repeat until all the butter has been added.
  5. Lightly butter a glass bowl and turn the dough out into it. Flip the dough a few times in the bowl to coat with butter. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise in a warm place until doubles in size This should take an hour or two.
Apples
  1. Peel, core and cut the apples into small chunks. Place the prepared apples in a bowl and toss in the lemon juice.
  2. In a medium pan over medium high heat, melt and cook the butter until it browns and smells nutty. Add the apples and toss to coat. Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar over the apples and stir. Cook on medium high until just tender. Add the vingear and cook until the liquid has reduced by about half. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
Assemble the Dough
  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Flour your work surface and turn the dough out onto the flour. Roll the dough out into a long rectangle about ½in thick.
  3. Spread ¾ of the apple over the dough. Beginning with the long edge closest to you, roll the dough away from you in a tight spiral to create a log. Turn the dough 90 degrees and press to flatten. Spread the remaining apples over the dough. Beginning with the edge closest to you, roll the dough away from you in a tight spiral. NOTE: Don't worry if the apples squeeze out, just shove them back in where you can!
  4. Roll the dough out into another rectangle about ½in thick. Cut the dough into 12 even pieces.
  5. Place a piece in your hand and pull each corner up into the center creating a rough ball. Place the ball on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  6. Cover the baking sheets with plastic wrap and allow the dough to almost double in size. Make sure the dough rises in a warm place.
Glaze
  1. Just before you're ready to begin frying the fritters, prepare the glaze.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the heavy cream, vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth. You'll want a slightly thick and spreadable consistency. Stir often to prevent a crust forming on the top of the glaze.
Fry the Fritters
  1. In a heavy bottomed pan or Dutch oven, heat 6 inches of vegetable oil to 360F degrees.
  2. While the oil is heating, prepare a cooling rack by lining it with paper towels.
  3. Once the heat is to temperature, gently lay 2 dough balls into the hot oil. The fritters sink at first but will float to the top. Cook about 60-90 seconds on each side. You want them to cook all the way through and have a dark brown color. Use the metal spider spatula to flip and remove the fritters. Place the cooked fritter on the paper towels to drain and cool. Allow the oil to come back to 360F degrees before frying another batch of fritters. Continue until all the dough has been fried. NOTE: After the first batch has been fried, cut into a fritter to check that the dough has been cooked through, if not then adjust the time you fry on each side accordingly.
Glaze the Fritters
  1. Once the fritters have cooled to the touch, brush the glaze generously over the top and side of each fritter. No need to flip them over, just make sure to get the sides that you can reach.
  2. Allow the glaze to harden before serving.
  3. Store in a non-airtight container for up to 3 days. They are best if eaten immediately.
Notes
Recipe adapted from The Kitchn.

 

Red Currant Streusel Muffins

Enjoy the tart deliciousness of red currants with your morning coffee by making these Red Currant Streusel Muffins filled with the decadent red berry and topped with an oat streusel!

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We’re continuing right along with #RedCurrantWeek with these super simple Red Currant Streusel Muffins!  If you missed it, I’ve already made Red Currant Cookie Slices, Red Currant Jam and gave you a bit of a history lesson on the delicious red currant!

These muffins take just a few minutes to whip up and have become one of my families weekend breakfast favorites!

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I started with a basic muffin recipe, but switched out the light brown sugar for dark brown sugar and added a pinch of nutmeg to the batter.  Both of these changes added a deeper level of flavor the muffin.  It’s slight, but noticeable.

The red currant flavor not only comes though in the muffin because of the juice of the currants, but with each bite you get a burst of berry because the have baked whole in the muffin.  Plus, the addition of the few currants as garnish on top, each bite has exquisite red currant flavor!

Finally, the muffins are topped with a basic streusel oat topping.  Instead of using quick oats, I used rollled oats.  But if all you have on hand is quick oats, that’s fine too.  The extra crunch of the topping adds another dimension of flavor and texture that make these muffins so good!

