First Fall

Hey everyone! First of all, I would like to apologize for the lack of updates. I came back to Switzerland on the last week of August but I haven’t been able to bake since I started my internship as well. Work life is extremely exhausting thus the lack of time to bake since I usually sleep or buy essentials during my days off.

But, I recently moved to a new place with a fellow Filipina, Nelma, who happens to work in the same place as I do. Best part is, she and her husband, Frankie cooks! I was and still am excited about this as I’ll be staying here for the next few months before moving back to school. Hopefully, I’ll be able to make more frequent updates.

Aside from that, this also happens to be my first fall/autumn, hence the title of the post. I only happen to be here between the last months of winter and spring but never during summer and fall.

When I moved in last week, I saw a huge bunch of apples being stored outside and it turns out that a friend of theirs harvested them and gave it. We have been thinking of what to make of them and settled on pies. Nelma wanted these apple turnovers you get from McDonalds which we will be making soon because I happen to like those too!

Also, one thing I love about grocery shopping here is finding ingredients or products that aren’t readily available back home. I could easily lose track of time going through isles and discovering something new and fascinating.

One such product is ready made puff pastry.

I know all of you out there must’ve used them a thousand times but this would be my first. That’s 2 ¬†firsts in this post, I just noticed. ;)

So today, we made an apple pie. Simple, yet oh so delicious. Crunchy from the puff pastry with soft and chewy baked apples and the apricot jam just goes really well with the apples.

Forgive me for the not so evenly arranged apples xD

Using the puff pastry as the crust, we simply cut the apples into thin slices, laid them out on the dough and baked it in the oven. Afterwards, we spread some apricot jam Frankie made a few weeks back with apricots given to him by his friend again. (How awesome is that to have friends give you kilos of fruit they harvested?!)

Apple Pie

1 (500g) store bought puff pastry

4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced thinly

1/2 cup apricot jam

Instructions:

-Preheat oven to 200C.

-Roll out puff pastry to fit an 8″ round.

-Lay out the sliced apples into whatever design you wish.

-Bake for 25-30 mins or until pastry is a nice golden brown.

-Meanwhile, heat apricot jam and spread over the apples after the pie cools a bit.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy my update and hopefully you’ll hear from me soon. :)

Btw, any of you guys watch Top Chef Just Desserts? I normally don’t really watch Top Chef or the like but I really look forward to each new episode since it’s all about desserts! ^^

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