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halloween treats, the reprise.

Halloween Treats, Fresh Scratch, candy corn pretzelsHalloween. It’s nearly here. And while I may have not put out all of our Halloween decorations this year, and while we may be saving our pumpkin carving for Friday night instead of having done it last weekend, in the ways that really, really matter, I’m ready.

I’m totally all freaked out by these foggy mornings, for one. I finally decided it was just too dark in those woods I mentioned in my last post, so I broke down and donned my headlamp this week on my walks to work. You know what Matt said the first time I had it on, as I headed out the door?

“All you need is a go-pro. Then it’ll be like The Blair Witch Project.”

Oh, no, he di-int!

But, yes, he did.

And you know what I’ve learned? People during hunting and gathering times couldn’t use their time in the woods to relax and reflect on life. See, that’s what I like to do when it’s not pitch black. But if I even try it in the dark, my primal senses interrupt everything.

What was that sound? Oh, a raindrop on a leaf.

Where is that man I saw who was about to get in his car? I haven’t heard the car start up yet. Did he follow me into the woods? Is he secretly the statistically-probable bad guy that lives on my street?!

Damn. A spiderweb to the face. That must mean no one as tall as me has come through here this morning.

Yes. It’s exhausting. Until the woods connect me to the next neighborhood on my walk, I no longer listen to my podcast or try to think about anything. I just give in to my survival-mode and listen to my scary, fast breaths.

And wait for daylight savings.

While I’ve been waiting for earlier daylight this week, the girls and I have been munching on our favorite Halloween treat. They literally take about 10 minutes to make, start to finish, and they are an awesome blend of salty and sweet and crunchy. By now you can get the candy corn at a discount, I’d imagine! Holla!

And happy hauntings.

Halloween Treats

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Crunchy pretzels, creamy chocolate, and classic candy corn - what more do you need in life?

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of salty mini-pretzels
  • 1 bag of Hershey Hugs {not kisses! trust me.}
  • 1 bag of classic candy corn

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees with the rack in the center of the oven.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat liner or parchment paper.
  3. Cover the sheet in a single layer of pretzels.
  4. Unwrap the Hershey Hugs and center one on each pretzel.
  5. Bake for 3 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and immediately center a candy corn on each Hug, pressing gently.
  7. Let cool to room temperature and enjoy! I am known to cool them quickly in the fridge or freezer.

Notes

Store them in a sealed container/cookie jar. They will disappear quickly! Be ready to make more.

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apples.

apples and pears

“How do you ya like them apples?!” Will Hunting slams Skylar’s phone number against the window so the jerk from the bar can see that he got her number – best apple quote ever. Gotta love Good Will Hunting.

I get so tired of apples by the end of winter, but, somehow, by September I’m ready for that sweet crunch again. I’m ready for them to be chopped up into tiny chunks and tossed into my morning yogurt with granola on top, which always reminds me of mornings with my cousin. I’m ready to eat them sliced up and dipped into peanut butter {which I learned from my brother Frank}, and I sure am ready to tuck them – thinly sliced – into a grilled cheese sandwich.

With a little more effort than it requires for the aforementioned things, you can make a couple of sweet desserts and a fancy cocktail. Here’s a round-up of my greatest-apple-hits.

Apple-Sauvignon Blanc Sorbet

apple-sauvignon blanc sorbet, II don’t know about you, but one of the things that comes with fall is red wine. I make the switch. Like, for real and no looking back til spring.

What to do with that last bottle of white?

Why, make some grown-up sorbet, of course. Sorry kids, you can’t have any!

Apple-Sauvignon Blanc Sorbet
Refreshing and fruity, with a nice little taste of white wine.
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Prep Time
25 min
Total Time
9 hr
Prep Time
25 min
Total Time
9 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 c. applesauce, unsweetened
  2. 3/4 c. sugar
  3. 3/5 c. chilled Sauvignon blanc
  4. 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  5. 1 tsp. lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Heat the applesauce and sugar in a medium saucepan.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add wine, salt, and lemon juice.
  4. Whisk to combine.
  5. Pour mixture into a 9x13 pan and freeze for 20 minutes.
  6. Freeze mixture in an ice cream maker according to directions.
  7. Eat as soft serve immediately...
  8. ...OR freeze in airtight container for 8 hours.
Notes
  1. Keeps nicely for one week, but how could you let it last that long?
Adapted from "Sunset" magazine
Adapted from "Sunset" magazine
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Flat Apple Pie

While it’s not my finest picture ever {oh, the early photos on my blog – you poor things!}, this is about the best thing you can do with apples, and with its pizza-pan size, you sure can feed a crowd with it, too.

You can read all about my family history behind this pie here, in one of my very first posts almost five {five!} years ago.

The bonus in baking this pie: your hair will smell heavenly.

Flat Apple Pie
A huge apple pie that feeds a small army.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
For the Pie
  1. 2 crusts {there's a recipe in my link to the original post above, but I will divulge here that I use a box of Trader Joe's frozen crusts. They have huge chunks of butter in them and no one ever knows the difference. If you eat a pie at my house from here on out, please just smile when I lie and tell you that of course I made it from scratch! I hate making pie crust more than just about anything.}
  2. 3 generous handfuls of corn flakes
  3. 7 medium-sized Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored, and sliced. An apple peeler-corer-slicer makes this way less cumbersome!
  4. 2/3 c. sugar
  5. cinnamon
  6. 3 tbs. butter, cut into small pieces
  7. 1 beaten egg white
For the Glaze
  1. 1 cup powdered sugar
  2. 1 tsp. vanilla
  3. 1 Tbsp. milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Roll out one dough so that it hangs over the edges of a pizza pan.
  3. Cover the dough with the corn flakes.
  4. Place the apple slices over the corn flakes, allowing them to mound a bit in the center.
  5. Sprinkle with sugar.
  6. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  7. Dot with butter.
  8. Roll the other crust out so that it fits the top of the pie. Fold the bottom crust over the top, pressing gently to close. Vent the crust with a few swipes of a sharp knife.
  9. Brush the egg white over the crust to seal it. This will also create a lovely golden glaze while it bakes.
  10. Bake for 45 minutes on the middle rack of your oven.
  11. Whisk glaze ingredients together with a fork in a small bowl.
  12. Drizzle over the pie when it's just out of the oven.
Notes
  1. Your house will smell heavenly, as will your hair {I do love that about baking}. Call some peeps over to admire your masterpiece, then cut a 5 inch circle in the middle, followed by cutting wedges from the edge of the circle to the outside. This way you’re left with a super yummy middle piece at the end with the circle. Best served with some high-quality vanilla ice cream or in a bowl with milk poured over it {try it!}.
Adapted from my mom
Adapted from my mom
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apple pie martini, I
Apple Pie Martini

This is such a lovely cocktail to offer to guests during the fall. I always have local cider on hand, and this is a great use for it so the kids don’t drink it all. This year I’m going to try it warm, and then I think I’ll monkey with it a bit more by throwing some bourbon in there, or maybe some vanilla vodka. Just thinking out loud here!

Apple Pie Martini

Ingredients

  • 1 part apple pie liquor
  • 1 part apple cider
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • Optional: a splash of cream to make it apple pie a'la mode

Instructions

  1. Fill a martini shaker with ice.
  2. Add all three ingredients.
  3. Shake, shake, shake!
  4. Pour into your glass of choice and garnish with an apple slice.
  5. Top with a splash of cream if desired.
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What’s your favorite apple recipe? I’d love to know!

xo,

mrs. fresh scratch