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Massive fail in the picture department here.

I made two recipes to help get rid of my glut of apples, but neglected to take photos — because they disappeared so quickly. It was my own doing: Because I had enough baked goods around to swell myself to 300 pounds I made sure to get most of these out the door as soon as possible!

The first was an Apple Bundt Cake, care of the October 2008 issue of Canadian House and Home. It turned out pretty much exactly like the photo and was a snap to assemble. The boyfriend’s Dad was on his own for four days, so I sent it his way so he’d have something to eat other than canned soup and frozen pizza. The reviews were excellent.

The second recipe was from Baking Bites: Apple Pie Cookies! As advertised, these were soft and chewy. I substituted butterscotch chips for the pecans (it’s the kind of mood I was in), which made for a sweeter cookie, but that made it even more of a treat! These would be great with caramel bits, if you can find them.

Check out these treats and enjoy!

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Overwhelmed by apples

Apples: Homely, but delicious

Apples: Homely, but delicious

My boyfriend’s parents live on an acreage in Langley and happen to have a couple of apple trees on their property . . . lucky for me!

Because he’s lovely, K. picked a bushel (or what seems like a bushel) of apples from the trees, which would likely qualify as organic because they’ve never been sprayed. They’re not all the prettiest specimens and are of questionable heritage, but they are delicious!

Which means apple recipes are on the way for the next little while.

I doubled the recipe when I made Apple Cup Pies just over a week ago, and ended up with enough dough left over for a single-crust pie. Because I wasn’t sure how big a pie I’d be able to make, I decided to make a more rustic pie — a galette, if you will. I surfed around to find roughly what I wanted and came upon Mark Bittman’s Free-Form Apple or Pear Tart on Bitten from October 10, 2008. Almost exactly a year ago — it was meant to be.  I used my leftover dough and his idea for apple preparation and cooking, expanded a bit and came up with this recipe.

It turned out better than I’d expected, likely due in part to the lovely apples and the delicious dough.

Apple Galette

Apple Galette

Here’s a rough recipe.

Apple Galetteadapted from Mark Bittman’s Bitten blog

Dough from this recipe at Eggs on Sunday

4 medium apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

2 T brown sugar

1 T butter, cut up into small pieces

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.

2. Toss cut apples with cinnamon and nutmeg and set aside. Roll out pie dough until 10 to 12 inches in diameter and place on large baking sheet. Arrange apples in a rough circle in the middle of the dough, leaving a couple of inches of clearance on the sides. Fold dough over, sprinkle apples with brown sugar and dot with butter.

3. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes (I needed about 28) or until crust is brown and flaky and apples are tender.

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Adorable apple cup pies

Apple Cup Pies

Apple Cup Pies

Fall is one of my favourite times of year for many reasons, but the main one is this: Apples.

B.C. grows so many wonderful varieties of apples, it’s difficult to believe that Washington even bothers to send theirs up here! The crisp, fresh, sweet, tart flavour of an apple fresh from the farmer’s market just screams fall to me.

One of the best places for apples, in my opinion, is right here on the Lower Mainland. The owners and sole workers at Silverhill Orchard in Mission, Sonja and Raymond Barker, grow their apples organically in protective crop tunnels and use no sprays. The flavour is amazing.

My boyfriend and I paid a visit there last year for my birthday and managed to hit their last “Complimentary Apple Fritter Day” in November. Sonja makes the fritter before your eyes while you sip a warm beverage and browse the small shop’s apples and apple products.

Last Sunday at the Coquitlam Farmer’s Market, I grabbed eight of Silverhill’s apples and decided that since I was heading to my boyfriend’s parents’ place I’d make something seasonal and desserty. Good thing I came across this recipe for Apple Cup Pies on Eggs on Sunday via this post on Cook & Eat. Whew. It was a convoluted way to get there, but was I ever glad I did!

Other than being adorable, these pies were delicious. I doubled the recipe, and had a bunch of pie dough left over, but just the right amount of filling. Curious! These got rave reviews from the soon-to-be in-laws!

Check out Apple Cup Pies at Eggs on Sunday.

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