Archives For November 2013

Apple GaletteA few weeks ago I went camping in Oak Creek Canyon, between Flagstaff and Sedona. The weather is more mild in the canyon so I got to enjoy another round of fall colors. I love the area because the leafy trees are a nice change from Flagstaff which is full of pine trees. One the last day of camping, I saw a sign for fresh apple cider posted outside a little market and immediately began thinking of how I could use it for baking. I settled on this apple galette recipe. The apple cider drizzle is so sweet that it does not need any added sugar. It compliments the galette perfectly, but I think you could use it in a variety of baked goods.

Continue Reading…

Pumpkin Spice Caramels

November 27, 2013 — Leave a comment

IMG_2067

These caramels turned out even better than I had imagined. They are smooth and chewy. The pumpkin purée and spices give them a rich flavor that is perfect for autumn. I love the roasted flavor of the pepitas. They were so delicious that I had to give them away to avoid the temptation of eating too many.  Continue Reading…

IMG_1894

I have to be honest with you. I had originally intended to share a delicious gingerbread bundt cake recipe but when I tried to remove the cake from the pan, it tore right in half. I had buttered the pan quite well (or so I thought) and dusted it with flour but that was not enough to result in a nicely shaped bundt. There was no way I could let a cake that delicious go to waste so I decided to make bread pudding. I had been wanting to do a bread pudding recipe for quite some time so in the end everything worked out. 

This gingerbread is everything that gingerbread should be. It is perfectly spicy thanks to an ample amount of ground ginger (along with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and even a pinch of cardamom). The stout, molasses and dark brown sugar create a dark, rich flavor. This is not a wimpy gingerbread. It is dense and a little bit chewy. I had a hard time saving it for the bread pudding.

I thought that a whiskey caramel sauce would be the perfect topping for the bread pudding. Something about ginger and whiskey flavors combined is really delicious. This sauce is very easy to make and would also be wonderful with brownies, ice cream or even for pouring straight into your mouth (that gets a little sticky though so be sure to have some paper towels on hand).  Continue Reading…