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New Fall Favourite: Hasselback Apples

October 16, 2015

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Over the summer my love for yoga blossomed. I had maybe taken one yoga class before March of this year, when on a whim I decided I wanted to join a yoga studio up the street. It’s about a 5 minute drive up the road, or a 10 minute run.

They had a new member special for one month and I decided to buy it over spring break. At the time I was thinking about the future, and how i wanted to zen my way through wedding planning and be totally blissed out by the time the wedding day came around. I’d like to this this helped a little, seeing as how I was miraculously calm on the actual day and day before it. 

I knew I would have two weeks off at spring break, so I could go to the early morning classes. And, since it was a month unlimited I took as many classes as I could. I tried all of them, but really love flow, alignment flow, and power and strength classes. The yin and restore classes, or the ‘seated position’ classes where you hold a pose for 3-5 minutes are too slow for my liking. I can hardly get through holding some of the poses without thinking ‘omg, omg, omg’ in my head before finally being able to let go of the pose. 

Seriously – how long is three breaths??? I swear I can take 3 breaths quicker than others, because when they say ‘and hold for three more breaths’ I’m like annnnnnd done – except its like a whole other minute longer. oops.

Some days I can zen out way longer than others, by the time savasana is over i have almost fallen asleep. And now, I love moving through vinyasa’s. downward dog is my friend some days, and others i swear i can’t hold any longer, but somehow make it until we go through a vinyasa. 

Over the summer i bought the unlimited summer membership and again, could go to the early classes. After the wedding I bought a 10 class pass and I’ve made my way through it over the last month. Although since I’m back at work I don’t get to go to all the morning classes I love, but when I do have a morning off I’ll be sure to go to my favourite class. 

I like to think that yoga and baking are my relaxation techniques. I can zen out on the mat, but also in the kitchen – and these little beauties will most certainly be making their way into our regular fall dessert routine – post yoga. 

Having made hasselback potatoes before, I’m not sure why I haven’t used this technique in more recipes. I had seen hasselback apples online before on pinterest, and on instagram, and I’m not sure why it took so long to try them. 

They’re simple, few ingredients, and taste quintessentially like fall. It’s like a personal apple pie, without the buttery crust. These are perfect for dinner parties since you can prepare them beforehand, and finish them after eating, and they’re simple enough that you can make them for a crowd. hasselback apples // bakeaholic.ca

hasselback apples // bakeaholic.ca

hasselback apples // bakeaholic.ca

hasselback apples // bakeaholic.ca

hasselback apples // bakeaholic.ca

hasselback apples // bakeaholic.ca
hasselback apples // bakeaholic.ca
hasselback apples // bakeaholic.ca

Hasselback Apples
baked apples topped with a cinnamon oatmeal crumble
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For the apples
  1. 2 large firm apples, peeled and core cut out carefully (I like to use ambrosia apples, or other firm apples, not granny-smith)
  2. 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  3. 2½ tablespoons coconut oil or butter, melted
  4. cinnamon
optional (but totally recommended)
  1. non-dairy ice cream - cinnamon, vanilla bean
For the Crumble
  1. 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
  2. 5 tablespoons rolled oats
  3. big dash of cinnamon
  4. 3 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil
  5. walnuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. 2. Take the peeled and cored apple, and cut most of the way through (not all the way though) each apple half in thin slices. Place apple halves, cut sides down on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the butter or coconut oil, cinnamon and sugar for the apples together. Brush or spoon mixture evenly over apples.
  3. 3. Cover pan with foil; bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Remove foil. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove from oven.
  4. At this point, you can leave the apples for later before moving on to the next step. Turn off the oven until you are ready to bake again. You can prepare the apples this far until you are ready to eat.
  5. 4. Combine remaining crumble topping mixture - coconut sugar, rolled oats, cinnamon and coconut oil or butter in small bowl. Spoon oat mixture evenly over apples, trying to get it into the crevices of the slices.
  6. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes. Turn broiler to high and broil 1-2 minutes. Serve with non-dairy ice cream.
Notes
  1. You can make this recipe for any number of guests, by adding more apples and adding to the crumble topping. I like to add walnuts to the crumble, but you can leave this out if there are any allergies.
Adapted from Cooking Light Magazine
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Loaf, Pumpkin

Pumpkin Loaf

October 8, 2015

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I’m hoping now that wedding craziness has ended, and I’ve regained my waking moments free from wedding planning thoughts, I can return to baking and blogging.  

