I found a pear the size of a small moon at the fruit market this morning. I’ve decided to bake it with Maple Syrup, Pecans and Cinnamon. It’s one of my favorite Fall recipes and incredibly easy.
1 teaspoon olive oil
4 pears or apples(or one pear the size of a small moon)
1/2 cup maple syrup, 100% real maple syrup
1 cup pecans, in halves or pieces
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup apple juice
preheat oven to 375 degrees
In a bowl mix the pecans, maple syrup, olive oil and cinnamon.
Peel the pear(s)/apples and cut the base flat so they stand upright, The idea here is to turn them into cups. With a knife cut the core out from the top, do not cut all the way through, you want it to hold liquid. Hollow out some of the insides to make room for the filling.
Now that you have your pear/apple cups rub them down with the olive oil. and set them on a baking dish. Scoop in the filling, you want it to kinda overflow a little. use the last of the maple syrup cinnamon liquid to drizzle over the top of the fruit. Pour the apple juice into the baking dish around the apples.
Cover the apples with foil. Bake until cooked through and very tender. Bake time can very greatly based on the size of the fruit. Start at one hour and check every 20-30 minutes after.
You don’t just want it to be done, you want it to caramelize a bit. For the last 20 minutes bake with the tin foil off.
A 4″ ceramic tart pan is one my favorite pans when baking for one.
Use your favorite tart or pie crust recipe and cut it in half if it’s for full sized. I make a crust without exact measurement because it’s such a small amount of crust and it’s also pretty forgiving I find. It’s hard to mess it up badly enough that it doesn’t still taste good. I generally wing all of my recipes when I make tarts. Here my go crust recipe.
Cinnamon Coconut Oil Tart Crust of Unexactness
1/3 cup of flour AKA 2 handfulls of flour
1 pinch of salt
1 teaspoon full of brown sugar
1 teaspoon or palm full of cold water
2 mildly heaping teaspoons coconut oil (sometimes it takes more or less I am not actually measuring, just using spoonfuls.)
In a cerial bowl with a teaspoon gather and mix all ingredients until it forms a dough. (fix mistakes by adding more flour or coconut oil)
Place the crust into the tart pan and press into place with your fingers gently(Gently I say!), dust with cinnamon.
Peach Berry Cheese Tart
You can change this up for other fruit, apples, strawberries, cherries to name a few. On top of the crust is a layer of cream cheese with a bit of sugar and a drop of vanilla. Then brush the top of the cream cheese with strawberry jam or preserves before arranging fruit or berries to cover the cream cheese. Place on a cookie sheet in case of spills caused by juicyness and bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes.
My lovie wanted chocolate so I looked at a couple of different no bake recipes to get the general idea and kinda made up my own from there.
No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Maple Cookies
2/3 cup Maple Syrup
Slightly less than 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
3 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened Cacao Powder
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 1/4 cup Rolled Oats
1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon Peanut Butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
In a sauce pan add maple syrup, coconut oil, cacao and cinnamon. Bring to a boil then stir constantly for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in peanut butter, oats and vanilla. Add spoonful’s to cookie sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes before consuming.
Spiced Espresso Sugar Scrub
Coconut Oil, Sugar, Espresso, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger.
Leaves dry itchy skin looking bright and moisturized.
Cinnamon Scented Automotive Air Freshener
I used 3 cotton balls and let about 1 ml of cinnamon essential oil absorb into them
You could also use a nice sachet or a piece of decorated felt to hang from the mirror but I didn’t want it to be seen so I used a large tea bag and tossed it under my seat.
Then I came inside and boiled about 6 cups of water with an orange peel, a stick of cinnamon and 8-10 cloves until my home smelled nice.
I planted a new aerogarden so I will have fresh herbs soon. From my last grow I just used the last of my dried sage and parsley in my turkey day stuffing. I got a whole jar of dried dill which I use all the time. The Lavender is still drying, then I am going to reinfuse my lavender oil to make it stronger. As for my outdoor plants the native strawberry is still green and my moroccan mint is clinging on, everything else has died back, fall is certainly done. The first snow fell last night but melted right away. I hope it’s not too late to post that fall picture I took three weeks ago.
I am restocking citric acid and I may make some bath bombs later on since I ordered Rose Clay but more importantly I needed it for dish washer soap, I’m almost out.
New ingredients I haven’t tried yet are nettle extract and tamanu oil, I got sample sizes of them. I am really excited about making a nettle hair wash and a tamanu lotion.
I ordered a variety of melt and pour soaps from brambleberry and have started experimenting.
Tea Tree Eucalyptus Hemp Soap
Rosemary Calendula Shea Soap with Colloidal Oatmeal
and Cranberry Colloidal Oatmeal Soap
Cinnamon Coffee Soap with Goat Milk & Honey
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
1 1/2 cups wheat bran
1 cup buttermilk
1/8 teaspoon orange zest
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup of honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup of flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Carrot (shredded)
about 20-30 fresh blueberries
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Im a bowl mix the wheat bran and the buttermilk, let it stand for a few minutes to absorb.
In another bowl, mix orange zest, coconut oil, egg, honey and vanilla extract.
Add the bran mixture to this bowl.
In the emptied bran bowl blend the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, then add to bran mixture.
Mix in shredded carrot, blueberries and cinnamon.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.
I’ve also made this with 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips.