Dessert, Pie, Uncategorized

Yet Another Pumpkin Pie

pumpkin pieAnother holiday season, another pumpkin pie recipe. This is an America Test Kitchen recipe and was sold as the best pumpkin pie ever. There are a couple of things that make this recipe different from the other ones on my site. First, it has canned candied yams and the second is that you have to precook the filling and then strain before baking. Because it has a more complex process I don’t know that I’ll make it as often as some of my other pumpkin pie recipes, but I will say that the result was a deliciously smooth, not-too-heavy pie.

  • 1 9″ unbaked pie crust
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 large eggs plus 2 large yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup drained candied yams from 15-ounce can*
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup**
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 400° F. Adjust oven rack to lowest position, and place rimmed baking sheet on the rack. Whisk cream, milk, eggs, yolks, and vanilla together in medium bowl, and set aside. Combine pumpkin puree, yams, sugar, maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in large heavy-bottomed saucepan; bring to sputtering simmer over medium heat, 5 to 7 minutes. Continue to simmer pumpkin mixture, stirring constantly and mashing yams against sides of pot, until thick and shiny, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove pan from heat and whisk in cream mixture until fully incorporated. Strain mixture through fine-mesh strainer set over medium bowl, using back of ladle or spatula to press solids through strainer. Re-whisk mixture. Place pie crust in pie plate and carefully place plate on the preheated baking sheet. Pour the filling into the pie crust, and bake for 10 minutes at 400° F. Without taking the pie out of the oven, reduce the heat to 300° F, and continue baking until edges of pie are set (instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 175° F), 20 to 35 minutes longer. The center 2 inches of the pie should look firm but jiggle slightly; the pie finishes cooking with residual heat. Transfer to wire rack and cool to room temperature and not in the refrigerator to ensure that the filling sets, 2 to 3 hours. Cut into wedges and serve at room temperature or chilled with whipped cream.

*If you can’t find candied yams, normal canned yams can be substituted

**I used honey instead of maple syrup and it was delicious

 

Side Item, Uncategorized

Crack Green Beans

green beansI really like to make these green beans for holidays. They come together quickly and are a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Recipe and photo courtesy of The Farm Stand on Facebook.

  • 5 regular cans of green beans, drained (note: you can substitute a similar amount of frozen green beans, about 4 (12-ounce) bags, thawed, or you can use fresh green beans, too)
  • 12 slices of bacon
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 7 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

Put the drained beans in a 9×13 pan. Add the cooked bacon pieces. Mix the remaining ingredients ( the crack sauce). Pour over the beans and bake 40 minutes at 350. Toss and serve.

Cookies, Dessert, Uncategorized

Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate-Thumbprint-CookiesThis recipe is a combination of my mom’s and Martha Stewart. The cookie is my mother’s and the chocolate is Martha Stewart. This cookie is a delicious shortbread with a buttery, chocolatey filling that you can’t eat just one of.

Cookie:

  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Filling:

  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup

For the cookies, cream the butter and sugar together. Add in egg yolks and vanilla. Incorporate dry ingredients and mix well. Chill for at least an hour. Make balls and press a well in the cookies (I like to use a tablespoon measuring cup). Bake at 300 for 20-25 minutes. If necessary, re-press the wells when the cookies come out of the oven. Allow to cool completely.

For the filling, melt the chocolate, butter and corn syrup either in a double boiler or microwave until smooth. If using the microwave, cook in 30 sec increments, stirring frequently until melted. Allow to cool slightly before filling the cookies.

Bread

Five Minute Crusty Bread

No-Knead-Dutch-Oven-Bread-resizedI recently won a cooking class at our local kitchen store and the class I chose to attend was a five minute bread and butter class. Now, if you are like me you will see this name and think you can whip together the dough and in five minutes put delicious bread in the oven. That unfortunately is not the case, but the dough does come together very quickly. Just be prepared to mix it in the morning, and then you will be ready to bake delicious bread when you get home later that day. The recipe is very simple and forgiving, so even if working with yeast makes you nervous, give this recipe a chance.

