Tuesday, December 15, 2009

In Karen's Kitchen: Apple Spice Log

Today's installment of In YOUR Kitchen on this Ides of December takes us to my friend and co-worker Karen's house where she will show all of us a fun little holiday recipe you can take to your next Christmas party.

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You've met Karen before. First, she writes this fabulous blog. Second, she was one of the co-workers dragged to see the duck photo. That's her on the left. She and Mark work in the same office - you know, the friend with fabulous soup? And on the right there - that's Melissa, who recently got engaged. So now that you know Karen's life story, let's get on with the recipe.

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This is a nostalgic recipe, I guess you could say. Karen says she remembers her mom making this to take to any holiday gathering when she was growing up. It only has three ingredients - those shown above. It's very "fifties" and nifty, too! Now, you might say - how on earth can these three ingredients make anything tasty? Well, you're about to see how, sister. Watch and learn.

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First up - chill the mixing bowl.
If you forgot to do this earlier, put it in the freezer for a quick chill down.

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While it's chilling you can prepare the ingredients...

That is, you can open the Nilla wafers, crack open the heavy whipping cream and loosen the lid on the apple butter. You know, if you're looking for something to do.

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Other things to do while chilling the bowl...check out Karen's pretty Christmas tree!

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And say hello to one of the world's coolest cats, Baxter.

Baxter really is a cool cat. Very sweet personality. I think, in an alternate universe, he and my Norman would have been best buddies. The very best.

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Baxter has a new toy.
For this, Norman would be jealous.

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Here's Baxter's other end...

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...and later his basking in the sun.

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Oh, and, while you're chillin', get out a good one of these.
You're gonna need it.

Okie dokie...that bowl should be ready now, don't you know. Off to the refrigerator to get back to the recipe!

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Pour the cream into the chilled bowl.
And if you're the photographer, try to focus on the CREAM next time...

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Attach the right accoutrement.
It's all about the accessories.

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Then - just for Jessica - WHIP IT!
(stopping half way through to scrape down the sides)

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When you have hard peaks, you're ready to move on.

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Next up - dump all the apple butter into the whipped cream.

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I love apple butter. It's one of my most favorite sorts of toppings for bread or toast. Or biscuits. Or really anything carbohydrate related. It doesn't seem to have the same following here in Texas as it does in the Midwest. It's a Midwestern love, I guess. Karen is originally from Oklahoma, so you know, they may be close enough to have a few honest to goodness corn-fed Midwestern tendencies. Just maybe.

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Gently fold the apple butter into the whipped cream.
So as not to send it to counseling.
You might even want to whisper.

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Karen is very good at the folding part.
Not a mean bone in her body.

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Somehow, about here in the folding process, I thought it looked like the Grand Canyon.
Do you see it? No?

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OK, once combined it looks like this.

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Now comes the fun part.
Spread a little of that whipped apple mixture onto some Nillas.

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Stack 'em like this until you have enough...

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...to go long.
Until you-could-go-all-the-way.

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Keep adding on to the little log train until you've used up your Nillas.

This procedure will require both "skootching" and "squishing" for it to properly come together. Be prepared to do either or both with abandon until it's solidly "ooched" together into a little train of happiness.

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Skootch. Squish. Oodle.

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Once you're sure it's stable, cover the whole thing with more whipped goodness.

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Glob it on and smooth it out.

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Until you're all covered.

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Cover with wax paper or parchment paper.
And chill overnight.

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But, voila, through the magic of the Internet, we're going to finish today!
Karen made some the day before and whipped it right out!

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Come to Mama.

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It's a wonderful combination of tastiness.

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And of course putting it on a pretty holiday plate makes it taste even better!

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Go ahead and go in for a taste.

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Dee-licious. You'll be the envy of the party.

So there you go! A fun, nostalgic, tasty, easy recipe for next weekend's holiday party! Enjoy!
Karen's Apple Spice Log

1/2 pint-1 pint heavy whipping cream
12-15oz apple butter
1-1.25 boxes Nilla wafers

Chill a mixing bowl. Add heavy whipping cream and whip until hard peaks form. Gently fold in apple butter to taste until completely combined. Dollop mixture in spoonfuls onto Nilla wafers and arrange in a "log" form on a cookie sheet. Cover entire log with remaining whipped mixture until the Nilla wafers are completely covered and the log looks uniform. Chill overnight. Serve with wild abandon.

Thank you Karen for sharing this fabulous recipe with us. It was so fun!

I have more holiday tricks up my sleeve later this week and next - stay tuned!

Best wishes for your Tuesday. See you tomorrow!


  1. I'm glad you recognize "Bama" as the best apple butter on the market. My favorite for many years. And, gotta get me some of that apple spice log.

  2. The Devo reference makes me laugh out loud at my desk, every time. Thank you for humoring me.

    I have been the "taster" of this fine recipe, and it is GOOD. Thank you for sharing it with the world, you two!

    Dum dum dum dum dum....dumm....dummm...whip it good!


  3. I never ceased to be amazed.


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