Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Buttercream

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar ButtercreamSoft and fluffy spiced apple cupcakes topped with brown sugar buttercream and tart apple pie filling.  It’s America’s favorite pie turned into perfect holiday cupcakes.

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar ButtercreamToday the weather in Dubai has finally hit the perfect temperature!  It has been so beautiful lately and taking a walk doesn’t render you useless for the rest of the day.  I usually feel like I need a 3 hour nap after a stroll due to the heat.  Not anymore!  Oh, and the breeze doesn’t feel like a hot blow dryer.  We don’t get those gorgeous red and orange Fall leaves, but we get perfect beach weather.  I think that’s a good trade.

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Buttercream

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Apple Cinnamon Baklava

Apple Cinnamon Baklava with apple cider honey syrup - www.yummycrumble.comCrispy and nutty Apple Cinnamon Baklava with luscious golden layers of crispy phyllo dough, walnuts, and apples.  A honey syrup made with spiced apple cider deliciously drench each layer.

While drudging my way through college in my freshman year, I managed to work two jobs.  One was a particularly arrogant clothing store which will remain nameless. I will give you a little hint.  It rhymes with Flabbercrombie & Itch.  Worst job ever.  My other job was a hostess for Acropolis Grill, a little mom and pop Greek restaurant where “Opa!” was shouted every 7.5 minutes.  Or just whenever someone had ordered the “Flaming Cheese”, also known as Saganaki.  Which was every 7.5 minutes.  Very popular dish at the little Acropolis Grill.

Apple Cinnamon Baklava with apple cider honey syrup - www.yummycrumble.comBaking baklava has always intimidated me.  For the longest time I had this misconception that Baklava was a frighteningly difficult dessert to bake.  With all its layers and layers of dough and hearing that “There’s nothing worse than a dry Baklava.”, I figured it wasn’t worth the fuss.  Well, thank you Pioneer Woman!  She has a fantastic tutorial for Baklava.  Let me just say, thank the Gods for frozen phyllo dough.  I cannot imagine the time it would take to make some from scratch.  My inspiration for Apple Cinnamon Baklava came from Amy Bites.  She has a great tutorial as well.

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Baked Cinnamon French Toast

baked-cinnamon-french-toastI don’t know about you but at our house we try to start our Christmas morning early. That means mommy needs to get up pretty darn early to get breakfast and coffee going for the family. This year I slept in. How? By making breakfast the night before. Amazing. So easy. And stinking delicious.  I got the recipe for this Baked Cinnamon French Toast off Pinterest. Thank the Lord for Pinterest. The recipe calls for challah bread, which I used, but any bread will work. Next time I’m totally getting the challah with raisins.  The recipe is from Lovin’ From The Oven.

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Baked Cinnamon French Toast

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of challah or crusty bread
  • 8 whole eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick cold butter, cubed

Instructions

  1. Grease a 9x13 glass pan or nonstick pan.
  2. Tear the loaf of bread into bit size pieces and place in greased pan.
  3. Mix together the eggs, milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla.
  4. Pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate over night.
  5. To make the streusel mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Use a fork to cut the butter into the flour sugar mixture until crumbly. Sprinkle over egg soaked bread right before baking.
  6. Preheat oven to 350.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes.
  8. Serve with whipped cream and powdered sugar or maple syrup.
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 Christmas was a hit at our house. Oliver was super happy with his toys, Jovi was ecstatic about wrapping paper, my husband received lots of Star Wars goodies, and I got a really awesome food processor. I was in desperate need of a larger model. The one I currently was using only allowed for 3 cups at a time so I was always having to blend everything in batches. Not fun. And very messy. I’m so excited to try some new recipes and now that Florida will finally get some cold weather I really want to tackle some soups I’ve been eyeing Pinterest.  Or make massive amounts of cookie dough.   Cookie dough sounds good.