New Process Video’s Posted on DowntoEarthenware

Every so often, we like to share some quick video’s (some with and some without audio) Since we love watching people throw on the wheel, we thought maybe you all would like to see some examples of us making the ware that you purchase.

Chicken Baker

Our newest item (yet to be unveiled) is the Chicken Baker. (We are formulating a post on how to use this to be viewed another day) Here is how it is made:

Baking Dish / Pie Plates

Our baking dishes are probably the most popular item we sell! These dishes are not only look great, but bake extremely well! We previously posted an AWESOME breakfast Crustless Egg Casserole dish on our site. Here is how they are made:

 

There are other process video’s on our Video’s Page. Feel free to give them a gander.
If you have any other process video’s you would like to see posted, please let us know so we can make them!
Enjoy!

Demos and Deals!

Sunshine, live music, and handmade creations made a recipe for a great weekend! DowntoEarthenware had a booth at the Staunton (IL) Art and Music Festival Sept. 20 & 21. This was a unique opportunity to connect with people and really explain each piece and its function.

 

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A variety of pieces were available for purchase, but we had a special deal going on with our apple bakers. With every apple baker purchased the proud new owner also got to take home an apple (recently picked from a local orchard) to try in the new baker. This is quite a tasty incentive!

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Not only was there an opportunity to connect with individuals, but there was a great opportunity for those in attendance to see the throwing process.

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Here is a finished large baking dish.   Point of interest: did you know that the notches on the sides of the dishes aren’t purely decorative? If you cut a pie from one notch to the one directly across from it all the way around the pie you will end up with 8 evenly cut pieces! It’s all about form and function, my friends, form and function.

** Pictures courtesy of Kaylan Schardan of Macoupin County Enquirer-Democrat – She visited the booth and when the article is published, we will be happy to share that link with you!

Red Hot Apples Comin’ at Ya!

Have you tried our first baked apple recipe? Every bite of it tastes like fall, doesn’t it? If you’ve tried it you’ll also know that it was super simple to assemble and bake. In fact, you were probably thinking, “Wow, this was super simple and the presentation is beautiful.” Or, “Wow, this is what September tastes like.” Or, if you’re like me, you were thinking, “Nom, nom, nom…it’s gone already?!” (Obviously my level of sophistication exceeds that of many.)

For those of you who haven’t tried that baked apple and are feeling a bit green with envy that we’ve all taken a bite out of September and you haven’t, then in the words of Smokey the Bear, “Only you can solve that problem.” Perhaps that was my fourth grade teacher….

In any event… Here are two more delicious apple baking recipes for you to savor in our fabulous apple bakers!

Red Hot Apple:

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You need one large apple and a handful of those spicy little red hot candies

Begin by coring your apple and cutting off the skin around the top of the apple. Place your apple on the spoke of your handy little apple baker.

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The second step is very simple: drop as many of those red hot candies into the center of the apple as possible and then let them mound on top.

 

 

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Bake your apple for 20-30 mins at 350. Pull it out when the apple seems done and the red hot candies are melted. ** We used larger red hots and they didn’t melt as quickly. This would probably work best with the smaller red hots. However, it did not have a negative impact on the taste of the apple. **

This apple has a similar flavor to a candied apple.

 


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Apple Praline:

One large baking apple

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 tablespoons pecan pieces

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

a few drops of vanilla

Core your apple, cut off skin around the top of the apple.

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Melt your butter and combine with your brown sugar, cinnamon, drops of vanilla and most of your pecans. Pack the mixture into the center of your apple and let it mound on top of the apple. Place extra pecans on top of brown sugar mixture.

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Bake at 350 for 20-30 mins.

