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Apple Cheesecake Bars

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Happy Fall!

I am enamored with Autumn! Beautiful weather, beautiful leaves! Beautifu colors, beautiful  flavors! Beautiful decorations! I can’t get enough of it. I was so excited about buying decorations for my new school office that when I went to the store I totally forgot to buy what I went for. That is how cute all the decorations out there are right now! Gah!

The flavors of fall are amazing!

In my house as far as dessert goes it’s mostly apple or pumpkin. This recipe for Apple Cheesecake bars is absolutely amazing. All the ingredients were just meant to be together!

I don’t really like apples. I think they are kind of boring on their own but adding cheesecake to them makes them delicious! These bars were sweet, dense and heavy! Loved them!

Apple Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 12 Graham Cracker Sheets
  • 50 Nilla Wafer Cookies
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 12 tablespoons butter, melted

For the Cheesecake

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the Topping

  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

 

Directions

  1. Line a 9×13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make the Crust: Pulse graham crackers and Nilla Wafer cookies in a food processor until they are fine crumbs. Place in a bowl and stir in cinnamon and melted butter. Press into prepared pan. Bake for 8 minutes, while preparing filling.
  3. Beat cream cheese, eggs, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla with a hand held or stand mixer. Place apples in a small bowl and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Make the topping by mixing all topping ingredients in a medium bowl with a hand mixer.
  5. Pour cream cheese mixture over hot crust. Sprinkle with apples. Sprinkle evenly with topping. Bake for 40-45 minutes (mine took 43). Cool to room temperature and then chill for at least 3 hours before cutting.

Enjoy!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe source Crazy for Crust

 

 

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Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Singles

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Hey!

This winter does not seem to be getting any better. I have noticed that people are getting crabbier and really have cabin fever. I imagine the first really nice day being a big mess! I can see all the traffic, everyone walking and exercising outside, people just sitting on their porches to enjoy warm sun….OH I can’t wait!

But meanwhile I will keep baking and cooking some hearty meals to fill us up and keep us warm!

These Oatmeal Singles seem like the perfect breakfast to have at home or on the go.

These were so filling. I didn’t even have my mid-morning snack the day I had these because I was quite full!

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Singles

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup skim milk
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup peeled chopped fresh apples

Directions


1.    Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly mist 12 cups in a muffin tin with cooking spray.
2.    Combine the oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl and stir until thoroughly mixed.
3.    In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg white, egg, applesauce, milk and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until blended together. Fold in the chopped apples.
4.    Spoon the oatmeal mixture evenly between the prepared muffin cups. Bake uncovered for 18-22 minutes or until oatmeal is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

These little beauties are WW friendly being 3 WW+ each.

These are great snacks too throw in your bag and take to work or wherever you might be going.

Besos,

Flor

Recipe source Emily Bites

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Streusel Bars

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Happy Hump Day!

Who likes pie? Apple pie to be exact. Quite a while ago when we used to go apple picking every year I would make lots of apple pies. I used to freeze them and have them ready to bake at a moments notice. I loved all that. I don’t make apple pie that often anymore. But this dessert tastes just like apple pie and it feeds more people than a pie would!

This was so good! It disappeared pretty quickly!

Apple Streusel Bars

Sweet Pastry:
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. real butter, softened (no substitutions!)
  • 1 egg, beaten
Apple Filling:

  • 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon (I used about 3 teaspoons.. I LOVE cinnamon)
  • 4 c. (about 3 medium) sliced, peeled baking apples (I used 4 Braeburn apples)
Glaze:
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • About 3 Tbsp. milk (whole milk is best)
  • 1 tsp. almond extract 
To prepare crust, mix flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until you have pea-sized crumbles. Gently mix in beaten egg. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Gently pat about 2/3 of the crumb mixture onto the bottom of the dish. Preheat oven to 350 and set aside.

To prepare apple filling, combine flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Toss with apples and spread apples out on prepared crust. Sprinkle reserved crust mixture over apples evenly and bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes . When finished, allow to cool completely.

