Thursday, November 24, 2016

101 things in 1001 days #72 Make an apple pie decorated with fall leaves

Happy Thanksgiving! It has been a wonderful day! I saw this pie on Pinterest and thought it was so super cute, I had to give it a try.  It was super fun! 

Delightfully Colorful Autumn Leaves Crusted Apple Pie
Recipe type: Dessert - Pie
Makes: Serves 8
  • 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced into ¼" slices
  • ¾ cup cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons for topping
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla, divided
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 9" deep dish pie shell (found in the freezer section) or homemade pie dough for 2 crust pie.
  • gel food color (yellow, red, orange, green and brown)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the sliced apples, ¾ cup sugar, brown sugar, salt, flour, cinnamon and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a large bowl and toss to coat the apples evenly in the mixture.
  3. Pile the sugar coated apples in the deep dish pie shell and dot the top with butter. Set aside.
  4. Unroll a flat, round pie dough (found in the refrigerated section) press out any broken areas (if needed).
  5. Use the cookie cutter to cut 8 leaves into the round pie dough. Remove the scraps, leaving only the leaves. *Note - if desired place the scraps on a separate baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 until crispy.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, water, and 1 teaspoon vanilla until blended.
  7. Divide the egg wash into 5 separate small dishes (or paper cups), and add a few drops of each gel color to each dish. Mix each color thoroughly with a fork.
  8. Use a paring knife to gently score the veins on each leaf.
  9. Liberally paint the leaves with the gel egg wash (starting with yellow) and adding color as you like to each leaf. *Note the colors will intensify slightly during the baking process.
  10. Place the leaves in random fashion over the apples in the pie plate and sprinkle the leaves with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  11. Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until the pie juices are flowing.
  12. Remove and cool on a baking rack.
  13. Serve and enjoy!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

101 things in 1001 Days #81 Find my signature roll recipe

I now present you with what Bert the chimney sweep would call "a doorway to enchantment." These rolls are hands down my new favorite. They are soft, buttery (uh, they should be with the amount of butter in them), feathery, flaky and literally melt in your mouth. I'm not kidding. I was very happy to find this recipe!

You're welcome!!!

The BEST Potato Rolls
Recipe type: side
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Serves: 32
The softest, fluffiest, butteriest (Pretty sure that's not a word) potato rolls in all the land. Get yourself some.
  • ¾ Cup Sugar
  • 1½ Sticks (3/4 Cup) Land O'Lakes Unsalted Butter
  • 3 Cups Scalded Milk* instructions below
  • 1 Cup Potato Flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Instant Yeast or 2 Tablespoons Regular Yeast. We use instant
  • 7 Cups Flour
  • *1/3 cup additional butter, softened

  1. Heat a medium sauce pan over medium heat and add the milk. Cook until the edges begin to foam and froth, but do not allow it to boil. There will be a little layer of the milk "skin" on top. Remove from heat and add the sugar, butter, potato flakes and salt. Stir thoroughly and allow to cool to luke warm.
  2. Add the yeast, stir and then add the eggs, stirring until they are mixed in.
  3. Place the flour in a large bowl. Pour the milk mixture in and stir until the dough has come together, but is still soft. Sometimes we only use like 6- 6½ cups of flour. This is not like a bread dough. It is a slightly sticky dough.
  4. Cover the bowl with a towel or saran wrap. Let dough rise for one hour. Push down and divide dough into 3 parts.
  5. Roll out one portion at a time to ½" thick and butter ½ of dough with a few pats of butter. Fold the unbuttered dough over the buttered dough and press to seal. Cut into 1" wide strips. Pick up one strip at a time and tie into knots. (or roll out into croissants) Place on lightly greased cookie sheet and cover with a towel. Let rise for 1-2 hours more or until doubled in size.
  6. Bake at 350 until golden brown, (14-20 min)
Butter can be replaced by butter flavored shortening if you're ever in a pinch.

Scalding milk does not have to be scary. Just heat on med-low heat, watch for the foamy bubbles around the sides of the pan and use a wooden spoon to occasionally touch the top of the milk to see if a slight skin has formed.

Bread making just takes practice. You may be unsure of yourself the first time or two, but this is one of those things that the more you do it the better you get.

The dough will look shaggy. Don't worry. Just place the towel over the bowl and let it rise anyway.

These can be made a day ahead, let the dough rest in the fridge, bring it back to room temp, roll it out and proceed as normal.