A delicious recipe found from, the lovely Maya.
The first time I made this recipe I had guests for dinner. Yes, I did try a new recipe with dinner guests arriving within the hour. No, it probably isn't something I recommend. Though, this recipe turned out to be exactly as I wished...scrumptious.
I believe you can fill yours with whatever is in season. Our first galettes were made with peaches and this time with apples. Instead of seven dinner guests, this time it was thirty hungry, birthday celebrating, second graders.
The Recipe is quite Simple and Delicious.
No-Fail Dough ala MayaMade::
Makes 1 large galette or 8 minis (or in my case 40 mini-mini galettes, as I doubled the recipe)
2 Cups of Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1/2 teaspoons of Salt
1 Tablespoons of Sugar
12 Tablespoons of cold unsalted buttter, cut into small pieces
1/2 Cup of cold water as needed
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and then cut in the butter. Add water as needed to form dough into a ball. Roll dough into the size you want. Lay on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Spoon filling (instructions below) onto the center of the dough. Drizzle a small amount of juices. Fold edges of dough up around the fruit. "Tucking it in" as Maya says. Then you can paint an egg wash on the outside of the dough if you wish. Sprinkle crust with sugar if you choose.
Bake in the oven at 375 degrees until golden and bubbly.
The Apple Filling consisted of::
Apples 5-6 cored, peeled and sliced
Butter, a Tablespoon or two in the pan to avoid sticking
Brown sugar to taste
Cinnamon to taste, though we love it and always add more
A few tablespoons of water
I let them heat up slowly in the pan and let it simmer until the liquid had evaporated and the small amount of brown sugar caramelized. Do this until they are soft and delicious. Yes, you should try one to make sure.
The peach filling was done in the same way, just less simmering time. Maya even tried some gingered pears in hers. That is one we plan to bake some time as well.
All that's left to ask is, "What will you fill yours with? And, when?!!??"
Let me know what you think.
As we roll into the season of colored leaves, wool mittens and warm lattes (although that particular season seems to be year round), apples are abundant at the farmers market.
We carried home a big box this weekend, as I had plans for them. Plans I tell you.
The original plan started like this...the big daddy and my little guy were arriving home from their adventures and we would surprise and delight them with a warm meal and an apple ginger cake for dessert.
The plan was set into motion with only a slight rumble about the "ginger" part of the apple cake.
Baking day came closer and my two older ones were "unsure" that ginger was necessary for the cake. Wouldn't they like it better without the ginger? Surely the cake would be easier to make without the ginger.
You can see where this is headed....
I, on the other hand, love ginger bread, cake, cookies you name it. As it turned out though the apple ginger cake became an apple cake.
It was still delicious. The only glitch happened as the cake was not "done", as in it was soup in the middle, when we needed to leave for the airport.
What was a mama to do?
Well, I had two options. One was to pull the whole soupy-center-mess out of the oven declare the outer edges cooked and wing it later. Or, as this is the one I chose, I could turn off the oven leave the cake in it and hope for the best.
It was a bit "too done" around the edges creating a hard sorta layer around the center. Though it did make the center seem much more moist.
What can I say it was edible, mostly.
Next time you can bet your pants I'm making the apple ginger cake.
Next time I'm hoping that my children will say, "Oh mommy this is delicious, I can't believe we doubted you, you are amazing and we think you should always bake just what you think every time."
Wishful thinking? of course.
I will try it anyway, just to see, because you never know...
Plus, I thought it would be lovely to start the week with a big hunk of cake to look at.
Am I right?
Recipe from here.
2 cups of Sugar
1 cup of vegtable oil
3 cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 medium apples, cored, peeled, and diced
1 cup of chopped nuts (optional)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 9 x 13 baking dish.
Mix sugar, oil, and eggs in a large bowl. beat well.
Add flour, baking soda, salt, apples, nuts, and vanilla and beat until combined throughly.
Scrape batter into prepared dish. Bake for one hour.
For the topping boil together the brown sugar, butter, and milk for 2 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Remove cake from oven, and immediately poke the tines of a fork down through the cake (about fifteen jabs all around the cake), and pour topping over the hot cake. Serve warm or let cool.
Yields 8 to 12 servings.
