The holidays are fast upon us, and we are busy baking and decorating our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast. I am hoping I can get Byron to bring up the tree tomorrow. It’s just so pretty- even without ornaments. This year I splurged and bought ribbon and some new bulbs for the tree from Balsam Hill. In the past, I always used family ornaments and this year I decided to use the matching colored bulbs and place our favorite ones in-between.
Picture to follow on Friday:)
We are going to our daughter’s home in Boston for Thanksgiving.
Love that girl so much…. she is brining her turkey this year which should be interesting:) April and I had an interesting conversation about pies. I had this distant memory of a pumpkin pie I made years ago for Thanksgiving. It had a nut base, and I remember my mom loving it. Since I am bringing the pies I mentioned that maybe I should try a new recipe…. April- “no Mom, I want the old fashion plain pumpkin and pecan pies” Who can say no to our kids request. 🙂
Afterwards, I had the itch to look though old recipes to see if I could find that pumpkin pie recipe. Well- that initial thought ended up being a walk down memory lane as I pulled out my mom’s old recipe box along with mine. I haven’t been using the paper copies of recipes of late as I now use my favorite cook books and pinterest. I sat at our kitchen table and had tears rolling down my eyes as I looked through these old recipe boxes. I found recipes from my Aunt Madeline along with many that my mother had written and cut out from magazines. Life was just so different back then and it made me both Happy and Sad.
In my mom’s box, I found a fun baked apple recipe. My favorite pie is apple and the thought of having a baked apple wrapped in pie dough just sounded delicious. We made the individual pies yesterday, froze them and then served them today to our guests. We had enough to share with our favorite electrician- Leon and Gean brought one home as well. Happy to report that I had one for lunch and enjoyed every bite.
Not exactly sure if this would work for breakfast- but for those looking for a special Thanksgiving dessert this is mighty special and delicious! Recipe to follow and would love everyones feedback. I would like to serve this for breakfast but Byron thinks it’s just too sweet. Our guests this morning ate every bite and then one comment- “it needs cognac with it”. Not sure that would be appropriate:(
- 2½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- ½ cup diced mixed fruit
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 6 small Golden Delicious Apples
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 6 whole cloves
- In a large bowl, mix flour, salt and 2 Tablespoons brown sugar. With a pastry blender or fork cut butter into the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Store in 5-6 Tablespoons of cold water until dough holds together. Make into a round, wrap in plastic and place in frig.
- Peel apples and decore. In a small bowl, mix dried fruit with the brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of butter (cut into small cubes) and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, reserving out 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. Place the dried fruit mixture into the cavity.
- Preheat oven to 400. Reserve ⅓ cup dough. On floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll out remaining dough. Using a ruler, shape dough into an approximate 21" x 15" rectangle piece. Cut dough into 7" squares.
- On waxed paper, mix together the remaining 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. Roll the apple in the sugar mixture. Place the apple in the center of the dough. Brush the edges of the dough with beaten egg. Bring dough up over apple. press to shape and seal edges.
- Roll reserves dough and using a sharp knife cut out as many leaves as possible. Score leaf with knife for the veins. Brush dumpling with egg and place leaves on top, egg wash the entire dumpling and place a clove on the top.
- Bake dumpling for 35- 4o minutes until golden brown and apples are tender when pierces with a knife.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Wishing you a safe and blessed day with family.