Giant Apple Cinnamon Roll

Giant Apple Cinnamon Roll

This is the result of Sunday's craving for a combination of apples, cinnamon and fluffy yeasted bread. 

I woke up last Sunday knowing I wanted to make something of that combination but the options were endless. And off went my brain. Should it be another kuchen? Or should I do this bakealong with King Arthur Flour? Should it be a loaf? A braid? A round? Should I attempt kouign-amann (someday, soon)? Apples sliced or diced? (tbh, I didn't do the KAF version because it looked a little dry and I didn't find myself with potato flour or instant mashed potatoes on hand.)

Finally, I forced myself to decide because if I didn't, I wouldn't have enough time to photograph and go to hapkido (both are very important things). And this is how this  beautiful roll came about. And why waver from something both simple and easy if you know it works? So I went back to this kuchen dough from last week. 

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Savory Apple Hand Pies

Savory Apple Hand Pies

With mushrooms, rainbow chard, onion and Gruyère cheese but that title was way too long.

I was inspired to do these for Pi Day but wanted to take a stab at something savory because all I make are sweet pies. Hello, Yuzu Meringue, Cranberry Apple Ginger or Mini Apple Hand Pies!

One of my friends spent part of January in Australia/New Zealand where he was obsessed with their meat pies. Granted, these are not meat pies but I had a similar flashback to all of the meat pies I consumed when I studied abroad in the UK. I decided to start with a vegetarian version because this flavor combo is a tasty one. But, really, the cheese is what makes all of the difference. 

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Cranberry Apple Ginger Pie

Cranberry Apple Ginger Pie

Honestly, the pear is only in there because I wanted to use it up. 

I made this pie twice, once per request of my coworkers who were hankering for pie and the second time because it was really good and I wanted to share it with Kristen, some friends and now you. 

My coworkers and I jokingly came up with the idea of a 'Pie Fund' where non-pie making coworkers would contribute money or ingredients to put in the next pie as incentive for pies to appear on a regular basis. This was kept up for a few rounds until we got more pies and other treats for work purposes. But, maybe after the holidays are over, this will resume. I would not object to having pie all year 'round. 

Next week, this will be my Thanksgiving pie. I'm generally the dessert girl when it comes to holidays and special occasions so bringing a pie is usually a must.

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Apple Ginger Jam

Apple Ginger Jam

Jamming and canning in fall after missing the bounty of summer? Yep, that's me. 

I mentioned in this apple-y post how my dad has an apple tree which in past years hasn't produced the best apples but that this year has had some pretty good ones. It could be because he didn't prune back the tree or because it rained a lot more than usual last winter but whatever reason it is, Kristen and I actually liked these apples raw. That is until they started to get a bit sad and I decided to turn them into jam instead.

As a person who is enthusiastic about homemade foods, it is surprising that I never attempted to make jam before and completely missed summer produce. But, that is okay because these apples turned into excellent jam.

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German Apple Pancake

German Apple Pancake

Hello, fall...

Even if you are not quite here yet in California.

I always associate the start of September with fall even though it is technically still summer for 3 more weeks into this month. 

The days of summer are dwindling with darker mornings and earlier sunsets but some days, it's still almost 100º outside so dreams of wearing layers, baking pies and sipping warm drinks are pretty much out of the question for the next few weeks.

But, we are almost there. Peaches are long gone which makes me kind of sad. There were a few days of gorgeous weather and the leaves are starting to change. 

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Mini Apple Hand Pies + a Video

Mini Apple Hand Pies + a Video

If you haven't noticed, we're in the thick of pie season.

It's funny how pies aren't necessarily seasonal but come November and Thanksgiving, they seem to take over social media and everyone's kitchen. I'm definitely a culprit. Sorry/not sorry.

Not sorry because I happen to be on Team Pie vs. Team Cake. There's a right time for cake (read birthdays) but more often than not I want pie. I think it's the combination of the crust and the filling. Something about buttery/savory/creamy/tangy/smooth/flaky textures and flavors all exploding in your mouth at once.

Cakes on the other hand are just sweet and soft. I often find them to be too cloying sweet and one-dimensional. I'm not the biggest fan of frosting either. 

If I had to choose between store-bought pie or store-bought cake, I might have to go with the pie. But in all reality, the chance of me buying either would be extremely rare. 

Homemade and from-scratch, always.

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Apple Hill

Apple Hill

Apple Hill. The place for everything apple you can think of.

Apple juice, apple cider, apple pie, apple cobbler, apple butter, applesauce, apple fritters, apple cider donuts (as seen above), a wide variety of apples and so on. If you want apple anything, they've got you covered.

But I'm okay with that because this year I'm in an apple mood.

I've been making a trip to Apple Hill in the fall an annual thing for the past few years. This time, the weather was just right. Not freezing nor overly hot. And the leaves were changing!

I make it sound this is such an jaw-dropping phenomenon. It's only because it amazes me every year. 

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