Posts Tagged Apples

Apple and Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread for #TwelveLoaves

I was so looking forward to making this. The theme for this months #TwelveLoaves is apples and pears.  As I don’t really make much bread I was very tempted to make an apple loaf which of course would really be cake but I’ve done that on this blog  before and that would kind of defeat the purpose in my taking part in #twelveloaves, I’m enjoying the challenge of leaving my comfort zone and making more bread and using the dreaded yeast! What is it about yeast that can put me off making a recipe? I looked around and the recipe that most appealed was for pull apart bread, I saw it on pinterest and all over the internet. I looked at quite a few versions and it seemed the most popular recipe was from King Arthur Flour. I decided to try it out, as I’m not a very experienced bread maker I thought I would stick to the recipe as it is.

Play the cartoon wa-wa-wa music when something goes wrong, because that’s what happened. The recipe was a fail for me! Maybe I used the wrong yeast, maybe I was just unlucky. I wasn’t going to bother posting this but just because I write a food blog doesn’t mean I don’t have kitchen fails so I thought I’d share!

The apple filling was delicious and made the house smell so good. The problem was that the dough just wouldn’t rise, I left it in a warm place for the required hour, then for another hour in a different warm place. It rose a little so I thought Id give it a go. It was a fiddly mess to make, the filling was quite runny (I did leave the clear gel out as I didn’t have any/ really know what it was!) and that made the layers heavy and difficult to stack. I managed though and it all fit into the loaf tin very nicely, although the recipe says it will double in size and my tin was already full to the brim so I wondered what would happen. Well of course I needn’t have worried as predictably my loaf hardly rose at all! I put it in the oven anyway and it seemed to cook in the right amount of time. It smelled good and even looked good. But when it came to taking it out of the tin it felt quite solid and heavy. Then when I tried to pull it apart to take a picture I realised my doubts were correct, the bread needed more sinking in of the finger nails and tugging firmly to break apart the layers! No pulling apart at the “gentlest of touches” as the recipe suggests! I used the instant yeast out of a can as that’s what I had rather than using the instant yeast sachets, I think that is possibly where I went wrong. I was careful that the water and milk were neither too warm or cold but I find that the canned yeast is just too fussy and I’ve had problems with it before. The overall look of the loaf was good and I good see I wasnt far off but it was heavy, too heavy, you could have broken a window with that loaf if so inclined! I guess it wasn’t the end of the world, it did cook through and it was kind of edible it was just so disappointingly heavy that it really wasnt worth the calories.

So there you have it, I am probably #TwelveLoaves first failure! But I’m not giving up, I may well try this recipe again as it looks so good and I hate getting things wrong! If you have used this recipe or a similar recipe and have had success please let me know!

To see the more successful bakes of November’s # TwelveLoaves visit Barb’s blog Creative Culinary or Lora’s blog Cake Duchess

For the recipe for the Apple and Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread see here



Apple Crumble for #FBS4S

No one can fail to have seen the devastation caused by the storm called Sandy that recently hit and devastated parts of the east coast of America. Seeing the coverage on tv it was hard to hard to believe what I was seeing. Not just water damage but fires had broken out and so many people were without power. Some were able to stay in hotels while they waited for power to be restored but what happened to the others? I know it wouldn’t have been in my budget to be able to stay in a hotel at the drop of a hat. If I were one of the people whose houses were destroyed I honestly don’t know what I would do. My heart goes out to those poor people. Of course people lost more than just belongings, some also lost loved ones, such terrible sadness. From so far away all I can do is hold those people in my thoughts and wish them well.
Of course the news changes and attention moves to other stories. Those people without houses however are still living that life. Then I saw this post of Barb’s asking food bloggers to unite, show support and make a comfort dish on November 8th, something you would make for someone in need of a little help and maybe donate something to the various charities helping those affected by that terrible storm.

