Turn to Fall with a Caramel Apple Cider

The days have finally cooled down in Dallas and we can see that summer is slowly turning to fall.  We have cooler mornings and the sun is setting earlier in the evening.  We love fall.  Rhonda is pulling out the fall decor in house and planting mums in the flower beds. Fall conjures up images of cozy evenings around the patio fire, spicy smells and rich bold tastes.  We like to cook, bake, and mix with darker liquors that have a bold flavor and warming sensation at this time of year.  Since we still have daily temperatures close to 90 degrees during September in Texas, we need to transition slowly. This week we are sharing a sweet drink with you — Caramel Apple Cider.

Who doesn’t love the taste of caramel and apples in the fall?  The sweetness of caramel with fall’s harvest of fresh apples creates a pleasing combination.  This drink has a buttery warm sensation as it touches your lips and taste buds.  It is the perfect drink to sip while sitting on your patio on a beautiful fall afternoon.

To make the Caramel Apple Cider you need only a few easy ingredients: Hard Apple Cider (We used Angry Orchard.), fresh lemon juice, and Monin Caramel Apple Butter syrup.  You can purchase Monin syrups at many liquor stores.  Our local Total Wine has Monin syrups available.  You can also find flavored syrups in your grocery story next to the coffee.  If you can’t find the Monin Caramel Apple Butter syrup, use a caramel syrup instead.

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We are looking forward to our line up of fall cocktails and baking that we have in store for you over the next three months!  Make sure to check back with our site often.

We would be completely remiss if we didn’t mention that our favorite hockey team the Dallas Stars are in the finals for the Stanley Cup! This is not usually in our fall line up, but when your team is in the finals, it’s always a good time of year!!!

Craig is taking Blind Piglet #3 on a college visit to the University of Arkansas this afternoon.  They are looking forward to the beautiful drive and campus.  Rhonda is off to buy mums and pumpkins.  What are your favorite fall activities?



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The Easiest Bread You’ll Ever Make


The Blind Pig Apple Festival continues with one of the easiest recipes we have posted on TBP:  Angry Orchard Bread.  This bread recipe, which only requires 3 main ingredients,  will have you feeling guilty for the minimum effort and big reward to your taste buds.  Yes, we said three ingredients!!!

Rhonda had a beer bread recipe for years that was super easy.  One day when we were brainstorming ideas for the blog, we thought, “What if we substitute hard cider for beer in our recipe?”  We tried it and lo and behold a star was born.  You don’t need to take just our word for it.  Our harshest and most severe critic, Blind Piglet #2, loved this recipe, so we know we have a crowd pleaser.


Here’s what you need.  Self-rising enriched flour, a bottle of your favorite hard cider (ours is Angry Orchard), and sugar.  We also enhanced the recipe with some chopped apples covered in cinnamon and sugar.

The most difficult part of the recipe is that your hard cider needs to be warm or room temperature.  Ours was nice and cold from sitting in the refrigerator, so we had to place it out in the sun for about an hour.  (Hopefully you won’t need to do that part.)

Place the flour and sugar in a bowl.  Add hard cider and stir.  Place in a bread pan.  Top with chopped apples covered in cinnamon and sugar.  Bake for 50-55 minutes at 350 degrees.  Out comes cinnamony, apple goodness!

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Angry Orchard Bread: The Easiest Bread You'll Ever Make

Is your weekend as soggy and wet at ours is in Dallas, Texas?  If so, it is the perfect time for making a little something, something in the oven!  Are you ready to try out Angry Orchard Bread?  What are you waiting for?