Posted at 6:46 am
I said that I’d show you what I put the caramel sauce on and this my friends is it! Ta-da!!I love apple pie and so does my husband. However for just the two of us an entire pie is a bit much. Plus I wanted something a little quicker. I didn’t want to make and roll out dough or wait for something to bake. This stove top recipe is quick and oh so delicious! You can easily throw this together for a week night dessert or even a special weekend snack! I made only one dessert as my hubby and I shared but this recipe can easily be doubled, tripled or quadrupled – you decide!
Just like with any apple pie you’ll want to use a more tart apple. I used Honeycrisp but Granny Smith would work as well, really, just use your favorite! Top it with some vanilla ice cream and the caramel sauce – it’s like an apple pie on a churro! All I’m saying is you have to try this! You’ll only be sorry if you don’t
Apple Pie Tostada
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 large apple chopped small
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp butter
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tortilla (taco size)
oil, for frying tortilla
Walnuts or pecans chopped (optional)
Vanilla ice cream
Make cinnamon sugar:
Stir together 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon. Spread mixture in flat dish.
Place chopped apple in pan with butter and begin to saute. Add both sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook and stir for 10-12 minutes or until apples slightly soften. Stir in chopped nuts if using. Remove from heat.
Heat oil in pan. Add tortilla and fry till lightly browned on both sides. Remove tortilla from pan and immediately dip in cinnamon sugar mixture, flipping so both sides of tortilla are coated.
Place cinnamon coated tortilla on serving dish. Top with cooked apple mixture. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Drizzle caramel sauce over dessert. Top with whipped cream.
Posted at 2:29 pm
It used to be when a recipe called for caramel sauce I’d dutifully run out and buy a bottle of caramel sauce at the grocery store. Until one day I thought about the fact that caramel is mainly only sugar and butter, and there’s lots of additives put in the bottled brand, so why was I buying it? It was then I decided to try and make my own. I can’t even tell you that store bought is more convenient since this sauce literally takes no time at all to come together. Making your own caramel sauce it truly even quicker than hopping in the car and heading out to the store to buy it. So, I repeat, why was I buying it all those years?!
This caramel sauce is perfect on ice cream sundaes, drizzled over pies or cakes or heck just eat a few spoonfuls of it alone – I promise I won’t tell! (Plus I might admit to doing so myself 🙂 )
Warm, ooey and gooey….. oh yeah baby this is the bomb!
Just wait till you see what I recently drizzled it on!
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp light cream
Add brown sugar and butter to pot. Over medium heat stir till sugar has melted. Add vanilla and salt, stir till combined. Last add light cream again stir till combined.
Remove from heat and cool slightly.
While warm, drizzle over dessert.
Store remaining in air tight container in refrigerator.
To reuse, reheat entire jar or desired amount in microwave or on stovetop till sauce is warm and pliable.
Posted at 6:43 am
The first time I told my husband I was making crackers I remember he sort of did a double take then looked at me and said “why”? It is true that I enjoy boxed crackers as much as anybody but to make them for myself, using my own ingredients and knowing exactly what goes into them, that’s what made the idea of making my own appealing. Homemade crackers will not last several months in your cabinet but that’s because they don’t have all the chemical preservatives that store-bought do. And that my friends is a good thing! Besides when crackers taste this good they aren’t around for long anyway!
Homemade crackers are so much easier to make than I had ever thought! I’ve made a few varieties in my day but these garlic and thyme are by far one of my favorites. They are outrageously good eaten alone but slather on some spreadable garlic & herb cheese and trust me when I say the taste is pure heaven!
However you eat them you won’t be able to stop at just one. They’re that good!
Garlic & Thyme Crackers
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup wheat flour (plus more for dusting)
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 cup water
1 egg white (slightly beaten)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients up to the egg white in mixer bowl. Mix with dough hook attachment until dough forms. If you do not have a mixer with attachment you can mix all ingredients by hand it will just take a bit longer for the dough to form.
Let dough rest in bowl for at least 30 minutes.
Dust rolling surface with wheat flour. Roll out about 1/4 of the dough at a time till thin – about 1/8 inch thickness. Using sharp knife or pizza cutter slice crackers.
Place sliced dough on parchment lined cookie sheets. Lightly brush slices with egg white and sprinkle with sea salt.
Bake crackers in preheated oven for 12 – 17 minutes.
The baking time on these vary depending on the thickness of the dough and the speed of your oven. I tend to bake mine longer as I like them crispy. I over baked a batch once where the crackers were very brown and my husband actually liked those even better! You obviously just don’t want them burnt.
Sprinkle sea salt sparingly before baking. The first time I made these I didn’t think it seemed like enough salt so I added more which made crackers that were way too salty!
Posted at 3:23 pm
In a recent post I talked about accepting change and moving forward. Well, some changes are bigger than others. Two weeks ago we dropped off our youngest at college. His first year. He had to report early for pre-season football. My daughter too headed back to her school just yesterday. I’m so incredibly proud and happy for both of them! However the moment is bittersweet for me. I know they are where they need and want to be. I can also say the same for their older brothers. They are all doing well and happy. I can’t ask for more. For me and the hubby however it signals yet another life change – we’re now officially empty-nesters.
I’m happy yet at the same time I’m not. It’s not so much sadness but a strange empty sort of feeling. How did it all go by so fast? It seems like just yesterday the four of them were young and the house at most times was pure chaos! Now, there’s quiet.
Clearly the plan is to wallow in self pity. Okay perhaps not a great plan but as a mom I feel I’m entitled to wallow – at least for a bit anyway! Yes, I will adapt in time but at the moment all I want is something I can sip on my porch swing while I sit back and begin to adjust to this latest life change.
It’s still hot and humid here so I’m opting for a cool refreshing margarita. At times I will use a pre-made mixer but in my opinion, I find most of them to be simply too darn sweet. There are a couple brands that I enjoy better than others however no mixer today. This situation calls for the real thing.
A salted rim and a lime – porch swing is calling!
1 1/2 oz tequila
1 oz triple sec
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
Rim glass with salt.
Combine all ingredients up to the salt in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake and pour into salt-rimmed glass. Add lime wedge.