I suffered one of life's disappointments this past week. One of those that makes you question your confidence and competence. So what did I do? Turned to the pots, pans, and a stick of butter for solace (after assuring my mother that I find no comfort at the bottom of a bottle...)
The harvest season is most definitely upon us. The weather let up by giving us some nice temperatures this weekend, but there's no turning the leaves back to green. Speaking of, my coworker's apple tree seems to have produced a bumper crop of tiny, tart little apples that she brought to work to share.
|So cute and little!! Maybe 5 cm in diameter, at best.|
|Apples cooking in caramelized spiced sugar and butter.|
|One big pancake for two, comin' up! It's an 11" pan, to give you a frame of reference.|
|Close up goodness- crispy-but-fluffy batter, soft apples, and lots of sugar, spice and all things nice. I know, I'm terrible.|
My other new friend in the online recipe world is joyofbaking.com. Now, I don't consider myself a beginner when it comes to baking, but there's something reassuring about seeing a recipe with an accompanying how-to video. Sort of makes the whole process seem idiot-proof. That was the case for this cream cheese apple tart with a shortbread crust base. I wanted something to accompany the pumpkin pie ice cream I whipped up at Hubs' behest (recipe pending!) How often does that happen? Requesting an ice cream, then making the dessert to match it?
|Please excuse my messy stovetop. It's clean now, I promise!|
Planning to extend the harvest baking theme to a pumpkin-fest for next weekend (Canadian Thanksgiving, yay!),