We used less sugar than was called for as I like the flavor of the apples instead. The oil can be replaced by applesauce which makes the cake a bit denser but we have grown used to that. For the flour we use all or half whole wheat when we make it. Extra vanilla because we love that and several dashes of cinnamon for well, Fall.
Plus, the topping is optional and quite delicious without it. Next time I may make these into muffins as they are almost breakfast worthy.
One of the things I love most about Summer is grilling and eating outside.
A favorite meal of ours is grilled fish with vegetables from the farmers market. Or skewers with different combinations of meat, veggies and sometimes even pineapple.
Another love is the oh-so-delicious smoothies that cool you down in the afternoons. This is our "recipe" I say loosely since for the most part we just throw in whatever we have.
Simple Summer Smoothies, oh so simple...
Handful of Peaches
Extra Pineapple, if I have anything to say about it.
Festive straws in the color of your choice.
Berries on a skewer, any will do.
Umbrellas, please. I need extra as my three year old thought this was the main reason for the drink. We, of course, don't use these all the time either.
So here is a bit of what we love about summer!
Any summer foods you are loving these days?
We made playdoh yesterday. I'm always amazed how fast it is to make. The slowest part is finding the ingredients in the cupboard. And, as an added bonus it's fun.
My three year old loved kneeding the warm dough right from the pan. We added some plant pigment dyes for a "yellow like the sun" color he requested.
We added some lavender essential oil to make it all smell good.
I've read about others adding cinnamon or all spice in the fall. I'm all for that, as long as they don't think it smells good enough to eat. You know what I mean?
This is the Playdoh Recipe we used:
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of salt
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
1 tablespoon of oil
1 cup of water
Combine first four ingredients in a pan on the stove. Add water and stir. Cook on medium heat, stirring the whole time, until it pulls away from the sides and forms a ball. Then remove it from the heat and kneed it. Add color and essential oil now.
At this point I handed the playdoh over to my little one and he was off to create, for three hours! Can you imagine that? I still wonder if I dreamt it.
The baby took her morning nap, my three year old served pizza, cookies, cakes, salad, all types of pasta and I knit. Yes, I knit. There were, I'm sure, soooo many things I needed to be doing but instead I knit.
Now, he liked to serve me food and my logic was that he wouldn't have done it for quite so long if I hadn't been present. Convenient? Yes, but I think we both needed that time outdoors today to enjoy the beautiful weather and have our hands in the dough or a pile of wool.
Yup, I highly recommend it.
***Check here with my delightful friend for a no-cook method. I may try that next time...as there is always a need for fresh playdoh!***
My brother is visiting from far away and brought with him this bit of treasure. Treasure in the edible form. He grows heirloom-local-organic tomatoes in his town. He sells out at the farmers market in an hour. Yes, an hour. Pounds and pounds of tomatoes.
Brandy wine, black cherry, lemon boy, green zebra...
First, is that this has been his idea from the start. He saw a need, researched and found just the right varieties then pursued something important to him. I love that he's having fun, learning a lot, working hard and making plans.
Second, I love that people want this--they want local produce and to know their farmers face. That's beautiful isn't it?
All I can say is that I've tried these tomatoes in many forms since their arrival and I truly understand now why they would sell out so quickly...they. are. delicious.
Do any of you have recipes you would like to share? My huge box of heirlooms and I would love to know...
Yes, you read that correctly. Cake in a jar. yum.
These were the treats that I made for my daughters class for her birthday on the 26th.
I first saw this idea on Pinterest and had to try them. Who knew you could cook right in a canning jar? Well, maybe lots of you did but I suppose I had never thought to try it out before.
Oh, it's fun!
Take a cookie sheet and set the jars on the tray. Fill 1/3 full and then fill the cookie sheet with water to cover the bottom of the tray. Bake at 350 degrees until baked. I believe mine cooked in about fourteen minutes??? I think. It was late at night so I have forgotten.
Then, when cool you pipe in the frosting and pop the lid on. I used bakers twine to tie a bamboo compostable spoon on the outside and they were done. Easy to transport. And, the children ate every last crumb!
I have seen them done with red velvet cake, white cake, white cake dyed to make rainbow colors. The options are limitless.
