Apple Pie Bars

Happy Sunday! It’s very windy this morning here in the valley. We’re suppose to go boating this afternoon, hopefully it doesn’t get that chilly. Weather here has been awful, sometimes it’s hot, then gets supper chilly and now it’s crazy windy! I can’t wait for cold and rainy weather, I’m so done with warm days.

A few days ago, I was in the mood for apple pie but I just didn’t want to deal with making a perfect lattice pie crust (don’t judge me! lol ). Also, I wanted to bake something easier to share. My husband takes a lot of what I bake to his work, so I thought pie might be a little messy. These apple bars are super easy to make, easy to share and delicious! You can make this recipe for Thanksgiving or any other potluck you might have during Fall or Winter! I had Jonagold apples, so I used them for this recipe.

If you would like to make a larger batch (I just made an 8-inch pan), you should just double the recipe.

Ready for the recipe? Here we go….
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Peanut Butter Cookies With Brix Chocolate Chunks

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup  packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup  creamy peanut butter ( I used the one from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1  large egg
  • 1 1/4 cups  all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Brix Chocolate Chunks

Directions:

Red Wine Pear Chocolate Cake

Happy October! Finally my favorite month is here! I love pumpkins, Halloween, apples, candy, Fall, spooky decorations, etc. I’m drinking pumpkin spice coffee right now (I bought it at Trader Joe’s and it’s very good). I felt that I was baking with pumpkin a lot so I decided to stop for a day and bake something that includes chocolate… so I came up with this idea of mixing chocolate and wine (what can go wrong with that, right?) but… I also wanted to incorporate something fresh (because I knew the cake was going to be rich)… and I decided to add pears. This cake is fabulous to make and share with your friends during Halloween time (or anytime…).

Let’s talk about the wine I used to make this cake. This wine is from my favorite winery “Castello Di Amorosa”, it’s an old vine Zinfandel called Zingaro. If you live close to Napa Valley area and you haven’t visited this winery yet, make plans and drive up there, it’s beautiful and their wine is absolutely amazing.

Are you ready to bake? Let’s start with the recipe.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Scones

This is the season for Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Have you had any pumpkin coffee drink? I think I had 5 psl so far …. Not everybody is a fan because it’s a bit too sweet, but how about we mix pumpkin and espresso to make scones? The result of this experiment is pretty decent, I wish I added more espresso powder but if you are having a cup of joe with it then you have everything you need for a perfect chilly Fall morning.

Let’s start with the recipe.

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Pumpkin Alfajores

Happy FALL! Finally it’s here and I can’t wait to keep posting pumpkin recipes like this one. Have you ever had Alfajor Cookies? Those are very popular in South America. They are shortbread cookies filled with dulce de leche (which is like a caramel but made from milk). I thought about this recipe a couple of months ago, I was just waiting for pumpkin season to start. Alfajores make me think of my childhood, I remember my mom baking these every year for my birthday when I was a kid. These sandwich cookies have for sure have a special place in my heart.

About the dulce de leche filling : You can buy a can of dulce de leche (you usually find it in Mexican stores OR in the Hispanic food aisle in your regular grocery store) the brand I like to use is LA LECHERA By Nestle). Don’t worry if you can’t find dulce de leche at the grocery store, just get a regular condensed milk, remove the label, put the can in a pan, filled it with water covering the can and let it simmer for 2-3 hours. Always make sure the pan has enough water to cover the can,  keep an eye on that. After 2-3 hours you’ll get dulce de leche! I think Trader Joe’s has dulce de leche too.

Do you want something new and fun to share with your friends during Halloween- Thanksgiving time??… you should make alfajores!

Let’s start with the recipe:

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Apple Bread With Bourbon Glaze

Happy Monday! I just came back from my first hike after 2 months! I didn’t complete the whole trail (it’s a 4.4 mile uphill trail) but hopefully I’ll make it to the top in the next days. I really missed exercising, I can’t believe I stopped doing it for 2 months but I’m happy that I decided to start today again.

My husband likes Bourbon and last time we went at Trader Joe’s he bought a bottle. He also brought home some apples that he found at work (I think a co-worker has a big apple tree at home).  I was thinking what I can make with those apples… and something came to my mind… an apple spice cake with bourbon glaze!!! The result = Very Good!

Let’s start with the recipe.

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Pumpkin Bars

Happy Friday everybody! Hope everyone is doing great and if you are in the Carolinas I hope you are safe, I just read the news and Florence has submerged homes, you’re all in my thoughts are prayers.

With Fall just around the corner, I’ll be baking lots of pumpkin desserts. Last night my husband told me that he already feels it’s Thanksgiving time. He eats all the things I bake and he likes it, but he’s not a big fan of pumpkin as I am. We both love Halloween though, we’re still trying to figure out what costumes we will wear for a big party in my favorite winery Castello Di Amorosa.

This recipe is about Pumpkin Bars, they are not as chewy as a brownie, they have more cake texture. I added chocolate chunks and walnuts of course!

Let’s start with the recipe.

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Mini Chocolate Cake

I’ve been thinking of using cacao powder to make a chocolate cake and finally I baked a small one, the result was just perfect. This 2 layers 6 inch cake is the perfect treat you want for a date night or just to enjoy with a nice glass of wine . This cake is moist and you can store it for a couple of days with no problem!

Let’s start with the recipe.

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Dutch Apple Pie Muffins

Happy Tuesday everybody!! I’m finally back from my trip to Peru. As some of you might know, I am from Lima-Peru and moved to California because of my husband. All my family lives in Peru so I try to go visit twice a year (my parents are getting older with some health issues so it’s harder for them to get on a plane like they used to). Also, my brother got married so I was very happy to attend his wedding, it was such a beautiful event! I was there for 15 days and came home to catch up with things so it took me a little bit to start baking again.

I made these muffins a month ago, I know! I’ve been so busy with stuff and I didn’t have the chance to sit down and type down the recipe. These apple muffins will remind you of a Dutch apple pie because of the crunchy topping. Are you ready for the recipe? Let’s get started!

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