Month: April 2021

Lavender and blueberry gin and tonic

Lavender and blueberry gin and tonic

G+T’s scream “summer!” to me, and this lavender and blueberry gin and tonic yells it just a little bit louder. The next time you are looking for a cold, slightly sweet cocktail for a warm day, get out your muddler, because this is the drink 

Lemon Lavender Cookies as Easy as 1-2-3

Lemon Lavender Cookies as Easy as 1-2-3

These lemon lavender cookies really are as easy as 1-2-3. That’s because those are the ratios (by weight) of the sugar, butter, and flour in this lemon lavender cookie recipe.

Orange Zest French Toast

Orange Zest French Toast

I took a break from making sourdough and decided to make loaves of this Portuguese sweet bread for our sandwiches this week. As the bread baked in the oven, citrus aromas filled the house, and I dreamed of orange zest French toast.

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Strawberry Heart Pop Tarts: in the Kitchen with Kiddo

Strawberry Heart Pop Tarts: in the Kitchen with Kiddo

For the last few weeks, kiddo has been asking for strawberry pop tarts. It seems that the nutella pop tarts we made a few weeks ago were “too rich” for her. (No, I don’t know whose child she is.) So, when one of the FB 

Peanut butter chocolate drip cake with peanut butter cream cheese frosting

Peanut butter chocolate drip cake with peanut butter cream cheese frosting

This peanut butter chocolate drip cake with peanut butter cream cheese frosting is the cake I will make for myself for my birthday every year. It is made from three fudgy chocolate cake layers, a peanut butter-y buttercream, and a chocolate and peanut butter ganache 

Breakfast apple crisp with almond topping

Breakfast apple crisp with almond topping

This breakfast apple crisp is the end of apple recipes for now. It’s the end of my stash of those HunnyZ apples. And it’s almost strawberry and stone fruit season [dreams of summer fruit].

There are times for me when breakfast is grab and go. And other times I am willing to dillydally and spend a little time with my cup of coffee and the newspaper. This crisp is for one of those times.

Eat it plain or with a bit of yogurt for a more balanced breakfast.

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The lavender gimlet

The lavender gimlet

This lavender gimlet is a variation on a classic. When it was created, the gimlet was a sweet drink made with equal amounts of gin and lime cordial. Over the years, cocktails have become less sweet as tastes have changed, and the gimlet is no 

Boozy bourbon apples

Boozy bourbon apples

With this recipe for bourbon apples, you’re probably wondering what’s up with all of the apple recipes. I’m just playing around with the few HunnyZ apples I have left, so you might even see one more apple recipe after these bourbon fried apples. The HunnyZ 

How to make dried apple rings in the oven

How to make dried apple rings in the oven

These dried apple rings are proof that not everything that is good in life is illegal, immoral, or fattening. Seriously. There are times when all I want is fruit, and these dried apples are as sweet as candy.

I made these with HunnyZ apples, which is a new Washington apple that I discovered last week. They are big and flavorful, unlike some of the other honeycrisp crosses. Mr. uglyducklingbakery said he didn’t like them because they tasted like apple juice. Isn’t that what an apple should taste like? But, hey, if he wants his Braeburns, I won’t argue with him.

We do agree that we like our dried apple rings still a bit chewy, but you can dehydrate them longer if you like a crisp dried apple.

Frequently asked questions about dried apple rings

  • What are the best apples to use? Pick a apple varietal that is firm, either sweet (e.g. honeycrisp or a honeycrisp cross) or tart (e.g. Pink Lady).
  • What is the purpose of the lemon juice? It prevents the apple from turning brown during the drying process, but it can also have antimicrobial properties if you intend to preserve your dried apples for longer than a day or two.
  • Can I add cinnamon or other spices? Of course, and you’d do it after dipping into the lemon juice and before baking. But if you’ve got great tasting apples, they shouldn’t need anything else.
  • How long can I store these? In my house, about an hour. They’ll keep in an airtight container at room temperature for days regardless of how dry you’ve made them. If you’ve completely dried them to crispy, they’ll keep for months. If they are still a bit sticky, you will want to eat them right away.

Dried apple rings

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Servings 2

Equipment

  • Apple corer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lemon
  • 2 apples

Instructions
 

  • Juice the lemon and combine the juice in a bowl with an equal amount of water.
  • Core the apples. Using a mandoline (careful of your fingers!) or a sharp knife, cut rings about 2mm (<1/8") thick.
  • One by one, dunk both sides of the apple slices into the lemon juice and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. You can crowd the apple slices but do not overlap them.
  • If you have a dehydrator setting on your oven, bake at 175°F for 2 or so hours, longer if you want the rings to be crispy. Flip them over after about an hour.

What’s next?

If you make these dried apple rings, please comment and/or share a pic!

Enjoy some other uglyducklingbakery appetizers and snacks or learn about the over-wintered apples still available in grocery stores in Washington State.

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Bacon cheddar popcorn is better than nachos: prove me wrong.

Bacon cheddar popcorn is better than nachos: prove me wrong.

This bacon cheddar popcorn recipe was created for the reddit 52 weeks of baking challenge, Week 16: Crispy Crunchy. I had been thinking about making bacon cheddar shortbread. But then Molly Yeh and her popcorn salad started some trouble. And I had a new inspiration.