Apple Pie with a Mexican Kick

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In my last post, I shared with a new way to use Royal Design Studio stencils to add an exciting dimension of fun to your food! I had so much fun working with them on that project. I decided I would do a separate post to showcase the actual pie. Per my usual crazy ways, I didn’t make a classic All-American apple pie. Heck no! I had to have some fun spicing it up in the kitchen. That’s how I created this Mexican Apple Pie.

Compared to your average apple pie, this Mexican Apple Pie has not only cinnamon, but espresso powder, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, and ginger. It is still savory pie, but the filling is less heavy than your typical apple pie so there is more emphasis on the spices incorporated. Speaking of spices… I just had to see what greatness would happen if I added espresso powder, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, and ginger. In traditional Mexican baking it is common to combine chocolate with cinnamon and cayenne pepper, hence the espresso powder and cayenne pepper. I added nutmeg for extra warmth to the dish. As for the ginger, well, ginger pairs well with most fruits (really!) and the dash of heat it adds lends a sophisticated note to the fruit. That’s right. This is a pretentious pie.  Not by appearance, but by taste. Your friends will enjoy the flavor packed in the crust and won’t miss the heavy pie filling of the classic apple pie.

For the pie crust, I used this recipe and it turned out perfectly.

What is your favorite summertime pie? Have you ever put a spin on it? If you haven’t I dare you to try it next time.

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Mexican Apple Pie
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Compared to your average apple pie, this Mexican Apple Pie has not only cinnamon, but espresso powder, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, and ginger. It is still savory pie, but the filling is less heavy than your typical apple pie so there is more emphasis on the spices incorporated.
Servings
8 people
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings
8 people
Cook Time
90 minutes
mexican-apple-pie
Mexican Apple Pie
Print Recipe
Compared to your average apple pie, this Mexican Apple Pie has not only cinnamon, but espresso powder, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, and ginger. It is still savory pie, but the filling is less heavy than your typical apple pie so there is more emphasis on the spices incorporated.
Servings
8 people
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings
8 people
Cook Time
90 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cover apple with enough lemon juice so the apples don't brown.
  2. Add spices, sugar and flour to apple mixture and blend well.
  3. Add the bottom crust dough to 9-inch pie pan and cover with apple/spices mixture.
  4. Cut up the butter into pats that can be placed around on top of the apple mixture.
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  5. Roll out the remaining pie dough and place on top of pie. Use a knife to trim the excess off the pie. Use your thumb to seal the pie around the edges where the dough meets. Take a fork to indent the pie crust.
  6. Follow the instructions on the stencil page for creating the design.
  7. Cover pie in foil and bake at 375º for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.
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Neon Summer Truffles

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I’ve been experimenting with some interesting things this summer. For Mother’s Day, I did an awesome post on baking with edible flowers. Lately, I’ve been playing around with edible glitter and practicing a neon marbled look for coating ganache truffles. I know that you are probably thinking I’ve LOST MY MIND and, Wait! There is EDIBLE GLITTER?! Well yes, there is! I’m happy to tell you I have been playing around with the unicorn of the food world: edible glitter!  Two things that are big right now in fashion and home decor are 1.) neon clothing and accessories 2.) marbled ANYTHING. I not only follow food trends, but try to stay in the know on fashion and decor to keep my experiments going. One day, I got the most amazing idea to do a swirl coating in neon food colors for some ganache truffles. They turned out yummy, but needed a little something extra special so I added some edible glitter to the tops. Behold, my recipe for Neon Swirled Truffles with Edible Glitter.

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The great thing about this recipe is that it is very easy and fun! If you have kids, this would be a great one to work on with them. They will love the vivid colors, glitter, and chocolate so invite them to help you make the swirls in the white chocolate coating! You will just need to assist them with the covering the truffles immediately after the desired marbled effect is achieved because the coating hardens very quickly!

 

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Neon Summer Truffles
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Chocolate ganache truffles dipped in a white chocolate hard coating with neon swirls. All topped with edible glitter.
Servings
12 truffles
Servings
12 truffles
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Neon Summer Truffles
Print Recipe
Chocolate ganache truffles dipped in a white chocolate hard coating with neon swirls. All topped with edible glitter.
Servings
12 truffles
Servings
12 truffles
Ingredients
Servings: truffles
Instructions
  1. Put chocolate and cream in a large mixing bowl and microwave for 30 second increments (to prevent burning) until smooth. When smooth, add in the stick of butter.
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  2. Pour it into a deep dish and cover. Place it in the freezer for 20-30 minutes or until solid.
  3. Using a cookie dough scooper or a tablespoon, scoop and roll out balls of ganache onto a cookie sheet. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  4. In a separate large mixing bowl, add the chopped, white chocolate candy coating. Microwave in 30 second increments (to prevent burning) until smooth. Divide the mixture equally into smaller mixing bowls depending on the number of different colors you want your truffles.
  5. Add food coloring until you reach the desired shade. For the marbling technique, use a toothpick or fork to make swirl designs in the chocolate candy coating. Keep ganache balls refigerated until ready to coat because as the chocolate softens, it makes it easy to start melting when mixed with the white chocolate coating and your white coating will start turning brown. If the mixture starts turning brown, refrigerate the ganache for 10 minutes. Then try stirring and reheating the ganache for 20 seconds.
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  6. Work quickly to cover each ganache in the white chocolate coating then place each truffle back on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with edible glitter before the white chocolate coating hardens.
  7. Repeat the previous 2 steps for each desired color of truffle.
  8. Refrigerate for 10 minutes once truffles are completed.
  9. Enjoy!
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