Episode 46: Apple Dumpling Gang

The hosts are having a great time seeing listeners post their favorite cookbooks to the Preheated Facebook group. Listener Ingrid’s recommendation of Nathalie Dupree’s classic Matters of Taste takes Andrea right back to her post-college days in the mid-’80s.

Listeners: Keep posting those cookbook favorites to our Facebook wall, and listen in to Episode 48 when we’ll recount some of the most intriguing!

Stefin did not use a cookbook when she prepared a Banana Split Cake (by request) for her husband’s recent birthday. She modified The Kitchn’s Banana Blueberry Cake from Episode 41 (took out the blueberries, and baked it in two 9″-round cake pans), then served it with scoops of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, chopped peanuts, hot fudge, fresh strawberries and, of course, a cherry on top. Happy birthday indeed!

The month of October wears many hats. It’s National Apple, Pumpkin, Caramel and Cookbook month. The gals introduce the first of these “Fall Festival” treats with Amish Apple Dumplings from Midwest Living magazine. Whether you’ve made these individual apple goodies before or, like Andrea, have more experience with Disney’s classic 1975 movie of the same name, bake along with us and let us know what you think!

The Importance of Ingredients joins the Preheated mini-segment lineup, and Andrea and Stefin discuss the best apples for baking on both sides of the Atlantic. You want apples that are sweet and tart with firm flesh. Andrea favors Honeycrisp, and Stefin likes a combo of Braeburn and Gala, as well as the “British Baking Apple” — Bramley. Both hosts agree that farmers’ markets and co-ops are a great place to try new and unusual apples that aren’t widely cultivated.

In related apple news, Andrea is excited for a new apple, the Cosmic Crisp, to hit the shelves in 2019. This cross between the Enterprise and Honeycrisp apple is the work of Washington State University, and has the makings of a fantastic new standby for bakers everywhere. Stay tuned!

Finally, we are thrilled to announce that Preheated has been nominated in King 5 Television’s “Best of Western Washington” Awards in the Podcasting category. Please take a moment to visit the voting site and cast your vote for us (whether you’re in Western Washington or not!).

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