Springtime Asparagus & Cheese Tart

 

This Easter we tried a new twist on our asparagus side dish and we loved it! We adapted this recipe from Food Network Kitchen making just a few tweaks. The whole family really enjoyed this new dish and requested we make it often. Whether you make it for a side dish,  appetizer, or for brunch it will  definitely be a hit! Enjoy 😋

Springtime Asparagus & Cheese Tart

A bed of puff pastry, fontina & gruyere cheese, and asparagus makes this a refreshing change to plain old veggies.
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Total Time: 48 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 340kcal

Equipment

  • 1 large bowl for ice bath
  • 1 11" x 15" rimmed baking sheet inside measurement
  • parchment paper
  • 1 large skillet

Ingredients 

  • 1 bunch asparagus , trimmed approximately 1-1.5" only.
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry , thawed
  • all-purpose flour , for dusting
  • 1 cup fontina cheese , grated
  • 1 cup gruyere cheese , grated
  • 2 Tablespoon minced shallot , may substitue with minced onion
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3 Tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tsp EVOO
  • 1 tsp lemon zest

Instructions

  • Fill a large bowl with ice water and set aside.
  • In a large skillet bring 1" of water to a boil. Add the asparagus and cook for 2-5 minutes until bright green, crisp tender depending on the thickness of the asparagus. Drain and transfer to the ice bath to stop cooking; drain & pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • On a lightly floured clean surface, roll out thawed puff pastry into an 11" x 15" rectangle (to fit your pan). Line your baking sheet with parchment paper then transfer the rolled-out pastry into the pan. Prick all over with a fork.
  • Bake until light golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan.
  • While cooling the puff pastry, mix the fontina, gruyere, shallot or onion, egg yolks, milk, nutmeg, salt & pepper in a bowl until combined.
  • Once puff pastry is cooled, spread the cheese mixture evenly over the puffed pastry, leaving a 1" border on all sides.
  • Toss the asparagus with EVOO, 1/4 tsp salt, and pepper to taste. Arrange asparagus onto the tart and bake until the cheese mixture is slightly puffy, 15-20 minutes. Garnish with lemon zest.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 332mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 803IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 288mg | Iron: 2mg

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Easter Breakfast the Whole Family Will Enjoy

With Easter, only a week away, start getting those ingredients together to make our tasty and fun Italian Easter Egg Breakfast Baskets (Pupa Cu L’ova)

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A delicious & fun way to enjoy a special Easter breakfast.

Traditional Italian Christmas Cookies – Twiins Style

It’s hard to believe we are at the end of the first week in December! Time to start baking our family’s traditional Christmas cookies to have ready to mail out to family members on the West Coast & beyond.

If you’ve never tried these recipes before, this is the time to start. Nothing says it’s the beginning of the holiday season like baking our Italian bakery-style cookies. They are delicious! My 8-year-old grandson is visiting from NY and he said the Rainbow Cookies are “Amazing”…music to our ears!

Make sure you have plenty of all-purpose flour, butter, almond paste, chopped pistachios, pignolias (pine nuts), chopped dates, and bittersweet chocolate chips on hand because these cookies fly off the plates.

Merry Christmas and enjoy!

Italian Rainbow Cookies

Zeppole

Pignoli Cookies

Cannoli Cream 

Cannoli Shells – gluten free

The Best Gluten-Free New York Style Black & White Cookies

Date Nut Bread

(not a cookie but a long time Christmas Morning tradition)

Lobster Rolls – Twiins Style

Goodby summer…There’s no  better way to celebrate the end of summer than with an  indulgent lobster roll! Whether it’s served as a Labor Day celebration lunch or dinner your family and guests will love them. Our family not only loves them but said “they are better than ‘ Joe’s’ “.  This recipe is our version of the classic Connecticut style lobster roll using only butter…NO Mayo.  These lobster rolls are so easy to make using pre-cooked lobster meat. We hope you’ll give it a try and let us know.

