Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Pecan Pie



Family Favorite!! Our family loves gooey pecan pie. I will be making a pecan pie for Thanksgiving and for Christmas dinner. With a dollop of whip or a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream......you can't beat it! Here is my recipe!

 

Pecan 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.

Preheat oven to 450 F degrees

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

 Roll out and press into your pie plate. Bake partially, about 6-7 minutes and allow

 it to cool on a rack. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 F degrees.

Filling 

Mix together

3 eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup melted unsalted butter

1 cup light corn syrup

Stir in

1 cup pecan halves

1 tsp. vanilla

Fill the shell and bake for 45-50 minutes at 375 F degrees or until a knife inserted to center of pie, comes out clean. 

Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of freshly whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

Variation- substitute 3 tablespoons of good quality bourbon for the vanilla for Bourbon Pecan Pie.

Wishing you a blessed holiday season! Stay safe.....



Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Spaghetti Carbonara




Wee Bear's favorite!

Traditionally, Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish from Rome made with egg, hard cheese, cured pork, and black pepper. The dish arrived at its modern form, with its current name, in the middle of the 20th century. The cheese is usually Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano-Reggiano, or a combination of the two.