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Foolproof Apple Pie

After a fun morning picking apples at Sunset Orchards we are ready to make some delicious apple pie. Precooking the apple filling makes this pie foolproof and fun to make with kids! My 9-year old twins always love to sneak a taste of the filling while it’s cooling down. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 ½ pounds apples, peeled and cored, then cut into thin slices ¼ teaspoon ground allspice ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon kosher salt ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 recipe all-purpose pie dough 1 egg, lightly beaten Melt butter in a large saute pan set over medium-high heat and add apples to the pan. Stir to coat fruit with butter and cook, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, whisk together the spices, salt and .75 cup sugar, and sprinkle this over the pan, stirring to combine. Lower heat and cook until apples have started to soften, approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Sprinkle the flour and cornstarch over the apples and continue …

Spinach Croissants

My son Massimo loves anything made with spinach. These are a blast to make with kids and freeze really well. 1 10-oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed 3/4 cup crumbled feta 3 tbsp Pecorino Romano cheese 1/4 cup very finely minced onion 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp chopped dill 1 tsp minced garlic 1/2 tsp Kosher salt freshly ground black pepper to taste 2 large eggs 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from a 17.3-ounce package), thawed, rolled out to a 12-inch square, kept chilled Using your hands, squeeze spinach until dry, forcing out as much water as possible (too much water will make for a soggy filling; you should have about 2/3 cup well-drained spinach). Mix spinach and next six ingredients in a medium bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, beat 1 egg to blend; fold into spinach mixture. Cut puff pastry into 3 equal strips. Reserve 1 strip for another use. Cut each remaining strip into 3 squares for a total of 6. Place a square in each muffin cup, pressing into bottom and up sides and leaving corners pointing up. Divide …

Irish Soda Bread

My kids love Irish soda bread and I make it often (not just on St. Patrick’s day)…this version turns up the volume by adding freshly grated orange zest and a bit more sugar than usual. 4 cups all-purpose flour 6 tbsp sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt 4 tbsp (1/2 stick) cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk, shaken (in a pinch I use 6 tbsp of dried buttermilk powder mixed into dry ingredients and 1 3/4 cups cold water) 1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten 1 tbsp freshly grated orange zest 1 1/4 cup cried currants Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour. With a fork, lightly beat the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest together in a measuring cup. With the mixer …

The Ultimate Birthday Cake

Yesterday was my son Matteo’s birthday and I made this cake based on a recipe from Giada’s kitchen. There are a few steps to this recipe, but they are all lots of fun – like making your own hazelnut crunch brittle (which by itself is a delicious candy and makes a great gift). cake ingredients and instructions 1 box of chocolate cake mix Prepare the cake mix according to package instructions. Butter and flour two 8-inch cake pans and divide batter evenly between the two pans. Bake as directed on package. When done invert to wire rack and cool. hazelnut crunch and instructions 1 cup hazelnuts (toasted in 350 degree F oven for 10 minutes and rubbed in a towel to remove skins) 2/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup water Place the toasted nuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook over medium high heat until golden – about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and wait a few minutes until bubbles subside and …

Best Basics: Old fashioned Pancakes – customized

Best basic recipe for old fashioned pancakes. Each one of my sons likes different kinds of pancakes: Massimo likes plain, Matteo likes blueberry and Marco likes chocolate chips. I just whip up a batch of this recipe and customize. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon coarse salt 2 3/4 teaspoons baking powder 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1 1/4 cups milk 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for serving Vegetable oil, for the griddle Pure maple syrup, warmed, for serving Place a heat-proof platter into a warm oven (at 200 degrees). In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add in the egg, milk, and 2 tablespoons of the butter. Whisk from the center, slowly incorporating the flour. Rest the batter for 10 minutes. Heat a large well-seasoned cast-iron skillet or favorite griddle over medium-high heat. Swirl the remaining tablespoon of butter in the skillet (or use oil to coat the griddle) and immediately pour …