Apple Pie Decoration

apple pie decoration

Happy autumn Sunday apple-pie ~ Day 39 ~

Happy autumn Sunday apple-pie ~ Day 39 ~

straight out of the camera

I made an applepie this morning - the first one of those I ever made - from the apples of my parents garden. Warm and delicicious. We have plenty of apples this year in our garden, yum!

Nikon D70s+Nikkor E 50mm 1.8

@Esp12: so here's the recipe for you (a bit late, sry)

Alsatian Apple-Pie

for 14 pieces you'll need:

1 baking-pan (28cm)

120g butter
160g powdered sugar/confectioners sugar
a pinch of salt
the pulp of 1 vanilla bean
2 teaspoons lemon peel
4 eggs (size M)
200g flour
800g apples (the more sour ones)
5 tablesponns lemon-juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
200ml cream
3 tablespoons powdered almonds
baking parchment
uncooked peas (hard) to blind-bake (special technique, I don't know if you know this. It's used if the dough should be filled and must be pre-baked before the filling comes in)

You need about 3 hours of time, because it needs some calmness to do this ;)

1) Put the butter (needs to be a bit warm, maybe it's good to put it out of the fridge some hours before you use it, and maybe it's easier if you make little pieces of it), 75 of powdered sugar, the pinch of salt the vanilla and 1 tablespoon of lemon-peel into a bowl and stir it with a dough-hook until it's a sleek dough. Add the flour. Stir a bit, not tooo much. Maybe you need to add a bit more of flour, if the dough is still too moist. But be careful, it shouldn't be to dry. It has to feel buttery enough but you should also be able to form a ball of it. Form that ball and wrap it into cling film. Put it into the fridge for at least one hour.
2) Flour the table you are working on, put the cooled (and more hard) dough on it. Press the dough until it's about 32cm and put it into a buttered bakin-pan, so there is a 1-2 cm border (for the filling later). Recess the dough with a fork. Cover the dough with baking-parchment (maybe cut a circle of it before) and then put the uncooked peas on it to blind-bake it. Bake it on 200°C/480 K/390°F top-/bottom heat about 15min.

3) Peel the apples and cut it into small slices, dore them and carve them a bit on the round side in every 1cm distance. Put them together with lemon-juice immediately (so they don't get brown).

For the filling:
Put together 3eggs, the other 75g of powdered sugar 1 teaspoon of lemon-peel, cinnamon, cream and 2 teaspoons of lemon-juice. Stir well!

4) Put the half-baked dough out of the oven. Be careful by removing the hot baking-parchment and the peas. Spread the powdered almonds over the dough and put the appleslices on it. Disperse the filling over it and bake at the same heat as before about 30 min (until the apples and the borders of dough begin to get brown like you see on mine). Cool the pie down in the baking-pan and later put on some powdered sugar (when it's cold) for decoration (with a sieve).

Have fun baking and enjoy the result!

(And show me the result by photo :D)

Last piece of Chocolate Chipolte Apple Spice Pie

Last piece of Chocolate Chipolte Apple Spice Pie

Chocolate-Chipolte Apple Spice Pie

5 tart green apples, peeled
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 c walnuts, chopped
1/3 c raisins
1/4 c dates (if you have them)

(dry spices)
1/2 Cup sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1-2 teaspoon chipolte chili powder (1 is a little zip, two is becoming spicy after you've had several bites w/o the sorbet, I think I put in 3, but I like to live dangerously, and I also put a tablespoon or two of my dry spice mixture {sans sugar/flour} into canned pumpkin pie filling. I'm not sure if you could taste it or not.)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon cloves

(wet spices)
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger * personally, I could have had more, but ginger to your taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange peel * could do a bit more, if you want
1 teaspoon molasses (only if you have it)
1 teaspoon of vanilla * could do a bit more, if you want
1/8 teaspoon almond essence (if you have it)

(for underneath the top shell)
4-5 tablespoons of honey
2 tablespoons of butter

Pie crust for 9 inch pie pan (I did just a normal upper crust/lower crust deal, butter crust, with the vinegar to make it extra tender, but put cinnamon in it. I later saw a recipe for apple pie crust with ground almonds in it... which would have been super-nifty.)

Peel/slice apples and what not, fling the lemon juice on them, and mix it up with the wet spices and the walnuts and raisins. Mix dry spices separately to prevent clumping of spices, in this case an unsuspecting lump of spice could be bad berries. Mix dry spices/sugar with everything else and pack into a 9 inch pie shell. I didn't pre-bake my bottom pie shell and it was fine.

Drizzle several tablespoons of honey (4-5?) on the top of of the pie filling when you've gotten it in the shell, also top with bits of butter (~2 tbs).

Draw a neat design (for venting and decoration) on your top pie shell and away you go.

40 to 60 minutes in the oven, I think I did 425 for the first 30 min and 350 after that. I also did the crown of tinfoil on the outer edges of the crust to prevent it from getting too dark.

I was feeling extra fancy and drizzled an orange frosting on the top of the pie after I took it out of the oven. It's easily made, with that orange that you denuded for the grated orange peel.

