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Z is for Zebra Cupcakes

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Whew! And here we are – this baking/blogging marathon is nearing its end after quite a busy month!

Before I share this month’s final recipe of the Blogging A to Z Challenge with you, I do want to thank each and every one of you for visiting this blog; for liking and sharing and commenting on the posts.

I am so grateful for having had the opportunity to visit your blogs and websites – what amazing talents you possess and share with all of us. Thank you!

And now for the recipe …

ZEBRA CUPCAKES

1 bowl prepared batter of your favorite chocolate cake

1 bowl prepared batter of your favorite vanilla cake

Preheat oven to 350* and place paper liners in each of 24 cupcake tins.

Using only one flavor at a time, place one tablespoon of cake batter in each muffin tin, being sure the batter is even and reaches the edges.

When done, carefully place one tablespoon of the second flavor in each tin, again making an effort to spread the batter evenly and to the edges.

Repeat as often as you are able, filling each tin 2/3 full.

Bake until done, according to cake recipe directions.

Allow cupcakes to cool, then decorate with white frosting drizzled with chocolate – or the other way around!

Devour and enjoy!

Zebra Cut Out

As you might imagine, the completion of this Challenge is just the beginning of a fresh, new year for this and my other two blogs

Creatzart.com and DiscoveringHome.com 

and like you, I am impatient to get underway and looking forward to many more shared culinary adventures!

Thank you.

 

P is for Picnic Pies

When planning a picnic or casual meal with friends, it can be fun to rethink those more familiar desserts. Apple pie is as American as … well, apple pie. But that is not to say that it is the most convenient dessert for eating sans plates and forks.

So, after having made personal cherry pies to celebrate Washington’s birthday, I thought I’d switch fillings for today’s post, and toss in some apples.

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Lesson learned – fresh cherries have a beautifully robust flavor that is naturally enhanced with a splash of almond extract. Apples are quieter in flavor, even when combining varieties, and especially when they are out of season and not brought straight home from the orchard. Lacking that flavor presence, the ratio of dough to apple can be disappointing.

So, I have tweaked this recipe to allow for the above mentioned variables, but suggest you wait to make these pies until you’ve stopped by a local orchard on a crisp crimson autumn day, gathered up bushels of fragrant, crisp, glowing apples, and arrived home to a cup of hot tea and a waiting kitchen.

And now for the recipe:

Apple Picnic Pies

2 boxes Pillsbury pie crusts (I will share my two favorite homemade pie crust recipes in another post, but the Pillsbury brand is actually the closest to real pie crust that I have found.)

12-17 fresh, flavorful apples, various (Granny Smith, Rome, Honey Crisp, etc)

1/4 cup butter

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon each nutmeg, cloves, ginger

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon each vanilla and almond extract

1 egg and 1 teaspoon water for egg wash

Wash, peel and core the apples, then cut into chunks. In large DSC_0025pot, combine apples, butter, spices, sugar and extracts. Stir until apples are softened, but not mushy, and spices, etc. are evenly distributed. Add more butter (or cider, water or juice) if necessary, as apples cook.

 

Remove from heat and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350*

Remove crusts from packaging. Roll out each crust until eight 2 1/2″ to 3″ circles can be cut from each crust, for a total of 24 discs.

Place 12 dough-discs on parchment lined baking pans. Spoon generous 1/3 cup apple mixture into the center of each disc. Bear in mind that this amount will vary depending upon the amount of liquid and the size of the apple chunks.

Cover each mound of apple mixture with the top dough-disc. Press and crimp the edges with the tines of a fork. Using the tines of the fork again, poke holes in the top crust to allow steam to vent from each pie.

Brush the tops of each pie with egg wash.

Bake in a 350* oven for 25+ minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven, allow to cool on racks.

If desired, cover with a glaze made from powdered sugar and water.

Makes 12 three-inch Apple Picnic Pies

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H is for Hoagie

Although April has remained a tad chilly for many folks, the general consensus is that warmer weather really will return and it will once again be time for long walks, vintage baseball games, and picnics.

One of the easiest grab-and-go sandwiches is the tried and true hoagie.

Yes, it can be called a sub, torpedo, grinder, hero … but the basic premise is the same:

Fresh Bread

Hoagie Bread

Condiments

Hoagie Condiments

Veggies

Hoagie LTO

and the all important … Meats and Cheeses

Hoagie Meat and Cheese

And tah dah!

Hoagie Lunch2

Grab some fruit, chips and a beverage of choice, toss an old blanket into the back of the car, and take off for the afternoon.

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