Happy Labor Day, Stay safe

Lobster Rolls - Twiins Style

Twiins serve.their take on Connecticut style lobster rolls (no mayo)!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Calories:

Equipment

  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Large rimmed baking sheet
  • aluminum foil

Ingredients 

  • 3 lbs Lobster meat (cooked)
  • 2-3 stalks celery (diced)
  • 1/4 cup parsely, fresh coursely chopped
  • 2-3 Tbsp lemon juice, fresh
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 sticks salted butter (melted right before serving)
  • 3-4 Tbsp softened butter to spread on rolls prior to broiling
  • 8-10 buns top split hot dog buns

Instructions

  • Place the pre-cooked lobster meat in a large bowl (large chunky pieces)
  • Add diced celery, chopped parsely, salt & pepper, juice of half a large lemon. Mix well and set aside.
  • Turn oven to broil. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place opened buns on baking sheet then smear both halves of each bun with softened butter. Place on bottom rack of oven until they start to turn golden. Remove immediately.
  • Melt 3 sticks of salted butter then pour into lobster mixture. Combine well and fill each bun. Drizzle each lobster roll with the melted butter that pooled at the bottom of the mixing bowl and enjoy!

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Twiins Family Favorite Sunday Pasta & Meat Sauce Dinner

As children, we knew it was Sunday just by waking to the aromas permeating throughout the house! The onions & garlic sauteing, the browning of the sausages, pork pieces, braciole, and meatballs. On the counter were the cans of tomatoes waiting to be added to bring together our family’s Sunday meat sauce…brings back the best childhood memories of our family’s ritual of making the Sunday sauce or gravy as our Neopolitan Mom and Grandma Florence called it.

It was a time for the whole family to sit down together, enjoy delicious food while catching up with everyone’s life, and we always laughed a lot. With some of us moving to different parts of the country we miss that weekly gathering. To this day, we still make our sauce the very same way. Like any family favorites, we think ours is the Best! So when family members come to visit we recreate those special Sunday dinners and we all just love being together again.

Twiins Family Favorite Sunday Meat Sauce & Pasta Dinner

Homemade Tomato Sauce with Italian Sausages, Pork Country Ribs & Meatballs with Pasta
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Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 4 hours
Servings: 8
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Equipment

  • 8-qt stockpot, or larger
  • 12" frying pan for meatballs, or larger
  • large bowl to mix meatball mixture
  • small bowl to soak bread for meatballs
  • Large platter to serve meat
  • Large Pasta Bowl

Ingredients 

  • 3 (28 oz cans) San Marzano Whole Tomatoes
  • 1 (24.5 oz jar) Mutti Tomato Puree
  • 2 (6 oz cans) Hunt's Tomato Paste with basil, garlic & oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons EVOO
  • 1 large Onion, diced
  • 12 large Garlic cloves, minced the more the better
  • 1 lb. Italian Hot Sausage links about 5 links
  • 1 lb. Italian Sweet Sausage links about 5 links
  • 4 Country Ribs
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 4-5 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 36 Meatballs see The Best Napoletana Meatballs recipe
  • 1 loaf Italian Bread warmed
  • Pecorino Romano Cheese optional
  • Whole Milk Ricotta optional
  • Fresh Basil Leaves chopped or ribbons for garnish, optional

