The Perfect Winter Treat

Apple Rum Cake Recipe

In anticipation of our D.C. snow day I have been laying in lots of warm and cozy food, sweet treats and fun movies. Since it will be our first real snow storm, I wanted to bake something special for the occasion, and this apple rum cake was perfect! It’s sweet without being cloying, and the top has cartelized sugar on top for the perfect crunch. Plus, since it’s full of apples it’s appropriate to nibble on all day long!

Apple Rum Cake Recipe
Apple Rum Cake Recipe

It was super simple to make-

Preheat the oven to 350 and prepare a cake pan (I love, love this PAM baking spray with flour. It really stops baked goods from sticking to the pan). Next, combine 1 cup of flour, 1 tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt in a mixing bow and set aside. In another bowl, combine 1 stick of unsalted butter, 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tsp vanilla. Once creamed together, add in 2 eggs. Next, mix in the flour mixture and 2 tbsp rum (the rum is optional). Once everything is combined and there are no lumps, stir in 2 peeled and chopped apples.

Transfer to prepared cake pan, and sprinkle the top with 2 tbsp sugar. Bake for 40 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.

Then, eat! And watch the winter world go by.

Apple Rum Cake Recipe

How are you enjoying these winter nights? And to all my Florida friends, is it still warm? Are you enjoying walks in the sunshine?

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The Best Apple Pie Recipe

The Best Apple Pie Recipe

Last weekend I made the best apple pie I’ve ever had. It was so quick and easy, and I am so excited to share the recipe! I am definitely a pie person, and I made it so I might be a little biased, but it was so delicious. My husband couldn’t stop nibbling at it all night, and normally if it isn’t Oreos he doesn’t go back for seconds with dessert so I felt pretty good about it!

The Best Apple Pie Recipe
The Best Apple Pie Recipe

To make the pie:

Preheat oven to 425.

Peel, slice, core, and quarter 6-7 applies, depending on the size of the apples. You want the slices to make a mound that rises a few inches above the edge of the pie plate. I used this slicer/peeler and it speeds up the process considerably!

Then, in a sauce pan on the stove melt one stick of butter and mix with 3 tablespoons flour until combined. Next, add in 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, a dash of cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg, and a couple shakes of salt. Simmer on the stove until everything is melted, and constantly stir so that everything is evenly combined.

Line a pie plate with one crust. I’ll admit, I use store bought ones. I prefer the Pilsbury, but the Trader Joe’s ones are good too (just make sure you defrost them for 45 minutes at least). Fill the pie crust with the apples, and then pour the sauce on top. Place the other pie crust over the filling and seal the edges together. Finally, cut a few slits on the top.

Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, and then reduce oven to 350 and bake 35-45 minutes until pie crust is golden brown.

The Best Apple Pie Recipe

Enjoy!

What’s your favorite pie recipe?

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Happy Friday!

How was everyone's week? Did you have a wonderful 4th of July? We did - it's the first time we've done nothing but read and relax (and watch fireworks) all day in so long. It was some much needed patriotic R&R and I feel so recharged and refreshed! I hope you all had a wonderful couple of days too! 

Fresh Flowers

Anthropologie has so many cute things right now, and sale is an extra 25% perfect off! I picked up this copper fruit bowl, and I love all of these finds too - 

Here is a recipe for frose. Doesn't it look delicious for summer?

I have really enjoyed getting better at photography these last few months, and I want to upgrade to a new better camera. Does anyone have any recommendations? 

This pizza looks so good! Homemade pizza just seems so perfect for summer, don't you think? Pizza and a movie - what could be better? 

Finally, fireworks!

I hope you all have a wonderful summer weekend!

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The Best White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookie Recipe

This weekend I wanted to try and bake something new, so I put together a white chocolate chip macadamia cookie recipe. The cookies hit the spot! I brought them to my parents, and they were a hit! We only have a few left, and that might not be the case tomorrow...

White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookie Recipe

Here's the recipe:

Whisk together: 2 cups minus 2 Tbsp. cake flour (8 1/2 oz), 1 2/3 cups bread flour (8 1/2 oz), 1 ¼ tsp. baking soda, 1 ½ tsp. baking powder, and 3/4 tsp. coarse salt, such as kosher. Set aside.

Cream together 2 ½ sticks (1 ¼ cups; 10 oz.) unsalted butter, softened, 1 ¼ cups (10 oz.) light brown sugar. 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. (8 oz.) granulated sugar. Once light and fluffy add in 2 eggs (one at a time) and then 2 tsp. vanilla extract.

Add in dry ingredients a little at a time until combined. Finally, add in one bag white chocolate chips and 1 cup macadamia nuts. 

White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookie Recipe

Refrigerate the dough 24-36 hours. Once the dough is ready, bake at 350 for 10-13 minutes depending on the oven.  

White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookie Recipe
White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookie Recipe

Plate (on sale) and glass (on sale)

Finally, enjoy! I love mine with a nice cold glass of almond milk and a funny movie. Have you made any god desserts lately? 

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