Spiced Apple Two Bite Tarts

I love fall treats, but I can’t really justify making a whole apple pie for just my boyfriend and I; we would be eating it for days! So I love that this month’s Cooking Light had a recipe for mini spiced apple tarts that I can also share with friends. I adapted the recipe slightly, adding some more fall spices. I also didn’t have any 1% milk on hand so I substituted heavy cream. I also topped mine with mascarpone instead of crème fraîche because I thought it would taste great with these tarts. These are really easy to make; the most difficult part (a.k.a. most time consuming) is dicing the apples. But you definitely want to cut them nice and small so that they fit in the tarts. You also need a mini cupcake tin for this, but you can adapt it to make normal cupcake sized ones if you wanted, just increase the baking time. Ingredients: CRUST 1/3 cup sugar 1/4 cup unsalted butter 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 tablespoon heavy cream 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 4.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 cup) 1/3 cup very finely chopped toasted pecans Baking spray with flour FILLING 2 … Continue reading

Chocolate Pumpkin Cream Cheese Truffles

I had a craving for a pumpkin treat this weekend so I went in search of a recipe I could make with stuff I already had on hand. I came across this recipe from Whole Foods for Pumpkin Cream Cheese Truffles and was all set to make them as stated in the recipe. But I find white chocolate to be such a pain to work with and honestly, I don’t really like the taste. So although the Whole Foods recipe is the inspiration for this post, my recipe is completely different. These pumpkin truffles are made with dark chocolate and are then rolled in toasted pecans to give it some crunch. Ingredients: 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips 2 Walkers Stem Ginger Shortbread cookies, crumbled 3 Walkers Highlanders, crumbled 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon pinch of fine sea salt 2 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans

Bourbon Pumpkin Flan and Darden Gift Card Giveaway!

It’s no secret that I love pumpkin everything. Sweet or savory, it’s a safe assumption that I will enjoy whatever pumpkin treat comes my way. So when I was contacted about restaurants under the Darden Restaurant umbrella featuring pumpkin desserts for the month of October, I was happy to taste test! I was sent a $30 gift card so that I could go to Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and Longhorn Steakhouse to try their pumpkin desserts. Here are the yummy offerings:   Red Lobster: Pumpkin Pie in a Jar – layered pumpkin and cream cheese mousse with a graham-cracker crust, topped with sugared pecans LongHorn Steakhouse: Pumpkin Spice Lava Cake – warm pumpkin spice cake filled with a cream cheese icing and drizzled with Maker’s Mark® bourbon-caramel sauce and candied pecans Olive Garden: Pumpkin Cheesecake – pumpkin cheesecake topped with whipped cream, caramel sauce and ginger cookie crumbles They are as delicious as they look! I unapologetically scarfed down each and every one. They are super rich so I’m sure you should probably share them. But hey, I’m not going to judge.   I was given a second $30 gift card to GIVE AWAY so that one reader can go try one (or all) of … Continue reading

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