Recipes to make your house smell amazing

Sweet smells to sell your home

Sweet smells to sell your home

Sweet Smells To Sell Your Home

You may have noticed a little black and white dog in our videos and on the “our story” page.   That little guy is Stanley the Portuguese Water Dog.   He was our “first child” and has been with our family for nine years (yet he acts like he is 2).   The problem with Stanley is that he loves to swim and roll in animal poop.  If you have a dog, you know those two things equate to a smelly dog.  

When it came time to sell our townhouse, I was so worried that our house would smell like “dog” when potential buyers would tour our home.  In desperation to smell good, I would bake something (or cheat and throw a pre-made pie in the oven for a minute) so that our townhouse would smell delicious.   The one thing I baked was my favorite apple strudel recipe from Chef Josef Karst.  The day I baked Josef’s apple strudel recipe, we received an offer that we ended up closing on.  I don’t know if his recipes are lucky, but I do know that his recipes have always come out smelling and tasting amazing. 

I’ve had the fortune of working with Chef Josef for over 12 years, and I would put his recipes and cooking up against the best.   That includes Gordon Ramsey, whom I believe Josef could give a run for his money on cooking techniques, recipes, and that beautiful way of words he has when things get heated.   

In all seriousness, Josef is a well-known and well-respected Chef that I have had the privilege to work with.  He has been kind enough to share a few of his favorite recipes with us on our blog!

Here is the first recipe he is sharing with us.  This recipe is what helped us sell our townhouse, so maybe it is good luck?   

Apple Crisp aka Apfel Streussel

  • Apples peeled and sliced    2 pounds
  • Raisins    1/4 cup.
  • Cinnamon    1 tsp.
  • Brandy    1/4 cup
  • White Sugar    1/2 cup
  • Breadcrumbs    1/2 cup
  • Streusel (see the end of the recipe)    2 cups

Step 1    Marinade the apples with the brandy, sugar, raisins, and cinnamon for at least 2 hours.    
Step 2    Now add the bread crumbs to the apples and move all into a large pie pan.
Step 3    Top the apples evenly with the streusel, about 1 inch thick.
Step 4    Bake at 360 degrees for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown.

Serve still warm with Vanilla bean gelato and a little fresh whipped cream.

For your streusel topping mix in order:
Two soft sticks of butter with 1 cup of sugar    
Gradually add 2 cups of flour to the butter/sugar mixture
Stop adding flour once you have thick buttery streusel chunks…..!