Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Apple Pie



Everyone has a apple pie recipe that they think is the best......well, this is the best ...for real!! Just in time for America's birthday! All American apple pie!

Mom requested a apple pie for her 99th birthday! DONE! I bought Granny Smith apples and Gala apples mixed together with the most amazing pie crust you'll ever lay your lip on!! Now, for the naysayers...lard mmmmm well, divide the 8 tablespoons in the dough into the 8 plus pieces versus, a tuff non flakey crust. I pick flakey and the butter adds flavor! 

This pie is KILLER!!!

Apple Pie

Pastry

2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
8 T lard or Crisco chilled
4 T unsalted butter, chilled
1/3-1/2 c ice water

Food Processor method-

Put the flour, sugar and salt into the work bowl. Pulse a couple times.

Cut the cold butter and lard into very small pieces and add to the bowl. Process until the misture resembles coarse meal; about ten seconds.

Add the ice water and pulse just enough until the dough holds together, do not over work, do not let it form a ball. Remove the lid, squeeze the dough between your fingers; it should hold together. If crumbly, add another tablespoon of water.

Making the pastry by hand-

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

Cut the butter and lard into small pieces and add to the flour.

With a pastry cutter or fork, blend the butter into the flout ntil the mixture resembles coarse meal.

Sprinkle the water over the flour mixture and blend again using the pastry cutter/fork.


Gather into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap, flatten into a circle. Refrigerate for one hour.

Filling-

4 lb. apples, mixture of granny smith and gala
4 T. unsalted butter
zest of 1 lemon
2-3 T. lemon juice
3/4 c. sugar
3 T. flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon 

In a large saute pan, melt the butter and saute the apples for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.




Toss apples with lemon zest and juice. Mix flour, sugar and cinnamon and toss with apples. Cool slightly.

Preheat oven to 400 F

Roll out slightly more than half of the pastry, between two sheets of plastic wrap. Ease into the pie plate without stretching the dough as this will cause shrinkage.



Fill the pastry with the apple filling. Roll out remaining pastry and cover apples. Seal edges, ciut off excess pastry, and crimp. Brush the top with half and half, sprinkle with sugar if desired. Cut vents into the top. I cut a apple and placed in the center of the pie.

Bake on the lowest rack of the oven for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 F and bake for another 35-40 minutes. Should top brown too much, cover with foil.

Remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool.

Serve warm or at room temperature. I served with vanilla bean ice cream.




Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Cheesy Potato Chips

  

The 4th of July is coming up and our family has been planning a big celebration! What's on the menu? Well, the traditional hamburgers, hotdogs, apple pie and this year a twist on traditional potato chips!

 

Thursday, 13 June 2019

French Lentil Salad



With Summer here, I wanted a alternative to the normal potato salad. I played around with some ingredients and came up with a delicious healthy salad. As humble and inexpensive as they are, lentils are a true super food. They are loaded with protein, fiber, iron and much more goodness. Their flavor is super earthy so go well with strong flavors, I paired fresh squeezed lime juice and olive oil, however you could used a strong red wine vinaigrette if you would like. I added roasted baby red potatoes, cucumber and a handful of mint to add a little zip!

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Corn on the Cob - microwave method





I have been glamping the last few weeks and on one evening, I had both my burners occupied and it was raining outside.....I wanted to cook my corn and tried a new method, that worked perfectly!

Monday, 22 April 2019

Lemon Parmesan Asparagus


Asparagus is in season! Yay! I have another tasty recipe for you that got lot's of good reviews at our Easter dinner. Very easy to prepare ahead.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Clams Carbonara


Everyone who knows Wee Bear (the hubster)... knows he loves pasta. One of his favorites is Pasta Carbonara. I love steamed clams....oh my gosh do I love clams! So....a recipe was born!

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Irish Lamb Stew

  

What could be more delicious than a bowl of heart warming Irish Stew? This is the favorite in Ireland and is loved all over the world! Irish stew is traditionally made with mutton (older sheep) but, nowadays, it is made more often with lamb....may seem like a waste but the flavor is amazing.