Showing posts from November, 2016

Candied Apple Crumb Cake

Fall at it's best with fresh picked apples baked in a rich pound cake with crumb topping and caramel drizzled on top. Richly flavored with just a hint of orange juice, cinnamon and crisp tart apples. I used Granny Smith Apples in this cake for their tart flavor along with a firm consistency after baking. In this cake I want to bit into the apple with each bite as if I just had reach up picking the apple right off the tree. As gorgeous as this cake looks it is quite easy to make. Delicious, dazzling, easy to duplicate, what could be better.

 Candied Apple Crumb Cake

4 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup oil
1 cup orange juice
3 large eggs (4 if small)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Apple Filling 

4 Granny Smith Apples peeled and slice
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoon cinnamon

Crumb Topping

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Caramel Sauce

1cup granulated sugar
½cup heavy cream
2tablespoons unsalte…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Cranberries

Brussels Sprouts are widely trendy now. Everyone is making these beautiful veggies! I love this recipe for Thanksgiving combining Pecans and a fall favorite fresh Cranberries. Roasting brussels sprouts brings out the nutty flavor which is enhanced by the addition of pecans. Fresh cranberries tartly play off the smooth taste of fig balsamic vinegar.

                         Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecan and Cranberries

    1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed, sliced in half and yellow leaves removed
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    1 teaspoon allspice
    1 teaspoon kosher salt
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans
    1/2 cup fresh cranberries
    1 tablespoon fig balsamic vinegar   


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Place trimmed Brussels sprouts, olive oil, allspice, kosher salt, and pepper in a large              resealable plastic bag. Seal tightly, and shake to coat. Pour onto a baking dish, top
with pecans. Plac…