Saturday, July 21, 2012
Pie fixes everything...
This was a Pie Shop in Fredericksburg that was adorable... and the pies were fantastic! We tried to get their recipe for the crust, but they said it was 'secret'. I really wish they had one like this here by us. By the way, the Apple Cinnamon Pecan Tea Cake was a hit - extremely moist and very vanillery (is that a word? works for me). I will definitely make it again.
Here is the recipe if anyone's interested:
Apple Cinnamon Pecan Tea Cake
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
11/2 cups flour sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder sifted
1- 11/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (didn't have any, so used 1 t cin sugar)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup chopped pecans
(I added about 1/2 of a chopped apple to mixture)
melted butter for brushing
apple cinnamon topping:
4 green granny smith apples (1 used 3)
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350
Mix butter, sugar, and vanilla in mixing bowl
Beat until pale and creamy
Add eggs one at a time
Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and sour cream until just combined
Spoon into lightly greased pan lined with non-stick baking paper.
Cut apples into halves, peel, and core. Slice apples and push into the top of batter.
Sprinkle apples with cinnamon sugar.
Bake for about an hour and 15 mins.
Brush with butter and sprinkle cinnamon sugar over before serving.
And this is an Artichoke plant:
Isn't it beautiful? I had never seen an artichoke plant before this one. I love to eat artichokes...with the steamed leaves dipped in butter or the whole artichoke stuffed with breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and garlic, but I had never seen one actually growing. This one was at the herb farm in Fredericksburg. I bought a cutting and took it to my daughter's place. Hopefully its doing well.