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Strawberry Season

Strawberry season for us in New England is a few weeks away.

There really is something about sitting in a field full of strawberry plants, the sun shining down on your face, the birds singing and the smell of life in the air.

I’ve always loved quiet moments, those moments you smile to yourself because you just know they’re special. Like when the sun shines down at a certain angle and you swear you see angels coming down from heaven.

Or when you smell lilacs in the air or when you hear waves lapping on the shore, those simple pleasures in life that so many of us take for granted.

Do me a favor and go strawberry picking this year. Go when there’s not a lot of people, when your family will have a row to yourselves. Sit or squat down among the berries. Feel the warmth of the sun and listen to the birds up above, watch the wind blow the leaves all around and pick those bright red juicy strawberries.

Maybe try one of these recipes with your bounty:

Strawberry Skillet Cake

Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Strawberry Lemonade

French Strawberry Cake

Jodi xo

 

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Caramel Apple Tart

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There’s nothing better than autumn in New England. There’s no where else I’d rather be right now. The crisp cool air, the wind tugging at the leaves that haven’t fallen just yet, and that smell. The smell of apples in the orchard, waiting to be picked.

Apple picking is one of my very favorite things to do. I like being outside. I like picking fresh fruit. I like sitting along the stone wall and listening to the cardinals and the chickodees sing their songs, while chomping on the fourth apple of the day. It’s relaxing and rejuvenating all at the same time.

When we get home from apple picking, I always, always make a sweet treat. This Caramel Apple Tart was simple to make and will quickly become an any time treat.

You start with a thawed sheet of puff pastry.

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You will need between one and two apples, depending on their size. Any variety will do.

After sweetening up the apples with some brown sugar and cinnamon, lay them along the puff pastry sheet.

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While the tart is baking, the caramel sauce can be made.

Caramel Sauce

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes.

After the tart has become brown and bubbly it is ready to be placed on a wire rack and drizzled with the dark and delicious caramel sauce.

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Apple Tart

  • 1 sheet thawed puff pastry
  • 1-2 apples, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • pinch of salt

Toss the sliced apples in lemon juice. Add sugar, cinnamon and salt and mix until combined. Let sit for 15 minutes before placing on puff pastry.

Bake @ 400F for 20 minutes.

After your apple picking adventures, check out these other apple desserts:

apple cinnamon coffee cake         apple braid bread         baked apple donuts

apple crisp recipe          blueribbon

Yum         The first piece        tart

Sticky Buns

sticky buns

The rain won’t stop here in New England.

What to do? Watch a movie? Play charades in the west lobby?

Nope. Make these sticky buns and try to eat just one.

The Best Sticky Buns Ever

The dough:

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  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons active yeast
  • 3 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Combine warmed milk, water, butter, sugar and yeast in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt.

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Make a well in the flour and pour liquid into it. Using a wooden spoon, mix until a slightly shaggy and sticky dough forms.

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On a well floured surface, knead dough for about five minutes until no longer sticky.

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Let rise for an hour in a greased bowl covered with plastic wrap.

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The filling:

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened

Combine sugar and cinnamon. Once dough has risen. Roll out on a floured surface to 1/4″ thickness. Spread softened butter on top and sprinkle with brown sugar cinnamon.

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Roll up and pinch sides to hold sugar in. Cut into sixteen pieces.

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The topping:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)

In a cast iron skillet, melt butter and stir together the sugar and nuts. Evenly space buns on top of nut topping.

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Bake in a 350F oven for 30 minutes.

Let cool a minute. Flip skillet over onto a plate, let cool slightly.

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Enjoy!

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