Apple Brie Fig Sandwich | Autumn Cooking

For today’s post, I have an apple brie fig sandwich to satisfy your fall cravings. The crunch of fresh apples, the silkiness of brie, and the luxury of fig jam all come together to make the perfect autumn sandwich. The recipe is actually by one of my favorite YouTubers, Tess Christine. Remembering this video from last year, we were excited to try it for ourselves after our own apple picking adventure.

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You will need:

Apples, 1 to 2 small ones


Fig jam/butter


Sourdough bread


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  1. Thinly slice your apples. After spreading fig jam onto the bread, place the sliced apples into a thin layer. Feel free to use different variety of apples – I used one Red and one Golden Delicious.
  2. Add a layer of brie, followed by your choice of greens. We went with arugula. Add the other slice of bread.
  3. To get extra fancy, grill your sandwich! Heat the frying pan, then place into it your buttered sandwich. Wait until golden brown, and do the same to the other side.
  4. Cut in half, and ENJOY!

Again, here is another simple and super adaptable recipe. Brie pairs really well with apple, I’ve seen the combination plenty of times on Pinterest. However, if you prefer another cheese, sub it in. Same goes with the arugula, but I was pleased to learn that its bitterness disappeared when warmed up.

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Apple Brie Fig Sandwich

Do yourself a favor and purchase a jar of fig jam. It was a great touch to the already dynamic duo of apple and brie cheese. We found this jar at Trader Joe’s! Also, make sure your bread is fresh. It really makes such a difference.

Can you believe its already October?! I seriously cannot believe it. Next thing you know, it’s going to be Thanksgiving, then CHRISTMAS! AKA the most wonderful time of the year. The Christmas music and movies can’t come quick enough.

Apple Crumble | Autumn Baking

On Sunday, my family and I went apple picking at Sentenac Ranch. We walked away with 98 apples, and we now need to get creative with this newfound apple abundance. In the spirit of autumn, my sister and I have come up with several baking recipes to share on Dressed in Black – the first being a delicious apple crumble that can be served á la mode or even enjoyed on its own.

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You will need:

Baking apples, 3 to 4 small ones

⅓ cup flour

⅓ cup rolled oats

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp butter

1 tsp cinnamon

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  1. Dice your baking apples into bite-sized pieces. Place them into a greased baking tin.
  2. In a separate container, combine the oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon with butter.
  3. Cover your apples with the combined oat mixture and spread out evenly.
  4. Place the crisp into an oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until golden brown.

This simple recipe is super adaptable. The measurements listed above are for a 3-serving apple crisp, and should really only be used as a reference. Add more cinnamon or extra sugar if you’d like! I think the key is to have equal parts oats and flour.

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Apple Crumble

Apple crumble, or more popularly know in the States as apple crisp, is the essence of autumn. I recommend you eat it straight out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Today is the first day of autumn, which I’m really excited about it. I am in my absolute element during these months of September, October and November. The overall coziness from the crisp air to baking is everything.

San Diego won’t have fall weather anytime soon, but you can bet that I will be enjoying this crumble every day until then.

Mother’s Day Mug Cake

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Just in time for Mother’s Day, I have a fun mug cake recipe (can you say TIE-DYE?!) to say “Mum, I appreciate you!” If there’s anything better than cake, it’s the mug cake. It’s a super simple way to eat your favorite desserts, and all you really need is a microwave to cook it.

You will need: a microwave-safe mug, vanilla cake mix, and food coloring. To make this extra special for Mom, I suggest that you add some fresh flowers (but fake flowers will do the trick as well!)

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Mix up cake batter according to the package instructions, then separate into three bowls. Dye each with a different shade of food coloring. As you can see, I went with pink, purple and orange.

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Spray the mug with cooking spray and add the batter in three different layers. Make sure your batter only fills the mug halfway or it will overflow in the microwave, and it won’t be pretty. Bake (or in this case – microwave) for just a minute and a half. Let it cool before you decorate.

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Coat the top with some frosting and add flowers. Cut the stems off, and use toothpicks to place the blooms into the mug cake!

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I’m obsessed with those bright colors!

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With the extra cake mix, my sister baked a tie-dye sheet cake, which we decorated accordingly.

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Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms, Mums, and motherly figures out there! I hope you know how appreciated you are :)