Plus, with a few sprinkles on top how can you lose?
My next attempt might have some pineapple in the bottom and whipped cream on top...
What flavor will yours be?
:: Grilled chicken tacos with lime on blue corn tortillas.
:: Left-overs....oh yeah.
:: A delicious latte brought to me by the big daddy, just in the nick of time.
:: A day spent in the garden---planting, clearing, sprucing and soaking up the sun.
:: Outside pots that no longer look sad, sad, sad. Rather they are full of blooming Spring.
:: A watercolor photo of a sunflower and a small pack of seeds to plant in our garden. Not ordinary seeds I'm told, but special seeds that grow to twelve feet tall. Maybe it was the little hand that dropped them into mine and the look of awe on his face but certainly those must be special seeds. Magic seeds perhaps.
:: Lots of gardening helpers. The "help-iest" of helpers. At times maybe too much help. We had quite a few boys ready to dig a hole or fill it with water from the hose at a moments notice. Like I said, LOTS of help.
:: Flats of flowers that were planted. Some annuals but mostly perennials, as I like those the best.
:: A surprise handwork gift from my daughter. Which pretty much documents the day.
:: The afternoon sun hitting our new lilac bush and hopes for future blossoms.
:: All of us muddy, sweaty, tired and happy walking back into the house after a long day in the sun.
Yes, a good day.
Tonight I am feeling some la la love for the big daddy who has taken such good care of all of us. The delicious meals he's been making us is seriously crazy.
He is also the one who reminded us to focus on what we are grateful for as we start dinner. It's a simple exercise and lovely to hear what the children have to say.
After this past month and needing to plan and cancel and be flexible it's good to remember that there's always gratitude to be found some where.
The "sickness" visitor was un-invited, un-welcome, and un-friendly and showed up February first and has run free in our household for ONE MONTH. Today, I officially kicked him out.
I'm done with his sneaky double fevers and energy drains. Lulling th adults into thinking they would make it through healthy only to whop this mama with a 105 degree fever and a lovely trip to the ER.
He's gone now. I declare it. And, I got out the sage wand to prove to him I mean business.
I'm feeling blessed to have four healthy children two of which returned back to school today. The baby is smiley and we are all feeling, if not a bit road weary, much happier to be moving away from February.
Sorry February it may not be all your fault.
I feel grateful to two dear friends one of whom took time from her family to care for ours while we made said trip to the ER, and the second friend who made a scrumptious meal that was devoured "to the very last crumb." My dear knitting buddies. Just don't know how I got so lucky to have them in my life.?.
Another sweet friend brought homemade chicken noodle soup at just the right time and knitting inspiration. Grateful and grateful.
March begins tomorrow, WAHOOOO!!!
Spring is not here yet but I can feel it. We have small buds peeking out of the ground in the garden and yet many snow storms to go. But, to know that the buds are there is all that matters.
I'm grateful to all of you, good friends, who consistently check in even though my posting has been ummm, infrequent.
For this I am grateful.
Yesterday we had a "snow" day from school. It was less about the amount of snow and more about the way below zero temperatures outside. Oh, there you are winter. So glad you could join us.
We all hunkered in for a day spent by the fire. With two children now sick, one who re-lapsed from the weekend, we felt a big pot of soup was in order. Since last weekend was spent warming up chicken noodle again and again I thought something else was in order...please.
Something simple. Something delicious.
Enter...Julia Child's potato leek soup. The sheer genius of this soup is matched only by its simplicity. Potatoes. Leeks. Water. Salt and pepper. Oh my. I have it memorized already!
What I recall most about this soup is the first time I made it. To myself and then to whomever was standing near by I read the recipe outloud. A number of times. This can't be right. Potatoes? Leeks? That's it? And, it tastes....good?
The amazing part really was in that first bite. It should have it's own film score. Really.
If you haven't tried it yet well, please do. There is no kick back from Julia for me to tell you this. It's just simply that delicious and easy. I ask you who couldn't use a simple delicious recipe on hand?
I believe I even made my eleven year old memorize the recipe tonight so I know she won't go hungry when she leaves for college.
Now, on with our day of warm tea. Warm toes. Warm meals. And, another "snow" day. I may need to pull out the UNO cards for this one.