A Night In the Kitchen (Plus, our favorite gluten free dessert recipe)

This A Night In is sponsored by Anolon.

Welcome to the second installment of A Night In where we rally a few of our favorite bloggers together to share a space in their home after that photogenic afternoon light goes down. It’s intimate. It’s real. And in my opinion, it’s incredibly cozy. Nothing is better than when the sun goes down and your home can start shining from the inside. This time, everyone is sharing their kitchens at night!

Chris Loves Julia kitchen at night

Most of our readers know we like to entertain and have people over for dinner–a large reason why we installed two ranges side by side in here. We usually have people over for dinner 2-3 times a week, but recently, with all of the projects we’ve be undertaking, it’s been a difficult time commitment to swing. That hasn’t stopped us or our passion for welcoming friends inside our home. Our friends had the brilliant idea of having dessert instead of a full blown dinner and it’s been so much fun. It’s very casual, usually only goes for an hour, but still allows friends to get together to chat. Everyone inevitably alway ends up circled around the kitchen island and every time I get butterflies–this is what we dreamed this home and this kitchen would always be.

Dessert night Have a dessert night

Chris isn’t a big baker, but he does make a few desserts that I request over and over. Including this crisp we served at our last Dessert Night.

Ingredients • 1/4 cup sliced almonds • 1/4 cup pine nuts • 2 cups rolled oats (gluten free if that’s what you’re going for) • 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary • 2 tsp olive oil • 1/4 cup honey • 5 Pink Lady apples (or another tart eating apple) • 5 Granny Smith apples • 2 lemons, juiced • salt • 1 stick salted butter • 2 sprigs rosemary • 2 cups brown sugar • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup • 1 cup heavy cream • 1.5 Tbsp cornstarch • 1/2 cup Mascarpone cheese • 1 tsp bee pollen (optional)

Salted Caramel & Rosemary Apple Granola Crisp (Gluten Free)

Ingredients

1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 cups rolled oats (gluten free if that’s what you’re going for)
1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
2 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup honey
5 Pink Lady apples (or another tart eating apple)
5 Granny Smith apples
2 lemons, juiced
salt
1 stick salted butter
2 sprigs rosemary
2 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup dark corn syrup
1 cup heavy cream
1.5 Tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup Mascarpone cheese
1 tsp bee pollen (optional)

Steps
1. Preheat oven to 350.
  Make the Granola
2. In a dry pan, toast the almonds, pine nuts and rolled oats on medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes until just beginning to brown. Stir frequently to prevent burning.
3. Add the olive oil to the oats and toss to coat. Allow to cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
4. Reduce heat to low, add the honey, a pinch of salt and the chopped rosemary, toss to coat and allow to cook another 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning. Spray a sheet of wax paper with cooking spray and remove the granola from the pan onto the wax paper to cool.
  Prepare the Apples
5. Peel, core and slice the apples into slices about 1/2 inch thick. Toss in a bowl with the juice of the two lemons.
6. Add the apples to the cast-iron skillet with 1/2 cup of water and bring to a simmer on medium low heat. Cook until water evaporates, turn off heat.
  Make the Caramel
7. In a separate pan, melt the butter. Add the rosemary sprigs and put on low heat, allowing the herbs to steep in the butter for 10 minutes. Remove and discard the rosemary stems.
8. Add the brown sugar and corn syrup to the butter on medium-low heat and gently simmer. While that is simmering, combine the cream and cornstarch and stir to break up any lumps.
9. Add the mascarpone cheese and cream slurry to the caramel and whisk to combine. If too thick to pour, add water 1 Tbsp at a time until proper consistency is reached.
10. Pour the caramel onto the apples in the cast-iron skillet. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, evenly spread the granola on top and sprinkle evenly with bee pollen (optional). Bake an additional 5-10 minutes until granola begins to brown – watch carefully to ensure it doesn’t burn.
  Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Ingredients • 1/4 cup sliced almonds • 1/4 cup pine nuts • 2 cups rolled oats (gluten free if that’s what you’re going for) • 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary • 2 tsp olive oil • 1/4 cup honey • 5 Pink Lady apples (or another tart eating apple) • 5 Granny Smith apples • 2 lemons, juiced • salt • 1 stick salted butter • 2 sprigs rosemary • 2 cups brown sugar • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup • 1 cup heavy cream • 1.5 Tbsp cornstarch • 1/2 cup Mascarpone cheese • 1 tsp bee pollen (optional) Ingredients • 1/4 cup sliced almonds • 1/4 cup pine nuts • 2 cups rolled oats (gluten free if that’s what you’re going for) • 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary • 2 tsp olive oil • 1/4 cup honey • 5 Pink Lady apples (or another tart eating apple) • 5 Granny Smith apples • 2 lemons, juiced • salt • 1 stick salted butter • 2 sprigs rosemary • 2 cups brown sugar • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup • 1 cup heavy cream • 1.5 Tbsp cornstarch • 1/2 cup Mascarpone cheese • 1 tsp bee pollen (optional)
It’s so so good and isn’t every dessert better when made in cast iron? We’re always asked what pots and pans Chris recommends, and we can never say Anolon fast enough–It’s the only pots and pans Chris uses. We have their full set of Nouvelle Copper Stainless Steel Cookware, a few of their cast iron pots and we just added this Anolon Vesta Cast Iron Cookware Skillet that we love to use for everything from baked eggs to desserts.
Chris Loves Julia Kitchen at Night
Of course it isn’t always friends and thoughtful desserts in here. Sometimes it looks more like homework or doing dishes or making popcorn or sneaking into the freezer at around 10pm for ice cream. What does your kitchen look like after dark?  Are there dessert nights in your future?
See more of my favorite kitchens in the blogosphere and what their people do when the sun goes down through these links:
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You can see the previous A Night In, our reading room, right here.


