Monday, September 30, 2013

Welcome in Fall w/ Easy to Prepare...and Oh So Tasty Apple and Pumpkin Recipes from Taste of Home #Recipes #Foodies

Welcome Fall -- We Have Missed You!!!

Did you make it apple or pumpkin picking this past weekend?  Now that the girls are finally feeling better after being sick with a head cold these past two weeks, it was nice to finally get out of the house, and enjoy the crisp fall air.  I don't know about you, but fall is by far my favorite season.  While I love the warm weather of the summer, fall offers the wonderful changing colors of the leaves, while offering a bounty of foods to be picked and enjoyed, including apples, pears and pumpkins.  And, this weekend seemed to be the weekend for picking here in CT, as the local farms were bustling with families.  

My parents surprised us by coming to visit, which made our apple and pumpkin picking experience with the girls that much more enjoyable and memorable.  Last year, only Savannah was walking, but she didn't care too much about the apples.  This year, both girls are walking, love snacking on apple slices or helping me make or taste test homemade apple crisp, or my grandmother's famous double layer apple pie.  After our trips to two local farms, where we enjoyed hayrides through the orchards and to and from the pumpkin patches, I returned home with enough apples to try out some new recipes, along with some family favorites.

One recipe that I was excited to try out, was Golden Apple Bundles, which I had marked to try in Taste of Home Recipes Across America: 735 of the Best Recipes from Across the Nation cookbook, which came out earlier this month from Taste of Home.  Thanks to the kind publishers, I am able to share this recipe with, so that you can try it at home with the apples you picked with your family this weekend, or plan to in the coming weeks. 

Golden Apple Bundles
By Taste of Home
This recipe is an interesting way to use apples. I usually make them on Fridays, so when family and friends drop in on the weekend, I have a nice dessert to serve. They bake up flaky and golden brown outside and moist inside.

-- Lila Eller, Everett, Washington

Prep: 20 Min.
Bake: 25 Min.
Makes: 10-12 Servings

2 cups chopped peeled apples⅓ cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup raisins
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon lemon peel
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pastry for double-crust pie
1. In a large bowl, combine apples, walnuts, brown sugar, raisins, flour, lemon peel and cinnamon; set aside.
2. Roll pastry to ⅛-in. thickness. Cut into 5-in. circles. Spoon about ¼ cup apple mixture into center of each circle. Moisten edges of the pastry with water. Fold over and seal edges with a fork.
3. Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 400°; bake 10 minutes longer. Brush each with milk and sprinkle with the sugar. Return to oven; bake 5 minutes longer.

Source: Taste of Home Recipes Across America: 735 of the Best Recipes from Across the Nation

Prefer pumpkin recipes over apple ones?  Not to worry, as I was also given permission to share an easy to prepare, and oh so flavorful pumpkin dinner rolls, which is also found in the new Taste of Home Recipes Across America: 735 of the Best Recipes from Across the Nation cookbook.

Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

By Taste of Home
Serve these spicy-sweet pumpkin rolls for dinner -- or any time of day -- and get ready to hear a chorus of "yums" in your kitchen!

-- Linnea Rein, Topeka, Kansas

Prep: 20 Min. + Rising
Bake: 20 Min.
Makes: 20 Rolls

¾ cup milk
⅓ cup packed brown sugar
5 tablespoons butter, divided
1 teaspoon salt
2 packages (¼ ounce each) active dry yeast
½ cup warm water (110° to 115°)
2 to 2½ cups all-purpose flour
1½ cups whole wheat flour
½ cup canned pumpkin
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1. In a small saucepan, heat milk, brown sugar, 4 tablespoons butter and salt to 110°-115°; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in milk mixture. Add 1½ cups all-purpose flour, wheat flour, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Beat until smooth. Add enough remaining all-purpose flour to form a soft dough.
3. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
4. Punch dough down. Divide into 20 pieces; shape into balls. Place in a greased 13x9-in.baking pan. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes or until doubled.
5. Melt the remaining butter; brush over the dough. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm.

I hope you are able to find time to enjoy the fall with your family, either by taking scenic drives leaf peeping, or visiting local orchards to pick apples and pumpkins.  And, if you are looking for new recipes to try and serve up to family and friends with the upcoming holidays, why not consider picking up a copy of the new cookbook from Taste of Home, Taste of Home Recipes Across America: 735 of the Best Recipes from Across the Nation.  Since receiving last month to review, I have not made a recipe from this cookbook that my family didn't enjoy.  I even had to lend out the cookbook to friends looking for recipes to spice up their weekly meal plans with, or that special entree or dessert to enjoy for a special occasion, or to bring to an end of summer cookout.  

I would love to hear which recipes you have tried from this new cookbook, or even see photos of the final product -- that is, if you can take photos before family and friends get to the table. :-)


About Catherine Cassidy, Taste of Home Editor-in-Chief:

Catherine M. Cassidy is Editor-in-Chief of Taste of Home. She is responsible for driving editorial direction and product strategy across the brand's media platforms. They include Taste of Home, the number one food and entertaining magazine in the world;; social media; special interest publications; and cookbooks. She also is responsible for editorial direction for the magazines Simple & Delicious and Healthy Cooking and Enthusiast Brands Birds and Blooms, Country, Country Woman, Farm and Ranch Living, and Reminisce.

Cassidy has toured the country as the face of Taste of Home for national and local TV, radio, and newspaper interviews in support of the best-selling Taste of Home products, including its cookbooks.  Prior to joining Taste of Home, Cassidy served as Editor-in-Chief of Prevention magazine, the nation's largest health publication, at Rodale, Inc. Cassidy joined Rodale in 1986 as an associate editor in the book division, and was later named Executive Editor of Rodale's Custom Publishing division. She started her career at Runner's World and Fit magazines in Mountain View, California. Cassidy lives in Mequon, Wisconsin, with her husband and two daughters.

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