Spiced Black Tea Poisoned Apples

Spiced Black Tea Poison Apples | A Bit of Bees Knees
I really dig Halloween, it’s the kickoff to all the fun holidays! The nights grow cooler and the leaves change colors. I don’t know why, but the air smells better to me when fall comes around. I’ll throw on my jacket and take a nightly walk around the neighborhood with D, just to smell the air and feel the electricity. Maybe it’s finally cool enough to cook at night and every home has something yummy in their oven. Who knows…but I love it. Cool air and sweet smells. It’s just perfect + I love all of those adorable kiddos in costumes running around with their families, carving pumpkins etc.
I made these for a couch-full of friends last night. We carved pumpkins, drank whiskey ciders and watched Children of the Corn for the first time. Does Isaac (the leader of the kids) remind anyone of Joffrey from Game of Thrones or is it just me? Same guy! And I’d punch both of them in the face if I had the chance. Gawww ;)!
I thought some sultry moody poisoned apples would be a fun treat to keep the Halloween vibes going . This was my first attempt at making candied apples. They’re fairly easy to make (just be patient when waiting for the 300F boil). I’d advise only dipping the apples once! You want to achieve an ultra thin crunchy cinnamony shell on top of the red delicious apples. I dipped mine a few times too many. Oops.

Ingredients
6 red delicious apples
6 branches from your yard (washed and dried)
2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups brewed black tea
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup beet juice
5 drops cinnamon oil

Silpat mat
candy thermometer

Directions
-Insert the branches into the center of each apple. Set them aside.
-In a small saucepan with candy thermometer attached, bring sugar,  (filtered) black tea, corn syrup and beet juice to a boil over medium high heat. Do not stir until the thermometer reaches 300F.
-Carefully add 5 drops of cinnamon oil. Stir until combined.
-Remove from heat and dip each apple into hot syrup. You may need to turn your pot on an angle to dip the apples deeper. Let each apple drip for a few seconds over the hot syrup to create a thin shell. After each apple is coated, place it on a cookie sheet lined with a silpat mat (non-stick) and allow to cool until the shell is hard and slick.

Spiced Black Tea Poison Apples | A Bit of Bees Knees
Spiced Black Tea Poison Apples | A Bit of Bees Knees
Spiced Black Tea Poison Apples | A Bit of Bees Knees


Vanilla Bourbon Pumpkin Pie

Vanilla Bourbon Pumpkin Pie | A Bit of Bees KneesThe silkiest pumpkin pie you will ever eat. That bit of bourbon gives it a sultry edge – helping cut through the sweetness and highlight caramelly nutmeg flavors. This is not your Grandma’s pumpkin pie…

Ingredients
Store bought piecrust (or if you are feeling extra zealous –> pie crust recipe)
2  (15oz) cans of pumpkin puree
1 cup brown sugar + 1 tbsp extra for crust
¼ cup white sugar
½ tsp salt
4 tbsp unsalted butter (melted)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
½ cup sour cream
3 eggs
2 egg yolks
2 tbsp Bourbon
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions
-Oven 350 degrees F.
-Bake piecrust first. Make a few slits in the middle of the pie dish, so the crust doesn’t bubble when baking. Follow making instructions for store bought pie crust.
-Sprinkle the bottom of the pie crust with 1 tbsp of brown sugar. This will turn into a sweet nougaty layer when is bakes with the pumpkin filling.
-In a food prossecor, blend all ingredients together until smooth.
-Pour the bourbon pumpkin pie mixture into the cooled pie crust. Bake until edges are firm but center still jiggles slightly, about 45 minutes. Don’t overbake or the pie will start to crack on top.
-Let pie cool before serving

For added excitement top with…

Bourbon Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon bourbon
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Double Chocolate Fudge Molasses Brownies with Espresso Drizzle


I’ve got to brag a bit, I do believe these are the best brownies I’ve EVER made. It’s like a dark chocolate fudge crossed with a decadent chewy brownie resulting in the yummiest of all fudgy brownies! This is not your traditional box brownie…no this is an entirely different level. And to push it over the edge, drizzle a bit of chocolatey espresso nutella sauce on top!

Brownies
3/4 cup butter (melted)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup blackstrap molasses
6oz bittersweet chocolate (melted)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
6 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
6oz bittersweet chocolate (chopped or chips)

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 350F
-In a glass bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Add sugar and molasses and microwave again for 30 seconds. Stir.
-Remove from microwave and stir in 6oz of bittersweet chocolate and vanilla. Chocolate should melt while stirring. Add more time in microwave if needed.
-Allow mixture to slightly cool before whisking in eggs (as not to scramble them).
-In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients –> flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon and salt
-Slowly pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix slowly until combined.
-Pour batter into a 9X9 buttered baking pan (or pan of similar size). Bake at 350F for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Chocolatey Espresso Nutella Sauce
1 shot hot espresso
1/4 cup chocolate chips
2 spoonfuls nutella
*Stir until chips have melted and drizzle on top


Vanilla Bean Coconut Bliss Balls

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These were gone as fast as I made them! Vanilla bean coconutty bliss balls. Smooth, sweet bites of  tropical summer! They’re dairy free + paleo and vegan friendly too! Throw all the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until thick and creamy. Roll into spoonful-sized balls and top with extra shredded coconut. Serve at room temp or slightly chilled.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup melted coconut butter (not coconut oil…there is a big difference)
1/4 cup hemp mylk
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
*Throw all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth and combined. Set aside.
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Vegan Friendly Gluten Free Wagon Wheels


Homemade treats are happening in the kitchen today. Wagon wheels were a popular dessert for Aussie kiddos back in the 1950’s – traditionally made with shortbread biscuits, strawberry jam, marshmallow fluff and chocolate. I remixed this classic treat into a healthier more adult”ish” version. Super lush sweet almond and cashew “cookie dough” with vanilla bean coconut cream and fresh raspberry chia jam. All covered in chocolate of course + it’s gluten-free and vegan friendly! Here’s how you make em!

Makes 2 full wagon wheels

Ingredients

Cookie dough:
1/2 cup sweet almond paste
1/2 coconut flour
1 cup raw cashews
Splash of hemp mylk (if needed)
*Throw all ingredients into a food processor and blend until the cashews are fine and the cookie dough forms a ball. Set aside.

Coconut cream:
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup melted coconut butter (not coconut oil…there is a big difference)
1/4 cup hemp mylk
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
*Throw all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth and combined. Set aside.

Raspberry chia jam:
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp maple syrup
*Mix ingredients in a cup and let chia seed activate for 10 minutes.

Chocolate shell:(after the wagon wheels are assembled and frozen)
1 cup chocolate chips (enjoy life if you prefer vegan)
1 tsp veg oil
*Microwave ingredients in a cup for 2 minutes. Stir with a spoon and repeat until chocolate is melted and the consistency is ready for pouring.

Assembly:
Use a a cylinder form such as Ateco to help shape your wagon wheels. Start with pressing 1/4 of the cookie dough into the mold, making sure it is level with the tamper before adding a layer of coconut cream, jam and cookie dough once more.  Place in the freezer for 1 hour before removing the from the form and covering with melted chocolate.
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