19 Comments

  • Reply November 15, 2016

    Sara

    Could you tell me the source of the rug in your kitchen please? Thank you ;)

  • Reply November 16, 2016

    Megan

    I love the idea of having guests over for desert. We also love to invite people into our home but sometimes a full blown meal can be overwhelming. I’m stealing this idea this week. Thanks for the tip!

  • Reply November 16, 2016

    Em

    I feel like your window mullions/frames are begging to be painted black. Have you guys thought about it?

    • Reply November 16, 2016

      Julia

      The mullions are in between glass so that’s not a possibility–but would look cool!

  • Reply November 16, 2016

    Jessica

    How DELISH!! I know I could replace the cream with coconut cream, but any ideas on working around the marscapone? Gluten & lactose intolerant over here.

    • Reply November 16, 2016

      Chris

      You could probably omit the cheese and just add a little more full-fat coconut milk, or maybe even add a couple of large marshmallows. It would change the texture a bit, but I think it would still be great. :)

      • November 18, 2016

        Jessica

        Thanks Chris! Do not give me an excuse to use marshmallows. Once I open a bag I cannot stop!

  • Reply November 16, 2016

    Kim | Yellow Brick Home

    I am SO on board with this dessert-only thing. And your kitchen is just as magical in the evening as it is during the day. So grateful to be doing this with you! xx

  • Reply November 16, 2016

    Ashley

    So warm and cozy! Where is that serving tray to the left of your stove from? It’s so chic.

  • Reply November 17, 2016

    Margo

    I really enjoy looking at these blogs to get design ideas. There are so many great rooms.

    But dear god, they’ve all become so homogeneous. It’s like I’m reading the same text over and over. I wish I’d see some dirty laundry aired online.

    Everyone is “So excited all the time!!!!”. There’s always some new random item that, “I just have to share with all of you!!!!!!” It’s like my new “spatula!!” Before we got this “spatula! *linked here*…the kids hated my pancakes”. “I didn’t think my life could be any more perfect but now it’s even more perfect because of this spatula!!!!!! You must try it!!! I’m so excited!!!! My husband hates me and we’re getting divorced!!!”

    • Reply November 17, 2016

      Julia

      …yikes!

      • November 18, 2016

        Jessica

        I personally love how different and real your kitchen is! Actual & epic cooking goes on in here! (and I love a good spatula)

    • Reply November 18, 2016

      Rebs

      LOL!

      but we have to remember that the free content is because of the sponsors/ads, and come on, it’s a genius marketing tool, so it will increase… especially with the biggest selling season of the year upon us already. EX: I don’t think Target would be too thrilled if Emily and her husband divorced at xmas…

      I’m sure all bloggers struggle with this, at some time or another – but it’s a business – so I don’t think they should worry too much about it.

  • Reply December 8, 2016

    Jessica

    Hi Chris and Julia!

    I listen to your podcast so I know you get a ridiculous amount of comments and there’s no way to keep up and this is an old post. I guess I’m saying if I don’t get a reply, no worries I get it.

    That being said could you please tell me the width of your kitchen? We recently bought a new house and the layout is similar to yours but it feels cramped. We are considering robbing a bit from the other room like you did.

    Having an idea of how wide your space is would really help me visualize it.

    Thank you!!!

    • Reply December 8, 2016

      Julia

      It’s about 13′ wide, but the cabinets and fridge on the right side are recessed an additional 2′. Hope that helps!

      • December 8, 2016

        Jessica

        It does! Mine is 15′ wide. Maybe it only looks cramped the way it’s laid out.

        Thanks for getting back to me ?

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