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Slab Apple Pie

Matthew:  I spent a beautiful fall Sunday at the apple orchard and wanted to use the apples right away for some baking.  I opted for a slab pie, which is sort of like a really big turnover.  And, by really big, I mean that I used 3 sticks of butter and 15 apples!  The pie weighed in at about 6.5 pounds.  I’ll be sharing this with all my friends and probably freezing some too.  For the recipe, I followed the crust and baking instructions from this Smitten Kitchen recipe and just filled the pie with 15 thinly sliced apples, mixed with 1 cup brown sugar, a good sprinkling of cinnamon, and a dash of nutmeg.  The pie turned out really well.  I think the crust-to-filling ratio is good and I like the extra glaze that goes on top.


Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

Katie:  Just because we don’t have the last Thursday and Friday in November off here in Germany doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Thanksgiving a little.  Although it was sad not being able to celebrate with my family, I tried a few different new recipes to bring the feeling of Thanksgiving to our home.  Here’s what I made:

  1. turkey cutlets seasoned with salt, pepper, and dried thyme (definitely not comparable to real roasted turkey, but I’m not sure if German ovens are even big enough to fit a turkey)
  2. Cranberry Sauce (cooking it with a cinnamon stick added a nice flavor)
  3. Mashed Honey-Roasted Sweet Potatoes (they were really thick, so I added some water and apple cider which worked well)
  4. Roasted Applesauce (I’ve never made applesauce in the oven before, but it was really good)
  5. Stuffin’ Cups (stuffing made in a muffin pan)

The only thing missing was a pumpkin pie… I might just have a pumpkin hidden somewhere to still make one.  🙂  I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!

Apple Cake

Matthew:  I had a few leftover apples from apple season, so I decided to make a really easy apple cake recipe that is in my William-Sonoma Essentials of Baking cookbook.  I’ve made the cake several times before and it is good just plain or, if you want to be more decadent, with cream cheese frosting.  I’m sure the maple syrup frosting recipe that accompanies the cake would be good too, but it calls for 1 cup of maple syrup!  That would be expensive frosting.  It is also a good recipe to make if you have a little leftover buttermilk.  Here’s the recipe:

Preheat oven to 350.  Whisk together in a medium bowl: 2 c flour, 1 t baking powder, 1 t baking soda, 1 t cinnamon, 1/2 t nutmeg, 1/2 t salt.

Cream 3/4 c butter and 1 1/2 c sugar for 3-5 minutes.  Beat in 3 eggs, one at a time.  Fold in 1/3 of flour mixture, then half of the 1/2 c buttermilk, 2nd third of flour, rest of buttermilk, and last third of flour.  Fold in 2 c peeled, chopped apples.

Pour into 9×13 in pan and bake for 35-40 minutes.


Banana Date Muffins

Katie:  I wanted to make a healthy but sweet snack, so I was happy to find this recipe for Banana Date Bread.  I decided to make muffins instead of bread.  I followed the recipe except I substituted some leftover pureed sweet potato for one of the bananas.  So I guess that makes these Banana Sweet Potato Apple Date Muffins!  They were really delicious.  They were good plain, with cream cheese, or with this Sirop de Liege, an all-natural Belgian condiment made of pears, apples, and dates.

Cranberry Apple Crostata

Matthew: I made this crostata to bring to a dinner with some work friends.  I just used a standard pastry crust and filled it with apples and cranberries tossed in white sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  I added a little extra brown sugar on top just to make sure the cranberries weren’t too tart.  It turned out well and everyone enjoyed it with vanilla ice cream.