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Apple Cider Donuts

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Pressure-Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

Pressure-Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

Fall is officially here and I’m ready for all the Fall things like apple picking!!! I’ve been wanting to go for a few years now but either our schedules or the weather hasn’t allowed for it. Growing up I always looked forward to our school field trips to Becker Farms in Gasport, NY. We’d pick apples in the orchards and learn how cider was made and even get to take home a bag of apples to share with our families. Through the years it’s been so much fun to watch this 340 acre farm blossom and grow into what it is today. Farm trips now include a stop at the brewery for hard cider, beer, and wine, a breathtaking wedding venue, and even private cabins for lodging, to name only a few.

But of course I’ll always have a soft spot for spending time in their orchards. Reservations are required for weekend apple picking so head to their website and be sure to book your time slot in advance. They book us fast! Tickets are not required for Monday-Friday visits. I’d also recommend checking out the picking schedule to see what apples are available each week. At the time of our visit, there were two popular varieties ripe for the picking, Cortland and McIntosh. We loaded up a bag of each! McIntosh apples are perfect for eating fresh, baking and of course applesauce!

Pressure-Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce is the perfect recipe to put a bag go McIntosh apples to good use! I love this recipe because really all you need to do is wash, peel and chop the apples and then the machine does the rest of the work. You can have this one ready to go in under 30 minutes. Amazing, right!?! It’s made with only 5 ingredients so you know exactly just what’s going into your food. And applesauce is one of those quintessentially Fall recipes that you can make and share with your whole family. It’s warm and inviting and laced with Fall spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Making applesauce is the guaranteed way to make some memories with your family.

Here’s all you’ll need: apples, water, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

Pressure-Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce ingredients list #pressurecookerrecipes #pressurecookerapplesauce #instantpotrecipes #instrantpotapplesauce #homemadeapplesauce #applesauce #applepickingrecipes

This might be one of the easiest recipes on the blog but all that really means is you’ll be making it over and over again and again. Wash, peel and chop the apples. Yep! All of them. So simple!

Apples peeled and chopped on a cutting board. #applesauce #homemadeapplesauce #applesaucerecipe #pressurecookerapplesauce #instantpotapplesauce

Place the apples in the pot of the pressure cooker. Cover with 1 cup of water. When pressure cooking you always need some sort of liquid to produce steam. This won’t cover all the apples but will be just enough liquid to produce steam for our cinnamon applesauce. Add 1/3 cup of white sugar, then sprinkle the cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt over top.

Apples, water, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt layered into a pressure cooker pot. #pressurecookerrecipes #fallrecipe #fallbucketlist #applerecipes #instantpotrecipes

Select the manual function, adjust the pressure to highest temperature setting, and set the cook timer for 5 minutes. When the apples are finished cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally.

Pressure Cooker Applesauce cooking in an instant pot #applesauce #applerecipes #bestapplerecipes #fallreipes #falltraditions #fallbucketlist #howtomakeapplesauce

Mash apples with a potato masher or an immersion blender until smooth. Or for a chunkier applesauce just stir it up with a spoon and your ready to go! And don’t forget the absolute best part of pressure cooking – there’s only one pot to clean! New to pressure cooking? You can see our full review of the Cosori Premium 6-Quart Pressure Cooker here.

Left: Cooked apples sitting in a pressure cooker pot. Right: An immersion blender is used to blend apples until smooth. #applesauce #pressurecookerapplessauce #instantpotapplesauce #pressurecookerrecipes #instantpotrecipes

Pressure-Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce is best served warm on a chilly day. You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 day or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Doesn’t that just look so good? Makes me feel like a kid again!

Put a bag of apples to good use with our Rustic Apple Tart, Apple Hand Pies, or Over the Top Apple Pie Cheesecake!
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Pressure-Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

October 1, 2020
: 8 cups
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 5 pounds McIntosh apples (about 15 medium), peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Directions
  • Step 1 Wash, peel and chop the apples. Place the apples in the pot of the pressure cooker. Cover with 1 cup of water. Add 1/3 cup of white sugar, then sprinkle the cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt over top.
  • Step 2 Select the manual function, adjust the pressure to the highest heat setting, and set the cook timer for 5 minutes. When the apples are finished cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally.
  • Step 3 Mash apples with a potato masher or an immersion blender until smooth. For a chunky applesauce stir it up with a spoon and you’re ready to go! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 day or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Enjoy!

