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Irish Apple Cake

Irish Apple Cake


For the Streusel Topping
6 tbsp cold salted butter, cut into small cubes
¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
¼ cup rolled oats
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
For the Cake
1 stick salted butter, room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground ginger
cup salt
3 tbsp milk
2 granny smith, pink lady or gala apples sliced thin


Preheat oven to 350˚F with the rack in the middle. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan with butter & parchment to line the bottom.

Assemble the streusel topping. In a medium bowl mix together the flour, oats, sugar and salt. Rub the butter into the flour mixture until the streusel resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Store in the fridge until ready to use.

For the cake: Using a stand mixer & paddle attachment, cream the butter and granulated sugar on medium-high speed until light & fluffy. Add the vanilla, then beat in the eggs one at a time. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt. With a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the wet along with the milk.

Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Layer the apples over the top, then sprinkle the streusel over the apples.

Bake the cake for 60 to 70 minutes. The top should be golden brown and crisp. A toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake should come out virtually crumb free. Remove from the oven, let cake cool a bit before flipping it onto a cooling rack or cake platter.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Campfire Skillet S’mores Dip

Recipe: Campfire Skillet S’mores Dip


2 tbsp unsalted butter
20 oz chocolate bars broken into pieces or chocolate chips, milk, semi sweet or a combo
cup heavy cream
10 oz (1 bag) large marshmallows
graham crackers for serving


Preheat the oven to 400˚ F. Place the butter in a 10″ cast iron skillet. Melt the butter in the oven. Remove the skillet from the oven.

Place the chocolate into the skillet. Drizzle the cream over the top. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until the marshmallows are golden brown.

Remove the skillet from the oven and serve hot with the graham crackers for dipping. *be careful around the hot skillet

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Dutch Speculaas Cookies with Peppermint Crunch Icing

Delicious traditional, thin, crisp, dark-brown cookies that originate from the Netherlands. They are extra satsifying with the festive icing! Serve for Christmas and holiday gatherings.

2 dozen 3-4 inch cookies

1/2 cup (8 tablespoons, 113g) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
3/4 cup (159g) light brown sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1 1/2 cups (177g) Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup (46g) almond flour, blanched and unblanched
1 tsp baking powder
2 to 4 tbsp (28g to 57g) milk (regular or low-fat)
1/2 cup (57g) confectioners’ or glazing sugar
3-4 tsp milk or water
crushed candy canes

For the cookies:
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, vanilla, spices, and salt using the paddle attachment.
Mix in the flour, almond flour, and baking powder, in two additions. Add enough milk to make a stiff dough.
Using your hands on a lightly floured work surface, work the dough into two disks, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 325°F with the racks in the middle. Lightly grease, or line two baking sheets with parchment.
Roll the dough 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick, working with one disk at a time. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters, and carefully transfer the cookies to the prepared pans.
Bake the cookies for for 15 to 20 minutes, until they’re lightly browned around the edges.
Remove them from the oven and transfer to a rack to cool. When they cool, they will become firm up and become quite hard.
For the icing:
In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar and enough milk or water to create a thick but smooth, drizzle-able icing.
Working with one cookie at a time, drizzle the icing over the cookies in any pattern you wish. Top immediately with some crushed candy cane. Continue until you have decorated all of the cookies. Let the icing dry then

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Melted Candy Corn Skillet Brownie

Melted Candy Corn Skillet Brownie recipe: A delicious way to use up that leftover Halloween candy! These brownies are chewy and irresistible.

8-10 servings

–dry Ingredients
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
–wet Ingredients
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 large eggs
6 tbsp (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 bag of candy corn, 10 to 12 ounces
vanilla ice cream
more candy corn

Pre heat the oven to 350˚ F with the rack in the middle.
In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients until well combined.
In a medium bowl mix together the wet ingredients until well combined.
Melt the butter in a 10 inch cast iron skillet over medium low heat. Mix in the cream. Mix in the candy corn. Continue to cook until the candy corn is melted about 10 minutes. Stir frequently.
Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ones. Mix in the candy corn sauce until you have a smooth and well combined brownie batter.
Pour the batter into the skillet. Bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out virtually crumb free.
Let the brownie cool for about 10-15 minutes before slicing.
Serve with ice cream and more candy corn.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Coconut Pumpkin Rice Pudding

Looking for an easy & delicious recipe that captures all those delicious, cozy fall flavors? Look no further than this Coconut Pumpkin Rice Pudding. It’s naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup and is also vegan & gluten free.

4 servings

1 (13 1/2) ounce can unsweetened full fat coconut milk
2 cups water
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup Arborio rice, briefly rinsed and drained
brown sugar
sweetened coconut flake
ground cinnamon

Heat the oven to 350˚ F with the rack in the middle.
Bring the coconut milk and water to a boil in a 10″ cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Mix to combine.
Whisk in the maple syrup, pumpkin puree, salt, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla.
Pour in the rice and mix well to combine.
Place the skillet in the oven and bake for about 50 minutes or until the rice is tender and the pudding is creamy. Stir once in the middle of cooking time.
Remove the skillet from the oven. Stir the pudding and let it sit for 15 minutes before serving.
Sprinkle individual bowls with brown sugar, coconut and cinnamon.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Maple Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

I use this simple and delicious Maple Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream in my morning coffee and on ice cream, pie and anything I can think of!

makes 3 1/2 cups

2 cups cold whipping cream
1/4 – 1/3 cup pure maple syrup (sweeten to taste)
1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste

Chill the bowl and whisk of a stand mixer.
If using the vanilla bean paste see notes.
If using the vanilla bean: Pour the cream into a medium bowl. Scrape the vanilla bean seeds into the cream and whisk together. Cover and refrigerate for one hour.
Pour the cream through a fine mesh sieve into the chilled bowl of the stand mixer.
Whisk the cream on medium-low for a few minutes until it starts to thicken. Add the maple syrup.
Increase the speed to medium high and continue to whisk until the cream thickens to your liking.
Use immediately or refrigerate and use within a few hours. (If you made the cream very thick it will last a few days.)