I am not kidding when I wrote that this tastes like apple pie! Make it and taste for yourself!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe Source lovin’ from the oven

 

Gramma’s Apple Bread Pudding

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Hey!

It’s been a long week and I am so happy! I will be getting orthotics to wear with gym shoes!!! Hopefully that will do the trick and I will at least be able to start doing some walking for exercise! I have not really worn gym shoes in about two years because my feet hurt so much…hopefully this will be a great fix!

Did anyone out there watch the Latin Grammys? All I can say is…AMAZING!! I don’t watch them every year but last night I couldn’t get away from the TV! There was one or two acts that I didn’t care for but the rest were awesome!

Let me move on to Thanksgiving! Here is another great recipe that would be great for Thanksgiving.

I am not a big fan of apples eaten in their natural state but in dessert? Oh, yea baby!

Gramma’s Apple Bread Pudding

Ingredients

  •  cups soft bread cubes

  • 1/4 cup raisins

  • 2 cups peeled and sliced apples
  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 3/4 cups milk

  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 7×11 inch baking dish
  2. In a large bowl, combine bread, raisins, and apples. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup brown sugar, 1 3/4 cups milk, and 1/4 cup margarine. Cook and stir until margarine is melted. Pour over bread mixture in bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and eggs. Pour bread mixture into prepared dish, and pour egg mixture over bread.
  4. Bake in preheated oven 40 to 50 minutes, or until center is set and apples are tender.

I chose to serve my pudding with homemade sweet whipped cream and OMG! Nice and warm…give you good dreams!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe source allrecipes

Candy Apples

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Hola!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Mine was just great! Saturday my bestie and I went to the Chocolate and Fine Dessert Show at Navy Pier. It was awesome! I had never tasted or seen such delicious sweets in my life!  Here are just a few of the samples we had.

There were tons of chocolate and toffee samples. We had so many we didn’t even need lunch!

The chefs and pastry chefs that create these masterpieces are artists! They were amazing!

When I was young and we would go to Mexico there were these awesome sweet apples that could have pulled out our teeth or fillings. But we didn’t care. We ate them anyways. They were so good that it was worth the risk. We were lucky enough that after licking and finally eating the entire apple our teeth and fillings were still intact. I had such a taste for these apples that I had to find a recipe for them. In Spanish we call these “amieladas”. I had no idea what the name in English was but I just searched for whatever I could think of that they might be called in English and I found them…Candy or Candied Apples! I was so excited!

I had never in my life used a candy thermometer so I was really scared. It was super neat just watching the temperature raise on the thermometer. I was so relieved when the thermometer didn’t break and shards of glass (or whatever it’s made of) went into my eye. That would definitely have been like a Halloween trick!

Candy Apples

Ingredients

  • 12 small red or green apples, any variety
  • 12 lollipop or popsicle sticks
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon red food coloring

Equipment: candy thermometer

Directions

Wash and thoroughly dry the apples as good as possible to get the waxy film off of them. Insert the lollipop sticks or popsicle sticks so that they are firmly positioned in the apples. Set the apples aside on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and coated with cooking spray.

Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil and cook the mixture until a candy thermometer reaches 300ºF (the hard crack stage).

Remove the candy mixture from the heat and carefully stir in the red food coloring (it may splash, so be very careful). You may have to add more than the designated ½ teaspoon, depending on the quality and strength of your food coloring.

One by one, carefully dip the apples into the candy mixture, swirling to coat them thoroughly and allowing any excess to drip back into the pan. Transfer the coated apples to the prepared cookie sheet and allow them to cool until the candy has fully hardened.

If the candy mixture gets too hard during the dipping process, simply re-heat it over medium heat and continue coating the apples.

You want to work kind of fast because the candy gets hard quickly. I wanted a heavy coat of candy on my apples so I dipped each apple twice. I should have let more candy excess come off the apples but I was so scared to make them that I just wanted to do it!  Needless to say that candy excess did not go to waste…we ate it.

These apples were so delicious and brought back so many memories!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe source justataste

Apple Cider Pancakes with Apple Cider Syrup

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Hey!

