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Our photos and recipes are often inspired by our travels through scenic Bucks County while in search of images and ingredients. After a recent drive around our area during peak foliage season, including a visit to our local farm market, we were inspired to make a cocktail that reminded us of a perfect Autumn day in Bucks County.
Paul experimented with a batch of pumpkin-infused bourbon, which created the perfect anchor for this drink, and a garnish of my easy crunchy Apple Chips was just the right final touch. Berentzen Apple Schnapps provides a wonderful apple essence, and Stella Artois Cidre gives this drink a sparkling character, like dappled sunlight shimmering through crisply colored luminescent leaves.
Using a few souvenirs from our own backyard woods as props for this cocktail photoshoot made this truly a memorable project, and the drink really does taste like Autumn in a glass.
See the recipe for making your own Apple Chips here, and scroll down the page to see images of some our nearby Bucks County places that inspire us often.
- 1 cup bourbon
- ¼ cup pumpkin purée
- ⅛ tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp nutmeg
- 4 cloves
- 2 oz Pumpkin Infused Bourbon (see ingredients above)
- 1 oz Berentzen Apple Schnapps
- Stella Artois Cidre (or any dry hard apple cider)
- Mix all ingredients in a jar (see above) and let set for a day. Strain through a course strainer to take out the large particles. The Pumpkin Infused Bourbon will be cloudy and should be shaken before using.
A classic tarte fine aux pommes is a beautiful and simple way to welcome the Fall season. This French dessert is made with thinly sliced apples spiraled on a thin puff pastry circle, brushed with butter, honey, vanilla and Calvados.
- 1 Puff Pastry Sheet (thawed)
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp Calvados or apple brandy
- 2 tbsp apricot or peach preserves (room temperature)
- 3 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 vanilla pod
- 3 lbs apples (approximately)
- Preheat oven to 425F. Thaw one sheet of puff pastry on the counter.
- Peel the apples and cut into quarters, then remove the cores and pits.
- Slice the apple quarters into thin slices and set aside.
- Using a rolling pin, roll out the puff pastry sheet slightly, until large enough to trace a small dinner plate on it. Transfer the pastry to a parchment lined baking sheet, then trace your circle shape using a sharp knife. Remove the excess pastry and the plate.
- Using fork, poke a few holes in the pastry to keep it from bubbling up during baking.
- On the pastry circle, arrange the apple slices in concentric rings, and be creative with the center. Use a few smaller slices to create a rose shape, or just dice up a few pieces and sprinkle in the middle.
- Split open the vanilla pod lengthwise and gently scrape out the seeds using a spoon, or back of a knife. Stir the seeds into the melted butter.
- Brush your arranged apple slices lightly with melted butter and vanilla seeds. Stir the honey and Calvados together and brush lightly over the buttered apples. Sprinkle the whole tart evenly with sugar.
- Bake at 425F for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 400F and continue bake for about 30 more minutes, or until browned.
- Brush the tart with the preserves and serve while still warm, with a scoop of ice cream.
Apple chips are really easy to make, and are a sweet, healthy, crunchy snack addiction. You don’t need to add anything at all – just bake a bunch of apple slices at 200F for an hour, then flip them and continue baking until mostly dry. Brushing with a little optional maple syrup and cinnamon makes them extra special.
- Apples (not optional)
- Maple Syrup and Cinnamon (optional)
- Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Slice apples thinly crosswise, using a sharp knife or a mandolin slicer (about ⅛" thick).
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat sheet, and arrange slices in one layer, as many as you can fit on the cookie sheet.
- Bake for 1 hour, flip slices over and bake for another hour or until all slices are just getting crispy and very lightly browned. Continue baking as noted above.