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Well hello again!  It’s Kelsey from The Farmer’s Daughter blog again, here to share with you one of my very favourite Fall recipes.  Although, to be honest, it’s one of my faves all year round!

Apple crisp.  Bursting with fresh apples and cozy cinnamon-y flavours, topped with the most delicious crumbs, and served warm with ice cream…this one is a true winner!  This recipe is also so quick to whip up, but has a big payoff.  Plus, your house will smell like heaven once it’s done!

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You’ll notice the sweetest blue enamel measuring jug popping up in these photos, and it’s one of my favourite additions to my kitchen.  The best home items are always both cute and functional.  My grandpa loves his crisp served with straight cream, so that’s what you can see me pouring from the jug!


Apple Crisp

Ingredients:

8-10 cups chopped, tart apples (I used Elstar, but Granny Smith or something similar is a good choice!)

2 tsp flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 1/3 cup oats

Directions:

Fruit Layer:
1) Mix together chopped apples, cinnamon and flour.  (Choose 8 cups of apples if you prefer a higher crumb ratio, and 10 if you like more apples in your crisp). Place in a greased 9×13 pan.

Crumb Topping Layer:
1) In a medium bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder.

2) Then, cut in cold butter with a pastry cutter or a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  (Alternatively, I’ve tried melting my butter completely, and it results in very even, delicious crumbs…although they’re a slightly different texture than when the butter was cold.  Both ways are delicious!)

3) Stir in brown sugar and oats.

4) Sprinkle crumbs over fruit evenly.

5)  Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned and the apple pieces are tender.   Cook time will depend on how big your apple chunks are….so just keep checking it!

Tip: If your crumbs are brown, but your apples are still crunchy, just loosely place a piece of tinfoil on top of the pan to keep the crumbs from getting any browner while it cooks a bit longer!

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Happy Fall Baking!  (And be sure to grab this enamel jug for yourself!)

-Kelsey,

The Farmer’s Daughter

Sweet Living Co.

With Christmas time slowly starting to inch closer, we ask the age old question of what to give to whom. We have some amazing products in store and online at Farminista that are perfect for anyone on your Christmas list. Foraging

Something we are super excited about carrying this holiday are our products from Sweet Living Company. The best part about these products is that they are all made in Canada, as well as are all handmade and are all natural!

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These products can make perfect gifts and stocking suffers!

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Affogato Recipe

Try serving your guests this Christmas season something new for desert! This recipe for affofatos (Italian, meaning “drowned” is perfect for that. You’re going to want to find some really good vanilla ice cream or gelato, to really elevate your dessert to its full potential.

First, you need to find small glass cups that can handle hot liquid.

Then, make some espresso.

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Next, scoop a small amount of ice cream (about one scoop) and put it in your cups.

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Add your favorite liquor (optional, but I would recommend) to the cups (I recommend Amereto),

and pour your espresso over your ice cream and liquor.

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Next, sprinkle with shaved chocolate for garnish.

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Or, if you want to get festive with this recipe, replace the Amereto with a peppermint flavoured liquor and garnish with a candy cane!

Finally, you have an aesthetically pleasing desert that also tastes amazing to wow the crowd at any party!

Melt-Your-Heart Muffins

From our kitchen to yours!

 

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Melt-Your-Heart Blueberry Oat Muffins

1 Cup Robin Hood oats

1 Cup buttermilk or sour milk

1 Cup flour

1 Teaspoon baking powder

1/2 Teaspoon baking soda

1/2 Teaspoon salt

3/4 Cup lightly packed brown sugar

1 egg, beaten

1/4 Cup melted butter or margarine

1 Cup blueberries, fresh or frozen, thawed and well drained    *Or sub Saskatoon Berries for regular blueberries!

Combine oats and buttermilk in a small bowl. Let stand. Combine flour, baking powder, soda, salt and brown sugar. Stir well to blend. Add egg and melted butter to oat mixture. Mix well. Add oat mixture all at once to dry ingredients. Stir just until all ingredients are moistened. Gently fold in blueberries. Fill well-greased muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-22 minutes. Makes 1 dozen muffins.

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Kitchen Talks ~ Popcorn Lovin’!

A little treat from me to you!

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I was passed down this scrumptious recipe when I got married. My mother-in-law is usually labeled the “health nut” by us family; which is true, but we all benefit from it! This one snack definitely exempts her of this title!

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Popcorn is already a fun, simple, easy to prepare snack. Whether that’s for company, a party, or just to splurge for yourself.

