Thanksgiving Turkey Treats

It’s been more than a year since I started my current job and I have been baking/ making various desserts but no one really seems to get the “idea”. Once, I made mini muffins and stuck a picture of my manager’s face on each one because it was her birthday. And someone asked me why her photo was on each muffin? Is it just a Western thing?

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Well this year for a thanksgiving treat, I made these Abordable Candy Pretzel Turkey Bites via Pinterest. Hopefully, these will be more OBVIOUS-looking.  I had a lot of fun making them (on my own) but it took many tries just to get each turkey looking right.

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I sent my cousin a photo when I started making these and most of the turkeys looked so bad. But she said they were bad in a cute way. I guess she’s right. Honestly, I kind of mastered the technique of putting each candy corn in as the wings and the googly eyes for the eyes and the rest is easy. The hardest part was waiting for the chocolate rolo to set. If I put in one of the three turkey wings, the caramel would be running out. Making about 50 turkeys took me more than two hours. *insert crying emoji*

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My brother came over when I was my second batch and he complimented me! I was starting to get in the hang of things but working on these are more fun when someone has the same enthusiasm as you. Maybe next year, I will ask someone to make them with me so both of our co-workers will have treats to enjoy (that is, if they get the idea!).

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I’ll cross my fingers and hope that all goes to plan at work tomorrow! But at the same time, I don’t want these cuties to leave the house or they’ll be gobbled up!

Special thanks to my cousin for coming with me to buy the ingredients and Erin for sharing this lovely thanksgiving treat. Click here for instructions to make these turkey bites.

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Apple-Cinnamon Strudel

I had this sudden urge to make apple strudel. Probably because I’ve been on Pinterest too much. So I have a board (a list) of recipes that I gather from Pinterest.

I’ve been following Martha Steward on Pinterest and have made some side dishes for dinners. Click here and here.

So this is my x-th time using her recipe. Click here for her Apple-Cinnamon Strudel recipe.

The ingredients were simple and could be bought at your local grocery store. I had most of the ingredients at home, excluding the pastry puff pastry.

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I would say the most time consuming part of this recipe are slicing, coring the apples and cooking the apples.

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If you looked at the recipe, you need to cook the sliced apples with butter, cinnamon and sugar for about 15 minutes. We want to cook the apples…the consistency of the apples should look like the apples in apple pie; well sorta!

While the apple mixture is set aside to cool down, prepare the puff pastry. Roll of the pastry and let it sit in the fridge. According to the recipe, this should be the first step before the apples are sliced and etc. I didn’t want the pastry to dry out, as slicing, coring, cooking the apples and letting it cool took about an hour. I didn’t risk it and rolled my pastry back and stuck it in the fridge with plastic wrap.

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The instructions on the website can be hard to understand. So I had my brother translate it into understandable english. When I think of it, it doesn’t matter how the pastry is folded; but keep in mind that the strudel should be sealed. The first time I made it, I matched each end to end, like folding a paper in half, with the apple mixture placed on the pastry of course. Then I folded it again. Try and rearrange the finished unbaked product so that the fold in on the bottom; it looks more appealing.

Melt butter and brush it into. Sprinkle sugar on top. Make some cuts to the pastry, to let steam escape.

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Bake for 30ish minutes. If the pastry is not brown to your liking, leave it in for a few more minutes. Make sure to keep checking it, you don’t want it to burn.

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Pros and cons about the recipe.
1. Ingredients are easy to get a hold of
2. The recipe’s methods could be rearranged so that the apples are cooked first. Then the pastry stuff. (that’s just my opinion)
3. Easier than apple pie (prepping and time wise) and tastes like apple pie

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