Saturday, October 11, 2014

Books & Bites: 2 Yummy Fall Desserts~ Apricot Apple Tarts & Chocolate Pumpkin Bread, Some Spooky Literary Picks to Enjoy While They Bake & a Few Autumn Crafts too~~

I. Love. Fall.
You know it, if you've spent even a short time here.....
The distinctive fragrances, the early dusks, 
the smiling, jaunty scarecrows, the mysterious jack o lanterns,
 the dusting off of our favorite go-to  literary works which scream:
"Fall," "Halloween," "Spooky fun"
an which compel us to open them year after year.
The trick or treating and even the crazy
 creating of the costumes some years....
And the foods!
Yes, the soups, stews, the apples, the squashes, the pumpkins......
It's the most wonderful time of the year!
We typically do tons of baking and candy making during Autumn,
all with an eerie audio book in the background or a 
favorite seasonal tome to read while the goods bake.
Today I'm sharing a few of those reads
along with two a-m-a-z-i-n-g seasonal recipes that
my son made in a cooking class last week...
His teacher is Chef Rob, who's simply wonderful with the kids!
We tried the recipes again in our own kitchen,
given the recipes that our favorite chef gave out.
Wow, you're gonna love them!
So let's get started with the edible treats and
 then talk  literary goodies, shall we?
Here we go! First~~
Apricot Apple Tarts
2 apples
1/4 C sugar
2 tbsp unsalted butter, diced small
1/4 c apricot jelly or jam, warmed
1 tbsp water
2 squares ( or 1/2 sheet) puff pastry

Preheat oven to 400
Line sheet pan with parchment
Place defrosted pastry on sheet pan
Peel apples and slice into 1/4 in thick slices
Places slices of  apple diagonally down the  middle of tart until pastry is covered.
Sprinkle with 1/4 c sugar and dot with butter.
Mix apricot and water together completely and drizzle over apples.
Bake for 45 minutes
Serve at room temp.....

Wow, that surprising zing of apricot gives the tarts a superb flavor!
While your scrumptious tarts are baking,
here are a few goodies in which to absorb yourself and your kids:

Onto treat #2?
Here we go~~
 Chocolate Pumpkin Bread!

1/2C sugar
1/4 C vegetable oil
1 egg
1/2 C pumpkin pie filling
3/4 c flour
1/2 tspn baking soda
a pinch of: allspice and salt
1/4 tspn of the following:
4tbsp water

The super easy step x step:
preheat oven to 350
Grease a loaf pan ( 9x5x3 )
In large bowl mix all ingredients
Pour into pan and bake 45 min.

The final product:

While you're here, thinking all things Fall,
go check out my son's DIY pumpkin votive candle
and my round up of 30 
really, THIRTY!
craft-bloggers extraordinaire!
You will enjoy each one.....I know you will!

that I KNOW you will adore cuddling up and reading

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks so much, Gina!!
      I appreciate your visit, too!

  2. Ooh, pumpkin chocolate bread is my kind of treat.

    1. Linda~ This recipe is So simple and delicious....I think you'll really like it.

      Thanks for visiting!!

  3. Whoo these look yummy Chris :) hope you are well, love your card tree too :)

    1. Thanks so much, Claire! They're So easy too!

      Yes, you too....hope you and your family are doing great !Thanks for visiting, friend!

  4. These recipes both are great recipes for this season! I especially want to try that chocolate pumpkin bread. Thanks for the book ideas, too I love Edgar Allen Poe, what a great idea to read for Halloween! Pinning this. :)

  5. Chris!!!!!!! This post is tied for the most viewed of last week's Try a New Recipe Tuesday!! Hooray!!!! Be sure to stop by in a little bit and see your feature! :-) xoxo


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