Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happy Pie Day 3.14

Happy Pie day 3.14. In celebration of 3.14 and the equations of circles, I made and apple pie. This is the best pie I have ever had. Usually I am not a huge pie fan, but this pie has great flavor and a very flaky crust.
Pie Crust

2 cups all-pourpose flour
Small ½  tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 ¾ STICKS of butter
 Cold cut into small pieces
1 tbsp white butter
1 small egg

Combine the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl.

Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

Whisk the vinegar, egg and ½ cup of ice water together and mix into the flour mixture with your hands until just combined.

 Divide the dough in to 2 equal parts. Shape each in to a ball, Flatten slightly to form a disk, and wrap in plastic. Chill for at least 1 hour.

Making the Pie

Heat the oven to 375°F. Roll out one of the disks of the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness; transfer to a 9-inch pie pan. Set aside in the refrigerator.

Roll the remaining dough to 1/8-thickness. Set aside on parchment paper-lined baking sheet in the refrigerator.
Toss the chopped apples, flour, ¾ cup sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and lemon juice together and mix until combined. Pour the apple mixture into the prepared pie pan.
Pour the apple mixture into the prepared pie pan.

Top with the remaining dough. Trim, leving a 1/2-inch overhang; fold under and crimp the edges.
Sprinkle the top with the remaining tablespoons of sugar; chill for 10 minutes. Bake until the fruit is bubbling and the crust is golden brown- 50 to 55 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
To keep the edges from burning, put aluminum foil around the edges. Take off when you have 15 minutes left of cooking time.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar is a great substitut to salsa. It is quick to make and not as invloved. Granted cowboy caviar is not a spicy dip, it has a nice freash taste that packs a lot of punch.

    2 (15oz) cans black beans, rinsed
    1 (17 oz) can whole kernel corn, drained
    2 large tomatoes, chopped
    1 large avocado, diced
    1/2 red onion, chopped
    1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


    1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
    3-4 Tbsp
    lime juice
    2 Tbsp olive oil
    1 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp pepper

1. Combine all ingred. in bowl.

2. Cover and chill.
3. Garnish with avocado slices or cilantro sprigs.

4. Serve with tortilla chips

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tulip Chocolate Bowls

Ice cream filled tulip chocolate bowls are the perfect sleep over food. I had a sleep over recently and, luckily, was able to make them in advance. They are super easy to make and equally as delicious to eat. I filled them with ice cream, but there are many more filling options including fruit, mouse, yogurt, candies, ect. Whatever you fill them with, your guests will be amazed with the decorated edible bowls. 

About 10 blown up water balloons
2/3 bag of Chocolate chips
2/3 bag of White Chocolate Chips
Food coloring (I used 3 drops of red to make pink)

Let’s Get Cookin’
Blow up 10 water balloons to about the size of an orange. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  

Melt chocolate in microwave bowl. Use half power and 1 minute 30 seconds, stir. Continue to microwave for 10second segments until melted.

Repeat with white chocolate chips.

Scoop ½ of white on to melted chocolate in the bowl.
Dye other half the color of your choice.

Scoop all in to the melted chocolate bowl. Let chocolate sit for about 5 minutes or until thickness of pudding.

Take a water balloon, dip in to chocolate, and give a little twist. Than rock it back and forth, and side to side.

Lift, swirl quickly and then place quickly on cookie sheet. Continue with the rest of your balloons. Chill for 30 minutes in fridge or until set.
Once set use scissors to snip a whole on top of balloon. Let the balloons deflate. If still stuck carefully pull the balloon off and throw away.

You can store them in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Fill with choice of fruit, mouse or as I did ice cream just before serving.

Will I make them again… Yes they are so cute and fun to eat. My friends and family loved them.
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