Torte Tuesday: Caramel Apple Torte

This cinnamon caramel apple torte is the perfect combination of tart and sweet.Cinnamon Caramel Apple TorteI’m in complete denial y’all.  To me, it’s still 100% summer and I’m already feeling the pressure to start getting excited about fall.  Everyone is posting about pumpkin things and I’m just not.ready.  I just can’t handle it, so I’m trying to give a happy medium here.  Apples with cinnamon and caramel make me think of fall as I imagine sipping my hot apple cider and zipping up my boots.  But the truth is, this torte also makes me reminiscent of summer.  The caramel and apple together remind me of candy apples that you get at the Fair, and when I think of fun outdoorsy activities like fairs, I usually think about shorts and sunglasses.

So, in essence, this post is a compromise.  A compromise between hanging on to summer and getting excited for fall.
Cinnamon Caramel Apple TorteCinnamon and apples just go together.  They are like besties.  Oftentimes, when I want a sweet snack but don’t want to be super unhealthy, I’ll just slice up some apples and sprinkle them with cinnamon.  It’s one of my absolute favorites!  So, awhile back I had won a giveaway on the SweetPhi Blog, and the prize was some Fat Toad Farm Caramel.  They sent me a bunch of different ones to try: original, cold brew coffee, vanilla bean, and, you guessed it, cinnamon.  Cinnamon flavored caramel.  Can it get any better than that?  I mean SERIOUSLY.Cinnamon Caramel Apple Torte

I was also super excited to try out my new Apple Peeler/Corer/Slicer that I just purchased.  You can get it here:

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It worked like a charm!  This made slicing, peeling and coring apples SO easy… I feel like the majority of my pies will now be apple because it’s so easy ha!  So I just ran all six of the apples through that little guy, then they were all sliced up but still intact (like a slinky) and then I quartered each apple.  This left me with small, thin chunks that were perfect for this pie!  Just look how cute!
Cinnamon Caramel Apple TorteSo without further ado, here is the recipe for this delicious apple torte, adapted from Smitten Kitchen.

Torte Tuesday: Cinnamon Caramel Apple Torte
 
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The Elements
Torte:
  • Butter for greasing pan and parchment paper
  • 6 large, tart apples, such as Granny Smiths
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup goat’s milk caramel (I used the cinnamon flavored one from Fat Toad Farm)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour
Optional finishes:
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar
  • Extra Caramel to drizzle
  • Chopped or halved walnuts

Procedure
  1. Peel and core apples, quarter and slice thinly.  I used the tool above that cores, slices and peels, so then all I had to do was quarter them.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a 9″ springform pan by buttering the pan, then placing parchment paper along the bottom, and butter on top of that as well.
  3. Place all apple pieces into the prepared springform pan.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs, sugar and caramel to incorporate.  Add in vanilla, then mix a bit more.  Lower speed to “stir” and add in the flour (you can also fold this in yourself).
  5. Pour the mixture over the apples and use a spatula to evenly distribute over the tops of the apples so that it can drip down and get all the way to the bottom.  The batter and apples should end up being around the same height.  Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing it from the springform pan and adding topping.  I topped mine with drizzled caramel, chopped walnuts and ground cinnamon.  You can also top it with powdered sugar and cinnamon.  Or even go nuts with some brown sugar and ginger and nutmeg. Make it really “fall” if you want!

The Verdict
SO SO SO good! Not too sweet, which I love. I could literally eat this for breakfast.

 

Exciting News! The Knot Real Weddings!

OMGOMGOMG Y’ALL… The most exciting, amazing and wonderful thing happened this week!   TheKnot.com featured our wedding in the “Real Weddings” section of their site!  We are beyond thrilled and feel so lucky.  The people who surrounded us on our special day, including the talented vendors, made us feel so warm and loved, and it was truly the best day ever.  Photos by the lovely Corbin Gurkin.The Knot Real Weddings!

Here is the link to the feature!  AHHHH!!The Knot Real Weddings!

And okay just one more for good measure 😉  If you want to see more photos by the INCREDIBLE Corbin Gurkin, head over to the feature. The Knot Real Weddings!

