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Spirits of the Season 2013: Sigal Sasson's killer Apple Tarte Tatin and Halloween drink recipes

By April Neale Oct 20, 2013, 5:17 GMT

Spirits of the Season 2013: Sigal Sasson's killer Apple Tarte Tatin and Halloween drink recipes

For assembly: take a large beautiful serving platter and place it upside down over the pan. Youre gonna have to work quickly and carefully, its hot!, invert the cake over the platter. If your apples have shifted easily move them back with a fork.

Spirits of the Season 2013: From Sigal Sasson and her blog "A Sense of Hummus" we have a perfect new recipe she shared with us:

Upside Down Upple (Apple) Tatin ( http://sigalsasson.wordpress.com)

Ingredients include Puff pastry, tart green apples, brown sugar, lemon, vanilla, butter and heaps of loving from the oven.

Recipe:

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed

5 firm large green apples

1/2 c. light brown sugar

2 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp ground cardamon

1 vanilla bean

4 tsp tap water

juice of one lemon

1/4 stick of butter

1/2 tsp cinnamon

additional butter, for greasing

Preparations:

Preheat oven to 375º.

Grease 9″ baking pan with melted butter.

Peel and slice apples while removing seeds and cores.Keep slices a little thick.

In a large bowl toss slices in lemon juice. Heat a heavy skillet with butter and add the lemon-apple slices, sugar, spices, water and scraped vanilla bean. Stir and cook on medium-low heat for about 8-10 minutes. Mixture should turn smooth and bubbly in a light caramel color. Remove from heat.

Let cool for a few minutes.

Now here comes the fun part: you can arrange the apples neatly, careful it’s still hot, in the baking pan and you might get two layers of apples which is fine.  Arranged only the bottom layer (which is the first one you see), than poured the rest on top.

Go for the rustic look of imperfection in this recipe. It has its own beauty. Now, on a floured surface roll out the thawed pastry sheet to a size inch larger than the baking pan. Do not roll it too thin, keep it slightly thick for “cushion”. Trim edges or tuck them down between the pan and the apples and lightly brush with melted butter. Bake 30-35 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Remove from oven and let it rest for 15 minutes. If too much liquid is left at the bottom of the pan, carefully pour most of it into a heat-proof glass jar but leave some in the pan. This delicious ooze may be drizzled later on your morning toasted waffle.

For assembly: take a large beautiful serving platter and place it upside down over the pan. You’re going to have to work quickly and carefully, it’s hot!,

Invert the cake over the platter. If your apples have shifted easily move them back with a fork.

Beverage time: Here is a perfect Halloween drink:

This is the best Kahlua banana cocktail you will ever make. So what do you do when you’re stuck with ripe bananas? Kahlua liquor…ripe bananas…heavy cream ...cardamon seeds will net you Sigal's Kahlua/banana cocktail.

Sigal's delicious Kahlua cocktail

INGREDIENTS:

2 RIPE BANANAS PEELED AND SLICED

1 TSP BROWN SUGAR

1/4 C. KAHLUA LIQUOR

1/4 C. COLD HEAVY CREAM

1/2 C. COLD LOW-FAT MILK

4 CARDAMON SEEDS CRUSHED (OR 1/4 TSP CARDAMON POWDER)

UNSWEETENED COCOA POWDER FOR GARNISH ICE (ENOUGH TO MAKE THE DRINK COLD)

Preparation:

Combine Kahlua, sugar and bananas in a small sauce pan. Medium heat. Cook while stirring for about 10 min., until syrup starts to develop. Don’t worry about how the bananas look like.

Remove from heat. Let cool for a few minutes. In the meantime combine milk, heavy cream, cardamon and ice in a blender. Slowly add the banana mixture. Blend while breaking the ice turning the mixture into a light shake.

Pour into tall glass goblets, dust with cocoa powder and it’s mmm…enjoy.

Sigal's always busy inventing recipes while she is designing rugs for her company RUG-ART. She also does photography, botanical illustration, venetian plastering and she voluntarily teaches art at elementary schools with no art programs.

Unexpected events led Sigal and her husband Vidal to join together and found RUG-­]ART. The company offers area rugs for residential, hospitality and commercial use. The company has a flagship showroom at the D&D Building in New York City and is represented at to the trade showrooms in the United States as well as internationally in Paris, France.

Sigal’s imagination and experimentation with fibers, colors, textures and sketches enables her to bring her imagination and ideas to life and offer them to RUG-­]ART clients. All RUG-­]ART designs are customizable allowing Sigal and the clients to share the creative process.

To view Sigal’s artwork, rug designs, photographs and recipes please visit: Rug Art Design www.rug-art.net  www.sigalsasson.com Food blog: www.sigalsasson.wordpress.com



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