Apple Upside Down Cake

Apple upsidedown cakeGrease well a mini cheesecake pan or you can use a 6 well muffin pan

In a saucepan, melt 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup butter.  Stir until sugar dissolves and mixtures comes to a boil.  Remove from heat.

Divide mixture evenly between the 6 wells of the mini cheesecake pan.

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Apple Rose Muffins

apple rose2 gala apples – cored and sliced thin – LEAVE PEEL ON

3/4 cups sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsps butter

In a skillet, melt the butter.  Add the sugar and cinnamon – mix.  Add the apples.

Saute the apples on low heat for about 20 minutes until syrupy and soft.  The

apples should be pliable but not mushy.  Remove from heat and drain – save the liquid.

For the muffin:

1 cup plus 1 tbsps flour

1/2 tsp apple pie spice

1/4 tsp baking powder

Mix the above together and set aside.

1 tbsps brown sugar

2 tbsps white sugar

1/4 tsp lemon zest

1 egg

2 tbsps vegetable oil

4 tbsps milk

Beat altogether and then add the flour mixture and blend well.

Generously grease a 6 well muffin tin.  Divide the dough evenly in the 6 wells.

Start making a flower out of the apples slices.  I start by taking one sliced and rolling it up tightly and putting it in the center of each muffin well – this is the center of your rose.  Then I take slices of apple and begin arranging them concentrically around the middle point out to the edge pushing the slices a bit down in the dough but leaving most of the apple above the dough with the peel sides always up – this adds a nice touch of color to the rose.

Bake at 350 for about 22 minutes

Cool in pan about 10 minutes and then remove.  Use the reserved liquid from the apples saute as a sauce if you wish.

Brioche Apple Tart

Brioche Apple Tart

Brioche Apple Tart

For the brioche:

 

1/3 cup whole milk

2-1/2 tsp yeast

3-1/2 cups flour

1/3 cup sugar

1-1/2 tsp salt

5 large eggs

1/2 lb butter

Heat milk to 100 degrees (no warmer).  Sprinkle yeast over milk and wait 10 minutes.

Combine flour, sugar and salt in a mixer bowl with a dough hook.  Add the milk/yeast mixture along with the 5 eggs.  Mix on low until it comes together as a rough dough.  Increase speed to medium and mix 10 minutes.

With mixer on low, add the butter, a couple tbsps at a time – butter MUST be soft but till cool.  If it is too warm, it will ruin the recipe.

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Cream Cheese Filled Apple Bundt Cake

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For filling:

8 oz soft cream cheese
1/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
2 tbsps flour
1 tsp vanilla

Blend well and set aside.

Cake:
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsps cinnamon
pinch salt
1 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar

Mix together well

Add:
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup applesauce
3 large eggs
1 cup chopped pecans
3 cups peeled and chopped apples

Mix well and put about 2/3 of the mixture in a well-greased and floured bundt pan, pushing the cake batter up the sides, thus making a tunnel in batter. Spoon the cream cheese mixture into the tunnel. Top with the rest of the batter and carefully smooth the top.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Turn out onto a cooling rack and cook completely before frosting.

Frosting:

2 cups confectioners sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
3-4 tsp of milk

Drizzle glaze on cooled cake.

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French Apple Tart

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Dough:

1-1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup soft butter
1 egg yolk
3-4 tbsps. cold water

Mix altogether, wrap and chill 30 minutes.

Frangipane:

1/2 cup soft butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg and 1 yolk
1 tbsp apple juice (or brandy)
2/3 cup ground almonds
2 tbsps flour

Blend the butter and sugar till light. Mix the flour with the almonds. Add the egg, yolk, juice and almonds and blend well. Set aside.

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Apple Beignets

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6 apples, peeled. cored and cut into rings

Mix
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup rum or brandy or apple juice
Pour over apples and refrigerate 1 hour

In a bowl, mix
1-3/4 cup flour
pinch salt
2 eggs yolks (save the whites)
3/4 cup milk
2/3 cup flat beer
2 tbsps melted butter
Refrigerate 1 hour

Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into beer batter.

Drain apples. Dip into batter and fry at 375 degrees until brown.

Drain and dust with confectioners sugar.

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Mini-Apple Crostatas

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Streusel:

1 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1stick cold butter cut into cubes
2 tsps cinnamon
pinch salt

Combine all in a food processor and processor till crumbly. Set aside.

Dough:

2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup cold butter
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
pinch cinnamon
1/2 cup milk

In a food processor, mix the flour, salt and cinnamon. Add the butter and process until crumbly. Sprinkle with vinegar and then milk. Mix until forms a ball. Refrigerate for about a half hour.

Meanwhile, peel and core about 6 small apples.

Roll dough and cut into 5″ circles. Brush with some melted butter

Place one apple ring on a dough circle, and top with some of the streusel.
Crimp dough around ring and place on prepared baking sheet. Brush crostata with some melted butter and sprinkle with some coarse sugar.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 30-35 minutes or until golden and apples are tender.

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