They’re even good dunked in my coffee.  I know, genius!

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The liners I used for these muffins come from Sweets & Treats Boutique.  STB makes the BEST grease-proof liners in the industry making all my cupcakes & muffins even more appealing when they’re dressed up in such beaitufil liners!  Make sure to shop STB for all your cupcake, muffin and party supplies!

Happy Baking!

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Red Currant Streusel Muffins
 
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Serves: 18 muffins
Ingredients
Muffins
  • 300g all-purpose flour
  • 75g dark brown sugar
  • 75g granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp nutmeg
  • zest of ½ a lemon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 180g whole milk
  • 125g unsalted butter, melted
  • 150g red currants, off the stems and clean/dry - divided
Streusel
  • 25g all-purpose flour
  • 25g dark brown sugar
  • 25g rolled oats
  • 25g cold unsalted butter, cubed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees and line muffin pan with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugars, salt, baking powder, nutmeg and lemon zest.
  3. In another bowl whisk together the melted butter, whole milk and eggs.
  4. Make a well in the flour mixture and pour in the wet mixture. Stir together until just combined.
  5. Fold in ⅔ of the red currants making sure not to overmix or break the berries.
  6. Fill liners ⅔ full with batter.
  7. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, oats and butter. Using your fingers, crumble the mixture together until most of the butter has broken down into small pieces.
  8. Sprinkle topping over the batter then press a 3-4 red currants on top.
  9. Bake the muffins for 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Cool in the pan for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Serve warm or keep stored in an air tight container for up to a week.

Fresh Raspberry Peach Cobbler

Fresh peaches and raspberries seasoned with cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg covered in a simple batter baked then topped with vanilla ice cream make this Fresh Raspberry Peach Cobbler the perfect summer dessert!

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I have spent the last four 4th of July’s in Germany celebrating with the Americans here on the military base.  This year, I decided to invite my ex-pat friend and his fiance who is German along with his daughter who is also German to our home to experience a traditional Independence Day celebration!

We served bbq chicken, brats, hot dogs with all the trimmings, taco dip, veggie tray, broccoli salad, baked beans and all kinds of American soda, chips and munchies!  For dessert, I wanted to make something traditionally American and in season, but something that would be easy to whip up the day before the party.I decided on this Fresh Raspberry Peach Cobbler! My German friends went crazy over it!  I mean really, you can’t go wrong with fresh berries baked with sugar and spices can you?

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This cobbler starts with melted butter in the bottom of the pan.  Strange, yes?  But effective… absolutely!  On top of the butter the batter is poured evenly, but without mixing it all together. Finally the fresh peaches, sliced with or without the skins, and fresh raspberries are spooned over the top of everything.  Again, yes it’s strange but it the end the batter bakes up into the berries and you’re left with this amazing cobbler!

I paired the Fresh Raspberry Peach Cobbler with a dollop of vanilla bean ice cream.  The creaminess of the ice cream with the sweet tartness of the fruit is a delightful combination!

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So simple.  So delicious.  So perfect for an Independence Day celebration!

Happy Baking!

Fresh Raspberry Peach Cobbler
 
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Ingredients
Bottom of the Pan
  • 12Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
Batter
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup milk
Fruit
  • 6 large peaches, sliced (skins on or off - your preference)
  • 3-4 cups fresh raspberries
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees and lightly spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sliced peaches, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and extracts. Fold with a spatula until well combined. Add the raspberries and gently fold to combine and coat with juices being careful not to smash the berries.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the eggs, cream and milk and whisk until smooth.
  4. Melt the butter and pour it into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  5. Pour the batter over the butter. DO NOT MIX together, simply pour the batter over the top and let the butter seep up into the batter.
  6. Gently scoop the fruit mixture evenly over the batter. Again, DO NOT MIX TOGETHER.
  7. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until top is golden brown.
  8. Allow to cool for 30 minutes before serving.