Adam and I ‘celebrated’ our one month-aversary monday evening with drinks & some appetizers at a restaurant down the street. We came home to share some italian pastries from the same bakery that we used for our wedding – since we both didn’t eat a single dessert at the wedding. Shocking – since i’m a self-professed dessert lover and foodie. I think someone brought us a mini jar of tiramisu after it was served, but the biscotti had been stolen out of it already and it was mostly cream with some espresso. That didn’t stop us from spooning the coffee creation into each others face. 

If you follow along over on Instagram (@AliciaBakeaholic) or Snapchat @Aihconti, you’ll have noticed that I’m definitely back in the kitchen making some delicious fall creations. While I didn’t necessarily stop cooking and baking over the summer, it was most certainly less frequently placed on the blog. It was on record our hottest, driest summer yet and turning on an oven just was not what i wanted to do, amidst wedding diy’s. 

However, I honestly think that fall baking is my most favourite. The flavours (yes, pumpkin spice, but also cinnamon apple), the colours, the fall ingredients popping up in the market produce bins all create the most wonderful dishes and desserts. There’s a squash bin at the produce market i visit frequently that is always fully stocked with butternut, spaghetti squash and buttercup all for .68 cents a pound. Adam and I were even lucky enough to have an early Thanksgiving dinner this week with his family before they jet off to Europe for a couple weeks on Monday. We’re having one with our family on Sunday. I also love fall baking because of the weather – the cooler days, the sun slung low in the sky, set the tone for cozying up in the kitchen with a good cookbook. 

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I had leftover pumpkin from some muffins that didn’t turn out quite right, and decided to make a pumpkin loaf. I loosely used my basic banana bread recipe, and swapped out the banana for pumpkin, and of course added some pumpkin pie spices.

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I decided to make two loaves, since it takes less time to bake two at once, and this way I have another one to give away.

Pumpkin Loaf
A staple of fall - lightly sweetened and spiced pumpkin loaf.
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Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups flour (all purpose, whole wheat or even gluten free blend)
  2. 1 tsp baking soda
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  5. 1/4 cup almond milk
  6. 1/2 cup melted butter or coconut oil
  7. 2 large eggs
  8. 1 cup pumpkin puree
  9. big dash of pumpkin pie spice, or cinnamon & nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Line loaf pan with parchment paper.
  3. Mix dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
  4. In a large bowl using a handheld blender, blend almond milk, melted butter/oil, and eggs.
  5. Add in the pumpkin and spices.
  6. Mix dry ingredients into wet and blend until combined.
  7. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds if you like.
  8. Bake for 1 hour.
  9. Turn off the oven, and prop open door. Leave the bread in the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes to make sure the inner loaf is thoroughly baked through.
Notes
  1. Slice, and freeze easily to bring for lunches.
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Bars & Squares

Spiced Drunken Apple Blondies

September 23, 2015

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Hello!

Sorry for the silence over the last while, but i was completely in wedding mode for the last month. I’m excited to say that Adam and I are now husband and wife! What a whirlwind of a day! We were married on September 5th. 

Everyone tells you that your wedding day will go by fast, but you don’t believe them until its the end of the day and you’re off to the honeymoon suite and you think to yourself “i can’t believe its over!” it’s truly an exciting day, but it goes by way too fast. I remember thinking “did i even go on the dance floor after our first dance???” i felt like i was busy socializing, and saying hi to everyone that i didn’t even get to dance as much as i would have liked, which was one of the biggest things i said i wanted to do at our wedding! luckily we have 5 weddings to attend next year, and i will most certainly be busting a move on the dance floor all night long. 

I’ll be sure to share some photos and more information about our wedding in the upcoming weeks once we get back our photos.