Instructions

  • Add a drizzle of EVOO to 8 qt stock pot and brown all sausages & ribs (it may take 2 batches to complete).
  • Once browned, remove meat and place in a deep bowl. Set aside.
  • Add 2 Tablespoons EVOO to the already hot remaining oil & fond in the stockpot (fond is all the wonderful browned pieces of meat that stick to the bottom of the pot). Once the EVOO is hot enough, add diced onion & saute on medium-low heat until they start to carmelize.
  • Add the minced garlic, fresh basil leaves, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, and stir. Saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the 2 cans of Hunt's tomato paste. Mix well and cook for about 1 minute. Add the San Marzano Whole Tomatoes. Break up the tomatoes with a fork. The tomatoes will cook down after 4 hours. Add the bottle of Mutti tomato puree then combine well.
  • Add the sausages and country ribs to the sauce and stir well. Continue cooking sauce on a low simmer for 3-4 hours until ribs and sausages are very tender or start to fall apart.
  • Prepare the meatball mixture (The Best Napoletana Meatballs recipe). Shape mixture into 1 ½-inch round meatballs (or whatever size you prefer). In a large frying pan pour in enough canola oil to a depth of 1/2-inch. Heat the oil until hot. Add the meatballs and brown on both sides on medium heat. Remove and place in a bowl until 20 minutes before the sauce is done. Don't worry if there are too many meatballs for one dinner. They can be cooked and frozen for another meal or make some delicious meatball parm heroes the next day.
  • 20 minutes before the sauce is done, add the meatballs and stir gently. Continue on a low simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Once you add the meatballs to the sauce, bring a large pot of water to a boil, add a good amount of salt to the boiling water, then add the pasta and cook according to package directions.
  • In the meantime, remove all the meat from the saucepot once the meatballs have simmered for 20 minutes in the sauce. Place in a large bowl or platter. After cooking the sauce for 4 hours (or more) the whole tomatoes break down however you can use an immersion blender to smooth it out if you don't like tiny pieces of tomato in your sauce.
  • Drain the pasta and pour a ladle or two of the sauce on top. Place pasta in a large, deep bowl. Portion out the pasta on individual plates with a meatball, sausage, or piece of rib meat (or all three!)
  • In our family, we top each plate with a dollop of whole milk ricotta, grated Pecorino Romano cheese, and some chopped fresh basil leaves.  Serve with warmed crusty sesame seed Italian bread & butter.

Notes

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Gluten-Free Tuscan Bean Soup – Twiins Style 🌻 🌻

Gluten-Free Tuscan Bean Soup - Twiins Style

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy

With the first spoonful of our savory Tuscan Bean Soup you will be swept away to Tuscany admiring the sunflowers. This is the same recipe as our regular Tuscan Bean Soup using gluten-free pasta & broth in place of regular. It’s chock full of vegetables, delicious flavor & of course love! Serve as a main meal for either lunch or dinner and don't forget the toasted crusty bread to soak up every last drop. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 (28-oz) can San Marzano tomatoes, crush with clean hands
  • 1/4 cup EVOO
  • 3 (15.5 oz) cans cannellini beans with liquid (divided into 3/4 and 1/4)
  • 1 rounded tsp Hunt’s tomato paste with garlic & basil
  • 1 leek, chopped (both white & green parts)
  • 2 yellow onions, diced ( I was out of yellow onions so I substituted with red)
  • 2 cups large celery stalks, large dice (about 3-4 ribs)
  • 2 cups large carrots, large dice (about 5-6 peeled carrots)
  • 8-10 garlic cloves, smashed then chopped (Add more or less to suit your taste.)
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 large bay leaves
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 3-4 handfuls baby spinach, torn by hand (escarole or kale may be substituted)
  • 4 cups chicken broth (gluten-free)
  • 4 cups beef broth (gluten-free)
  • 1 small piece of rind from a block of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 3 ounces gluten-free Ditalini pasta (any small GF pasta may be substituted.)
  • Pecorino Romano, freshly grated cheese (Locatelli), or Parmigiano-Reggiano (not the stuff in the green container, please!)

    Directions

    1. In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, add the EVOO.  When EVOO is hot enough add the leeks, onions, carrots, celery, bay leaves, red pepper flakes, basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and salt & pepper. Sauté on medium heat about 5 minutes.
    2. Add garlic, spinach, cheese rind, and 3/4 of the canned beans. Cook for another 3 minutes on medium-low flame until fragrant. Using an immersion blender, blend the remaining 1/4 beans then add to the pot and stir.
    3. Add the tomato paste and stir well.
    4. Add the hand crushed tomatoes, both broths & stir well. Add 3 oz of GF ditalini to the soup. (If you’re making more than 3 oz of GF pasta, we recommend you cook it separately & add right before serving.)
    5. Bring to a slow boil. Once it begins to boil, lower the heat to a simmer and simmer about 40-45 minutes or until vegetable are done.
    6. While the soup is simmering, prepare the GF ditalini pasta following package directions.
    7. Ladle soup into bowls & add the pasta. Sprinkle with grated Locatelli cheese (Pecorino Romano). Enjoy!

