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Recipes and snapshots of life in Bristol Bay, AK

Apple Cider Pecan Sticky BunsLast year I embarked on an epic quest to create a recipe that truly embodies fall. That crisp feeling in the air, thick wool sweaters, the call for hot steaming mugs of cider, temperatures begging for the wood stove to be stoked, and warm baked goodies. I have always loved the Two Sisters Bakery in Homer and, without a doubt, my favorite is their pecan sticky buns, fresh from the oven. For years now I have tweaked recipes trying to encapsulate the exact texture of bun I wanted with the right pecan sticky sauce ratio. I knew the moment I stumbled upon an apple cider caramel that the two had to be combined.

Apple Cider Pecan Sticky Buns

Apple cider in its true sense is a non-pasteurized, unfiltered, fresh pressed apple juice that can be warmed and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves or what have you. It is the epitome of fall flavor and when boiled down to a wisp of thick syrup, its flavor only intensifies. This is the base for the perfect apple cider sticky bun sauce and I wanted to use Alaska apples to create it. Continue reading

Pumpkin, Apple, Carrot MuffinsMuffins can be such a deceiving bakery staple. While touted as a breakfast option often they seem to be just a cupcake without the frosting; a cruel joke if considered a cupcake, a sugar overload if considered a breakfast. Often there is so much sweetness packed into each neatly wrapped treat that they can hardly be considered wholesome even when packed with nuts, grains, or what have you.

Pumpkin, Apple, Carrot MuffinsWhen I want a muffin I tend to want a moist lofty one that is really a muffin, not overly sweet, with some nutritional value, especially when paired with a scramble egg or two, something I can feel good about eating, certainly in the wee morning hours. (Yes, I know I am the queen of run on sentences – please tell me you come here for the stories and food and not my grammar.)   Continue reading

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