Merry Meet my friends! I’m sitting here with candles lit, listening to a heavy October evening rain and enjoying and Irish Cream! I am just loving this Autumn! October has just been beautiful..even a rainy night just soothes my soul. I have spent the day cooking, spent some time with my daughters and grandkids, and am just relaxed and content tonight 🙂
I have been busy gathering recipes for about a week now to post here on my blog for you all. I can vouch for several of these recipes as I’ve made them or made them often! The potato soup picture and the apple pie pictures are from my own kitchen, my own camera and what I spent the day making today! 🙂 You will love both of them..I promise!
Ok…here we go…I always start with the magickal recipes first:
Samhain Oil Blend
*add to 1/8 cup base oil of your choice
3 drops Rosemary
3 drops Pine
3 drops Bay
3 drops Apple
2 drops Patchouli
Samhain Spirit Incense
2 parts Cinnamon
1 part ground cloves
1 part Dragon’s Blood resin
1 part Hyssop
1 part Patchouli
2 parts Rosemary
1 part Sage
A dash of sea salt
*This is a personal favorite of mine..and I always make a large amount! If you can’t find Hyssop..just leave it out or substitute for something else….Try allspice or Star anise to keep with the spicy scent..or add pine or cedar!
“We should look for someone to eat and drink WITH
before looking for something to eat and drink”
Apricot- Apple Cider
1 gal apple cider
1 (11.5oz) can apricot nectar
2 cups sugar
2 cups orange juice
¾ cup lemon juice
4 (3in) long cinnamon sticks
2 tsps ground allspice
1 tsp ground cloves
½ tsp ground nutmeg
Bring all ingredients to a boil in a Dutch oven; reduce heat, and simmer 10 mins. Remove cinnamon sticks and serve Hot! (Makes 21 cups)
Cranberry- Brie Cheese Spread
1 (15 oz) round Brie
1 (16 oz) can whole-berry cranberry sauce
¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 Tb. Spiced rum (or orange juice)
½ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ cup chopped pecans, toasted
Trim the rind from top of Brie, leaving a 1/3 inch border on top. Place Brie on a baking sheet
Stir together cranberry sauce and next 3 ingredients; spread mixture evenly over top of Brie. Sprinkle evenly with pecans.
Bake at 500* for 5 mins. Serve with assorted crackers, apple and pear slices.
Spicy October Morning Pumpkin Bread
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1-1/3 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350º.
Combine flour and the next 7 ingredients (flour through cloves) in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Combine sugar and the next 5 ingredients (sugar through pumpkin) in a bowl, and stir well with a whisk until smooth. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist.
Spoon batter into 2 (8 x 4-inch) loaf pans coated with cooking spray, and sprinkle with walnuts. Bake at 350º for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool loaves in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pans. sprinkle a little natural sugar on the top. Cool loaves completely.
Sweet Potato Biscuits
1 large sweet potato
2 cups self rising flour
¼ cup sugar
3 Tbs shortening
2 Tbs butter, cold and cut up
1/3 cup milk
Bake sweet potato at 350* for 1 hour or until tender; cool slightly. Peel and mash; and cool.
Combine flour and sugar in a medium bowl. Cut shortening and butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until crumbly; add mashed sweet potato and milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 3 to 4 times. Roll dough to ½ inch thickness; cut with a 2 inch biscuit cutter. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
Bake at 400* for 15 mins or until golden brown.
*These are great with my potato soup! You can slice them, add country ham and honey and they make delicious sandwiches on their own or with the soup!
Kate’s Slow Cooker Bacon- Potato Soup
*Got this from my daughter and it’s probably one of the best and easy soups I’ve had!
1 (5 lb bag) potatoes..cut into small cubes
1 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled. ½ goes in the slow cooker, ½ save as a topper
3 (14.5oz) cans chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
8 oz sour cream
Put all ingredients in crockpot..cook for 8-10 hours on low.
*Great topped with shredded cheddar cheese, bacon crumbles and crackers!
Autumn Cranberry Chicken
4 boneless skinless chicken breast
1 (16oz) can whole-berry cranberry sauce
1 cup Russian salad dressing
1.35oz pkg onion soup mix
Place chicken in the slow cooker, cutting pieces in half if desired. Combine remaining ingredients except rice; spoon over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Serve over cooked rice. Serves 4
Sweet Apple Acorn Squash
2 acorn squash, halved and seeded
2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
3 Tbs packed brown sugar
3 Tbs chopped pecans
1 tsp all-purpose flour
¼ tsp cinnamon
2 Tbs butter, softened
Place acorn squash halves cut side down in a greased 13” x 9” baking pan. Bake at 350* for 30 mins. Combine remaining ingredients. Turn squash over and fill with apple mixture. Bake, uncovered, for another 15-30 mins until squash is soft when pierced with a fork. Serves 4.
