I don’t usually make sugar cookies at Christmas, I get overwhelmed by the whole process. Mixing,chilling,rolling out the dough, cutting, and then decorating. It really is time consuming. I have my tried and true simple cookies that I make every year and I’m always happy to serve them. But this year early on my husband was really talking up his favorite sugar cookies his Mom always made when he was a kid and still tries to bake even now at 90 years young. I thought about it and decided to bake some sugar cookies this past Christmas. Only I took three days to do the process. Day one I mixed and chilled the dough, day two I cut and baked the dough, and day three I iced and decorated. The cookies stayed fresh for a solid week or more. It was much easier then trying to do all of that in one day. My husband loved the cookies, but no cookie could be as good as his Moms 😀
I am truly enjoying this Fall season. I especially loved picking up these apples on my way home from Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania a few weeks ago. My husband scouted out an apple orchard and with the help of our GPS we found it. There were so many choices of apples to pick from. I can’t even remember all the names. We got a bag and just started filling it with different varieties of baking apples and a few extra for eating. I always use a variety of apples when baking pie, cobbler, or crisp. The flavor is just unbeatable. I used a special family recipe it’s just the best! The ride home was just beautiful with all the colors of the changing leaves. I made my apple crisp the day after we arrived home. I couldn’t wait! It took a while to get this posted, I do hope you give it a try.
Hope your having a wonderful Fall season.
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What could be more comforting then ripe bananas baked into to bread. So sweet and so fragrant. This is one of my favorite fall treats.
Cream the butter and sugar.
Add banana to the creamed butter and sugar. Then add eggs, vanilla, and spices. Add flour to creamed mixture.
Fold in walnuts.
Pour batter into buttered loaf pan. Bake.
Cool on a wire rack.
Serve on your favorite plate and enjoy!
Banana Nut Bread
9 tablespoons of butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar, packed, you may use pure cane sugar if you wish
Cream the butter and the sugar.
4 very ripe bananas, mashed
Add to the creamed mixture.
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Add the eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and freshly grated nutmeg to the creamed mixture. Mix until blended.
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 of salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
Sift ingredients together and add to the creamed mixture. Mix on low till blended.
¼ cup whole milk
Add milk and mix on low to blend
2/3 cup walnuts, chopped
Add walnuts to the mixture by gently folding into the batter.
Pour the batter into a buttered loaf pan.
Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 1 hour and 10 minutes. A tooth pick inserted should come out clean and the crust will be golden. Cool 10 minutes in the pan on a wire rack. Then cool until it’s warm on wire rack. Serve warm plain or spread with softened butter.
Bakers note: My ingredients were all at room temperature.
Recipe adapted from Apples for Jam by Tessa Kiros.
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I have always loved chicken pot pie. Even when I was a young girl I thought it so comforting. I especially loved the gravy. When my children were very young I began to learn how to bake. I bravely made white and wheat bread, homemade cakes and pies. Most attempts turned out pretty badly. I remember once serving company homemade coconut cake it was so dry, all they could say was how much they admired me for trying. In time my efforts improved. I got to know the look and feel of bread and pie dough and mastered the cake batter. I made the chicken pot pie recipe in the Better Homes and Garden cookbook over and over again until I could make it pretty much perfect. My children have always loved it. To this day if I make a special dinner they ask for that pot pie. The crust is flakey and crispy. The filling heavenly, with the flavor of fresh sage and thyme baked into the chicken. The tender pieces of chicken, sweet carrot, baby potatoes, and a few fresh peas add even more flavor. I love the idea of making them individual just like the banquet pot pies my Mom used to buy. Only these are oh so much tastier.
I like to bake my chicken in chicken broth, sprinkled with fresh sage, thyme, kosher salt, and fresh cracked pepper. The broth keeps the chicken very tender and flavorful.
Chop the vegetables in a small dice. Keeping them the same size for even cooking.
Dice the chicken.
Add all of the cooked vegetables and chicken.
Pour the filling into the tins.
Put the crusts on top and egg wash and bake.
Time to enjoy!
Chicken Pot Pie
Homemade or store bough pie crust
3 cups chicken, diced
Good pinch of fresh thyme and sage, chopped
Kosher salt, to taste
Fresh cracked pepper, to taste
1 cup diced baby potatoes, yellow or red
2/3 cup carrots, diced
1/2 cup celery, diced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
¼ cup fresh or frozen peas
4 tablespoons butter
2 1/4 cups chicken stock or broth
¾ cup whole milk
1/3 cup of all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground sage
To prepare the chicken place the breasts into a baking dish add enough broth to generously coat the bottom, but not to cover the chicken. Sprinkle with fresh herbs, salt, and pepper. Bake 350 degree until the temperature reads 160 degrees. Rest chicken for 10 minutes. Boil the potatoes and carrots together until tender, strain and set aside. In a sauté pan melt the butter on medium heat. Add the onion, celery, salt, pepper, and ground sage. Be careful not to brown the onion. Cook until tender about 5 minutes. Add the flour to the pan stir with a whisk. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the broth while mixing with a whisk, and then add the milk and whisk to get smooth gravy. Cook until thick and bubbly. Add the chicken, potatoes, carrots, and peas. You may bake the pot pie in a 9 inch pie plate or individual tins. Pour the filling into the tins and top with your prepared dough. Cut a hole or slits in the crust to vent. Egg wash and bake at 400 degrees until golden brown and bubbling. I used only a top crust you may use top and bottom crust. You can also top with prepared puff pastry.
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I ‘ve been trying to find some healthier options for snacking lately. I always think of raw vegetables a quick snack. On days off however why not make the vegetable snack a little more tasty. Steam or boil some carrots. Add them to a small fry pan with 1 teaspoon of butter. Just let the butter melt and then add 1 teaspoon of pure maple syrup. shake the pan to coat and glaze the carrots. Serve in a pretty bowl and enjoy.
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