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    >>> this morning in "today's kitchen," hot chef, executive chef and owner of bayou bakery in washington, d.c.

    >> that's right. this is national dessert month and he is showing us an all-american dessert. good to see you.

    >> thank you for having me. good to see you.

    >> everybody is going apple picking .

    >> we've got to know what tooed to do with them. we're going to talk about this bunt cake . we have ground pecans in our flour. throw these ingredients in, butter the last. we have unique spices, salt, black pepper and a pinch of cinnamon.

    >> salt and pepper .

    >> why not? just enough to get you questioning, like, what is that? a hint of heat? but without using cayenne or hot sauce or anything like that.

    >> nice.

    >> and then beautiful apples, using honey crisp , sort of the first varieties you see in the fall.

    >> can you use more than one apple?

    >> you can. if you like the tart of the granny smith and want the sweetness, you can blend.

    >> the ying and yang.

    >> i like that, the ying and yang.

    >> we have our diced apples ready to go. and we'll add our spices. spices again are something you can swap out if you're more of a cinnamon girl or if you like a nutmeg guy. so i'm a big fan of nutmeg. we're going to add corn starch . toss that in there for me. mix it up with our apples, a nice hot pan with melted butter. we now render down, made a pie filling here. an apple pie filling.

    >> that looks good enough to eat by itself.

    >> the smell alone.

    >> forget about the batter. we are going to make this bunt cake . we add the apples into this, very unique. and we make an upside down bunt cake , okay? so we're adding these beautiful fall apples to this already pre-floured and pre-buttered okay? then our batter goes into here. we go right into the oven with it. when it comes out of the oven, very unique. remember the stuff we were making over there, the crumble? this goes right on top while it's still hot.

    >> is it easy to transition over?

    >> it is very easy. you've got to use the teflon. if your teflon is beat up and you have pockets because you used the scrub brush too much, might want to get a new one. this is fall. this screams fall.

    >> fall!

    >> come over here, we're going to do the lemon icebox pie. again, a classic item you can store in the ice -- literally, the refrigerator. our egg yolks here, adding our zest. we can add this beautiful condensed milk to this. at any speed. oh, yeah, come on now.

    >> don't you insult us.

    >> so we're going to make this filling. it literally is this quick and easy. al, hit me with that lemon juice right there, please.

    >> all of it?

    >> yes, all of it.

    >> is this fresh lemon juice ?

    >> are yes, don't use the lemon hand grenade .

    >> the lemon an hand grenade ?

    >> we're not doing that. it doesn't take that long. let me help you out there. we're going to end that. the batter comes in here, we put that into a pre-made filling crust, spring form to make it easy to come out. we're going to put that in the oven for 15, 20 minutes , just until it sets lightly. and then we've got actually a finish right here. in our freezer.

    >> oh, you've got it?

    >> we've got it here.

    >> assist at least that part of it.

    >> it takes a few hours to set. this is the beautiful thing about this. you store it in the freezer.

    >> fantastic.

    >> you come home from work, school, the kids, get a hot knife, slice a wedge. you can see we have done that right here and it's that easy, okay? take a sliver, put it back in the icebox, in the freezer, and you can put as much or as little as you want. the condensed milk does not allow it to freeze rock-hard.

    >> oh, nice.

    >> sugar being an anti freeze , the perfect amount to pull the wedge out. crisps, this is all-american. fruit crisps are very popular. you don't have to struggle with the dough. it's put it in the pan, toss it with sugar. we've got --

    >> what are you using here?

    >> these are our bid to farewell to summer. this is blueberries and back builder res black we are re. hello to the apples.

    >> hello, apple!

    >> wants to say hi to something new. hurry, david.

    >> look how beautiful this is right here.

    >> did you make that?

    >> you are ready to go right here.

    >> what is the point in doing it if i can't eat it? thank you.

    >> we have -- this is the bunt cake , apple crumble , happen apple on top. .

TODAY recipes
updated 10/4/2011 6:32:24 PM ET 2011-10-04T22:32:24

Recipe: Apple-spiced upside-down bundt cake with a pecan and salted oat streusel

  • For the streusel topping:
  • 1/4 cup pecan pieces (or halves)
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 9 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • For the apples:
  • 6 each apples, peeled, cored and cut into medium dice (about 6 cups of diced apples)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • For the bundt cake:
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 each orange
  • 3 each eggs (Grade A large)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup 1 percent buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup Calvados (apple brandy)
  • 8 ounces (+ 3 tablespoons to coat the pan) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups (+ 3 tablespoons to coat the pan) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make the streusel topping:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the pecans on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.  Carefully transfer the nuts from the hot pan to a plate and refrigerate for 15 minutes, or until cool.

In a sauté pan over medium-low heat, toast the oats, cooking about 6-8 minutes, continually moving the pan back and forth. Transfer the oats to a plate and refrigerate for 15 minutes, or until cool.

Into the bowl of a food processor, add flour and cooled nuts. Blend for 10-15 seconds.  Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl. Add the sugars, oats, cinnamon, salt and pepper and combine. Slowly pour in the cooled, melted butter, using your hands or a fork to blend it into the dry mixture. (If the butter is warm, the mixture will clump and the pieces of crumble will have a doughy finished texture.) Sprinkle the crumb onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in preheated oven (325 degrees Fahrenheit) for 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and reserve.