Ok..so Halloween is after all about the “sweet” treats too…so these are some favorite recipes just for the sweet toothed!
Halloween Poke Cake
1 package (18-1/4 ounces) fudge marble cake mix
2 packages (3 ounces each) orange gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup butter, softened
3-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 to 15 candy pumpkins
Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour.
In a small bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water; stir in cold water. With a meat fork or wooden skewer, poke holes in cake about 2 in. apart. Slowly pour gelatin over cake. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
For frosting, in a small bowl, cream butter until fluffy. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar, cocoa, milk and vanilla until smooth. Spread over cake; top with candy pumpkins. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Makes 12-15 servings.
Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip
1-1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon each ground ginger and cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 cups pumpkin pie filling
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Chill overnight.
Shape into 1/2-in. balls; roll in sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 6 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
Beat cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in pumpkin pie filling. Add the sugar, cinnamon and ginger and mix well. Serve with cookies. Store leftover dip in the refrigerator.
Makes about 20 dozen cookies and 3 cups of dip.
Autumn’s Amish Apple Pie
Ok, those of you who are my facebook friends, Know that I think this is the best apple pie I’ve ever had! Try it..let me know what you think!!
Make Streusel topping:
1/3 cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
½ cup plus 2 Tb all purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Speck of salt
½ cup (1 stick) butter, cold
½ cup coarsely chopped English walnuts
In a food processor bowl, mix the first 6 ingredients. Add the butter and process until the mixture is crumbly; it should still have a dry look to it..don’t overprocess. Stir in nuts and set aside.
4 large apples like Granny Smith, McIntosh or Cortlands (which I love!)
1 cup sugar
3 Tbs all purpose flour
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350*F. Peel, core and thinly slice the apples; there should be 4 cups. Place the apples in the pie shell. In a small bowl, mix sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Set aside. Beat the egg in a medium bowl, and add the cream and vanilla. Add the sugar mixture to the egg mixture and blend. Pour over the apples. Bake for 1 hour in the lower 1/3 of the oven. After 20 mins of baking, sprinkle the streusel over the top of the apples and continue baking approximately 40 mins longer, or until the top puffs and is golden brown.
Ok..you can of course just buy a pie crust ready made and there is nothing wrong with that at all.
However…I have a great recipe for a Pat-in-the-Pan crust that is easy and awesome! It will fit an 8” or 9” pie pan. You’ll love it!! It is flaky and delicious!
(Oh this is can only be used for a single crust pie…you can’t double it and try to roll it out for a top crust…its too soft to do that)
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsps sugar
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup vegetable oil
3 Tbs cold milk
Place the flour, sugar and salt in the pie pan and mix with your fingers until well blended. In a measuring cup, combine the oil and milk and beat with a fork until creamy. Pour all at once over the flour mixture is completely moistened. Pat the dough with your fingers, first up the sides of the plate, then across the bottom. Flute the edges. It’s now ready to be filled with the apples!
A couple of hints..I make the crust first..then put it in the fridge til I have the apples ready to fill it..keeps it from getting too wet. I halved the nutmeg for myself..but you can put in up to 1 tsp of nutmeg if you love it!…it’ll be strong but great! This pie can be known to run over the edges of the pie pan..so I always put them on a cookie sheet with some foil on it ..just in case! You will love this pie..I promise..actually..I’m having a piece right now!! :))
I hope that you all enjoy All the recipes. For me, Autumn and Winter are the best times of the year for cooking good, warm, comfort foods and to bake to your hearts content! My family so appreciates my efforts and I put lots of magick into my cooking and baking to bring love, abundance, peace and joy into my home.
Well, I’m off to finish my piece of pie, to listen to the rain, and read for a bit. I’ll post a favorite Samhain ritual and my altar pics soon! Until then, I hope you are enjoying this magickal time of year to the fullest!
“There is no sight on earth more appealing than the sight of a woman
making dinner for someone she loves.”
Blessings and Love, Autumn
Sources: My recipes or from my cookbooks, pictures are mine or from the internet.