My boys are called to the apple bins at the grocery store these days like a siren song. Framing every bin are rows of gooey caramel apples, studded with nuts, candies and chocolate. Seriously, I can’t blame them for being drawn in, they are irresistible. But, then you bite into them and they are always just a touch disappointing. The apples are usually soft and the caramel is cloyingly sweet and tastes like it was from the previous generation. I convinced my boys to walk by without taking one, but only after promising to make them some at home. We picked fresh, crisp, juicy apples (Honeycrisp, Sweet Tango or a variety that is a bit tart). The caramel is easy to make and is rich, creamy, gooey and not over-the-top sweet. I like them with salted peanuts pressed into the caramel, but the boys like the apples dipped in caramel with no other interruptions. (more…)
This is a pie for Mikey. One of many today that will be baked by fellow food bloggers in support of one of our own. Last week Jennifer Perillo, the beautiful heart and soul behind In Jennie’s Kitchen, lost her husband. In a desperately brave post she invited everyone, bakers and non-bakers to make a peanut butter pie to share with those we love, in honor of her husband Mikey. Peanut Butter Pie was his favorite and I created this version in his honor. I hope you will make it, enjoy it with your loved ones and hold Jennifer and her family near to your hearts.