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Now if you are one to love splurging, then this recipe is perfect, but for those who enjoy and find comfort in knowing they can make something slightly ‘healthier’ I have gone ahead and switched a few ingredients.

Step 1: Grab a medium sized mixing bowl that can be used in the microwave. I like to use my Anchor 4 Cup glass measuring bowl with an easy to grip handle.

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1) 1 Cup of Brown Sugar

Here I have exchanged brown sugar for a sugar less intensely sweet, Coconut Sugar. (Don’t worry, we’ll make up for the sweetness later!)

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Agavedsc_03013) 1/4 Cup of Corn Syrup

This is where we make up for the sweet tasting goodness! I have also switched out corn syrup with a new syrup I have discovered…

dsc_0292Organic Raw Blue Agave Syrup. Now let me rant a little and let you know a few details about this product.

Blue Agave is a natural sweetener extracted from the core of the Blue Agave plant. It’s smooth, delicious low glycemic syrup that is ideal for sweetening coffee, hot tea, oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, yogurt, cereal and more(Such like this popcorn!). It is also great in smoothies, iced tea, or cocktails as it dissolves quickly in cold beverages. Agave is easy to use in baking too…Try it wherever you would use a tabletop sugar.

-Direct quote: Wholesome Sweeteners. (Italics, mine.)

  • Non-GMO/Gluten-free/Vegan suitable, verified.
  • Organic-Natural sweetener.
  • Fairtrade.
  • 25% sweeter than regular sugar – less is more!
  • Non-crystallizing – dissolving in both cold and hot water.
  • Low glycemic – index of 39 or less, giving less of a blood sugar spike, tested.
  • 3/4 Cup Agave = 1 Cup Refined Sugar.
  • Ingredients: 100% Fairtrade Organic Raw Blue Agave Nectar!

 

Seeing as you are now educated in this simple ingredient, I will continue!

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I’m usually an estimator, using the palm of my hand.

dsc_0320Step 2: Microwave Sugar, Butter, Corn Syrup and Salt on high for 2-4 minutes(microwave may vary) until mixture has boiled.

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Add:

5) 1/2 tsp Baking Soda

6) 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

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Mix well with whisk, until mixture smooth-ens and turns slightly lighter in color(such like caramel sauce.)

Step 3: Dump an ice-cream pail amount of popped popcorn into a medium-large paper bag.

SauceStep 4: Pour mixture generously and evenly onto popcorn in paper bag.

StirStep 5: Stir and Shake until well coated!

Step 6: Fold up bag, so no popcorn falls out. Place one side face down in microwave. Heat for a 1/2 minute. Shake bag, keeping it folded to avoid spills. Place back into microwave on reverse side. Heat for another 1/2 minute. Shake and unfold.

dsc_0350Allow to cool for a few minutes. Pour lathered ooey-gooey goodness into ice-cream pail, or similar container size.

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You’ve got yourself one tasty, delicious, splurging treat!

Full Recipe:

Caramel Corn

-1C Brown Sugar   -1/2C Butter   -1/4C Corn Syrup   -1/2tsp Salt

-1/2tsp Baking Soda   -1tsp Vanilla Extract

-Ice-cream Pail amount of Popped Popcorn!

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Farminista`s Motivational Morning Muffins!

Every morning I wake up and want to treat myself to a somewhat healthy, nutritious, but also a scrumptious type of breakfast. I either find myself at a cross road between: Oatmeal Crisp Vanilla Almond, a bowl of fruit over Greek Yogurt, Ancient Grains toast with honey, or caving completely and indulging in homemade waffles and cinnamon sauce! Those grandma’s know how to pass down a legacy in the kitchen!

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But then again, so does Google! ( http://bit.ly/1I8w1gT ) I have made these most tasty muffins on a few occasions to fix my morning hunger craving. While still keeping peace of mind that I’m feeding my body something balanced.

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It’s the perfect spectrum for taste buds. Some subtle cinnamon, the hint of crunch, juicy and moist, the slight sweetness of coconut and ideally the right amount of apple! For myself, I add natural coconut sugar in replacement of white sugar. I’m not much of a sweet tooth, but I do love a good coconut flavor! There are a few staple ingredients that I add to almost everything: cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and sometimes nutmeg. For these muffins I added in the ginger and nutmeg myself, and a little more vanilla than called for!

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Morning Glory Muffins

Happy Muffin Making – And feel good about what you eat to start your day!