Holiday Holly Homemaker

It’s a wee bit late, but I wanted to share two of the goodies that I made for Thanksgiving, before it became too close to Christmas!! (Because I have goodies that I’ll be making for that holiday too!)

Because I’m OCD, I started off by making a little chart, listing out each dessert/food I’d be making, and other corresponding tasks to make sure I stayed on track (cause sometimes I’m totally overzealous and then it doesn’t work out so good.)

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OCD chart yay!

Wednesday before Thanksgiving was dedicated solely to cooking/baking. (And sneaking in a little Chrismaka shopping.) We had two dinners to go to over the weekend, and I only really had the one day to crank everything out.  Hence the sheet!!!  Anywho, here’s me in my LOVELY apron, getting ready to whip up some Thanksgiving deliciousness!!!

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Me and my mixer!

Besides THE CHEESECAKE, I made a Flourless Chocolate Cake, and Caramel Apple Pie.  Mmmmm.  Both got RAVE reviews at Thanksgiving, and I’ve been instructed to make the Caramel Apple Pie again for Christmas Day.  🙂  Recipes below!!

Caramel Apple Pie
Crappy Picture, sorry!  It doesn’t do the pie justice.

Ingredients
– 5 cups thinly sliced apples
– 2 pie crusts
– 1/3 cup flour
– 1/2 cup brown sugar
– 1/2 cup melted butter
– 1/3 cup white sugar
– 3 T flour
– 1 T lemon juice
– 1-2 T cinnamon
– 1 bag of caramels, chopped into small pieces
– 2 tablespoons of milk
– extra cinnamon-sugar

Directions
1. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, melted butter and 1/3 cup of flour. In a large bowl, toss the sliced apples (D.A.R. used Granny Smith, so did I) with lemon juice, 3T flour, white sugar, and cinnamon.

2. Roll out one pie crust into a deep dish pie plate. Spoon 1/2 of the apples into the crust, top with 1/2 of the brown sugar taffy mixture (it will be crumbly), and then put 1/2 of the caramel pieces on top. Repeat.

3. Top with the second pie crust. Vent the top crust to allow steam to escape. Brush with milk and sprinkle cinnamon-sugar on top.

4. Top with foil and bake 25 min at 250. Remove foil and bake 20-30 minutes until crust is golden brown and apples are tender. Let cool 1-2 hours before serving. Or, stash in fridge over night and reheat in oven the next day.

Amazing.  Seriously amazing. Everyone was impressed at how thinly I sliced the apples (guess I did it well?) and at the taste alone.  I’m excited to make this again! 
 

Real Simple’s Flourless Chocolate Cake
Flourless Chocolate Cake
SO GOOD.  (Such a bad picture.)

Ingredients
– 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for the pan
– 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for the pan
– 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
– 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
– 5 large eggs
– 1 cup granulated sugar
– 1/2 cup crème fraĂ®che or sour cream
– 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting

Directions
1. Heat oven to 350° F. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and dust with cocoa powder.

2. In a medium saucepan, heat the butter with ÂĽ cup of the heavy cream over medium-low heat until the butter is melted. Add the chocolate and stir until melted and smooth; remove from heat.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, and cocoa powder; whisk in the chocolate mixture.

4. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake until puffed and set, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 1 hour. Run a knife around the edge of the cake before unmolding.

5. Using an electric mixer, beat the remaining 1 cup of heavy cream with the crème fraîche and confectioners’ sugar until soft peaks form. Dust the cake with confectioners’ sugar and serve with the whipped cream.

You don’t have to make the whipped cream, but it was GOOD. And super easy. And the cake – mmmmmmmmm.  Light and dense at the same time, so chocolately… drooool.

Now onto plotting for Christmas desserts!!!

Comments

  1. Jenny @ Practically Perfect... says:

    You look so cute in your apron!

    I read that chart and started drooling – everything looks so yummy!

  2. NOOOOOOOOOOOO!
    Extremely pregnant mommy wants pie now!
    What am I supposed to do?
    Poop.

  3. stevenadamswv.com says:

    You do look cute, but I'll take the pie.

  4. Love the apron- that caramel apple pie looks amazing!!!

  5. oooh that pie looks so tasty! and seriously love that apron, so cute. also, your hair looks fab as well, woo.

  6. nicole antoinette says:

    I absolutely NEED that apron. Like, today. Now. RIGHT NOW.

  7. Jessica (Bayjb) says:

    You look adorable in that apron. And that flourless chocolate cake looks amazing. I'll bring the wine

  8. Caramel Apple Pie?! Oh my goodness I want that right this minute!!

  9. Mrs. Potts says:

    If you make another pie I'll bring the ice cream!!

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