To prepare the apples:
Place the diced apples into a mixing bowl. In a small bowl, thoroughly mix together the sugar, cornstarch, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Sprinkle on top of the apples and toss together.

In a 12-inch sauté pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the apple mixture and cook, stirring every minute or two, until apples are slightly tender and soft just on the outside, about 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat, transfer to a bowl, and immediately refrigerate.

To make the bundt cake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Brush 3 tablespoons softened butter into the bundt pan, taking care to get the butter into all of the pan's creases. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour into the pan and swirl the pan (over your kitchen sink) until all of the butter is coated in flour.

Into the bowl of an electric mixer, add remaining butter and granulated sugar. Zest the orange into the bowl. (Note: Always zest directly into the bowl to capture the essential oils.) Using the paddle attachment, beat on medium-high speed for 2 minutes. Lower the speed and add the eggs one at a time, incorporating each before adding the next. Stop the mixer and use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Sift together remaining flour and baking soda. Add the salt to the dry ingredients. Add brandy and vanilla to the measured buttermilk. Alternate adding dry and wet ingredients to the batter in three intervals, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.

Add cooled apple mixture to the bottom of the prepared man, making sure it is distributed in an even layer. Add the cake batter on top of the apples. Bake in preheated oven on center rack for 1 hour, or until a wooden skewer comes out clean and dry when inserted into the center of the cake. Remove the cake from the oven and immediately invert it onto a cooling rack with a baking sheet underneath. Slowly lift the pan off of the cake. If any apples stick to the pan, remove them using a rubber spatula and immediately transfer them to the top of the cake. While the apples are hot and moist, sprinkle the baked streusel topping to cover the top of the cake. Let cool completely, about 1 hour.

Recipe: Lemon icebox pie

  • For the graham cracker crust:
  • 14 whole graham crackers
  • 1⁄4 cup sugar
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and still warm
  • For the lemon filling:
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans condensed milk
  • 1 1⁄4 cups strained lemon juice (from the 2 zested lemons below plus an additional 4-6)
  • 2 each lemons, zest
  • 8 each egg yolks
  • For the chantilly cream:
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1⁄4 cup confectioners' sugar

To make the graham cracker crust:
Heat the oven to 325 degrees F. Break the graham crackers into small pieces and place in the bowl of a food processor along with the sugar and salt. Pulse 8 times, until the cracker crumbs are semi-fine (they shouldn't be powdery but not in large shards either) and the crackers and sugar are combined. Pour in the butter and pulse until the butter is blended in and the mixture isn't crumbly and holds its shape when you squeeze it, about 12 one-second pulses. Transfer the crust to a 9-inch springform pan and push and press the crumb mixture into the bottom and two-thirds of the way up the sides of the pan. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to press the crust into place. Set aside.

To make the lemon filling:
Whisk the condensed milk with the lemon juice and set aside. Whisk the zest with the egg yolks in a medium bowl until pale, 30 to 60 seconds, and then whisk in the lemon juice-condensed milk mixture.

Place the springform pan on a rimmed baking sheet, pour the mixture into the crust, and carefully transfer the baking sheet to the oven. Bake until the center jiggles slightly, like a soft-setting custard, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for one hour on a cooling rack. Loosely cover the pan with plastic wrap (be careful not to let the plastic wrap touch the top of the pie) and freeze for at least six hours or overnight.

To make the chantilly cream:
Pour the heavy cream into the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl if using a hand mixer). Add the vanilla and sift in the confectioners' sugar. Whip on low speed to combine and then increase the speed to medium-high and whip until medium-stiff peaks form, about 11/2 minutes.

Before serving, wrap a wet, warm kitchen towel around the edges of the springform pan to release the pie from the pan's sides. Unclasp the pan and remove the pie. Fill a pitcher with hot water, dunk your knife in, wipe off the blade, and slice. Top with a dollop of chantilly cream and serve immediately, or keep in the freezer for up to one week. 

Recipe: Black and blue berry crumble

  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups blackberries
  • 4 cups blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch or tapioca
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Sugar (anywhere from 2 tablespoons to a heaping 1/4 cup)
  • Ice cream or whipped cream for serving

Heat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spread out the almonds in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 8 minutes. Add the oats and continue to toast until the almonds just start to color, 4 to 6 minutes longer. Remove, transfer to a medium bowl, and set aside. Increase the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.

Using a whisk or a wooden spoon, beat the butter, 1/4 cup of the sugar and the light brown sugar together in a medium bowl until relatively smooth. Stir in the vanilla, and then, using a fork, stir in the flour, cinnamon and salt. Scoop and stir the mixture until it is crumbly with large nuggets (squeeze some of the topping together in your hand, release and break apart for extra-large nuggets). Freeze for 10 minutes, stir in the almonds and oats, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until the filling is ready (the topping can be made up to 1 week in advance or frozen for up to 3 months; defrost the topping at room temperature for 20 minutes before using).

Place the berries, lemon zest and lemon juice in a large bowl. Taste a berry and add enough sugar to lightly sweeten (2 tablespoons for sweet berries, up to a generous 1/4 cup for tart berries). Add the cornstarch or tapioca flour, toss and transfer the filling to an 8-inch-square baking dish. Evenly cover with the crisp topping, place on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until the berry juices are bubbling but the berries still hold their shape, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and serve slightly warm or completely cool, topped with ice cream or whipped cream.

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