So that’s what I’m doing,  today I’m sharing this recipe for apple crumble as part of the Food Bloggers Support for Sandy event organised by Barb from Creative Culinary and Jen Jenn Cuisine  Of course it doesn’t just have to be today, the link up is open for the rest of November so join us!

Apple crumble seemed just the sort of dish that one would associate with comfort food. Of course something savoury would probably be more appropriate for someone without use of a kitchen but I figured there is always room for dessert! My version is quite generous with the crumble. I like to use unrefined muscovado sugar and cinnamon so its fragrant and sweet.

Apple Crumble

For the fruit filling

  • 750 grams apples, about 6 large
  • 30 grams unrefined muscovado sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg

For the crumble

  • 180 grams plain flour
  • 120 grams unrefined muscovado sugar
  • 100 grams unsalted butter, cold, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C, 350, F, Gas 4
  2. Peel and core the apples then slice them.Place in a bowl and mix with the sugar and cinnamon, seeing that all the apple slices are coated.
  3. To make the crumble rub together the flour, sugar and butter until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Put the apples into an oven proof dish and sprinkle the crumble over the top of them until all the apples are covered.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes until the top is brown and crisp.
  6. Serve warm or cold with ice-cream, custard or cream.

If you feel inclined to make a donation here are some of the larger organizations that are helping the victims of Sandy.

  • American Red Cross is providing food, shelter, and other forms of support to hurricane victims. You can donate directly to the Red Cross or  you can also text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • The Salvation Army is also focused on providing food, shelter, and support to victims, and takes donations for storm relief.
  • Feeding America is providing food, water and supplies to those who need it as part of their disaster relief program.

If donating from the UK the above websites will not accept a UK address the British Red Cross also has a hurricane Sandy appeal.

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Apple and Plum Brown Butter Hand Tarts #Baketogether

While summer was a little shy here this year, Autumn has been more than happy to put in a punctual appearance so using apples and plums were the perfect seasonal choice for me when taking part in this months  #Baketogether, the monthly blog event organised by Abby Dodge, inviting us to take one of her recipes and put our own spin on it.

This months #Baketogether recipe was for Brown Butter Apple Hand tarts. I’ve heard a lot about brown butter but only made it once before and wasn’t convinced that I’d done it correctly so this month I didn’t want to change the recipe too much as it sounded perfect as it was! The only changes I made was to make apple plum filling, I also halved the recipe as the original recipe is for 18 hand tarts which was far too many for 2 of us!

I loved these pies! The brown butter crust was so good I admit to trying some of it raw! It’s the brown butter! It’s so good and the smell is amazing! The aroma of the brown butter mixed with the apple, plums and cinnamon in the filling was wonderful, I’m surprised Yankee Candle didn’t come knocking on my door for a new Autumn fragrance! I was really happy with my filling and only wish I hadn’t halved the recipe as the pies disappeared far too quickly!

As I am not a regular pastry maker I thought these pies would be more difficult to make but as usual Abby’s instructions are easy to follow and give great results, therefore I have linked to her page for the making of the dough and the putting together of the pies.

Apple and Plum Brown Butter Hand Tarts ( makes 8 hand tarts)

For the brown butter pie dough

  • 4 0z unsalted butter
  • 3.5 oz (1/2 cup) sugar, I used unrefined
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 7  1/4 oz ( 1.5 cups) plain flour

For the Pie filling (more than enough for the pies with some left over to enjoy as a compote)

  • 8 oz apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped.
  • 8 oz plums, stoned and sliced
  • 1 tbsp sugar, I used unrefined
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

To Finish off

  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp water
  • demerara sugar for sprinkling
  1. To make the dough for these tarts follow Abby’s expert instructions here
  2. To make the filling, place the apples, plums, sugar and cinnamon in a medium saucepan. Cook over a medium heat, stirring frequently until the apples are soft but not mushy.
  3. Remove from the heat and allow to completely cool.
  4. Preheat oven to 190 c, 375 f, gas 5.
  5. To assemble the pies follow Abby’s instructions here





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