 ** If you don’t want the pecans to get too brown you can cover your baker with foil.

New Favorite Things

600_5917 copyMaking a piece that is aesthetically pleasing is a task. Making a piece that is functional is also a task. Making a dish that possesses both qualities can be a challenge. That is my challenge. I was thrilled last spring when a friend helped me get in touch with Miss Ruth from Conservatism and Bacon. Miss Ruth had some interest in pottery from DowntoEarthenware. I am always looking for people willing to try out my baking ware for critique so I know what it can do, what its limitations are and how I can improve the design and functionality. Miss Ruth was willing to field test a few of the apple bakers and some medium sized baking dishes. 600_5930 copy Check out her review of DowntoEarthenware at New Favorite Things by Miss Ruth and then visit our Etsy store so you can bake like Miss Ruth! And while you’re at it – go ahead and follow her blog – it’s worth it!

Conservatism and Bacon

I love to cook. And I love to bake. If you follow any of my social media (this blog included) you know this already. If I’m not following politics I’m probably in my kitchen throwing random ingredients together in an attempt to either fully destroy my kitchen or create another drool-worthy masterpiece. Part of the what makes the whole process a success is the right cookware. And I’ve sorely been lacking in that area since having to sell off all my original cook- and bakeware. I’m super picky about my pieces and want each one to be multi-functioning and worth the price, material, time, etc, which is probably the biggest reason I’m STILL working on my collection.

Well, this chick is three pieces closer to her dream kitchen thanks to a small company called DowntoEarthenware. The owner and earthenware creator extraordinaire, Zach Schnare, is based out of the tiny…

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The Apple Baker – Traditional with Oats

Hel-lo September!

September brings fall and fall brings apples. If you have the opportunity to pick apples at a local orchard, I suggest you take it! Apples are easy to pick and always taste the best right off of the tree. We took the family out to a local orchard recently and picked our favorite apples: Honey crisp. We have been experimenting with our apple bakers and the honey crisp apples.

What’s so great about an apple baker?

  • Easy for single-serving dessert
  • Easy clean up – your apple treat won’t stick to the baker!
  • Lends itself to versatility – experiment with toppings quickly and easily
  • Small bakers take up less space for easy storage
  • Dessert presentation is appealing
  • It’s not just for apples! You can even use it to bake sweet potatoes or white potatoes.

For this recipe I just made a traditional apple crisp topping. This is very simple and requires little, if any, culinary experience.

 

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1 large apple,oats, coconut, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon

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Begin by coring your apple, cutting out a cylinder from the middle of your apple. Once the core is removed, cut off the skin around the top of the apple. It works well to then cut around the hole, angling your knife toward the center of the apple. This makes a great platform to hold all of the delicious goodness you plan on cramming into your apple.

 

 

 

Melt your butter, combine with remaining ingredients. {Take the most flattering picture possible of your hand mixing the ingredients. You’ll say, “Wow, my hand never looked so good!” I’m sure your hand looks lovely, perhaps graceful, mixing crisp topping, but my hand looks like a giant, meaty, mangling, monster hand! } Using your hand, put mixture into center of apple. Be sure to pack it in there tightly. It won’t take long and the center will be filled and that’s when you get to pile it and pack it firmly on top of the apple.

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Pour 1 teaspoon of water into the bottom of the apple baker and place in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes. It’s easiest to eat it right out of the dish. It’s tastiest to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream before eating it out of the dish!

And now you’re dying to try your own baked apple! Get your own apple baker here! Keep your eyes open – we’ll post more baked apple recipes in the coming days and weeks!


Baked Apple with Crisp Topping:

1 large baking apple, cored

2 Tablespoons rolled oats

1 Tablespoon coconut flakes

1Tablespoon brown sugar

1 Tablespoon butter, melted

1/8 tsp cinnamon

Core apple all the way through and place on spoke of apple baker. In separate small bowl melt butter. Combine melted butter with oats, coconut, brown sugar and cinnamon. Place the mixture into the apple, packing tightly. Let mixture mound on top of apple. Put 1 teaspoon water in bottom of apple baker and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. Serve as is or with a scoop of ice cream!