Being the overly emotional human that I am, I find myself almost always with tears in my eyes at some point during a wedding. The beautiful bride walking down the aisle. The father of the bride giving the most heartwarming speech of his life to his (forever) baby girl. The newlyweds sharing their first dance. Not really like a sobbing, ugly-cry, but just some silent happy tears. Because it truly is beautiful, witnessing a celebration of love that's so great my little heart can't keep it all in leaving it to escape from my eyes as I smile watching it all.
And now, I've been lucky enough to gift my happiness to a couple of couples in the form of baking. It's been a honor. One of the brides, Jessica, sent me some photos recently of the cake, surrounded by donuts, her and her husband beaming next to it. And even though my stomach churns each time I bake for these events for fear of making a mistake, seeing the reaction at the end reminds me that I love doing this. I love making people feel loved.
And today I get to do it again, for Liz at Pumpkin and Peanut Butter, a beautiful lady who I've had the pleasure of getting to know through mutual blogging friends, and will be tying the knot in just a few short weeks! Her blog has become one of my favorites for inspiration, especially since lately I've been leaning towards eating more vegetables. And we can't forget about the fact that she makes the most mouthwatering snacks that I wish would magically appear on my counter after work. But beyond that, her love for her man clearly shows in her posts, and that is a kind of love certainly worth celebrating. I'm so excited to be a part of her virtual surprise bridal shower today, and I hope that she can feel all the fuzzy, warm, internet feelings that we're sending her way.
In honor of her two favorite things (pumpkin and peanut butter), Lucia and Alexa asked us to provide recipes that included either pumpkin, peanut butter, or both! I opted for peanut butter because it's the perfect pair with a good apple at any given time, morning breakfast, midday snack, or wrapped in a pastry like this one for dessert. The honey caramelizes in the oven as the tart bakes and gives the pastry an extra sweetness. The flaky sea salt prevents the whole thing from being sickly, and contrasts the natural juices of the apples. It's an elevated marriage of two simple, but absolutely beautiful things - apples and peanut butter, and since we're talking about a bridal shower here, it makes perfect sense.
Honey apple peanut butter tart
- 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed but still cold
- Heaping 1/2 cup peanut butter (I like to use Jif Natural)
- 4 tablespoons honey, plus more for drizzling
- 3 medium apples, thinly sliced
- Flaky sea salt to sprinkle on top
- Preheat oven to 400 F. On a sheet pan lined with parchment paper, unfold the puff pastry and place in the fridge to keep cold while you prepare the rest of your ingredients.
- In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the peanut butter and honey for 20 seconds and mix, so that the two become melty and spreadable. Spread this peanut butter mixture over the puff pastry. Top with the sliced apples.
- Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the puff pastry is risen on the edges and golden brown. Remove from the oven and drizzle with more honey, and sprinkle the sea salt over the entire pastry.
- Let cool for a few minutes until it can be handled, then cut into squares. Enjoy with a glass of cold milk, or maybe some chai tea because it's fall and it just makes sense.
Liz, I hope you have the best day of your life in the upcoming weeks, and a magical time of getting ready for it. May you and Nate have the happiest lifetime together. Check out the links below to see what all of us have in store for Liz today! And have a fantastic weekend.
Alexa @ Fooduzzi: Homemade Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter
Lucia @ The Foodwright: Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Granola
Becca @ Fork in the Kitchen: Pumpkin Spice Baked Brie
Rebecca @ Nourished. the blog : Gluten-Free Baked Pumpkin Donuts
Maya @ Spice and Sprout: Pumpkin Spiced Whiskey Hot Chocolate
Laura @ Joy Food Sunshine: Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pies (No-Bake)