If using the vanilla bean paste you can cut right to whisking the cream. Simple add the vanilla when you add the maple syrup. This will cut out lots of time if you are in a hurry!

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Rhubarb Applesauce

Instead of a heavy dessert try this Healthy and delicious Vegan Maple Rhubarb Applesauce recipe. Great for breakfast, brunch, back to school and snacks.

6 cups

5 Gala, Honey Crisp or Pink Lady apples
4 cups chopped rhubarb
1/2 cup pure maple syrup or more to taste
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup water

Place all the ingredients in a large Dutch oven or soup pot. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer for 35-40 minutes. Partially cover with a lid during the simmer.
Remove from the heat and let cool a bit. Place 1/2 the mixture into a blender and puree on a sauce setting. Repeat with the other half. Serve warm or cold.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Maple Vanilla Roasted Strawberries

Add these Maple Vanilla Roasted Strawberries to your pancakes, waffles or yogurt parfaits. Or enjoy over cakes, whipped cream or ice cream! This recipe is so simple and delicious!

2-4 servings

1 pound fresh strawberries, rinsed and pat dry
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
pinch of fine sea salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F with the rack in the middle.
Trim ends off strawberries and discard. Cut strawberries in half, quarters if they are huge.
Place on a baking sheet and toss with maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Arrange berries in a single layer.
Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and scrape from the pan with a spoon. Enjoy hot, room temperature or cold.

Adjust maple syrup to taste, to go sweeter simple add more!

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Citrus Roasted Strawberry Parfaits

4 servings

1 pound fresh Strawberries, remove tops and cut berries in half
1 tablespoon Unrefined Coconut Oil
2 tablespoons (1/2 Orange) freshly squeezed Orange Juice, at room temperature
pinch of fine Sea Salt
zest from one Orange
unsweetened shredded Coconut
–Serve With
Thick Greek Yogurt
Whipped Cream
Ice Cream
Frozen Yogurt

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees F with the rack in the middle. Mix orange juice with coconut oil and salt. Toss with strawberries. Lay strawberries on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for about 30 minutes. Berries should be syrupy and very soft, almost jam like.
Serve with thick Greek yogurt or enjoy by the spoonful! Top parfaits with orange zest and some shredded coconut.

Strawberries get really sweet when you roast them. If needed you can sprinkle some stevia, or add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup to them when they are done baking.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Skillet Brownie with Maple Whipped Cream

This easy & delicious Skillet Brownie with Maple Whipped Cream recipe is great for any kind of entertaining, potluck parties or any time you want a sweet chocolatey treat!

10-12 servings

–skillet brownie
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1/2 cup vegetable or coconut oil
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
3 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp instant coffee granules
–maple whipped cream
1 pint cold heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup pure maple syrup

Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees F˚ with the rack in the upper third. Lightly butter a 10 inch cast iron skillet. Set aside.
Using a double boiler or place a medium medium bowl over a pot with 1 1/2 inch simmering water. Melt the chocolate chips with the butter and oil. Mix until melted and combined.
Remove the bowl from the heat and mix in both sugars. The mixture will be grainy and that’s OK. Let sit to cool 10-15 minutes.
In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.
Mix the eggs one at a time into the chocolate mixture until well combined. Mix in the vanilla and coffee.
Add the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture, mix until just incorporated. Don’t over mix.
Pour the brownie batter into the prepared skillet, smooth out the top with a spatula.
Bake for 30-33 minutes or until a toothpick comes out virtually crumb free.
Let the brownie cool completely before serving. Add whipped cream to the top when ready to serve.
–whipped cream
While the brownie is baking make the whipped cream. Pour the cold cream into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whisk on low speed until the cream starts to thicken. Add the maple syrup, continue to whisk on medium, then high speed as the cream thickens. Continue until you have stiff peaks the total time will be about 5-6 minutes. Whisk in additional maple syrup if you want it sweeter. Store in the fridge until ready to use.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake

No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake recipe is great for summer entertaining!

8-10 servings

2 pounds fresh strawberries
2 pints cold heavy whipping cream
1/3-1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 box (14 ounces) graham crackers or gingersnaps
Topping: chocolate syrup, shave chocolate, sprinkles or chocolate candies (I used Milk Duds)

Clean & pat dry strawberries. Save a few beauties for the topping. Slice the strawberries thin.
Whip the cream in a mixer with whisk attachment. Start on low & increase the speed as the cream thickens. Add the sugar to taste.
Use a platter or a baking dish & start to layer your cake. Start with a few dollops of whipped cream to anchor the cake. Then make 4 layers starting with the graham crackers, whipped cream then strawberries. Add more whipped cream for glue. Repeat this process. Final layer should be whipped cream. Garnish with whole strawberries & chocolate.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight so cookies can soften.
Serve immediately.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Baileys Poptails

Looking for a new popsicle recipes? At your next party wow your guests with these delicious Baileys Poptails! Simple to prepare and very memorable. If you love Baileys Irish Cream then these pops are for you.

6 poptails

1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cups 2% milk
3 tablespoons instant coffee
2 tablespoons whole cane sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
2 ounces Baileys Irish Cream

Bring all ingredients (excluding Baileys) to a simmer in a saucepan. Stir, and remove from heat when well combined. Transfer to a container & place in the fridge for about 1 hour or until cool. Remove from fridge & mix in the Baileys Irish Cream. Pour poptail mixture into pop molds. Add the stick. Freeze overnight.

~ Marla Meridith