On my las post I forgot to mention a movie my husband and I went to see on Tuesday. We received free tickets to see a screening of the movie “About Time” that will be in theatres on November 1st  or 8th. It was such an excellent movie! It stars  Rachel McAdams and male actor but unfortunately I don’t know his name. It was a comedic love story. It was very funny but also had some very emotional scenes. I had to catch myself from crying during the movie. If you get a chance to see it please do!

Now that the cooler fall weather is here it is perfect for long lingering breakfasts on the weekends. Take advantage of making these while it is apple cider time!

Make sure these are nice and warm when you eat them. So good…so good that my husband ate this whole stack plus eggs all by himself!

The recipe for the syrup makes quite a bit I think so make sure to refrigerate the left overs and save to serve with other pancakes, waffles or french toast.

Apple Cider Pancakes

This recipe makes a large batch. If you are making these for 2 or 3 people, just save the extra dry mix as in an airtight container until ready to use. 

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour (or white flour)
  • 3 cups white flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Pancake Ingredients

  • 1 cups dry pancake mix
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 cup apple cider (or apple juice if you can’t find cider)
  • Unsalted Butter (both for cooking the pancakes and topping them when they are finished)

Pancake Directions

Place the 1 cup of dry mix in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk the egg white, buttermilk, yogurt, honey and cider. In another small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and olive oil. Whisk the wet ingredients in one bowl until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry mix and stir until just combined. It’s Ok if there are some lumps.

Heat 1 tablespoon of butter or vegetable oil in a medium pan. Measure 1/3 cup of the batter and pour into the pan. When you start to see small bubbles on the top of the pancakes and the edges are beginning to cook, flip the pancake. Be sure to add more butter or oil as needed so the pancakes don’t stick.

Apple Cider Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick (1-1/2 inches)
  • Dash ground nutmeg

Directions

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and cider until smooth; add cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Discard cinnamon stick. Stir nutmeg into syrup. Pour into a bottle with a tight-fitting lid and store in the refrigerator for up to two months.

While the pancakes are still warm, top with some butter and allow it to melt over the top of the pancakes. Pour syrup over pancakes and devour!

I am not the kind of person to be in my pj’s all day at all. I need to shower as soon as I get up and get ready for the day. But the fall and winter weather I think I do tend to stay in my pj’s just a bit longer…especially if I get to make and eat a warm and comforting breakfast like this one!

Enjoy!

Besos,

Flor

Recipes adapted from tokyoterrace and thecomfortofcooking

Apple Crumble Quinoa Parfait

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Hola!

Happy Wednesday! I finally made it to the podiatrist and had my feet molded for my orthotics. The Dr. didn’t even laugh when I showed him all my adorable shoes! But what did I do after the appointment? I went to DSW and bought some pointy cute shoes…I had to. I deserve them…let’s see what my feet say later!

I totally consider apples to be a boring everyday fruit. Not very nice, but it’s true. I don’t eat apples too often because they just don’t seem that great to me and I also feel so hungry after I eat them. Weird, huh? Since they are available all year round they are great for baking and cooking with them any time of the year.

This parfait was good and healthy too.

We ate it while it was still warm but let me tell you that it is even better the next day cold.

Apple Crumble Quinoa Parfait

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, well rinsed
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 large apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 cup water or apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups vanilla Greek yogurt

Directions

  1. Bring the quinoa, water and cinnamon to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the water has been absorbed, about 15 minutes and set aside.
  2. Mix the flour, rolled oats, sugar, walnuts, cinnamon and butter, spread in a single layer over a baking pan and bake in a preheated 350F oven until lightly golden brown, about 7-10 minutes and set aside.
  3. Bring the apples, water, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the apples are tender and the liquid is syrupy, about 7-10 minutes.
  4. Place 1/4 cup of yogurt into 4 large glasses and top with 1/4 cup quinoa and 1/4 cup of apple compote, repeat with a another set of layers on top off with a tablespoon of the crumble topping.

This was so good that my husband and daughter had second helpings. It’s a great dessert or even breakfast.

Happy Valentine’s! I hope your day is lovey dovey and romantic!

Besos,

Flor

Source http://www.closetcooking.com/