Whiskey Apples and Shortbread, Damn!

11 Oct

Hi Everyone,

I must admit that one year(ish) ago I didn’t even know that apples grow in Texas. Well, they do and they are pretty great. I made this with some Texas Gala apples. Originally I was just going to saute them with honey, butter and cinnamon, but there was something missing. That something, my friends, was the smokey and delicious Balcones Baby Blue. It is a handcrafted whiskey made in Waco, TX by Balcones Distilling (insert smartass comment about booze made in Waco here). The stuff is made from blue corn and is delicious. It did lovely things to those Texas Gala apples and on top of the Hope and Glory brown butter shortbread it is like apple pie without the mess of homemade pie. This would be an outstanding dessert to serve for a dinner party. It takes about 20 minutes start to finish and you get to lite it on fire, which I love! The apples would also go nicely on top of some Mexican vanilla ice cream, just sayin’. Today I had this with a steaming cup of coffee that we have been getting from Pilot House. You guys this coffee is GOOD and they drop it off at your door with a frequency and quantity to accommodate any coffee appetite. The big bonus is that it makes your house smell like the holidays.

Whiskey Apples

3 apples, sliced thin

2 T butter

2 oz Baby Blue Whiskey (add more for a strong whiskey flavor)

1/2 t. cinnamon

1 T lemon juice

Melt butter over medium high heat. Add apples, let cook for a couple of minutes. Add whiskey*, cook down until it no longer smells strongly of alcohol, 4-5 minutes. Add honey and let cook another 4-5 minutes, until there is a syrupy goodness to the apples. Squeeze lemon on once apples are done.

*to lite the whiskey here is what you do… on a gas range, tip your saute pan forward just above the flame. Don’t spill the goods onto the flame, just exposing the lip will lite it up! Put the pan back on the flame and let the alcohol cook off. Pretty please, don’t hurt yourselves trying this.

A word on the challenge. Jo and I are in month two of our twelve month challenge and I must say that October has been harder than September. We heard a couple talking about Taco Mex at the farmers market the other day and I chased them down to butt into the conversation, oh how I miss Taco Mex. We are definitely streamlining our cooking for the week, though and that is making life immeasurably easier. A post in the near future will be how to make a pork shoulder last for the week.

I hope that you all have a great week and can find a couple of minutes to enjoy this recipe for the fall.

As always, thanks for reading.

Not That Martha


6 Responses to “Whiskey Apples and Shortbread, Damn!”

  1. Carole Walski October 12, 2010 at 11:45 PM #

    I have been told this is a delicious recipe and as your creations always are, an exceptional treat. You is da bomb..and we all love you, birthday girl….

    • notthatmartha October 13, 2010 at 10:03 AM #

      Thank you, Carole!!! You are da bomb! Much love!!!

  2. Margy October 14, 2010 at 9:46 PM #

    This looks easy except for the flame part. I might try it with some delicious HEB honeycrisp apples. They are delish and enormous. Love you!

    • notthatmartha October 18, 2010 at 4:41 PM #

      marg, you could totally do the fire part. just don’t give weezie any crazy ideas…

  3. meredith ferrell October 17, 2010 at 4:08 PM #

    Martha – found you! Great seeing you yesterday. This looks a little complicated for me, but I’ll pass on to Corby! See ya!

    • notthatmartha October 17, 2010 at 4:11 PM #

      Great to see you too! I’ve missed you. Let me know how it turns out for Corby.

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