Thursday, November 8, 2018

Apple Crisp

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Apple Crisp


When we went apple picking with our family at Apple Ridge Orchards, I baked this Apple Crisp with our apples. Apple Crisp is best served warm with a scoop of ice cream. I bought pumpkin ice cream and it was the perfect compliment. This is a very easy recipe to put together. I increased the cinnamon by 1/2 teaspoon and used light brown in place of brown sugar. See recipe and directions below.

Apple Crisp with pumpkin ice cream

Ingredients
6 Large Apples (I mixed tart and sweet)

1/2 cup Granulated Sugar

1 cup Light Brown Sugar, packed

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon All-Purpose Flour

1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder

1 tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

1 cup Quick Cooking Oatmeal

1/2 cup (1 stick) Salted Butter, melted

Apple Crisp with pumpkin ice cream, so good!

Directions
Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Peel, core and slice apples. I peeled all the apples and then used a corer.

Combine the granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon of flour, and ground cinnamon in a large bowl. 

Add the apples and with a spatula combine until incorporated.

Apple Crisp fresh out of the oven
Add the coated apples into a 9 inch round dish (I used a Pyrex glass dish).

In a small sauce pan on low heat, melt butter. Let cool.

In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of flour, oatmeal, light brown sugar, baking powder and baking soda  and then add the melted butter, and incorporate until crumbly.

Our apples from apple picking
Top the crumbly mixture over the coated apples covering completely.

Bake for 45-50 minutes.

Serve warm with your favorite ice cream. I served ours with pumpkin ice cream.

For the Perfectly Crumbly Apple Crisp recipe visit:

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Transformer Cookies

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Transformer Cookies

I made Transformer Cookies for my cousin Pam whose son who was celebrating his sixth birthday. The Autobots are Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. I also made a dozen number 6 cookies with flames in red and blue; the colors of Optimus Prime. My fave is Bumblebee and my hubby and I have seen all the Transformer movies and enjoyed them all! Go to my Holiday Sugar Cookies post for the vanilla cookie and royal icing recipes. The recipe yields 48-50 cookies. 

Transformer Autobot Cookies
Transformer Autobot and Number Six Cookies

Transformer Autobot Cookies
I covered the Autobots using a border icing first, letting that dry for 1/2 hour and then with the flood icing to cover each cookie. I let the cookies dry overnight. I made yellow, blue, and red Autobots. For the number 6, I made a dozen in red and blue and alternated the two colors on the cookies making 6 with blue flames and the other six flames in red.

Yellow Autobots done

Blue Autobots have to dry

Red Autobots have to dry
The next day I used a Chefmaster Food Decorating Pen in black to outline the face of each Autobot cookie and for the flames on the number six cookie. I then used black border royal icing with a Wilton #1 tip on my icing bottle to apply the detail. I let the cookies dry overnight. This is necessary if you are stacking cookies.

Chefmaster Food Decorating Pens

Wilton #1 Tip on icing bottle for detailing work

Icing Colors in Royal Blue, Super Red, Lemon Yellow

I was inspired by the Transformer Autobot Cookies made by One Sweet Treat:

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Vintage Halloween Cookies

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I purchased these Vintage Halloween Wafer Paper Designs from Fancy Flours for Halloween cookie baking. I really love the designs. For a tutorial on applying wafer paper visit my Sunflower Cookies. Rice paper breaks easily so you need to take care when cutting and applying the wafer paper to the cookies. If you love skulls and anatomy, the designs make a great cookie set. In college, I studied human osteology, anatomy, and forensic anthropology so bones are dear to my heart. The designs in this sense were appealing to me and a treat to be able to work with in cookie form.

Skull anatomy

Skeleton with top hat

Skeletal hand
I like the Undertaker business cards and the Poison design. The font for the BOO wafer paper are also real cool. They make great gifts too!

George H. Stewart Undertaker Business Card

BOO letters

Another undertaker card

Arsenic Poison label
For wafer paper and other fine products, visit:
https://www.fancyflours.com/

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys

Friday, November 2, 2018

Skeleton Cookies

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I was so excited when I bought these Williams-Sonoma Skeleton Cookie Cutters and made this skeleton for Halloween. The cutters are not anatomically correct but they are adorbs either way. I saved some of the vanilla cookie dough from my Halloween Cookies post and used white royal icing with 2 drops of super white to fill in the cavity of the bones. This skeleton set is a fun activity to do with your kids.
Skeleton Cookies

Skull
These were fun to make. The trick for the imprint is to make sure the dough is cold and to first cut the shape with the cutter and then press the imprint into the dough as you do each bone.

Bones

Cute rib cage

All the bones except the legs

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skulls

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Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls



Feliz Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead! I love the vibrant colors and intricate designs of sugar skulls celebrated in Mexico to celebrate/honor the lives of dearly departed family and friends! I used wafer paper designs to make these cookies and the vanilla sugar cookie recipe from my Christmas Cookies. I love the wafer paper designs for the sugar skulls.

Sugar Skull Cookie

Sugar Skull Cookie
To adhere the wafer paper on the sugar skulls, I decorated them with royal icing and once the cookies were dry, used a brush dipped in light corn syrup on the undecorated side of the wafer skulls and gently pressed them onto each cookie. It is important to let them set overnight so they do not stick together and the wafer paper tears.

Sugar Skull Cookie

Sugar Skull Cookie
Sugar Skull Cookie
For more information on Day of the Dead, visit:
http://traditionscustoms.com/death-rites/day-of-dead-mexico

For Day of the Dead Sweets and Treats, visit:
https://www.history.com/news/day-of-the-dead-sweets-and-treats

Top 10 Things to Know About the Day of the Dead:
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/north-america/mexico/top-ten-day-of-dead-mexico/

Enjoy!

-Sophia/Two Frys