Caramel Apple Pie

I also made this pie for Thanksgiving. This was the first pie I had ever made. The crust is super easy to make yet it tastes and looks like it took forever!  Im gonna be lazy though and just post the link to the recipe!

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1932620

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Old Fashioned Chocolate Pie

The only kind of chocolate pie I had ever had was the kind made with pudding from a box. Homemade chocolate pudding has a much richer, more chocolatey flavor. This pie is SOO good. I didnt make the meringue for this because Jeremy doesnt like it.

http://www.mommyskitchen.net/2009/11/old-fashioned-chocolate-pie-for.html

Ingredients:

1 pillsbury pie crust

1 cup white sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

pinch of salt

1 heaping tbsp cocoa powder

2 cups milk

3 egg yolks

1 tbsp vanilla

2 tbsp butter

Bake crust as directed on package. Let cool.

In med-large saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, salt, and cocoa together using wire whisk. Add milk. Over med heat, cook, stirring constantly until heated through. Temper in egg yolks.  Stir constantly until thick. Add in vanilla and butter. Let cool. Pour into crust.

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Apple Cider Glaze

The recipe for this cake is from Weight Watchers. I think anyone who has ever been on diet  and searched for dessert recipes has ran into this. The glaze is just a simple powdered sugar glaze with some added apple cider for some kick!

Ingredients:

1 box spice cake mix

1 15 oz can pumpkin puree

1 egg white

1 tbsp vanilla

splash of water

Icing:

1 cup powdered sugar

3 tbsp apple cider

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. In bowl, mix together cake mix, pumpkin, vanilla, egg white, and water. Pour into pan and bake for about 40 mins. Cool completely.

In small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and apple cider.

Pour glaze over cooled cake and serve!

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

And so my love affair with pumpkin continues. I found this recipe in an issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray. The cream filling of these little guys is SOO delicious.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 sticks butter, 1 stick melted, 1/2 stick softened

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

2 pinches salt

1 2/3 cups flour

1/2 block cream cheese, chilled

1 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick spray or line with parchment paper.

In large bowl, whisk together brown sugar and melted butter.  Whisk in eggs, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin, 1 tsp vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Fold in flour.

Drop 12 generous tbsp. of batter on each cookie sheet. Bake 10 mins. Cool completely.

Meanwhile, using mixer, cream together softened butter and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar and remaining vanilla. Beat until fluffy, about 2 mins.

Spread the flat side of 12 cakes with frosting. Top with another cake.

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Bloody Ears

Ive been wanting to make these for a while and finally remembered to pick up everything I needed to make them. They look gross. Just like little bloody ears!  This is a great recipe to have on hand for Halloween. They couldnt be simpler to make either.

http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/bloody-ears-jelly-filled-elephant-ears/

Ingredients:

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed

1/2 cup red jelly- I used strawberry

1 egg, beaten

1 1/2 cups turbinado sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Spread jelly evenly on puff pastry.Beginning at one long side, roll dough to middle. Repeat with other side. Using pastry brush, cover outside of the log with beaten egg. Spread sugar out onto platter and roll log until covered. Using knife, cut the log into 1/4 in. pieces. Arrange on baking sheet and bake 20 mins.

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Cranberry Apple Crisp

I volunteered to make this recipe and do a guest blog for Wendy from the the Simply Me blog. She is attempting to cook her way through all the recipes in Simply in Season, part of a trilogy of cookbooks. I made a cranberry apple crisp which I thought was one of the best fall desserts Ive had in a while. Its not overly sweet and the tart flavor of the cranberries really add a nice touch.  This would be a really good dessert to take to potlucks or to serve at your Thanksgiving table.

Check out Wendy’s blog here..http://wendypchef.wordpress.com/

Ingredients:

4 cups apples, peeled and slice- I used Macintosh apples

2 cups cranberries

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp orange zest

Toss everything together in a large bowl and pour into an 8×8 baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup flour

3/4 cup oats

1/2 cup oat bran

1 tsp cinnamon

Stir all together in bowl.

4 tbsp butter, softened

1 tbsp oil- I used canola

1/3 cup nuts (optional)- I didnt use

Cut into flour mixture until crumbly and sprinkle over apple mixture. Bake at 350 for 45 mins.

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Full Moon Sundaes

Even a man who is pure in heart, And says his prayers by night, May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms And the Autumn moon is bright.

Above is a quote from the 1941 movie, The Wolf Man.  I grew up watching this movie and still love it just as much today as I did then. The recipe for full moon sundaes is from Rachael Ray. I decided to make this to go along with my sea monster sandwich as a ode to the great Lon Chaney aka the Wolf Man.

This sundae is sure to have you howling at the moon! 🙂

Ingredients:

fudge sauce, heated-I used sugar free

fudge swirl ice cream- I used fat free vanilla

4 moon pies, chopped- I used 4 mini moon pies

whipped cream

Directions:

For each sundae, layer the ice cream, moon pie chunks, fudge sauce, and whipped cream.

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