Posts tagged ‘Dessert’

November 19, 2011

Old Fashion Apple Crisp

Old Fashion Apple Crisp

Yield:10 servings


Prep: 20 min
Cook: 1 hr 0 min
Total: 1 hr 20 min


  • 5 pounds McIntosh or Macoun apples
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 pound cold unsalted butter, diced


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 14 by 2-inch oval baking dish.

Peel, core, and cut the apples into large wedges. Combine the apples with the zests, juices, sugar, and spices. Pour into the dish.

To make the topping, combine the flour, sugars, salt, oatmeal, and cold butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until the mixture is crumbly and the butter is the size of peas. Scatter evenly over the apples.

Place the crisp on a sheet pan and bake for 1 hour until the top is brown and the apples are bubbly. Serve warm.

June 28, 2011

Recipe: Gourmet S’mores

Love s’mores but don’t have the camp fire? These are the most delicious little camp-fire-free s’more. And it’s a little more fancy than the marshmellow on a wire hanger. Just saying. I can’t even begin to describe how good these are – really – so rich and chocolaty.  Here’s the good stuff:


  • 1 box of graham crackers
  • 1 tub of marshmallow fluff
  • 1 14 oz. bag of dark or milk chocolate candy melts
  • 1 jumbo bar of chocolate

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, open the package of graham crackers and snap them in half and then in half again. Snap all of your chocolate as well. Line up half of your graham crackers on a sheet pan and top with a piece of chocolate. Pop them in the oven for 3-4 minutes. Your chocolate will be soft, although it won’t look like it.

While you are waiting, take the other half of your graham crackers and spread marshmallow fluff on them. Top the warm crackers with your marshmallow crackers and let those hang out for a bit.

Next, you will need to melt your candy melts. Follow the instructions on your package – for sure. Usually, I melt in the microwave. Using a glass bowl, put half (7 oz.) of your candy melts into the glass bowl. Microwave for 1 minute at 50% power. Stir. Continue to microwave in 30-second intervals until smooth and melted.

Make sure you have wax paper laid out on your counter ready for your s’mores. Take your assembled s’mores and start dunking them in your melted chocolate. I like to use an icing spatula to scrap away the excess chocolate. Lay the wet s’mores out on the wax paper and let harden.

You can also melt colored candy melts and drizzle colors across your s’mores. If your chocolate gets a little too thick and globby, stir in a little bit of solid shortening to thin it out a bit.

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