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October 6, 2016

FORA BITES: Thanksgiving Treats

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Thanksgiving weekend sneaks up on us every year. It creeps up when we’re still holding onto those summer denim cutoffs but starting to think about taking that first PSL sip of the season. Then Friday before the long weekend strikes and – insert family member here – calls to find out when you’re coming over, who you’re bringing –hint hint – and most importantly what you’re bringing.

You could pop into a store, pick up a pie and be on your way, but where’s the fun in that?

Below you’ll find two quick recipes that you can throw together in about an hour that will impress even the crankiest of Aunts!

BY ELME JORDAAN @freakinthekitchento

PUMPKIN SPICE IRISH CREME

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

-1 & ½ cups Irish Whisky

-1 & ½ cups heavy cream

-1 can condensed milk

-2 tbsp maple syrup

-2 tsp instant coffee (or 2 espresso shots)

-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

WHAT TO DO:

Whisk together all ingredients starting with the condensed milk; syrup, spices and coffee. Vigorously. Follow with the whisky then the cream. Store in an airtight bottle or jar for up to 2 weeks in the fridge! Serve over ice.

If you’re feeling fancy:

Freeze coffee in fun shaped ice cube trays!

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MAPLE PUMPKIN BUTTER TARTS

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

-1 package of frozen puff pastry (thaw in fridge before starting)

-2 cups pumpkin puree

-¾ cup brown sugar

-¼ cup maple syrup

-½ cup butter (very soft/melted)

-2 eggs

-2 tbsp flour

-3 tsp pumpkin pie spice

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WHAT TO DO:

Start by rolling out the puff pastry, sprinkle with flour on both sides, until ¼ inch thick and as close to a square you can get. Cut in to 12 even squares. Place them in a buttered or oiled muffin pan, like a cupcake wrapper. Pop in the freezer for 10 min.

While the dough chills, whisk together all the other ingredients until fully combined.

Scoop the mixture evenly into the dough cups. *You’ll have some extra, use for an extra batch if you like with 1/2 package of puff pastry.

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Bake in a preheated 400-Fahrenheit oven for 20 min. Check the browning of the edges after 12 minutes, if it starts to get too dark, cover with foil for the remainder of the time. Pop them out onto a cooling rack and package them up nicely!

If you’re feeling fancy: Sprinkle with white sugar and broil for 2min to add a fun brulee crust!

These treats are great solo and great together and just as great as a thankful gift for the ones you love; even the pesky ones!

Posted by Sydney Masonovich in Lifestyle
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