Archive | October, 2013

Apple Brownies

This was a post I found on Pinterest months ago.  Finally decided to try it this weekend.  It states it is similar to blond brownies with apple chunks.  Hmmm…not quite.  These tasted really good, but were definitely not a “brownie.”  More of an apple cinnamon cake.  It tasted great with my morning coffee and my husband finished it off last night after I went to bed.  Try it out, let me know what you think.

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Apple Brownies:

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 medium apples – peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 9×9 inch baking dish (I actually used an 8×8.)
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the melted butter, sugar, and egg until fluffy. Fold in the apples.  In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Stir the flour mixture into the wet mixture until just blended. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Woodland Wedding Stylized Photography

This was my little project for the fall.  I’ve been wanting to do a stylized wedding shoot for a few years, and finally this year I was able to pull it all together.  My stunning cousin Johanna was my model, she brought along her boyfriend Jake.  I borrowed a friend’s fall-tastic backyard, mom and I styled the shoot, and my very talented sister did hair and makeup.  Dress is from The Bridal Gallery on 44th Street.  Jake’s suit is from Banana Republic.  I made the bouquet and boutonniere.  The day started with a steady drizzle, I thought we would have to scrap the whole thing.  But the rain stopped and off we went.  Everything turned out beautiful!  Thanks to everyone for all their help!

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Apple Bread Pudding

I found this recipe this week in a Taste of Home magazine.  I would never eat bread pudding as a kid, but as an adult, I have formed a small addiction to it.  I love it and anywhere I go that might have it on the menu for dessert, I order it.  So when I saw this recipe for an apple bread pudding with a caramel drizzle over it, I knew it would be on the menu this fall.  This morning I made an entire 9×13 pan and realized that I was going to need to find someone to share it with.  No one in my house will eat this, don’t ask me why…I live with a bunch of freaks.  So I called my BFF and invited myself and my bread pudding over for brunch.  We had pudding, coffee and good talk, a perfect way to spend a rainy Saturday morning.  Enjoy!

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Apple Bread Pudding with Caramel Drizzle

3/4 cup butter

4 cups chopped peeled tart apples (I used Honeycrisp)

2 cups sugar

3 t. cinnamon (I might have used 3 Tablespoons, I tend to over dose on the spices)

2 t. vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9×13 pan.  In a large skillet, mix together the butter, apples, sugar and cinnamon.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Reduce heat, simmer uncovered until apples are tender, stirring occasionally.

6 eggs

2 1/2 cups milk

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup heavy cream

dash of nutmeg (Again, I tend to be very liberal with my dashes)

1 loaf of almost stale bread (recipe called for french loaf, I just used plain white bread)

For bread pudding, whisk eggs, milk, sugar and nutmeg until blended.  Stir in bread crumbs and apple mixture.  Transfer to a greased 9×13 pan.  Bake uncovered for 45-55 minutes, until a knife comes out clean in the middle.  I just used a jar of ice cream caramel to drizzle over each individual serving.  Serve warm, it’s soooo good.  Transfer left overs into the refrigerator, when ready to eat, just microwave for a few seconds until hot again and enjoy all over again!

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