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Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken

Grilled Spatchcocked Chicken

Spatchcocked Chicken is not only fun to say it’s fun to make! But just what exactly does that mean? Spatchcocking, also known as the butterfly method, is simply the act of splitting a chicken or any game bird so that it lays flat on the […]

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini makes an excellent side dish. Pair this healthy vegetable with thick and juicy pork chops, tender grilled chicken or just about anything else you can toss over an open flame. It’s hearty enough to forgo the meats all together and can even […]

Peach Mango Caprese Salad

Peach Mango Caprese Salad

Looking to shake things up a bit? Peach Mango Caprese Salad offers a lovely twist on the classic tomato and mozzarella dish. Caprese Salad fans will absolutely adore this lil bowl full of summer. The perfect bite holds wonderfully ripe peaches, juicy mango, tangy tomatoes, milky mozzarella, and just a hint of basil all enveloped in a sweet and savory vinaigrette. Add this beautiful salad to your end of summer meal planning to make the most of the seasonal fruit harvest. It makes a great addition to summer cookouts, sunset dinners on the patio, or even a light lunch. You’ll find every reason possible to make this delicious summer salad again and again.

Here’s all you’ll need: peaches, grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese pearls, mango, parsley, basil, balsamic vinegar, honey, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Peach Mango Caprese Salad ingredients list #capresesalad #peachcapresesalad #peachrecipes #summersalad #capresesaladrecipe

And did I mention like a lot of our recipes this one is just SO easy!! Peel the mango and chop into bitesize pieces. Chop up the peach into small pieces as well. To peel or not to peel, I’ll leave that totally up to you. I’m fine with the skin on…plus less work, obviously…but not everyone is a fan of the fuzzy skin. Don’t forget to cut the grape tomatoes in half too.

Peaches and mangoes chopped into small pieces on a cutting board. #capresesalad #peachcapresesalad #easysummerrecipes #summercookoutideas #summermenu #dinnersides

Add the peaches, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese balls, mango, along with 2 Tablespoons of fresh parsley and 2 Tablespoons of fresh basil to a large bowl. Mix to combine. Mozzarella cheese balls are a seasonal item at our local Sams Club store. We love buying them in bulk when they’re because the price is absolutely amazing and you get a ton!! This version comes marinated (which I love in this recipe) but the plain variety will work too. Pick them up at your local grocer or even a cheese shop.

Peaches, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese balls, mango, parsley and basil are added to a large bowl. #capresesalad #summersalad #saladrecipes #sidedishrecipes #summersidedish #lunchrecipe

Now I bet you can’t believe it but we are already at the halfway point for this recipe! So simple, right?!? Also I hope you’re like me and snatched a lil something from that bowl already. Food needs to be enjoyed…even if we’re not done yet.

Ok so this balsamic vinaigrette is pretty much effortless so there’s absolutely no excuse not to make it. Add the balsamic vinegar, 3 basil leaves, honey, olive oil, salt and pepper to a blender and process. Or you can slice the basil and add all the same ingredients to a jar with a tight fitting lid and just shake it up. This is a choose your own adventure kind of thing.

Balsamic vinegar, 3 basil leaves, honey, olive oil, salt and pepper are added to a blender and processed. #capresesalad #salad #summersalad #peachrecipes #tomatorecipes #cookoutsidedish #picnicsidedish

Pour my new favorite easy peasy vinaigrette over the salad. Gently toss to coat each and every last bite. Refrigerate Peach Mango Caprese Salad until you’re ready to serve. Another bonus to this fresh and delicious side dish is that it can easily be made ahead of time. If you plan on making in advance, I suggest waiting to add the vinaigrette until just before serving. Otherwise the salad can become a little watered down from the dressing.