24 Hours in Arkansas

Y’all these last few weeks have been some of the busiest in my life!  I don’t even know where to begin but I’ve been working like crazy only to look up and see I haven’t posted in awhile!  I went to Arkansas a couple of weeks ago and I never even got to tell you about it (although if you follow me on Snapchat @orderinthekitch then you already know I was there).  Arkansas

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Torte Tuesday: Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake (Flourless)

When it came to August’s #TorteTuesday, I knew almost immediately what I wanted to do.  August is my husband’s birth month, so of course we will be celebrating him with his favorite foods…namely peanut butter.Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

Matt eats peanut butter pretty much every single day.  He eats it for breakfast with his morning bagel and it’s one of his favorite sources of protein (along with beef and my nutritional cleanse protein powder).  It seemed only fitting that for his birth month, it would be a torte that he would actually devour, since he isn’t really a sweets guy.

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My Cleanse Experience

So this post is going to be an honest post about my recent experience with a nutritional cellular cleanse that I recently told you guys a little bit about.  I’m not going to sit here and try to pitch you on it, but if you want more information because you are interested, please feel free to email me at orderinthekitchenblog@gmail.com.  This post is really more about sharing my cleanse experience and saying what’s been working for ME.My 30 Day Nutritional Cleanse Experience

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Parmesan Garlic White Bean Dip with Charcuterie

This dip is seriously the easiest thing you will ever whip up for a party. Topping it with crisped charcuterie just takes it to the next level! I’m a huge fan of things that can be done on the fly. Like when it’s a weeknight and you have to host or go to a dinner party. You need an appetizer and you really just can’t get the time (or the energy) to put all the effort into a fancy appetizer but you want something delicious that’s great for a crowd. If that’s what you need, then this is your dip!

Parmesan Garlic White Bean Dip with Charcuterie

When I got a three-pack of Charcuterie (sopressata, Italian salame and salame Toscano), I knew I wanted to do something along the lines of Italian. Ok so that’s not entirely true… what I really wanted to do was sit down with these salame and sopressata and go to town with some cheese. But, I wanted to create something a little more interesting for you guys, so I went with this sensational dip. (more…)

DIY Office Decor + Desk Styling @ Work

So I know I just told you all about how I work from home.  But that wasn’t always the case.  I used to have a real office in a real building and had to find a fun way to decorate it so I wouldn’t be just another lawyer with a brown and green office.  I’m sure you were able to discern from my home office post that I totally dig white and gold.  Like love love love it.  diy-office-ideas

So much so that yes, even my old phone case was white and gold striped.  It matched my Day Designer and my Sugar Paper notebook (which I used to keep track of my billable hours before the day that I moved to a different firm that used an automated computer system for this).  Read on for more of my DIY Office Decor (as well as where I purchased the other items)! (more…)

Cajun Bacon and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

These stuffed peppers were a fantastic side-dish to a lovely Father’s Day meal.  My dad enjoyed them alongside a bone-in strip sirloin and the delicious Summer Salad I posted a couple of weeks ago!Cajun Bacon and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

So picture this. My dad is coming over for dinner and I want to make him something delicious but reasonably healthy, because he’s pretty mindful of such things. I had some amazing Cajun Bacon that I wanted to use for the special occasion but like I just said, it’s a special occasion so obviously breakfast for dinner probably wouldn’t do the trick (although I do intend to use the rest of this bacon for a delicious treat such as that!) (more…)

Home Office Decor

Today I’m sharing a glimpse of my home office decor, so you can picture where I am when I say I “work from home.”  So come on in!I really never thought I would work from home.  In the legal profession, it’s not something you see commonly.  Most attorneys practice in an office building, with their computers and copiers and fax machines and break rooms.  Most do not work remotely, but many do!  When I started working from home, I thought it would be tough.  How am I supposed to balance work and life?  How can I keep myself from going to lay down on the bed or couch, or from folding laundry or doing dishes?  How do I get myself to focus??

home-office-decor

Desk: Pottery Barn. Planner: Day Designer. Folders: Kate Spade. Mirrored side table and console table: Target. Desk Accessories: Russel + Hazel

It turns out that, for me, the simple solution was to have a separate bedroom designated as my “home office” where everything in the room was mine and made me want to be in there day in and day out.  I needed it to be a place that when I walked into the room, I would think “ok I’m at work.” (more…)

Torte Tuesday: Healthy Mixed Berry Torte

Welcome to Tort(e) Tuesdays, jurors!  Each month on the first Tuesday, I will feature a “Tort(e)” 

I call it a Tort(e) because it has multiple meanings: (1) a Tort is a “wrongful act . . . that results in injury to another person, property, reputation or the like.” and (2) a Torte, with an “e” is “a rich cake, especially one containing little or no flour.”  And this month we are doing a Linzer Torte!Mixed Berry Torte from Order in the Kitchen

I adore this torte!  This is by far the easiest and most healthy torte I have made on all of the Torte Tuesdays.

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