Friday, May 18, 2012

new toy

one day, while i was complaining of how difficult it was to peel, slice, and core an apple all with just a knife, my husband told me about this amazing contraption he saw on a television program. it does all three of those things with just a crank of a handle. "are you kidding? has it been invented yet?" i said. i was dumbfounded! how could such a thing exist and i not own it? after i wasted away hours of my life, peeling, coring, and slicing fruit all by my own two hands!?

anyway, i promptly took out my iphone and bought one off ebay. right there and then.
and since i got it (two days ago) i havent stopped using it. ive made two batches of apple chips, an apple pie, and i plan on making some apple butter in the slow cooker tonight.

apple pie
i used a pre made puff pastry roll for the crust and lattice. (pre-made AND puff? i know, the shame! but i already had it in the freezer). 
i put 1/2 cup butter, 3 tbs flour, 1/4 cup water, 3/4 cup brown sugar in a pot on the stove and let it simmer and thicken. 
then i used my fancy new toy on 4 bramley baking apples, stacked them in the pie dish so it was a little raised in the center. 
then i poured the mixture over the entire pie (slowly so it wouldn't spill).
i put it in the oven at 220C for 45 minutes.
then took a bite as soon as i could! and i must say, it was hands down the easiest, yummiest, ugliest apple pie i had that day. 

apple chips

ive seen some apple chip recipes our there with some kind of crazy sugar water soak nonsense, but i dont think its necessary. these are perfect just with a dash of cinnamon. slice em up and put them on some baking paper, sprinkle some cinnamon on top and put them in the oven on 130C for two hours. for as many apple chips that you see there, i used 8 "fun-sized" gala apples (27 of them for 3 euro at tescos!). so they shrink up a lot, but they are still so yummy.

and tonight, apple butter! i found this recipe on pinterest. cant wait to eat it on my toast in the morning!

any more apple recipes you want to send my way? im up for anything!

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