Apple Pie Cookies

Who wouldn’t like apple pie in this moment, an all American but by now international comfort food? Well here’s an easier alternative with all the ingredients and flavours of apple pie rolled into one cookie. This is a soft cookie with a slightly crunchy exterior and filled with delicious chunks of fresh apple. Great for breakfast or a snack. If you want extra crunch add chopped walnuts or pecans. Continue reading

Louisa May Alcott’s Apple Slump

This was a dessert loved so much by Alcott , author of “Little Women”, that she nicknamed her home (Orchard House) “Apple Slump”. My version is an updated recipe of an early American steamed apple dessert. It may seem like a crumble or cobbler but the topping is actually biscuit batter. The early American version was actually cooked on top of the stove with the biscuit batter steamed by the bubbling apples. Here it’s baked in the oven with a sprinkling of pecans which gives it a crispier topping. Continue reading

Apple Pear Miascia

This Apple Pear “Miascia”, a traditional cake from Como could be grouped together with other “frugal” cakes in
Italy such as the “Torta Paesana” of Brianza. These cakes both use day old bread soaked in milk but the “Miascia” has a lighter and fruitier twist in the use of apples and pears instead of cocoa – and walnuts are used here instead of pine nuts. Continue reading

Apple Quince Deep Dish Pie

This apple quince deep dish pie is actually easier than pie! With only the crust on top you avoid that disappointing soggy lower crust that is almost inevitable. Half the filling is provided by the quince which seems like a cross between an apple and a pear. The quince fruit shouldn’t be eaten raw and is used only in cooking and baking and has an interesting tangy flavor which makes this pie special. Continue reading

Sea Bream with Apples and Beets

This Sea Bream with apples and beets (Fragolino or Pagello in Italy) is baked “al cartoccio”, wrapped in parchment paper. This method seals in all the flavors and prevents drying out. And as a bonus there’s practically no clean up! The beets and apples create a delicious sauce surrounding this baked fish. Continue reading