    Note: Please make sure all your canned ingredients are gluten-free.

    You can double this recipe for a big batch to freeze for later use. Just don’t add the pasta before freezing.

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    Tuscan Bean Soup – Twiins Style 🌻 🌻

    Tuscan Bean Soup - Twiins Style

    • Servings: 6-8
    • Difficulty: Easy

    With the first spoonful of our savory Tuscan Bean Soup you will be swept away to Tuscany admiring the sunflowers. It’s chock full of vegetables, delicious flavor & of course love! Serve as a main meal for either lunch or dinner and don't forget the toasted crusty bread to soak up every last drop. Enjoy!

    Ingredients

    • 1 (28-oz) can San Marzano tomatoes San Marzano tomatoes, crush with clean hands
    • 1/4 cup EVOO
    • 3 (15.5 oz) cans cannellini beans with liquid (divided into 3/4 and 1/4)
    • 1 rounded tsp Hunt’s tomato paste with garlic & basil
    • 1 leek, chopped (both white & green parts)
    • 2 yellow onions, diced ( I was out of yellow onions so I substituted with red)
    • 2 cups large celery stalks, large dice (about 3-4 ribs)
    • 2 cups large carrots, large dice (about 5-6 peeled carrots)
    • 8-10 garlic cloves, smashed then chopped (Add more or less to suit your taste.)
    • 2 tsp dried oregano
    • 1 tsp dried thyme
    • 1 tsp dried basil
    • 1 tsp dried rosemary
    • 2 large bay leaves
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 2 tsp Kosher salt
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper
    • pinch red pepper flakes
    • 3-4 handfuls baby spinach, torn by hand (escarole or kale may be substituted)
    • 4 cups chicken broth
    • 4 cups beef broth
    • 1 small piece of rind from a block of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
    • 3 ounces Ditalini pasta (any small pasta may be substituted.)
    • Pecorino Romano, freshly grated cheese (Locatelli), or Parmigiano-Reggiano (not the stuff in the green container, please!)

      Directions

      1. In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, add the EVOO.  When EVOO is hot enough add the leeks, onions, carrots, celery, bay leaves, red pepper flakes, basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and salt & pepper. Sauté on medium heat about 5 minutes.
      2. Add garlic, spinach, cheese rind, and 3/4 of the canned beans. Cook for another 3 minutes on medium-low flame until fragrant. Using an immersion blender, blend the remaining 1/4 beans then add to the pot and stir.
      3. Add the tomato paste and stir well.
      4. Add the hand-crushed tomatoes, both broths & stir well. Add 3 oz of ditalini to the soup. (If you’re making more than 3 oz of pasta, we recommend you cook it separately & add it right before serving.)
      5. Bring to a slow boil. Once it begins to boil, lower the heat to a simmer and simmer for about 40-45 minutes or until vegetables are done.
      6. While the soup is simmering, prepare the ditalini pasta following package directions.
      7. Ladle soup into bowls & add the pasta. Sprinkle with grated Locatelli cheese (Pecorino Romano). Enjoy!

      Note: You can double this recipe for a big batch to freeze for later use. Just don’t add the pasta before freezing.

      To make this soup gluten-free, use GF broth & GF pasta.

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      Grandma’s Chicken Soup 😋😋

      Grandma's Chicken Soup

      • Servings: 4
      • Difficulty: Easy

      One of our very fondest childhood memories was of our Mom & Grandma Florence bringing us a bowl of their homemade chicken soup. It was the most comforting, get-well soup that we looked forward to whenever we caught a cold or were feeling a little under the weather. Today, there is still a nostalgic sense of well being whenever we make this soup. With every spoonful, we still feel the love and caring that went into every batch of this delicious soup from Mom and Grandma. You don't need to feel under the weather to enjoy this hearty flavorful soup. It's perfect on cold winter days to take away the chill.

