Well let the Holiday splurging begin!
Since Thanksgiving is T-Minus 6 days away (EEK!), I (along with all my foodie friends) have been dreaming of fancy schmancy menus for quite some time. I really do love the traditional Thanksgiving dinner; my mother makes the most amazing garlic mashed potatoes that my brother could consume in its entirety in one sitting; and not to mention buttery, straight from oven rolls? How can you go wrong with that? But I am all for adding new spins on the traditional dishes that grace our tables. My parents on the other hand, not so much. I love them dearly but they like their norms and get a little uneasy with my suggested trashed up versions. So I keep my creativity at a minimum until the next family dinner, let out the ‘shock and ahh’ then.
When it comes to desserts, I am quite particular. Never been a pie girl. Seems odd for a girl that has a sweet tooth the size of Texas. So I set out to recreate a classic Thanksgiving dessert, the apple pie. When I was growing up, I remember every holiday and family gathering had a plethora of cookies. And my personal favorite? My Nana’s out-of-this-world sugar cookies. She has an amazing touch of never measuring one ingredient, yet they come out delicious every time. I do not envy her for it one bit, as she has proved her dedication in the kitchen over the years.
I loved the years I would spend in her kitchen when I was younger; the same kitchen that is packed every holiday still; baking her famous sugar cookies and snacking on honey graham crackers smothered with her homemade vanilla frosting. Such a simple snack that still to this day, takes me back.
A simple rendition of an apple pie can bring up so many memories. Despite my Nana’s delicious homemade pie’s and cookies, she too takes a short cut every now and then. One of her crowd pleasers that I have always loved was her personal apple pies; tossing sliced apples in cinnamon and sugar, layering them in ramekins and topping them off with her premade sugar cookie dough. Individual apple pies with a sugar and cinnamon topping, ideal for a busy holiday cook. When I thought to recreate her dessert, I decided to toss the apples with cinnamon and maple syrup to eliminate added sugars. Then the crumb topping, I was intrigued by Pillsbury’s new oatmeal brown butter cookie dough. Who doesn’t love brown butter? It’s appearing everywhere in the culinary world. I am not complaining though. Brown Butter is a bit nutty and gives off caramel undertones, adding impeccable flavor to any dish.
As I put the finishing touches on my holiday menu, this dessert will sure grace our table, in dedication of all the love my Nana has given over countless years!3