Huckleberry Pie at Priest Lake

Northwest Pearls: Huckleberry PieI've always loved huckleberries. We've always had bushes of them growing in our yard or neighborhood so it blew my mind when my best friend thought that they were something "from Dr. Seuss." Then I had two other friends think that they were just a flavor. They didn't realize they were a real thing. That being said, I love huckleberry flavored things. Ice cream especially. We bought huckleberry ice cream at Priest Lake and it was amazing. And while at that store, we picked up a huckleberry pie for later. It was pretty good. And so pretty. I can't imagine how many huckleberries it took to make this though.

I'd for sure go get ice cream there again and probably the pie too!

What's one of your favorite flavors?

Apple Rose Treats

The other treat I made for the bake sale was Apple Roses. I found this recipe and decided to make them. It was a mistake.

The treats were amazing, but the amount of time I put into them was not worth it for a simple fundraiser. I wouldn't make these treats again unless it was for a pretty fancy dinner party. It took me about 3 hours and 45 minutes to make 16 treats.

I did learn some things though. If I make these again I will use our mandoline slicer, and I will have plenty of lemon juice on hand.

I needed more apple preserves than the original recipe called for, and more water and lemon juice to soak the lemons in. I also found that I should have simmered the apples in warm water right away and not tried just soaking them. Even when increasing the ingredients to make triple I still needed way more of the preserves and water. But the treats turned out wonderful and apparently had the mothers fighting over them.

Before going into the oven:

Northwest Pearls: Apple Roses

After coming out of the oven:

Northwest Pearls: Apple Roses

Northwest Pearls: Apple Roses

Northwest Pearls: Apple Roses

Ready to eat:

Northwest Pearls: Apple Roses

Northwest Pearls: Apple Roses

The treats were a ton of work, but I like how they turned out, not too sweet, and very pretty.

Have you tried making apple roses?

Zucchini Bread

Northwest Pearls: Zucchini Bread In my mother's recipe box, there's a 3x5 notecard with a recipe for Zucchini Bread typed out on it.

My sister thinks it's coffee cake, she wouldn't have tried it if we'd told her it was Zucchini Bread.

It's more of a cake than a bread, a ridiculous amount of sugar goes into the recipe, but it's delicious. I've been eating it for breakfast.

The recipe calls for:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of oil
  • 1 3 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of peeled and grated zucchini
  • 3 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 3 cups of sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup of combined raisins, currants, and dates (optional, my mom substitutes these for chocolate chips.)

First you beat the eggs until foamy. Then add oil, sugar, zucchini, and vanilla. Mix well. Then add the flour, salt, soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nuts, and raisins, currants, and dates. Pour batter into two greased/buttered loaf pans.

Bate at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

Recipe makes two loaves.

Northwest Pearls: Zucchini Bread

Let me know if you try it and what you think!