Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cinnamon Sugar Mini Apple Pies

Every now and then you need some external influence for your cooking.  That's probably why you're here looking up recipes on our blog. Welcome Friend!  Here at 2Brokebakers we also learn from others.  Especially the TV show The Chew.  If you haven't seen this lovely show, its time to start.  With a great set of hosts who hilariously banter and amazing recipes, its a sure win.  And thats where we got the idea for these Cinnamon Sugar Mini Apple Pies.  They're bite-sized and delicious and you'll have to walk away before you eat them all up single-handedly.

Start by peeling four Granny Smith Apples.

Cut the apples into some pieces.

 In a medium sauce pan add 2 tablespoons of butter.  Once melted add all the apple slices.

Add 1/2 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, the zest of 1 lemon and 1/8 cup flour.

Once cooked pull off the stove. Let sit.
On a floured surface lay a pre-made pie crust and cut out circles.  Do this with both pie crusts in the box.

Ashley's tip: We used a small bowl but a cookie cutter would also work.  Find what's available in the kitchen.  

Put a small amount of the apple mix on a crust. It's about a tablespoon of apple mix.

Fold over and use a fork to seal the edges together.

Flash fry in a pan of oil.  Once pulled out of the oil place on a paper towel.  After plotted dry, but not completely cold, place the mini apple pie into a container of cinnamon sugar mix  (1/2 sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon).

These are definitely better warm so consume immediately.  For a more tart flavor add the juice of the lemon as well.  For a sweeter flavor skip the lemon altogether.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Barbara Ray's Pumpkin Bread

For this recipe, we decided to go vintage.  Using a recipe straight from the 60's.  And considering that it has survived into the next century, you know its got to be dang good.  And trust us, it is. Plus with October here and fall in full swing (well maybe not in Southern California), the time of year has come to obsess over pumpkin!  Pumpkin bread is pure autumn flavors and because fall is only around for a short time we better cash in now.  This super moist, throwback Homemade Pumpkin Bread recipe makes enough for everyone to share (it's less than $1.50 a loaf so literally enough bread for everyone)!

Ingredients needed: oil, eggs, water, canned pumpkin, flour, salt, nutmeg, baking soda, cinnamon, and sugar.  Simple and delicious.

Start by beating 4 eggs in a bowl.

Add 1 cup oil, 2/3 cup water and 2 cups of canned pumpkin puree.
Set this aside.

In a large bowl add 3 1/2 cup flour, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp nutmeg, 2 tsp baking soda, 2 tsp cinnamon and 3 cups sugar.

Make a large well in the middle of the bowl.

Add in the pumpkin mixture.

Stir until dry ingredients are moistened.

Aubree's Note: If you like raisins and nuts then add them now. About 2 cups raisins and 1/2 cup chopped nuts (either walnuts or pecans).

This makes 3 loaves.  Grease and flour the pans.

Bake for about 50-60 mins at 350F.

Ashley's Tip: Check the bread around 50 minutes.  Then add time according to your oven. 

Homemade Pumpkin Bread. 

It's the best. 


1 Cup Oil
4 Eggs, beaten
2/3 Cup Water
2 Cup Canned Pumpkin
3 1/2 Cup Flour
1 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
1 Teaspoon Nutmeg
2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
3 Cups Sugar

Pre-heat oven to 350F.
Combine oil, eggs, water and pumpkin.
In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, nutmeg, baking soda, cinnamon and sugar.
Make a well in dry ingredients.  Add pumpkin mixture.  Mix until dry ingredients are well moistened.
Grease and flour pans.
Bake for 50-60 minutes.