I felt that it was time for me to have another go at Taste & Create, so I signed up in time and waited to be paired with another participant. I always enjoy finding out who I’m paired with and browsing their blog for yummy posts.
Choose 2 nice apples, wash, peel , cut into half and core them. Then cut them into 1/8 inch slices and have ready to top the tart with. (I actually quartered the apples before I saw that they had to be halved…. So then I simply proceeded to cut them into 1/8 slices).
In a food processor mix the cinnamon, brown sugar, lemon zest and marzipan paste until well combined (I accidentally added the regular sugar into this mix and only found out after I already turned on the food processor, so my pie was just a tad sweeter….)
Pour the mixture into the pie crust and top with apple slices, beginning at the edges.
Arrange them nicely so it looks like a flower at the end. Just tuck them in nicely as if they were a rose’s petals.
When you’re done, top with the powdered sugar or regular sugar (I used one tbsp of cinnamon sugar for this).
Then top with the butter that you have cut into thin slices or small pieces.
Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 to 40 minutes (mine only needed 25 minutes), depending on how fast your apples will look baked. Some of the apple edges will begin to brown. Heat up the orange reduction or apricot jam a bit and brush it over the apple tart. (Here’s where I found out that I had run out of apricot jam, so I used what I had at hand: strawberry jam. I must say that it created a lovely pinkish hue over the apple pie).
Let cool at least 10 minutes before cutting.
Isn’t it pretty? And tasty too!!!
Since it was that time of the month the choice was quickly made and Chocolate Butterscotch Bars it was. But then I found out that I hadn’t brought home butterscotch chips from my trip to Canada but peanutbutter chips, so I subbed them. The other thing I changed was using butter instead of margarine and I left out the mocha extract. Yummy! This was gone in no time!!
Chocolate Peanutbutter Bars
1 1/8 cup all-purpouse flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanutbutter chips (I used 3/4 cup peanutbutter chips and 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips because I ran out of peanutbutter chips…)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I used pecans)