While it was definitely one of the most memorable summers, i’m very much looking forward to a laid back fall, full of relaxing, friends, and get togethers in the months to come. A couple weeks after the wedding i was already looking forward to and planning our third annual friendsgiving! can’t wait. 

Adam and I are planning on going to Europe next year for our honeymoon, but we wanted to get away for a few days after the wedding to relax and unwind. We went to Whistler for four days, and stayed at the Nita Lake Lodge (so amazing) and had a wonderful couple’s massage at Scandinave Spa. It was the most i had relaxed, and not done anything (to Adam’s delight) in a long time. The spa forced us to relax (you’re not allowed to talk!) which was hard for me 😉 but definitely welcomed. 

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Of course, no visit to Whistler is complete without visiting the famous Pure Bread Bakery. They were Whistler’s hidden gem, but have recently opened a store in Vancouver as well. I dare you to walk in and not order more than three items – the bakery’s displays are overflowing with buttery, home-baked, decadent and simply delicious items such as brownies, cakes, loafs, meringues, bars, squares, pie and cookies. IMG_9713

Two of my favourites are the flourless brownie, and the drunken apple blondie. The brownie is decadent, and sweet like fudge. I made my own version of their brownie last year here, and it’s still one of my favourite recipes that turns out perfect every time. This year I discovered they’re drunken apple blondie. This bar features a butterscotch flavoured bar that’s studded with pieces of apple, and covered in a brandy-infused buttercream. If that doesn’t scream fall, i don’t know what does. Of course, I had to have a couple while we were there, just to make sure it was that good. When we came home I was still craving this delicious bar, having warded off many a tasty treat before the wedding, i decided it was time to bake again. And, since today is the official first day of fall what better way to celebrate than with an apple spiced drunken blondie. 

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I started by creating the base, and then added the frosting. Usually I like an unfrosted brownie, but this one needs the drunken frosting. Now, I didn’t have any brandy, however I did have spiced whiskey and I think it worked just as well. 

Happy fall y’all!

I’ve been trying to post lots, including baking and step-by-step photos of everything over on Snapchat (now that I get the hang of it!) You can find me: @Aihconti, and follow along on Instagram: @AliciaBakeaholic, and Twitter: @Bakeaholic 

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Spiced Drunken Apple Blondies
A moist, spiced apple blondie topped with a spiced 'drunken' frosting.
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Bar
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. large dash ground cinnamon (and nutmeg, optional)
  4. 1 + 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
  5. 1 cup butter, room temperature
  6. 2 large eggs, room temperature
  7. 1-2 apples (preferably green) peeled and diced
  8. 1/4 cup apple sauce
  9. large splash spiced whiskey (or brandy) (optional)
Frosting
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 2 cups sifted icing sugar
  3. 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  4. Large splash of spiced whiskey or brandy
  5. Splash of non-dairy milk (or regular milk)
Bars
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line 8x8 or 9x9 pan with parchment and let it hang over the sides.
  3. In a small pot, place diced apple, a little bit of butter and a dash of cinnamon. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally until apple is soft and fragrant. Remove from heat.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon; set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Mix in eggs, one at a time, then vanilla. Keep beating until mixture is smooth.
  6. Stir in flour mixture until well blended.
  7. Add Apple mixture to dough and stir to combine.
  8. The batter will be thick. Spread it evenly into the prepared pan. Use an offset spatula to spread out, or press with clean hands.
  9. Bake 20 minutes, do not overbake, it will result in a dry crumbly bar. You want the middle to be set, but spring back when touched.
  10. Let cool on counter.
Meanwhile, prepare the frosting
  1. In a small saucepan, add brown sugar and whiskey. Heat over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  2. In mixer with paddle attachment whip butter until light and fluffy. Add in icing sugar on low, and turn up to beat until fluffy. Add in milk, and then cooled brown sugar/whiskey mixture. Beat again until reaches a thick consistency. If you need, add more icing sugar or liquid.
  3. Once finished, spread evenly over top of cooled brownies and let set before cutting into squares.
Notes
  1. These are definitely an 'indulgent' treat!
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