Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Apple Turnovers

For this recipe you can also double the apple mixture and use to extra to make applesauce

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 4 cups water

  • 5 apples - cored, peeled and sliced thin

  • 1/2 stick butter

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

  • 1 tbsp water

  • 1 box thawed puff pastry

    1. Combine the lemon and 4 cups water in a large bowl. Place the sliced apples in the water to keep them from browning.
    2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain water from apples, and place them into the hot skillet. Cook and stir for about 2 minutes. Add brown sugar, and cinnamon, and cook, stirring, for 2 more minutes. Stir together cornstarch and 1 tbsp water. Pour into the skillet, and mix well. Cook for another minute, or until sauce has thickened. Remove from heat to cool slightly.
    3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
    4. Unfold puff pastry sheets, and repair any cracks by pressing them back together. Trim each sheet into a square. Then cut each larger square into 4 smaller squares. Spoon apples onto the center of each squares. Fold over from corner to corner into a triangle shape, and press edges together to seal. Place turnovers on a baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch between them.
    5. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until turnovers are puffed and lightly browned.

    Friday, July 8, 2011

    Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

    Got this recipe from and changed it up a little.
  • 2 cups all purpose flour

  • 3/4 cup of sugar

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 4 lg bananas mashed ( I kept on counter for a few days before using)

  • 1/3 cup milk

  • 2 large eggs, beaten lightly

  • 1 stick salted butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped coarse and toasted in oven

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease the bottom/sides of a 9 by 5 loaf pan.
    2. Toast walnuts in the oven for about 10 minutes 
    3. Whisk the flour, sugar and baking soda together in a large bowl. Set aside
    4. Mix the mashed bananas, milk, eggs, butter, and vanilla with a wooden spoon in a medium bowl. Lightly fold the banana mixture into the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula until just combined. Fold in the nuts and chocolate. The batter should look thick and chunky. Scrape into the loaf pan.
    5. Bake for about 60 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean. I cooled for about an hour then served.

    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

    I got the recipe from and changed a few things, and got about 28 cookies from this recipe, here is my adapted recipe

    1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1 egg
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    3/4 cups rolled oats
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 1/4 cups chocolate chips - I mixed semisweet and bittersweet chips
    optional: 1- 2 tablespoons milk, if dough is crumbly

    Preheat oven to 350

    Beat butter and sugars with an electric mixer until smooth. Add egg and vanilla, mixing well until combined, about 2 minutes. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg with the mixer on medium speed. Beat in oats. Mix until dough comes together. Add in 1 tablespoon milk if the dough is crumbly. If dough is still crumbly, add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until it comes together. Fold in chocolate chips. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
    Remove dough from fridge and roll into 1 inch balls. Set on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes.