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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Avocado-chicken soup, Apple-Spiced Bar Cookies, ( Like mini apple pies)RECIPE & photos

Fresh apples cooking in butter, sugar and water with ground cinnamon, cloves and ginger

The spiced cookie base and topping, butter sugar and all purpose flour, sea salt

The thickened buttery-spiced apple filling

Ready for baking, a partially baked cookie crumb crust topped with spiced apples, and more cookie crust crumbles and sugar, baked 25mins in 350f oven...cool on wire rack and cut into bars before fully cold

Fresh avocado's for the soup

Cut into chunks, drizzled with lemon juice and cracked pepper

Own made chicken stock, carrots, leeks, onions, garlic, butternut squash, kale, celery, pinto beans, garden peas, avocado, lemon juice,roast chicken breast..fantastic soup for delivery tomorrow

These cookies (now baked and cooling) make a great alternative to rolled pie crusts and are so flavorful just a cookie size is enough for all the pleasures of REAL apple Pie

Quick apple-pie bar cookies:

makes 18-20

2 CUPS cored, chopped fresh apple
enough water to cover
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/4-1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground ginger

place all in a pan and bring to boil, simmer until apples are halfway cooked, then
blend 1 tbsp cornstarch  in cold water and add to the mix, stir to thicken.
remove from heat and allow to cool
The cookie base and topping: 1 cup butter, softened, not melted
2 1/2 cups all purpose  flour ( or 50:50 with  whole wheat)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground ginger

Process to fine crumbs..

Preheat oven 350F middle shelf
Lightly Press 2/3 into bottom of a greased 13 x 9inch x 2inch oven proof baking dish or smaller dishes..

Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 mins

Remove from oven and pour over the cooled apple filling.

Top with the remaining cookie base, crumbled.
Top with 2 tbsp sugar ( optional)
2 tsp cinnamon ( optional_

bake 25-30 mins ( until golden on top)

Remove from oven, and cool in dish on wire rack, when cool enough to handle, cut into pieces.

This is a fantastic way to make a "quick pie' without rolling out pastry..and the flavors are fresh and fabulous, great served as a cookie or with sour or whipped cream as a dessert

 Variations use any fresh fruit,( keep it to 2 cups) and change the spices accordingly.

You may also add some jam to berries & etc. for the filling.
make it your own style, just keep the cookie base ratios the same.

Happy Holidays (today in Los Angeles it is going to be a record breaking 85F in my back garden..roses are blooming like crazy!)
Georgia Peace Rose today, flower is 6 inches in diameter, Christmas Day 2013

This is part of the delivery for tomorrow, also doing roasted chicken, roasted vegetables and sage and leek stuffing; caraway wholewheat sour dough breads..more photos tomorrow

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