“IF YOU REALLY WANT TO MAKE A FRIEND, GO TO SOMEONE’S HOUSE AND EAT WITH HIM…THE PEOPLE WHO GIVE YOU THEIR FOOD GIVE YOU THEIR HEART.” Cesar Chavez.
How often do you cheat yourself out of a really good meal or a fabulous dessert because you are eating alone?
Just me tonight? I won’t bother to cook. I’ll just throw together a sandwich for dinner and scoop a little Ben & Jerry’s for dessert.
But when you are having dinner with friends, all of a sudden the food you eat matters, and what you make has to be extra special. After all, it’s a reflection of yourself and a display of affection and gratitude for your friends. Tonight, Eileen from The Joy of Caking has invited me to join her and some of our amazing blogging friends for a lovely and unique Fall Harvest Dinner. I’m bringing one of my most favorite desserts. Home made applesauce lightly sweetened and spiced fills a flaky, buttery crust and is topped with thinly sliced apples, all sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.
The result is something warm and sweet and satisfying and worthy of sharing with good friends!
Eileen is a wonderful blogging friend who writes one of the most entertaining blogs, The Joy of Caking. There you will find her writing about her excursions around the Fingerlakes of New York, the chronicles of fixing up The Pink Paradise (her fabulous retro camper), as well as sharing fantastic recipes such as Home Made Pumpkin Sweet Rolls , Holy Cow Parfaits, and Making Your Own Dill Pickles. AND you can shop at The Mercantile, a fun place for your crafty needs and awesome vintage finds!
And tonight, I am honored to be a guest at Eileen’s Fall Harvest Dinner. I am in great company with so many other wonderful bloggers, sharing their best fall recipes. Please head over to The Joy of Caking to see what is on the menu!
Cinnamon Applesauce Tart:
Yields: one 10 inch tart for your 10 most fabulous friends!
Level of Difficulty: easy, just a couple of steps which can be made ahead of time
Since the APPLESAUCE may be made ahead of time, let’s start there. You will need:
- 8 Gala or Braeburn apples, cored, peeled and cut into chunks
- 1/2 of a cup of apple cider (water or apple juice would work, too)
- 1/4 of a cup of packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 of a teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 of a teaspoon of grated nutmeg
- 1/8 of a teaspoon of ground cloves
Simply place all of the ingredients into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer it on medium-low until the apples have softened, about 30 minutes. Take the pan off of the heat and let the mixture cool. Puree the apples in a blender. Refrigerate if you are not making the tart right away.
Sweet Pastry Crust:
- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 3 Tablespoons of granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 1/2 sticks of cold, unsalted butter, cut into little pieces
- 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
- 3-5 Tablespoons of ice water
Place the flour, sugar and salt in the working bowl of your food processor and pulse it just to combine everything. Add the pieces of butter and continue to pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. With the machine still running, add the egg yolk and the 3 Tablespoons of the ice water. It is ready when the dough just starts to come together in a ball. Add more water, 1 Tablespoon at a time if you need. Shape the dough into a flat, round disc and wrap it in some plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before you are ready to use it. When you are ready to bake your tart, roll the dough into a circle that will fit you tart pan. Lay the dough into the pan and trim the edges. Dock the bottom of the tart with the tines of a fork and freeze the the tart shell for another 30 minutes. Then lay some foil or parchment paper over the tart, fill it with pie weights or dried beans and bake at 400°F for 15 minutes. Let the crust cool and then remove your weights. Fill the tart shell with your applesauce. (If you are not making your own and are using a prepared applesauce, you will want to use about a cup and a half of applesauce).
- 2 Gala or Braeburn apples, peeled, cored and very thinly sliced
- 1/4 of a cup of packed brown sugar
- 4 Tablespoons of melted butter
Combine the melted butter and sugar and toss the apples in this mixture. Lay the apple slices over the top of the applesauce in a decorative pattern. Brush the apples with any remaining butter/sugar mix. Bake at 400°F for another 20 minutes or until the apples are soft and golden.
And of course, serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
And enjoy every sweet bite!
What else is on the menu?
Sandra from Sweet Sensations sets a gorgeous Festive Fall Table
Terra from Cafe Terra pours us a fabulous Apple Pie Cocktail with a Twist
Monet from Anecdotes and Apple Cores starts us of with some beautiful Goat Cheese with Herbs de Provence
Dionne from Try Anything Once Culinary also starts us out with some lovely Eggplant Caviar
Amy from Ms. Toody Goo Shoes presents a delicious Roasted Pear Salad and White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Jeanne from Inside Nana Bread’s Head delights us with her Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Pineapple with Honey & Almond Streusel
Eileen from The Joy of Caking will serve a wonderful Crusted Garlic Parmesan Roasted Chicken
Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake has made an awesome Pumpkin Challah
Sharon & Denise from Be Besty have made some beautiful Onion Rolls
Thank you Eileen for inviting me to such a wonderful event! I hope everyone will stop by and try everything!