Balsamic Vinaigrette is drizzled over the Peach Mango Caprese Salad. #capresesalad #easyrecipes #summerrecipes #easysummersidedish #nobakerecipes #nobakesidedish

And there you have it! Yep, that’s it. The freshest, easiest, most delicious side dish you’ll make all summer. Hope you love this one as much we I do.

Feeling peachy? Try our Grilled Chicken with Peach-Cucumber Salsa or our Peach Cobbler Bars next!Peach Mango Caprese Salad by Happylifeblogspot.com #capresesalad #peachcapresesalad #peachrecipes #summersalad #summersidedish #saladrecipes #easysalad #healthyrecipes #tomatorecipes #tomatobasil #sidedish

Peach Mango Caprese Salad

August 21, 2020
: 6 servings

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Ingredients
  • FOR THE SALAD:
  • 2 medium peaches, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) fresh mozzarella cheese pearls, drained
  • 1 cup chopped peeled mango
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • FOR THE DRESSING:
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
Directions
  • Step 1 Peel the mango and chop into bitesize pieces. Chop up the peach into small pieces. Slice the grape tomatoes in half.
  • Step 2 Add the peaches, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese balls, mango, along with 2 Tablespoons of fresh parsley and 2 Tablespoons of fresh basil to a large bowl. Mix to combine.
  • Step 3 FOR THE DRESSING: Add the balsamic vinegar, 3 basil leaves, honey, olive oil, salt and pepper to a blender and process. Or you can slice the basil and add all the same ingredients to a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake.
  • Step 4 Pour the vinaigrette over the salad. Gently toss to coat. Refrigerate ready to serve. Enjoy!

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No Bake Key Lime Cream Pie

No Bake Key Lime Cream Pie

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Citrus Steak Salad

Citrus Steak Salad

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White Chocolate Fruit Tart

White Chocolate Fruit Tart

Serve up a little slice of sunshine with our White Chocolate Fruit Tart! As summer heats up it’s only natural to crave juicy fruits and refreshing desserts and this beautiful tart is both. This marvelous dessert is super versatile and perfect for brunch, picnics and summer BBQs. The delicious shortbread style crust is super easy to make and requires no rolling or chilling. Its decadent white chocolate cream cheese filling is perfectly balanced by an assortment of colorful glazed fruit. You can easily add your own spin on this recipe by mixing up the combination of fruits. Try adding in some mixed berries or going a little more tropical with mango and coconut. The possibilities are really endless! Hope you’re ready to party because your friends and family will be swarming as soon as you pull this baby out. Seriously there won’t be a single crumb left behind.

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, confectioners’ sugar, white chocolate chips, heavy cream, cream cheese, mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks, strawberries, kiwi, white sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and mint for garnish (optional). White Chocolate Fruit Tart ingredients list #fruittart #tart #whitechocolatefruittart #summerdessert #holidaydessert

In a medium sized bowl, cream together the butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. The confectioners’ sugar is the secret ingredient that keeps this pastry so light yet crisp. Gradually add in the flour (about 1/2 cup at a time) and mix well with each addition.

Butter, confectioners' sugar, and flour are creamed together in a large bowl with a hand mixer. #fruittart #pastry #fruitpastry #howtomakeafruittart #tropicalfruittart

Grease an 11-in. fluted tart pan with removable bottom with cooking spray. If you don’t have a tart pan with a removable bottom, a pizza pan with sides would work great as well. Press the pastry dough into the bottom and up the sides of the tart pan. Pierce the pastry dough with a fork multiple times. This helps to prevent bubbles from forming in the pastry crust while it’s baking.

Pastry dough is pressed into the bottom and sides of a tart pan. #fruittart #whitechocolatefruittart #brunchrecipes #holidaydessert #tart

Bake the tart shell in a 300 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Tart crust baked in a tart pan cooling on the stovetop. #fruittart #whitechocolatedessert #dessert #fruitdessert #freshfruittart #brunchrecipes

While we’re waiting for the tart shell to cool we can go ahead and get started on the white chocolate cream cheese fruit tart filling. Place the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove the bowl from the microwave and generously stir. Continue to heat in 15 second intervals, stirring between each, until the white chocolate chips are melted and smooth. Melted white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. #fruittart #dessertrecipes #summerdessert #homemadetartshell #pastryrecipe

Allow the melted chips to cool slightly, then mix in the heavy cream at a low speed. Add the cream cheese to the bowl and mix at a medium speed until smooth (about 5 minutes). Look at that creamy dreamy goodness! I might have done a little taste test. LOL Can you see it?!?

