Friday, September 1, 2017

Fox 19 Visit: Apple Dumplings, Banana Bread and Free Country Living Fair Tickets!!

(This post is from 2017-the contest and event have ended)

Hello friends!!

It's almost that time of year... fall....

and maybe even better...

It's time for the Ohio Country Living Fair!!

Have you ever been??

It is


This year:
September 15-17
at the Ohio Village in Columbus, Ohio

One of my very favorite fall days... it's really the best
shopping, the best food and best craft demos and the best day-out with friends....
It's really the best!!

What could make this great event even greater???

I have three (3) sets of 3-day Early Bird passes to give away.

I know you want to go... if you are into baking, crafting, shopping and eating!!

Sign up below and on 9/5/2017 and three lucky winners will be randomly chosen.

Each winner receives two (2) 3-day, Early Bird Passes

An email has been sent to you!!  Check your inbox.

I'll be presenting on Friday and Saturday at the Ohio Country Living Fair...
Stop by if you are there!!

If you want to purchase discounted  tickets for the September  15-17
Country Living Fair

You can do so by stopping by any JoAnns store.

For more details about this year's CL Fair
or to purchase tickets directly

Today on Fox19
We made apple dumplings and banana bread.

How lucky am I that I get to go spend time with this great team
...absolutely a great time...every time.

How lucky are you that all the recipes are right here...??
If you need the recipes to either... they are below.


Karri Perry| Blue Ribbon Kitchen |

Pie Dough
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter flavored Crisco-chilled
1 cup unsalted butter-chilled
1/4 cup ice water + 1/4 cup vodka

Cut butter and Crisco into the flour/sugar/salt mixture with a pastry blender. Once butter and Crisco is flaked into tiny pieces and the mixture is uniform, begin slowly adding the liquid.

Add just enough ice cold water/vodka mixed 50/50- to bring dough together.

Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and chill dough for at least 1 hour before using.

Egg wash
1 egg – beaten
1 Tablespoon water

Crumb Topping
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter - softened
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon
 1/2 tsp nutmeg
Combine using a fork, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Honey Caramel Sauce
In a saucepan over medium heat:
1 stick of butter
1 cup of packed brown sugar
1/3 cup of honey
½ cup heavy cream
(¼ cup of warm water to thin if needed)
Melt butter; add sugar, honey and cream.  Heat until bubbly and all sugar is dissolved.  Turn off heat.  Let honey caramel sauce rest on stove top until needed.  Thin with the water if the sauce is too thick to pour easily.

4-5 small to medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored

Filling for apples
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cardamom
1 cup granulated sugar
3 Tbs. butter divided for the 5 apples
Mix spices and sugar together in a small bowl.

Prepare pie dough, let chill for at least 1 hour or overnight before rolling out.
Combine sugar and spices for filling apples, set aside.  
Make crumb topping, set aside. 
Make honey caramel sauce, set aside. 
Peel and core apples.  Cover apples in lemon water and set aside. 
Roll out dough into a rectangle ¼ inch thick. Cut into fourths.  Place a prepared apple in center of dough square.  
Place a slice of butter (approx. 1 tsp) inside apple.  Fill apple center with 1-2 Tbs. of the cinnamon sugar filling mixture.  Top each apple with a handful of crumb topping gently molding it on top of the apple.  
Fold dough up and around apple, covering the crumb topping and pinching sides to seal at the edges.  Repeat for each apple. Place dough covered apples into a buttered baking dish.  
Roll out chilled reserved dough. Use decorative cutters to make leaf shapes for top of apples if desired.  Use egg wash to attach cut-out shapes to apples, lightly brush apples with egg wash.  
Chill prepared apples for 10 minutes in the freezer. 
Pour honey-caramel sauce around apples.  
Bake on middle rack, in preheated 375-degree oven for 50-60 minutes, or until filling is bubbly and crust is golden brown.  Lightly cover apples with foil after 20 minutes or half way through baking if crust is becoming too brown. Allow to cool. 

Banana Bread Recipe
Prize -Winning Banana Bread
Karri Perry, Blue Ribbon Kitchen Blog
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
3 very ripe bananas mashed well  (about: 1 3/4 cup)
6 tablespoons melted butter, slightly cooled
1 TBS vegetable oil
2 large eggs lightly beaten
¼ cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped toasted walnuts OPTIONAL

Combine flours, baking soda, salt and set aside.  Combine sugar, bananas, eggs, butter, oil, sour cream and vanilla extract.  Add flour mixture to banana mixture, combine well-but do not over mix, fold in nuts if using.  Pour into a 9-inch loaf pan, sprayed well with vegetable oil spray.  Bake at 350 degrees, until golden brown (50-55 minutes), or until a tester comes out clean.  Let loaf cool in pan for 5 minutes; turn out onto a cooling rack.

2023 Update: for Muffins:
350 degrees middle rack of oven

I made extra large muffins for the fair-fill a large cupcake liner half way-sprinkle with 1 tsp brown sugar or crumb topping (see below) on each muffin bake on middle rack for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out cleanly and tops look matte-not wet. Makes 8-10 large bakery style muffins.  

For smaller cupcake-sized muffins-fill liners halfway, top with a sprinkle of brown sugar or crumb topping-bake for 20-25 minutes-checking to see if done-tops will be matte, puffed and a toothpick will come out cleanly.

Banana bread doneness is quite variable because banana size and moisture varies so much…everyone’s batter will be a little different— just check your baked good 5 minutes before and close to finish time… 

Also-very ripe bananas means VERY ripe… like dark brown.

Crumb Topping-mix to create a crumb topping:
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar packed-light or dark is fine
2 Tbs granulated sugar
1/8 tsp cinnamon 
1/2 tsp salt
6 TBS soft unsalted butter
1/4 cup toasted/cooled chopped pecans


  1. EVERYTHING about the fair looks awesome. I love fairs, the talented people with their baked goods, the beautifully groomed animals, and all the fun sights, smells, and sounds!

  2. The demonstrations and the shopping at the CL fair are awesome. Congratulations on being part of it again this year.