1/2 cup powdered confectioners sugar
3 tablespoons of orange juice (strained)
1/4 teaspoon grated orange peel

Serve Chocolate-Chipolte Apple Spice Pie after it's cooled for maximum servability - with lots of love and orange sorbet with the chocolate chips in it. I think it's called "Swiss Orange".


Hugs and holiday wishes...
:) Monika
P.S. Do let me know if you end up making this I would LOVE to know how it turns out.

apple pie decoration

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Birthday High Chair Decorations : Decorating An Office

Birthday High Chair Decorations

birthday high chair decorations

106703 09

106703 09

beacon hill, boston, october 1967

birthday party
ivan, vanessa, thalia and maria fleming at table
margaret, cozette and granny standing watch

set features photographs taken by nick's 8-year old son, alexander - from a children's birthday party at the dewolf home. part of an archival project, featuring the photographs of nick dewolf

106703 22

106703 22

beacon hill, boston, october 1967

birthday party
ivan, vanessa, thalia and maria fleming

set features photographs taken by nick's 8-year old son, alexander - from a children's birthday party at the dewolf home. part of an archival project, featuring the photographs of nick dewolf

birthday high chair decorations

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Cat Garden Decor

cat garden decor

You can see the tips of the cat's ears and the bird in his paw

You can see the tips of the cat's ears and the bird in his paw

Taken December 22 at noon. We've had more snow. I keep shoveling more snow. I'm getting tired of snow. But not sick of it, yet.

sniper cat

sniper cat

garden decor includes old heavy rock ashtrays from thrift shops, good for a drink for cats and wasps

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Christmas Table Decoration Pictures

christmas table decoration pictures

Photowalk 50 - Centerpiece

Photowalk 50 - Centerpiece

These beautifully decorated candles go down the center of my mom's dining room table. The composition of this photo isn't really ideal, but my mom is a high school math teacher and was in the middle of grading tests and quizes and papers and her laptop were all over the table so this is really the only shot I got where you couldn't tell there was so much chaos around it :)

(btw, these photos aren't with the new lens, still trying to catch up on some backlog!)

What: Photowalk 50/52
Where: Around my parent's house that was decorated for Christmas. Yes, you could say this is a cop-out, but if you remember my original rules, there was only one: I had to leave my house with my camera and take pictures. Well, I left my house! And took pictures! Besides, I'm not in Connecticut all that often, and I found myself looking at things differently than I normally would, so I figured that counted. *nod*.
When: Various times during the day, but mostly early-afternoonish.

on the table in the library

on the table in the library

My maternal grandfather made the frame around the print of "A Girl Reading." DH bought the lamp for me from a potter. The glass block "gift" was a real gift from a dear friend. My parents gave me the framed picture of "A Girl Reading." Mom said it always reminded her of me. My maternal grandfather made the walnut frame.

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Decorating Ideas For Spring - Christmas Decoration Ideas.

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Cataldo Mission

Cataldo Mission

One more shot of this historic mission taken when Spring's bounty was blooming.

"In the early 19th century, the Coeur d'Alene Indians had heard of these powerful "medicine men" in black robes with a book and wanted some of these men for their own tribe. They sent men east to St. Louis, and in 1842 Father Pierre-Jean De Smet responded to the request and came to the area. Fr. Nicholas Point and Br. Charles Duet came and helped to pick a mission location. The first was along the St. Joe River, but was subject to flooding. In 1846, they moved it to the current location.

In 1850, the church was taken over by Antonio Ravalli, who began designing the new mission building. He made sure that the building was constructed by the Indians themselves, so that they could feel part of the church. It was built using the wattle and daub method, and was finished some three years later, without using a single nail.

Though they had few materials to decorate the church, they used ingenious techniques to beautify it. The walls were decorated with fabric bought from the Hudson's Bay Company and hand-painted newspaper that Fr. Ravalli had received in the mail. Tin cans were used to create an idea of chandeliers. Both wooden statues were carved by hand with nothing but a knife. The blue coloring of the interior wood is not paint but a stain created by pressing local huckleberries into the wood.

In time, the mission became an important stop for traders, settlers, and miners taking on the role as a hospitality and supply station. It was also a working port for boats heading up the Coeur d'Alene River."
From Wikipedia

An interesting place to visit, in any season. I like the History and importance of this Mission, but Love the striking beauty of north Idaho that surrounds it even more.

Happy Weekend!

"He who rejects change is the architect of decay."

"He who rejects change is the architect of decay."

Over the weekend I toured many interesting yards on the Austin Yard Art Tour. While some of those yards are over the top, (in some cases more fun to visit & great not live next door to...) there was something to take away from each place I visited. I first was very intrigued by the use of recycled glass in almost every yard I saw. I saw glass crushed, stacked, used in mosaics, bottles holding LED lights, & edging granite pathways. The re-purposing of something so simple really intrigued me. I have collected many French lemonade & soft drink bottles, for what...not certain! During the years we were living in Mexico our curbside recycling company back here decided NOT to recycle glass. I can take my glass elsewhere. How strange that even where we were living in Mexico they were recycling glass. I want to find a place for everything & not recycling my glass is simply not going to do!

I do know that somehow; while I take my garden through the "back home" status, I will make some changes with re-purpose & change in mind. I spent yesterday moving plants, benches, digging & trudging through the mud. It will all serve a purpose as I am the architect of change in my own back yard!

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