Pistachio and Honey Bougatsa

Pistachio and Honey BougatsaA gorgeous Greek pastry made with layers upon layers of delicate phyllo dough and vanilla bean custard.  Bright green pistachios and amber honey make this one elegant pastry!

Pistachio and Honey BougatsaWhat on Earth is a Bougatsa?  I came across this funny sounding Greek dessert while hunting some inspiration for my next post.  Low and behold was this absolutely gorgeous rustic masterpiece on Phoodie.  At first glance, my thoughts were…”Well, this looks like it’s going to take some effort.  Let me think of every excuse imaginable so I don’t have to get off Pinterest…”  I checked out the ingredients and method and was shocked to see how simple it was!

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Pistachio and Honey Bougatsa

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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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Apricot and Cherry Ricotta Galette

Apricot and cherry ricotta galetteFlaky pie crust filled with creamy ricotta, tart cherries and sweet apricots.  This rustic Apricot and Cherry Ricotta Galette is my favorite lazy pie.

Apricot and cherry ricotta galetteOur family just got back from an amazing road trip vacation in Europe.  One German car, two small anxious kids, one big college bound kid, and two crazy parents.  Don’t worry though, we were already crazy before the vacation.  We started in Frankfurt Germany and drove to Europa-Park in Rust, which is one of the most amazing theme parks I’ve ever been to.  Next, we drove to a small French town in the country and visited Nigloland.  This was another European theme park and definitely one of my all time favorites.  It was quaint, gorgeous, and wonderful for little kids.  My husband’s coworker’s family owns the park, so they set us up in a cute little hotel room in the park.  We slept inside the theme park, right under the Ferris Wheel!  Who can say they’ve done that?

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Blackberry Pie Bars

Blackberry Pie Bars with homemade whipped cream and fresh blackberries - www.yummycrumble.comBlackberry Pie Bars layered with buttery shortbread and delicious homemade blackberry jam.  Fresh whipped cream and juicy blackberries dress up these lovely little bars.

Blackberry Pie Bars with homemade whipped cream and fresh blackberries - www.yummycrumble.comMy mind says, “Hey there fatty.  January is not even over and you’re already gorging on something with the word pie in it.”, while my mouth is saying…well it’s saying nothing.  It’s stuffed with these Blackberry Pie Bars!

 I have a serious love hate relationship with blackberries.  The seeds.  Oh God, the seeds.  But the juicy bursts of tart juice in every little berry.  That’s why I always come back for more.  It’s like summer comes back just for that moment.

Blackberry Pie Bars with homemade whipped cream and fresh blackberries - www.yummycrumble.comThese Blackberry Pie Bars scream summer!  It’s perfect for those mornings of drudging through knee deep snow to get to your car, only to realize you forgot that dang ice scraper.  So you drudge back to the house but slip on ice, which causes all the icicles off your entire roof to rain down like little frozen daggers.  And then you break a nail.  Is that a winter morning for everyone who lives north of Georgia?  I imagine it is.  But what do I know, I live in Florida where it’s hot as B A double hockey sticks S, nine months out of the year.

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Eggnog Crack Pie Bars

Eggnog Crack Pie Bars - www.yummycrumble.comEveryone’s favorite New York “Crack Pie” baked  with Eggnog to give it a special Holiday twist.  Chewy oatmeal cookie pie crust with a lusciously sweet and chewy filling will put these Eggnog Crack Pie Bars at the top of your wish list!

Eggnog Crack Pie Bars - www.yummycrumble.comSo I’ve never heard of this crazy thing called “Crack Pie” until I started diving deep into the food blogging world.  Momofuku…what?  Well, I don’t care where it came from or how much it is ($44.00 a pie!) because once I read the ingredients, I was already  in a deeply committed relationship with this pie.  Without tasting it, I knew this would be a heart breaker.  But like in a strikingly handsome Marlon Brando kind of way.  Let’s rewind.  I meant to say young Marlon Brando…YOUNG Marlon Brando.  Have you seen him in the Godfather?  Yikes.

Well, since I wouldn’t be going to New York or Toronto anytime soon, I snagged the recipe off of Brown Eyed Baker and made a few changes.  I added eggnog to the filling instead of boring old cream.  It makes it extra naughty.  And instead of baking it as a traditional pie, I just made them into bars for easier cutting and just to shake things up a bit.  Like Marlon. He’s unpredictable you know?

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Marshmallow Swirl Pumpkin Pie

Marshmallow swirl pumpkin pie - www.yummycrumble.comIt’s time to add some whimsy to your favorite traditional Thanksgiving pie!  Perfectly spiced pumpkin pie swirled with magical gooey marshmallow fluff and topped with cinnamon whipped cream and pecans.

Marshmallow swirl pumpkin pie - www.yummycrumble.comMarshmallows are an amazing thing people.  Let’s review shall we?

They can instantly turn your hot cocoa into a super magical cup of dreams.

Add them to cookies, cupcakes, and baklava and make it a gooey lovely mess of deliciousness.

One word.  S more’s.

They can also be the perfect tool for bribing your toddler.  “Did you pick up your toys?”  Marshmallow.  Done.  “Did you put your shoes on?”  Marshmallow.  “Did you poop in the potty”  That one gets a TON of marshmallows.  “Did you brush your teeth?”  Marshmallow.  Well, that one kind of negates the brushing of the teeth.  But they’re mostly made of air right?

Marshmallow swirl pumpkin pie - www.yummycrumble.comSo this was my very first time baking a pumpkin pie.  To make things just a little more complicated for myself I decided to make a Marshmallow Swirl Pumpkin Pie.  Just kidding.  It wasn’t complicated,  but I will confess that through the entire baking time of 45 minutes, my little nose was pressed against that oven door.  I tend to do that when I experiment in the kitchen.

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