Tuesday, January 29, 2013

And the winner is...

The 29th of January is here and as promised, I'm here to announce the winner of my 4th blog anniversary giveaway.  

Lori, of Humble Quilts is the winner.  Congratulations, Lori!  Here's what I'll be sending you as soon as I get your snail mail address.  



Thank you all for participating.  I wish I had a gift for each and every one of you!



Something I can share with you all is this recipe for a Bavarian Apple Torte that I made yesterday for the first time...and I assure you, it won't be the last!  It is absolutely delicious and easy to make as well.


Bavarian Apple Torte

Crust

1/2 C butter
1/3 C sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 C flour

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla.  Blend in flour and spread dough in the bottom and 1/2" high around the sides of a 9" spring form pan.

Filling

2 - 8oz pkgs of cream cheese
1/2 C sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Mix well and spoon into pastry lined pan.

Topping

1/3 C sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 C sliced apples, peeled
1/4 C sliced almonds

Combine sugar and cinnamon and toss with apples.  Spread apples over cream cheese mixture and sprinkle almonds over top.

Bake at 400F for 10 minutes then reduce heat to 350F and bake for 30 minutes.


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After making the crust, I spooned the cream cheese filling on top.




I tossed the apples with the sugar and cinnamon...


then spread them over the filling and sprinkled the almonds on top.


After baking, I allowed it to completely cool on a wire rack and then removed the spring-loaded side ring. 


It is absolutely delicious and you can be sure that this recipe will be added to my favorites.  I think I might even try a different fruit the next time I make it...like blueberries and strawberries tossed with a bit of sugar.  Yummo!


Ollie and Frankie were snoozing by the fire while the torte was baking until I opened the oven door to take it out.  I think the yummy aroma got to them too!


Ollie has completely recovered from his surgery.  He and Frankie are up to their usual antics and for them, it's business as usual.

37 comments:

kathyinozarks said...

sounds delicious-I may need to try this-thank you for the recipe

Janet-Olde Crow Primitives said...

Congrats to Lori. She is a lucky lady for sure.
The recipe looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing with us.
Those critters of yours are surely the sweetest!
Janet

Siobhán said...

Congratulations to Lori!

Thanks for the recipe--it sounds delicious. Yum.

Darlene D said...

Congrats Lori! Looks like a yummy dessert. Might have to give that one a try!

Lesley said...

Congrats to Lori...she will love her little gift! Your apple torte looks so yummy...I can imagine how wonderful your kitchen smelled! A great way to warm up a cold wintry day!

moosecraft said...

Congrats to Lori! She's a lucky gal!

The torte recipe sounds awesome! Those are "true boys" you have there.... standing at attention with the aroma of food so near! lol!

Frances said...

lucky girl Lori. What a nice gift. And now I am drooling for the apple tort. It is a must try. thank you.

Sandra said...

Kaaren, You do have a gift for each and everyone of us....you give us a little piece of your kind personality with your blog. Whenever we're "tired, grouchy or just plain fed-up (who me?)" we can come over to The Painted Quilt and our spirits will be lifted. Thanks for your blog; sometimes I think we take blogs such as yours for granted "free entertainment" but I appreciate you.

Patty C. said...

Congratulations !!!!

Barb said...

Lucky lori!
that recipe looks amazing!!!!

saskia smit said...

Appeltaart! Lekker!
(applepie,delicious!)

ria vogelzang said...

Congrats to Lori!!
And thanks for your lovely Apple Torte recipe! It might use it even because our eldest son is having his Birthday today.... ;)
So great to see Ollie and Frankie! Just love those two... :)
Have a lovely day!
Hugs, Ria.

Darlene said...

Congratulations to Lori. WooHoo!!!!!

Oh that apple torte reminds of the variety of tortes we used to enjoy when we lived in Germany. Serious yums! I think I may have to make this one; hubby would be so surprised and thoroughly enjoy it. Thank you for sharing, Kaaren.

Ollie and Frankie always make me smile.

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

Congrats on 4 years of blogging! What fun! That torte looks delish! I am saving it for a special day!!

Cindy said...

Thank you for the gift of this wonderful recipe, Kaaren. I definitely plan on giving it a try soon (when my tummy feels better). I love anything with apples.

You're a gift in yourself.

God bless.

Shelley said...

Yeah Lori!! Congrats!

Michelle said...

Congrats Lori...this is her week...or month shall I say...first she wins this and then next she will be the featured artist at a quilt shop in Bend, OR....lucky lady...

enjoy your day and that Torte looks wonderful.

Lori said...

Oh my goodness! Thank you Kaaren! I am thrilled!!
The torte looks delicious!

Stephanie said...

Lucky winner. Thanks for the recipe. YUM!!! Anything with cream cheese is a winner. :o) The boys are adorable (handsome.) I was a Westie in the Palm Springs airport waiting to travel with it's owner. I thought of you.

Kathy said...

Congratulations Lori! Thank you for sharing your recipe -- that makes my mouth water!

Janet O. said...

Congrats to Lori--couldn't be a more deserving winner!
The torte looks so yummy! I think I put on a few pounds just reading the recipe! : )

annie said...

Congrats to Lori, the recipe sounds wonderful!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Yay for Lori! Yum, warm apples on a cold day :-)

gracie said...

Wonderful news for Lori. Love the updates on Frankie and Ollie.

JOY @ http://joysjotsshots.blogspot.com/ said...

You know that "Next Blog" button at the top of blogger blogs? Well I just happened to be surfing today and clicked it a couple of times and came across your blog. I attempt to make a quilt top every now and then, so your site was very interesting and I've become a follower. enJOYed looking over your recent cozy posts.

Your friend in Kentucky, USA

Jane said...

Congrats Lori! Lucky lady!!!! And that torte looks delicious Kaaren!!! Thanks for the recipe!!!!

Debra Anger said...

Congrats to Lori, I know it is going to someone that will treasure your gift Kaaren. Thanks so much for all that you give.

WoolenSails said...

Congratulations to Lori!
Glad to see Ollie is doing better.

Debbie

JudyCinNC said...

Congratulations to Lori - but I must say I sure did want to win this one. I will be making that torte just as soon as someone is here to help us eat it. Thanks Kaaren for the recipe and picture of Ollie and Frankie. Judy C

Gran - Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

OMGosh does your recipe look delicious. I am going to have to make it - will let you know how it goes. Wishing you a great day! Your post made mine so.

Merilyn said...

Lori is such a deserving recipient of your blog-anniversary give-away!! She shares so much on her own blog. I'm pleased for her win!!!!
Looks like a great receipe, thanks for sharing it!!!

Marie-Jozé Rikers said...

congratulations with your 4 th annivery

Pam in IL said...

Congrats to Lori.

Thanks for sharing a delicious looking recipe.

Frankie and Ollie are so cute. Glad Ollie is fully recovered.

Angie said...

Congratulations, darling Lori! That looks like such a yummy recipe---going on my list to make. :) Hugs to the little sweeties.

Mary said...

Lucky Lori. She will love it. That torte looks yummy too!

Candace said...

Congratulations to Lori! Your torte looks good enough to eat from here, Kaaren! I'll try this for sure! Glad Ollie has recovered but he looks just a tad sad at what he lost (wink).
Cheers!

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