      Ingredients

      • 4 chicken thighs with bone & skin
      • 2 Tablespoons butter
      • 1  large yellow onion, diced
      • 3 large celery stalks, large dice
      • 4 large carrots, large dice
      •  3  large garlic cloves, minced (approximately 2 Tablespoons. Add more or less to suit your taste.
      • 1 Tablespoon EVOO
      • 1 tsp dried thyme
      • 1 large bay leaf
      • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley (or 1/4 cup fresh & chopped)
      • salt & pepper to taste
      • 8 ounces Ditalini (small round hollow tubes)  or Orzo (cook separately) or rice
      • 4 cups chicken broth
      • Pecorino Romano, freshly grated cheese (Locatelli), or Parmigiano Reggiano (not the stuff in the green container, please!)

        Directions

        1. In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, add the butter. When melted & hot add the bay leaf & chicken thighs, skin-side down first until browned. Flip and brown the other side.  When fully cooked, remove to plate & set aside, discard bay leaf.
        2. In the same pot, add the EVOO, onion, celery, & carrots making sure to scrape all browned bits (fond) from the cooked chicken. Saute for about 5-7 minutes until softened.
        3. Add garlic, thyme & parsley & cook for another minute.
        4. Add the broth & combine.
        5. Remove the chicken skin then shred the chicken. Add to broth and low simmer for 20 minutes.
        6. While simmering, prepare the pasta of your choice while the broth is simmering.
        7. Ladle the chicken soup into bowls, add some cooked pasta or rice and garnish with Locatelli cheese and some fresh parsley if desired. Serve with some crusty bread and enjoy!

         

        Note: You can double this recipe for a big batch to freeze for later use. Just don’t add the pasta or rice before freezing.

        To make this soup gluten-free, use GF broth & GF pasta.

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        Shrimp Scampi Light – Twiins Style 🍤🍤

        Servings: 4-6                  Prep: 10-15 minutes                 Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

        Adapting our family favorite recipes into healthier versions has been a goal of ours this year. We never thought our beloved shrimp scampi could ever be healthy and still taste great. It was a challenge however, we succeeded to reduce the fat by 75% and keep all the flavor!  This lighter version tastes just as good as the original with a few minor tweaks. Our family enjoyed it and didn’t miss the fat. If you’re looking for a healthier, quick weeknight dinner, give this a try.😋 😋

        Ingredients

        • 2 lbs large raw shrimp (*to make your own homemade shrimp broth buy fresh large shrimp with the heads still attached – see recipe link below)
        • 4  Tablespoons salted butter
        • 1 tsp salt
        • 8 large garlic cloves, minced
        • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped (divided)
        • 3/4 cup homemade shrimp broth (clam juice or chicken broth can be substituted)
        • 2 tsp grated lemon zest
        • 4 Tablespoons lemon juice
        • lemon slices for garnish (may be omitted)
        • 1 lb Barilla Linguine
        • reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water after cooking to add to the garlic lemon juice before serving.

        Instructions

        1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
        2. Bring pasta water to a boil then add salt to the boiling water. Cover and lower flame to keep hot while prepping shrimp.
        3. Remove shells from shrimp, leaving the shell on the tail section only if preferred.
        4. Devein & wash under cold running water, then drain well on paper towels.
        5. Melt butter in a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan in the oven.
        6. Once melted, add the salt, garlic, 1/2 the shrimp broth, and 1/2 the chopped parsley; mix well.
        7. Arrange the shrimp in a single layer in the baking pan.
        8. Bake uncovered for 2-3 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. (keep your eye on them)
        9. Turn the shrimp over, sprinkle with lemon zest, lemon juice, remaining shrimp broth, and remaining parsley.
        10. Bake 2-3 minutes, or just until tender & opaque. Do Not overcook shrimp or they will be tough.  (If using smaller shrimp, cut down on the cooking time)
        11. Remove the shrimp, toss some linguine in the pan with the garlic lemon juice. Place a portion of pasta on a plate. Pour a little additional sauce on pasta and top with shrimp.
        12. Sprinkle your desired amount of Pecorino Romano cheese and garnish with lemon slices if desired.