Melted white chocolate chips, heavy cream, and cream cheese are mixed together until smooth. #dessert #desserttable #partydessert #dessertforacrowd #poolpartydessert #tropicalfruittart

Spread that amazingly delicious filling all over the pastry crust. Then pop it in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow it to set up. I know, the waiting kills me too! But I promise you this one’s totally worth it!!White chocolate cream cheese filling is spread over the pastry shell. #tart #fruittart #whitechocolatefruittart #creamcheesefruittart #howtomakeatart #howtomakeatartshell

Drain the oranges, reserving 1/4 cup of fruit juice to be used later for the glaze. Drain the pineapples, again reserving 1/4 cup of the juice to use for the glaze. Peel the kiwi and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Cut the stems from the strawberries and cut the fruit into 1/4-inch slices as well. Next layer the fruit onto the filling. You can opt for a pretty pattern or design if you wanna get all fancy on us. But to me just the layers and layers of fruit are pretty enough. I mean just look at that fruit tart masterpiece! Mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks, kiwi and strawberries are layered on top of the tart filling. #fruittart #dessertideas #dessertrecipes #brunchdessert #holidaydessert #partydessert #backtoschoolrecipes

And let’s not forget about that citrusy sweet fruit glaze to really make this baby shine! Combine the white sugar and cornstarch in a small sauce pan. Stir in the lemon juice and reserved pineapple and orange juices from earlier. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened. Allow the glaze to cool and then gently brush it over the fruit to cover. Look at that shine! Refrigerate White Chocolate Fruit Tart for 1 hour before serving. Citrus glaze is brushed over the fruit tart with basting brush. #fruittart #whitechocolatedessert #whitechocolatetart #summerrecipes #refreshingdessert #fruitdessert

Add a little mint garnish before serving and Voila! A true work of art. Seriously I can’t get over how easy this dessert is to make and how AHH-MAZING the results are. I honestly think I love this even more on day two after all of the fruit flavors have meshed together. Grab a fork and dig in! If you loved making this recipe then you should try our Fresh Strawberry Tart or Rustic Apple Tart next.

White Chocolate Fruit Tart by Happylifeblogspot.com #tart #whitechocolatefruittart #fruittart #tropicalfruittart #summerdessert #summerparty #holidaydessert

White Chocolate Fruit Tart

July 27, 2020
: 8-16 servings (depending how you slice it)
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (12 ounces) white baking chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2 kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
  • GLAZE:
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • fresh mint, optional (to garnish)
Directions
  • Step 1 FOR THE TART SHELL: In a medium sized bowl, cream together the butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add in the flour (about 1/2 cup at a time) and mix well with each addition.
  • Step 2 Grease an 11-in. fluted tart pan with removable bottom with cooking spray. Press the pastry dough into the bottom and up the sides of the tart pan. Pierce the pastry dough with a fork multiple times. Bake the tart shell in a 300 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
  • Step 3 FOR THE FILLING: Place the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove the bowl from the microwave and generously stir. Continue to heat in 15 second intervals, stirring between each, until the white chocolate chips are melted and smooth.
  • Step 4 Allow the melted chips to cool slightly, then mix in the heavy cream with a hand mixer set at a low speed. Add the cream cheese to the bowl and mix at a medium speed until smooth (about 5 minutes).
  • Step 5 Spread the filling over the pastry crust to cover. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Step 6 Drain the oranges and pineapples reserving 1/4 cup of fruit juice from each to be used later for the glaze. Slice the strawberries and kiwi. Layer the fruit over the filling to cover.
  • Step 7 FOR THE GLAZE: Combine the white sugar and cornstarch in a small sauce pan. Stir in the lemon juice and reserved pineapple and orange juices from earlier. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened. Allow the glaze to cool and then gently brush it over the fruit to cover. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Enjoy!

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