Apple Roses

This has got to be the easiest dish to make. Every time I see someone make rose anything, I worry that it’ll be super intricate and difficult. If you’ve ever tried to learn how to make rose origami, you’d understand. Luckily, this was really easy – I’m pretty sure a 6 year old can do it.

I saw this recipe on Youtube by Chef John. I love this guy – he’s hilarious and his recipes are usually pretty spot on. The great thing about this is that you can easily WOW people with this because they will probably be thinking “Wow you made that? It looks impressive!” when really you’re thinking to yourself “I made that in 5 minutes”. So if you’re bored of your traditional apple pastries, try this!

Apple Rose

All you need is some puff pastry (I bought mine pre-made) and some red apples (I used Fuji apples). That’s more or less it!

 

Apple Pork Chops with Sage

We recently bought a sage plant and we were looking for every excuse we had to use it. Pork chops went on sale recently and lucky for us, sage goes well with pork!

I consulted my Jamie Oliver cookbook as I recall seeing an apple pork chop recipe and decided to make some minor modifications to it. The result was something delicious 🙂

Apple Pork Chops

This Apple Pork Chop recipe, served along side Oven-Roasted Broccoli, will make a great lunch or dinner. The sweetness from the apples coupled with the savoury broccoli makes this dish a winning combo.

To find out how to make this, see below:

Apple Pork Chops with Sage

Ingredients

  • 1 pork chop
  • half an apple, sliced
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 3 sage leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Pat the pork chop dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. This will help the pork chop sear. Then, season generously with freshly ground salt and pepper
  2. In a cast iron pan over medium high heat, drizzle a bit of extra virgin olive oil and cook each side of the pork chop until it is fully cooked.
  3. With the excess fat from the pork chop in the pan, add in the butter and brown sugar. Stir everything together to make a caramel sauce and add in the sliced apples and sage leaves until they are evenly coated. Once the apples are softened, remove both from the pan and place it on top of the pork chop along with the residual sauce. Serve immediately.
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Apple hand pies

Happy New Years everyone! Last night we celebrated new years eve with  a few friends and I decided to make some apple hand pies for everyone as a dessert. They’re definitely more convenient to eat than slicing an entire pie and it’s already portioned for everyone!

Apple Hand Pies

They’re surprisingly easy to make but it does require a bit of prep time. It’s also a bit tricky working with the pie crust because it needs to consistently be cold or it will be hard to work with.

Let’s begin by talking about how to make the pie crust. We followed a recipe by Alton Brown as we were looking for one that required the use of lard since we had some lying around. I cut up my butter and lard into small pieces and placed them in the freezer for 15 minutes to ensure that they’re super cold. In the meantime, I also prepared a bit of ice water in preparation of putting together the dough.

When the time was ready, I threw all the dough ingredients into a food processor. Yes a pastry cutter would’ve sufficed but this was easier. I pulsed the lard with the flour and salt first until it broke down into smaller pieces. I then added the cold butter and pulsed it until the mixture looked lumpy. I added the cold water in a little at a time and continued to pulse while ensuring I don’t overmix it. The end result should be something that looks like coarse meal.

Pie Crust

You’ll know when your crust is ready when you try to squeeze the mixture into a ball and everything holds together. Once it holds together, you can stop and shape the dough into a disc and saran wrap it to chill in the fridge for approx 30 mins.

Dough Ready

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Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

This is by far one of my most popular and most requested desserts of all time. Everyone whose tried it has loved it and are always asking me to make it again! The great thing about this recipe is that it’s super versatile as you can basically change up the flavour of the coffee cake to whatever you want just by changing the toppings! It can be a Strawberry Coffee Cake, Blackberry Coffee cake, you name it!

Coffee Cake

Most people think that since this is called a coffee cake, it naturally tastes like coffee right? WRONG. This cake got its name because it is commonly eaten alongside coffee but it tastes great by itself.

If you’re looking for a dish to impress, look no further!

On another note, we’ll be heading to Japan this Friday for 2 weeks and we’re super excited! So there will be some radio silence for a while 🙂

Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup half & half cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 Empire Apple, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tbsp water
    For the Crumble Topping:
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F and grease an 8 inch square baking dish with PAM or brush with vegetable oil
  2. In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder
  3. In another mixing bowl, whisk together egg, half & half cream, pure vanilla extract, and melted butter
  4. Slowly stir in your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients a little bit at a time while whisking to incorporate. Mix until the batter is smooth and there are no more pockets of dry flour.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together your brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle the mixture over your thinly sliced apples and toss to coat. Add in the 1/2 tbsp of water and toss to coat further to help give the apples a bit of moisture. Set aside until ready to assemble.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine all ingredients for the crumble topping and cut in the cold butter using a pastry cutter until you have a crumbly mixture.
  7. To assemble your coffee cake, pour your cake batter into the square baking pan. Top the cake with a thin layer of the sliced apples mixture and pour over any remaining cinnamon sugar mixture you may have left over. Finally, cover the apples with the crumble topping mixture. Make sure the crumble topping mixture isn't too thick as this will prevent the crumble from browning
  8. Bake in the oven for 30-35 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean
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