        Shrimp Broth

        Ingredients

        • 2 ¼  lbs fresh large shrimp with heads attached.
        • Add 2 carrots, cut in half
        • Add 2 stalks of celery, cut in half
        • Add 1 large onion, quartered (red or yellow)
        • 3 large bay leaves
        • 12 peppercorns
        • Enough water to just cover all ingredients

         

        Directions

        1. Remove the heads by twisting downward and off. Place in an 8-quart stockpot.
        2. Remove all the legs and shells from the shrimp and place them in the stockpot.
        3. Set shrimp aside for scampi
        4. Add the vegetables, peppercorns, bay leaves, and enough water just to cover the shells and vegetables.
        5. Bring to a slow simmer and simmer for about 2 hours. The liquid should reduce by 1/3 and turn a beautiful shrimp color.
        6. Never let the heat get to a boil. Keep on a slow simmer for 1½ to 2 hours.
        7. Remove from heat. Let cool completely.
        8. Strain all ingredients and discard everything but the broth.
        9. Using cheesecloth, strain again to remove all sediment.
        10. You are now ready to use for scampi or freeze for later use. It’s worth making…

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        Gluten-Free Apple Crisp 🍎

        Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

        • Servings: 6
        • Difficulty: Easy

        We're keeping things simple for Thanksgiving this year so we will forgo the traditional apple pie & pumpkin cheesecake for our (OH so simple & delicious) gluten-free apple crisp. Not having to make pie crust saves a lot of time in the kitchen with better than pie results! We use Gala apples for this recipe as they are juicy, sweet, and hold their shape well. It’s a big hit with our family by itself or topped with a little vanilla ice cream or a Klondike Heath Bar divided (pictured below).

        Ingredients

          • cast-iron skillet (10-inch preferred but  12-inch will do)
          • 5-7 large Gala apples (approximately 1200 g), peeled, cored & cut into wedges
          • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
          • 1/3 cup white sugar
          • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
          • 1½ tsp cinnamon
          • 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
          • 3 Tablespoons salted butter
          • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
          • 1/4 water
          • Crispy Topping
          • 3/4 cup gluten-free flour (we use Bob’s Redmill Gluten-Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour)
          • 2½ Tablespoons brown sugar
          • 2½ Tablespoons white sugar
          • 3/4 tsp baking powder
          • 1/2 tsp table salt
          • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
          • 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) salted melted butter
          • 3/4 oats (regular old fashioned or Quaker 1 minute)
          • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

        Directions

        1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
        2. In a large bowl place the apples, lemon juice, white sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Toss until all apples are well coated and combined. Set aside.
        3. Melt 3 Tablespoons of butter in a heated cast-iron skillet.
        4. Add the 1/3 cup of brown sugar. Stir to combine well.
        5. Add the apple mixture to the skillet, mix well. On medium-low heat keep a simmer while preparing the topping.
        6. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the flour, 2½ Tablespoons of brown sugar, 2½ Tablespoons of white sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
        7. Once combined, add the 8 Tablespoons of melted butter. Stir well to combine.
        8. Add the oats and chopped pecans.
        9. Stir the apples in the skillet, liquid should start to thicken. Add 1/4 cup of water over the apples and combine. It will create a syrupy mixture when done.
        10. Remove skillet from the heat and sprinkle the crispy topping mixture evenly over the top.
        11. Place the entire cast-iron skillet in a pre-heated 375º F over and bake for 35 minutes until the crispy top is golden brown edges are bubbling.
        12. Best served while hot but delicious cold or at room temperature too. Top with vanilla ice cream for an added treat!

        Note: To cut your total prep time in half, peel, core & slice your apples ahead of time.  Sprinkle some lemon juice on them to prevent apples from turning brown then cover & refrigerate until you start the mixing portion of ingredients.

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