Quick & Easy Apple Turnovers
These were so easy to make because I used store bought puff pastry. I usually don't buy puff pastry since it is around $4.50 a box. But when you consider that a box of 4 bakery turnovers costs $2.99 to $3.99 at the grocery store and a box of puff pastry will make 18 turnovers, it doesn't sound so expensive anymore. You can just use one sheet of the puff pastry and make 9 turnovers. The extra puff pastry sheet will keep in the freezer until you need it.
Chop a few apples. No need to peel them.
You can find puff pastry in the freezer section of the grocery store. Thaw before using, but keep frozen for storage. You can thaw overnight in the refrigerator to use the next day.
Cook apples in a skillet with about a T. of butter and sprinkle a little brown sugar and cinnamon on them while cooking. Cook until they are fork tender and slightly caramelized.
Cut your puff pastry sheet into 9 squares. A pizza cutter works great for this.
Place your pastry squares on a parchment lined baking sheet. Spoon about a T. of filling onto half of the square, then fold over and press seams together to form a triangle shape. They look small now, but they will puff as they bake and double in size. Refrigerate any leftover filling for your next batch or enjoy as fried apples. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 15 minutes until golden.
Make a small batch of powdered sugar glaze by mixing powdered sugar with a small amount of milk and vanilla until drizzling consistency. About a cup of powdered sugar to a T. milk and a 1/2 tsp. vanilla for 9 turnovers. Add more powdered sugar if you need to thicken it and add more milk if you need to thin it. Drizzle powdered sugar glaze over turnovers and enjoy. We made these for a special treat this morning and the boys loved them.
Spiderman Birthday Cake
I recently made a Spiderman Birthday Cake for my oldest son. This was a really fun cake to make. I used a recipe for fluffy yellow cake from Annie's Eats. It worked well for layering large tiers and was a fairly simple recipe. I made three batches of this cake batter to fill two 12" layers and two 8" layers. I used two wooden dowel rods in the center of the cakes to help hold the layers together since they were large.
I frosted the cake with an easy buttercream icing and used paste food colors. I used almost a whole jar of Christmas red to achieve the bright red. I piped the black webbing with an icing bag using more buttercream icing. This icing was great for spreading on the cake, but I would use an icing with shortening next time for piping because the icing was a little drippy and hard to use.
My husband made the silhouette of New York City by rolling out gum paste which he had colored grey and cutting out an outline of the city.
He even made the Brooklyn Bridge and I used a fine tip to pipe the cables.
Check out the dirigible. Such a creative husband!
Spiderman Seven Layer Dip
My son just had a Spiderman birthday party so I decided to make a seven layer dip with a Spiderman face. It was really easy to do. After layering all of the ingredients, I filled a ziploc bag with sour cream and cut one corner so that I could pipe a Spiderman face on the dip. You could pipe any design or just draw squiggles or straight lines.
1. Mix the refried beans and taco seasoning mix and spread in the bottom of your serving dish.
2. Next, make the guacamole and spread it on top of the refried bean mixture.
3. Layer the rest of the ingredients in the order listed and decorate the top with sour cream to make whatever design you want.
You can make this several hours ahead and refrigerate until party time.
I found the idea for decorating a seven layer dip to look like Spiderman at Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons. I think her's looks a little more like Spiderman than mine did. She had lots of great ideas in her post for a Spiderman birthday party.
First Birthday Cake
We just celebrated our little guy's first birthday. I made him a large sheet cake with a #1 cake on top. The cake is a delicious homemade chocolate cake with chocolate icing. I made a simple buttercream to frost the #1 and colored some of it blue to pipe the border and letters. I then placed large confetti candy sprinkles on the sides of the chocolate layer and on the blue border.
I have been trying to incorporate more healthy fats into my cooking so I decided to make my buttercream frosting with just real butter and no shortening for my son's first birthday. It worked well for frosting and was delicious. I didn't do anything really elaborate with the decorating so this worked. If you need a stiffer icing, I would suggest using royal icing.
Simple Buttercream Frosting:
1 C. (2 sticks) real butter, slightly softened
4 C. sifted powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Whip all in a mixer until you have a delicious and fluffy frosting. (Start slowly or your powdered sugar will go everywhere.) You can color with icing colors or use as a white frosting.
How to Boil an Egg
It was 106 degrees today, so I decided to boil some eggs for breakfast tomorrow morning. I thought nice cold hard bolied eggs would be a welcome change in this heat and the boys would think they were a treat.
1. Put eggs in a saucepan and cover with water. Cover the pan and bring to a boil. Uncover and boil for 1 minute.
2. Remove from heat and recover the pan. Let the eggs rest in the hot water for 10 minutes.
3. Then let the eggs cool in a bowl of cold water. Once cool, refrigerate the eggs.
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Hi, I'm Faith, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher turned food blogger. I love God, my family, and food. You can usually find me in the kitchen preparing family friendly, homemade recipes and taking lots of pictures.
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