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Baked Apples with Rum and Cinnamon

Total: 55 min
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 35 min
Yield: 6 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients:
The Glaze:

1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup dark rum
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 whole cloves

The Apples:
6 small to medium apples, preferably a sturdy
variety like Rome or Granny Smith, washed
and cored
6 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup unsweetened apple cider
Rum raisin ice cream, optional

Directions:
1. For the glaze: In a medium saucepan, combine the dark brown sugar, rum, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. Stir to blend and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook and reduce for 3 to 4 minutes to allow the sugar and other ingredients to blend together.

2. For the apples: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

3. In a baking dish large enough to hold all of the apples, arrange the apples in a single layer. Put a cinnamon stick inside the cavity made from coring each apple. Pour the glaze over the apples and top each with pieces of butter. Add the cider to the bottom of the dish and place it in the center of the oven.

4. Cook the apples, basting them from time to time, until they are tender but not mushy, 25 to 30 minutes (smaller apples will take less time). Serve with scoops of ice cream, sour cream, or just by themselves. They are also delicious leftover.

Recipe courtesy Alex Guarnaschelli
Recipe found here: Baked Apples with Rum and Cinnamon

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Orange-Vanilla Monkey Bread

INGREDIENTS
3 cans (7.5 Ounces Each) Buttermilk Biscuits (not The Flaky Kind), Cold
1 cup Sugar
2 whole Oranges, Zested
1 dash Salt
2 sticks Salted Butter
3/4 cups Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat the oven to 350 F.

First, make sure all the biscuit cans are very cold.

Open all the cans of biscuits and cut the biscuits into quarters. Fill a large Ziplock bag with the granulated sugar, the orange zest, and the dash of salt. Seal the bag and shake it around until the zest and the sugar are totally combined. Add the biscuit pieces to the bag, seal it and shake/toss it around until all the biscuit pieces are coated in the orange sugar. Pour the pieces into a bundt or tube pan and set it aside.

In a medium pan over medium heat, melt the butter then stir in the brown sugar and vanilla until just barely combined. Pour the mixture all over the biscuit pieces, scraping the pan to get all the butter/brown sugar out of there. Let it settle for a second, then place the pan in the oven.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until the top of the biscuits are golden brown. Then remove the pan from the oven and set it on a rack. Let the pan sit for at least 10 minutes (but no more than 15), then turn the cake out of the pan onto a cake plate.

Note: When it first comes out of the pan, the melted sugar/caramel will be a little on the hot side. Wait a few minutes after turning it out before serving.

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INGREDIENTS
1 quart raspberries, fresh
1 1⁄4 cups granulated sugar
8 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
6 tablespoons water
4 tablespoons butter
1 pastry for double-crust pie

DIRECTIONS
Mix together raspberries, sugar, cornstarch, minute tapioca and water.

Mix and let sit while you make your pie crust.

Put berries in bottom crust, and put 4-1 T pats of butter on top.

Put on top crust and crimp edges.

Make slits in the crust to allow the steam to escape.

Bake at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes.

Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake for 45 minutes.

Recipe found here: Raspberry Pie

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Lemon Cupcakes with Raspberry

Ingredients
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or 1 vanilla bean, scraped
5 large eggs, separated
1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1 cup plus scant 1/3 cup cake flour (not self-rising)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
Meyer Lemon Curd
Vanilla Bean Buttercream
Sanding sugar
24 raspberries

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 standard muffin tins with cupcake liners; set aside.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add vanilla; beat to combine. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

3. Sift together both flours, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. With the mixer on low, add flour mixture; mix until well combined. Add sour cream; mix until well combined.

4. In a clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into batter.

5. Fill each muffin cup half full with batter. Transfer muffin tins to oven and bake until a skewer inserted into the center of one of the cupcakes comes out clean, 20 to 24 minutes. Let cupcakes cool completely.

6. Using an apple corer, make a hole in the top of each cupcake, taking care not to push the corer through the bottom; remove cake from hole. Fill a squirt bottle with lemon curd and squeeze curd into holes.

7. Fit a pastry bag with a 3/8-inch plain round tip and fill with buttercream. Pipe buttercream in a circular motion on top of each cupcake; sprinkle with sanding sugar. Pipe a dollop of buttercream in the center of each cupcake and top with

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Caramel-Apple Skillet Buckle

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups buttermilk

TOPPING:
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cold butter
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
6 cups thinly sliced peeled Gala or other sweet apples (about 6 medium)
18 caramels, unwrapped
1 tablespoon buttermilk
Vanilla ice cream, optional

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Pour into a greased 12-in. ovenproof skillet.

For topping, in a small bowl, mix brown sugar and flour; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in pecans and oats; sprinkle over batter. Top with apples. Bake 60-70 minutes or until apples are golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

In a microwave, melt caramels with buttermilk; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cake. Let stand until set. If desired, serve with ice cream.

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Savory Tomato Pound Cake
unsalted butter, for greasing pan
200 grams (1½ cups) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the pan
12 to 16 ounces of fresh tomatoes (large vine-ripened or heirloom, medium plum or campari, or small cherry or grape, or a mix of all)
2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided, plus more for sprinkling
100 grams (1 cup) finely grated Parmesan cheese
100 grams (7 tablespoons) unsalted butter
100 grams (½ cup) extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for sprinkling

Directions

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter and flour a 10-inch metal springform pan, cake pan, or pie pan.

2. If using large- or medium-sized tomatoes, remove the cores, then slice the tomatoes in half through their equators. Squeeze or scoop out their seeds, then coarsely chop the flesh. If using small cherry or grape tomatoes, halve or quarter them, and squeeze out their seeds by pinching them between your fingers. When all of your tomatoes are prepped, place them in a colander set over a bowl, and toss with a teaspoon of salt. Let stand and drain while you make the batter.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the 200 grams (1 1/2 cups) of flour, the remaining teaspoon of salt, the baking powder, and pepper until evenly combined.

4. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the Parmesan, butter, and oil on medium speed until pale white and very fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs, and beat on medium speed until smooth. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until just combined. The mixture should be airy and light, with a mousselike texture.

5. Spoon about half the batter into the prepared pan. Give the tomatoes a shake in the colander, to fling off any moisture still clinging to them, then sprinkle half of the drained, salted tomatoes over the batter in the pan. Spoon the remaining batter into the pan, spreading it evenly, then sprinkle the rest of the tomatoes on top, lightly pressing them down into the batter. Brush the exposed tomatoes with more olive oil and, if desired, sprinkle on a little more salt and pepper.

6. Bake until the top is pale gold and a small knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 40 to 45 minutes. Let the cake cool for 20 minutes before removing from the pan. Let the cake cool to room temperature before serving. Store any uneaten cake at room temperature, in an airtight container or tightly wrapped in plastic wrap.

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Apple Fritter Cake

3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 medium apples, peeled and chopped (about 2 cups)
1 bottle (12 ounces) beer or unsweetened apple juice, room temperature
1/4 cup butter, melted

ICING:
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 to 5 tablespoons 2% milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Line an 8-in. square baking pan with parchment paper, letting ends extend up sides.

Whisk together the first five ingredients. Add apples and beer; mix just until blended (do not overmix; batter will be thick). Transfer to prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes.

Lifting with parchment paper, immediately remove cake from pan. Brush all sides with melted butter. Cool. Meanwhile, combine all icing ingredients. Spread or drizzle over cooled cake. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: Apple Fritter Cake

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