Revitalizing Apple Mask

Hi everyone!

Thanks for the positive feedback on our last post, Mini Apple Pies. They were so fun to make and we are glad you enjoyed them! Today we wanted to show you how to make a fall mask that will give your skin a healthy and clean glow. It includes ingredients that you’ll have left over from the apple pies recipe or ones that are just lying around your house. Let’s get to it!

Ingredients:

  • Apple slices/chunks (we used leftovers from our apple pie recipe) 🍏 contain Vitamin C for soft and healthy skin
  • Honey 🍯 cures skin imperfections and dry skin
  • Red grapes 🍇 contain lots of antioxidants
  • Lemon 🍋 tightens pores and brightens skin
  • A liquid base (milk or water)💧

First, squeeze some lemon juice into a bowl half-full of apple chunks.

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After that, pour the apples with lemon juice into a blender along with the liquid base of your choice.

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Blend it up! 😀

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After blending the apples/lemon/liquid, add about a tablespoon of honey.

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Then add 3-5 grapes to your mixture.

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Blend it some more! You’re almost done.
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And there you have it! That’s the finished mask. It’s so easy to make and produces great results. We really hope you try this product at home, and if you do, please be sure to leave a comment telling us what you thought of it. 💬

See you next week with a baking post!

💕Samantha and Julie

Mini Apple Pies

Hi everyone!

In the spirit of fall, today we decided to make apple pie–with a twist. We used a classic apple pie recipe and put it into little muffin cups for a bite-sized dessert. Though it wasn’t easy, it was definitely worth the delicious result. If you’re looking for a yummy fall treat, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy 🙂

First, here are the ingredients you’ll need. (makes 8 mini pies)
Crust:

  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour

Crust Ingredients

Pie filling:

  • Stick of unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 Granny Smith apples (note: there are 8 apples in the picture because we used way too many apples 😁)

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Step 1: Preheat the oven to 425º Fahrenheit. Then make the crust!

First, whisk together the salt and flour.

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Then, use two knives to incorporate the shortening into the flour mixture. Separate the shortening into a few chunks and chop the shortening into the flour/salt.

DSC_0543Keep chopping until the mixture looks like corn meal. You can use your hands if you feel the need.

Next, drizzle the water over the flour/salt/shortening mixture while stirring with a fork. Feel free to add a little extra water if the dough feels a little dry for you.

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After that, mold the dough into a ball with your hands.

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After that, separate each ball into 1 small ball and one larger ball.

Now, let’s move on to the apple filling. First, you’re going to want to peel, core, and slice your apples. This may take a while, but it’s worth it.

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We used a food processor for our apples, but you can just chop them if you don’t have one.

Now, onto making the filling. Melt the stick of butter in a saucepan.

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Next, add the flour and mix it into a paste.

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Then, mix in the white and brown sugar.

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Drizzle the water over the mixture until it has the color and consistency of caramel.

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Bring the mixture to a boil, then let simmer for 5 minutes.

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Now, let’s bring the crust and filling together.

Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray, then press the larger balls of dough into 8 muffin cups. Fill each cup with a handful of apple slices.

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Drizzle the sauce over the dough/apple cups.

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Next, cut each smaller ball into four flat strips, then layer these strips over the mini pies to form a cross-hatching pattern. (This step is optional, but makes the mini pies look cute 😀 )

Once you’re done with that, use a fork to press the strips into the edges of the pies.

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Now, put them into the oven! You’re almost done! Bake for 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.DSC_0621

Pull them out of the oven, let cool, and serve warm with a scoop of ice cream 😉

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Thanks for reading! Leave a comment below with any suggestions for what we should make next. We hope you try out this recipe and enjoy the crisp autumn air 🍂

See you next week with a fall beauty post 🙂

💕Samantha and Julie

Welcome!

Hi everyone!

Welcome to our blog, Beauty of Baking! As the name suggests, this blog will feature a bunch of posts about baking and beauty. Our DIY beauty projects will often include ingredients from our cooking projects. We believe that natural ingredients can and should be used in beauty products, so we’ve created this blog to help those who want to feel safe and comfortable with what they’re putting on their skin. You may not have known this, but 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed (just as if you’re eating it), so you want to make sure you know exactly what you’re putting on your body. We are passionate about cooking and making delicious food–both classic recipes and new foods we’ll invent. Please feel free to leave any comments suggesting what you want to see more of on our site. Most importantly, we hope you learn something interesting and helpful from our blog.

You should expect to see new posts every week, but it may be a little random until we set up a time frame. 🙂

Thanks for reading, and see you soon with a baking post!

💕Samantha and Julie