Friday, 26 September 2014

Individual Salted Caramel Apple Pies

Individual homemade apple pies with flaky pastry crust sprinkled with brown sugar and a scrumptious filling of salted caramel, sliced apples, sugar and cinnamon. It doesn't get any better than this.

individual salted caramel apple pies

So i have some good news to share. Remember these Tropical Cupcakes with Ginger Buttercream that i enetered into the Betta Living Cupcake Competion for National Cupcake Week, i am happy to announce i won the competion. Yay me!!!  I did a dance when i found out i won. This news made my week. Some of my friends are upset with me because i shared photos of the cupcakes with them yet they didn't get to taste to. In my defense i asked them to come and pick up the cupcakes and did they???? NO!!!!

Autumn is a time where i love to bake pies and it's apple season as well.With apples in abundance this the perfect time to bake one of my favorite pies. Nothing beats sitting in front of the TV, remote on hand and a plate of  spiced apple pie with custard or ice cream.  I lean more towards ice cream, custard comes a close 2nd. The spiced apples give off an aroma of warmth and with the nights getting cold you can't go wrong with apple pie.  After i received news of my win i decided to treat my family and myself to some individual apple pies.



individual salted caramel apple pies

I added a twist to the classic apple pie recipe by adding salted caramel to the apple filling.The salted caramel took these individual apple pies to a whole new level. Levels of absolute deliciousness. the salted caramel completes the apple pie.  Salted caramel is a breeze to make, sugar and a little water melted in a pan on medium heat and then left to caramelize. Then in go the double, butter and then sea salt. Viola salted caramel has been born.


individual salted caramel apple pies

This salted caramel goodness is generously spooned over the filling of apple, cinnamon and sugar on a pastry base.


individual salted caramel apple pies

15 - 20 minutes later we have individual salted caramel apple pies served with ice cream and drizzles of more homemade salted caramel.

individual salted caramel apple pies



individual salted caramel apple pies

individual salted caramel apple pies

Printable Recipe

Individual Salted Caramel Apple Pies
Prep Time: 1 hour (including chilling time)
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield : 6- 8 individual pies (dependent of size of cutters)

Ingredients

For the shortcrust pastry
350g plain flour, plus extra to roll out pastry
200g butter cut into cubes, removed from the fridge for 20 minutes
50g caster sugar
pinch of salt
2-3 tablespoons cold water
Egg white to glaze
1 tablespoon demerara sugar

For the filling
400g (3 large) Granny Smith apples
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of flour
Salted caramel (click for recipe)

Instructions

For the pastry
  1. Sift flour and pinch of salt into a large bowl, holding the sieve as high as possible. 
  2. Add butter to bowl and rub together until you have a mixture like breadcrumbs. Stir in sugar.
  3. Sprinkle water a tablespoon at a time, then with a knife bring the dough together, using your hands finish gathering it. When enough liquid is added, the pastry should leave the bowl fairly clean. Gently work the dough into a ball, wrap in cling film and chill for 45 minutes while you make the filling.
For the filling
  1. Peel, quarter and core the apples and slick the apples into small chunks . 
  2. Combine the apples, lemon juice, caster sugar, cinnamon and flour. Mix in thoroughly, making sure the apples are coated evenly. Set aside
Assemble pies
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celcius. Line baking tray with a parchment or grease proof paper.
  2. Remove rested pastry from fridge and roll out the pastry to about half a cm thick. Cut out circles using a 4 inch fluted circle cutter. Re- roll the scraps and cut out some more circles until you run out of dough, making sure you end up with an even number of circles 
  3. Place dough circles on lined baking sheet, spoon a small amount of apple filling into centre of each circle, leaving enough of a space around the filling. Drizzle apple filling with a 1 tablespoon of salted caramel.  Brush the edges using a pastry brush to dampen.
  4. Place a second pastry circle on top each filled circle, then using a fork press lightly to crimp the edges together, sealing each pie.Using a sharp knife make two small slits on top of the pie
  5. Brush each pie with lighty beaten egg white and sprinkle with demerara sugar.
  6. Bake the pies for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.


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Easy Homemade Salted Caramel

Caramel always brings back childhood memories. I lived for the days my mum made caramel sweets. Well this week i craved caramel so much i finally made some. The twist to this caramel sauce is that it has sea salt in it . And you won't believe how easy it is to make this salted caramel.



salted caramel

Now this salted caramel is so so so good. Rich and creamy, salty and sweet. Words cannot begin to describe the goodness of this salted caramel. This is golden nectar. You can make your own salted caramel at home. Follow the steps below.

Start off by placing some sugar and water in a saucepan over a medium heat, stirring constantly. The sugar will clump after about 1-2 minutes.


salted caramel

After about two minutes it will begin to bubble


salted caramel

Turn up the heat and watch the sugar caramelise. This takes about 4-5 minutes.

salted caramel

Take the saucepan off the heat, stir in butter and cream. Mix in a teaspoon of sea salt

 salted caramel

Pour into a jar and leave to cool. Now your homemade salted caramel is ready to be used for whatever you desire. I'm partial to salted caramel apple pie.


salted caramel



Printable Recipe

Easy Homemade Salted Caramel

Ingredients
250g (21/4 cup) caster sugar
150ml (1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons) double cream
60g (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon sea salt


Instructions
  1. In a heavy based pan melt sugar and 4 tablespoons of water over medium heat stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Turn up the heat and leave to bubble for 4- 5 minutes until mixture turns to caramel.
  3. Immediately remove from heat, then carefully stir in cream and butter. Caramel will bubble rapidly.
  4. Stir in sea salt.
  5.  Leave the salted caramel sauce to cool, then transfer to an airtight container or jar.

salted caramel


easy homemade salted caramel


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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Tropical Cupcake with Ginger Cream Cheese Buttercream

Crushed pineapple, shredded carrots, coconut and spices, this tropical cupcake has it all. With each bite, you get the tantalizing flavour of the tropics. This tropical cupcake is incredibly spiced and moist and just right for autumn.  The Pièce de résistance of this tropical cupcake, is the swirled ginger cream cheese frosting. The flavour of the ginger in the frosting is just right, not overpowering.


Tropical cupcake with ginger cream cheese

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Raspberry and White Chocolate No Bake Cheesecake (An Ode to Summer)

Rich, indulgent, decadent raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake.  The marrying of raspberry and white chocolate is a match made in cheesecake heaven.


Raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake
Bye bye summer, hello autumn. I can't complain.  We have had an absolutely brilliant summer. The sun in England for once worked and i mean worked. It wasn't in the sky just for cosmetics. We had heat waves, we had barbecues, we had birthday parties where the children could play on the bouncy castles without the fear of the skies opening up on them. Must have been Esme's 3rd birthday,  when we hired a bouncy castle and all it did was rain throughout the party. So yay to the English summer for not disappointing us this year. Thank you for the abundance of berries.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Colourful Dotty Vanilla Sponge Bundt Cake

Delicious buttery soft, moist vanilla sponge with colourful dotty special effects.

dotty vanilla sponge bundt cake

When i saw the polka dot cake on Once Upon a Pedestal i just knew i had to bake it.  This cake totally appealed me. It looked fun, cool and unique. Absolutely brilliant creation and best of all it's pretty simple to make.