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Cooking Apples For Desserts

Ruth-Anne Ford

Cooking Apples For Desserts

I have an apple tree in my backyard that I planted about 10 years ago.  It does pretty well, but as I am a better baker than a farmer, the apples are sometimes underdeveloped and have blemishes. So, over the past year I have learned ways still use them, even if they are not a perfect snacking apple. For my sister's bridal shower we did a honey theme, and I made Honey Applesauce Tartlets. Cooking the apples first before making the tarts releases a lot of water and creates a more concentrated apple taste. I peeled and cored the apples...


Last Minute Pumpkin Pie Tips!

Ruth-Anne Ford

Last Minute Pumpkin Pie Tips!

My family loves pumpkin pie. When I was growing up we had four pumpkin pies every Thanksgiving for our family of six. That is 2/3 of a pie per person! My Mom always used the recipe from the can of Libby pumpkin. It wasn't until I was out of Pastry school and working at the Fairmont did I realize that pumpkin pie could be improved with just a few tweaks: - Add 1 Tbl. bourbon or rum to the filling. Dark rum is best. The liquor adds a depth of flavor. - Try to make your pie the day before you...