Things have been a little quiet on the blogging front these days, but I have been hard at work in the kitchen. Tis the season (at least for me) to work on the masses of Christmas cookies that I make. More on that later. For now, I thought that I would sneak in a quick recipe for something healthy and fall like, and good to kep the munchies at bay while you are doing all your holiday food prep. These granola bars are great — very harvest like. Yummy.
Apple Cider Doughnuts always scream autumn in New England to me. Spicy and sweet, surprisingly low fat (no butter in this recipe, and they are baked not fried), plus a lovely maple glaze which is even more New Englandy. Perfect breakfast on this October Monday morning.
Here is one for all you arts and craftsy minded people out there: making mini-pies in jam jar lids. They are the perfect size, are oven safe and if you buy the pretty colored ones, are even great for presenting the little pies. The bottoms come off the Mason-jar style, so it’s also super easy to pop the pie out for those 1-2 bites. In theory, they are reusable, but because they are so cheap, who cares if one or two go missing!
It’s my Mum’s birthday tomorrow, and I can’t very well show up empty handed. When I asked her what type of a birthday cake she wanted, she said “something with apples” so while this is a pie not a cake, it’s a birthday pie. And it’s a “pretty lady” pie because it uses pink lady apples, it is also because my mum is a very pretty lady too.
It’s bad luck in German tradition to wish someone a happy birthday before their birthday, so I am not doing that yet though.
Is there a downside to Monkey Bread? Yes, unfortunately there is … you want to eat the whole thing. And it’s so easy to eat the whole thing, because it’s just there, and you can grab a nub of it and just plop it in your mouth. Addictive. I have to stop.