Baby, it's cold outside! When I say cold what I mean is this: I live in Northern California and it is below 65 degrees. I realize that for some of you temperatures in the 60's is bathing suit weather but this California girl can't hack it. The forecast for this weekend is cold rain and a frigid 43 degree overnight low. It makes my teeth chatter just thinking about it!
Here is what I plan to do to combat the wintery chills: warm beverages. Hot chocolate, hot apple cider, special coffee drinks, hot water with lemon & honey and any other toasty beverage I can curl my fingers around.
Enter this recipe from Sunset Magazine, Warm Apple Pie Cocktail. Doesn't' that sound like comfort in a cup? And it is so simple: warm unfiltered apple juice with cinnamon, cloves, and allspice then add a splash of spiced rum and top it all off with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream.
Of course if you don't mind leaving out the rum, you could make this drink with your favorite little ones. Let them toss in the spices and spoon in the whipped cream. Maybe even sprinkle a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg on top. Ohhhhhhh, such goodness!
Yep, this weekend I'm going to throw some logs on the fire, do some online Christmas shopping and enjoy this yummy drink. And you? What will you be doing to stay warm and cozy?
I have been a little obsessed with dessert lately. Not that I've eaten a lot of them, but I've been on the hunt for... something... you know when you are craving something and you don't know what it is? Well, I found it. I was craving this: mini apple pies. But not just any little pie, ones made with egg roll wrappers. This appeals to me in the same way a super-thin crust pizza appeals to me. I don't feel as guilty if the crust is light and "other stuff" is healthy-ish. Apples are healthy, right? Cinnamon is healthy, right? We just won't think about the sugar right now.
I stumbled on this recipe from spoonforkbacon.com over on Pinterest and I think I might give it a whirl on Easter Sunday. I'm already making Ina's Potato-Fennel Gratin and I know some of the sisters are planning on bringing dessert but you can never have enough dessert. Sacrilege. Let us never speak of it.
While reading through the recipe I noticed that they use tapioca pearls in their filling, a little trick I use in my berry crisp because the tapioca creates a thickness in the sauce without adding flavor or strange texture. You won't even notice it's there but will make a dreamy filling.
So here's the gist:
You combine all the filling ingredients in a bowl (apple, tapioca, lemon, cinnamon, sugar, etc.) and let it sit a bit to meld. Take your little egg roll wrappers and add a dollop of filling, seal and bake until lightly crisp and browned. Oh yum.