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Bake the Book: Easy Apple Strudel

The secret to this incredibly easy Apple Strudel comes from the freezer section in the form of phyllo dough. Brushing the dough with copious quantities of clarified butter and confectioners' sugar makes for a shatteringly flaky crust that's wrapped around a a sweet-tart apple-sour cream filling studded with currants, raisins, and walnuts. Baked in a 450°F oven for a brief 15 minutes, the pastry browns while the apples retain just the right amount of crisp and tart. More

Scooped: Dark Rum and Apple Cider Shaved Ice

In the days after Thanksgiving's excesses, I find myself craving the sweet simplicity of apple cider. Good apple cider is tart and spicy, with a texture reminiscent not just of the apple but also of the branch it grew on, the tree, the soil, a chilly breeze. Frozen into a solid block and then scraped with a spoon, it becomes snowy and light, the flavor of the fall with the texture of winter. More

Wake and Bake: Apple Buttermilk Muffins

Baking really is magic. It's not just that otherwise good ingredients come together to make something great (Sugar? Good. Butter? Gooood.) It's that ingredients like buttermilk can be transformed into superlatively moist muffins. The first time I saw buttermilk in a recipe, I thought Martha Stewart was pulling my leg. (You know Martha, always such a jokester.) I was hard-pressed to believe that the thick, sour smelling goop in my measuring glass was going into my pancakes. More

Pie Week: Caramel Apple Pie

I'm in love with fall for about two weeks each year; the window of time when it becomes just chilly enough to wear a sweater but the sun still remains up for a reasonable amount of time. It's also the time I start getting excited about using my favorite fall flavors again. Next to Brussels sprouts and bacon sauteed in maple and Sriracha, this pie never fails to bring me back to those couple golden weeks; it's tailor made to suit my tastes, and a slice that I never want to finish. More

Pie of the Week: Cheddar-Crusted Apple Pie

Tackling this week's pie has been a frustrating exercise for me. From time to time, I've encountered a person who enjoys a hearty wedge of sharp cheddar cheese alongside his or her slice of warm apple pie, including De Niro's character in Taxi Driver. Hoping to understand the origins of this culinary proclivity, I've asked folks from many walks of life about the origin of this fascinating culinary preference. Each time, the answer is the same: they've learned from their parents or grandparents, and it's an important regional tradition from where they grew up. More

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