Apple Rose Tart

One of my signature dishes is this apple rose tart. I regret to admit I did not take a lot of photos of my finished apple rose tart nor did I track which recipes I’ve tried. I’ve served it as a warm pie fresh out of the oven and as a cold pie with fresh pastry cream as the base and fresh tart apples on top. There was no iteration I did not like.

I made this frequently because it was a dessert dish people always requested; my coworkers wanted this pie for an office gathering and my friends asked about this pie when they came over to my place. I guess there was a reason why I did not take or share photos of the pie. Everyone was asking to make this pie when I wanted to make other pies.

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Pin(terest) Wins!

Pinterest is awesome, but it can also drive me nuts!

On my Pinterest page you’ll find I have a Pinterest board for everything from outfits, hiking, travel, books, productivity, drinks, cooking, home decorating — there are so many possibilities. Pinterest has been a wonderful way to get inspired and exchange ideas across the internet once you get past the ugly fact that that dream wedding or bathroom you saw on Pinterest is a staged photoshoot. Also realize that the model wearing that outfit you were eye-ing is not a real person (unless you are 5’10 and 120 lbs). I tell myself these pins are only aspirations, not expectations.

Then there’s the other ugly part: Pinterest can also be a big mess. Some people may not anticipate projects require a bit of work and you willing to invest in some time. If you do not have those intentions when approaching a project, that’s when Pinterest fails come in. I’ve had my fair share of projects from Pinterest that got awful. I attempted yarn balls — the results were pretty good but it was a messy, messy project using A LOT of glue resulting in glue everywhere in my apartment. So I moved on. It was not the project for me.

However once in a while, I do find myself with pin wins:

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A rose apple pie I make in the fall (the original). Yes, this is a dish I make regularly. I’ve done both fresh and baked apples and they come out wonderful. I am looking into other twists — maybe add berries or more crumbles just to twist things up.

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A pinecone cheese ball (original). I made this last year for my work’s tree trimming party. The theme was pinecones and my coworker wanted to see someone make a dish like the original pin she saw. I took up on this challenge. I included the pine sprigs like in the original and I added my own touch for color by adding persimmon chips. I also baked the the persimmon chips too.

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Weekly Photo Challenge Link Party!

A list of other entries to this theme; if you do not want to be on this list let me know and I will remove the link!