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water, room temp or slightly warm
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry active yeast

To Make the Dough:

Put all the ingredients in a big bowl and mix together with a fork until all the flour is incorporated. Cover with a clean cotton towel and let rise for 8-12 hours. When you are ready to bake put your Dutch oven, with the lid ON, in your oven and preheat to 450. Get a bowl big enough to shape a round loaf and line it with parchment paper, then generously dust with flour. Remove your bread from the original bowl with floured hands by making a scooping motion with your hand, moving around the whole bowl. As you are doing this, grab a small section of dough and stretch and fold it over the rest of the dough. Do this about 4 times, then move the prepared round of dough to your parchment lined bowl. Cover with a clean, lightweight, slightly damp towel and let it rise for 30 minutes while your Dutch oven is heating in the oven. After 30 minutes, slash the top of your round of dough with a very sharp knife in any pattern you want. Remove the Dutch oven from the preheated oven and quickly transfer your parchment paper with the loaf on it into the Dutch oven. Replace the lid quickly and return the Dutch oven to the oven. Bake for 30 minutes. At the end of the 30 minutes, remove the lid and continue to bake for 7-10 more minutes, until you have a dark golden crust. Carefully remove the bread from the Dutch oven and enjoy.

Bars, Dessert, Uncategorized

Iced Zucchini Brownies

Zucchini-Brownies-1-of-6wAs I mentioned in my previous post, I was gifted two huge zucchini’s that were only fit for a delicious baked good. The first item I made was iced zucchini bread and the other recipe I made were these brownies. My youngest son could not get enough. Recipe and photo courtesy of crazyforcrust.com.

Brownies:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini, 1 large or 2 small zucchinis
  • 3-5 tablespoons water

Frosting:

  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  •  tablespoon  vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 9×13″ baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. Using an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together the oil, sugar, and vanilla until well combined. Add the dry ingredients and stir. Fold in the zucchini. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes so the batter can absorb the moisture from the zucchini. Then, if your mixture is still very powdery, add up to 5 tablespoons water (start with 1 tablespoon and work up from there, stirring well after each addition). The batter will be very thick but shouldn’t be powdery. (It partially depends on how wet your zucchini is!) Add walnuts, if desired. You may need to use your hands to work the water in instead of a spoon. The dough is super thick, like cookie dough. Do not add too much water! Spread in prepared pan. Bake 25-30 minutes until the brownies spring back when gently touched.

To make the frosting: Whisk butter, cocoa, salt, and powdered sugar. Whisk in milk and vanilla. Spread over cooled brownies. Cut into squares and chill to semi-set. The frosting hardens slightly on the top but stays wet and gooey underneath.

These brownies are best stored in an airtight container and eaten within 2 days. Chill them to make them last an extra day. They’re what I call “fork” brownies because they are so gooey. It is also key to not add too much extra water to the mixture. I had zucchini’s with enough moisture that I didn’t have to add any additional water so the batter should be very thick.

Dessert, Uncategorized

Iced Lemon Zucchini Bread

Delicious-Glazed-Lemon-Zucchini-Bread-Recipe-on-lilluna.com-I was gifted two huge zucchini’s and went on the hunt for a deliciously sweet way to use them up. After perusing Pinterest I found two good contenders, one of them being this lemon bread. The thing I liked about this was that is as different from most of the zucchini recipes out there. Recipe and photo by lilluna.com.

Bread

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 cup zucchini, grated

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Preheat oven to 350. Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Then add oil and sugar until well blended. Add lemon juice, buttermilk, lemon zest to this mixture and blend all together. Fold in zucchini until it is mixed well. Add dry mixture to the wet mixture and blend all together until well combined. Pour batter into greased 9×5 loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. While still warm, make glaze and spoon over the bread. Let the glaze set up before cutting and serving.

Breakfast, Dessert, Uncategorized

Blueberry Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Blueberry Coffeecake Cinnamon Swirl Brown Sugar Crumb (6 of 1)Recently my husband asked me for a blueberry dessert and then coffee cake so I found this recipe for the best of both worlds! This recipe is so delicious and would be a wonderful item to serve on a Sunday morning. Recipe and photo courtesy of serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com.

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Crumb Topping:

  • 1 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter, cubed

Blueberry Cake

  • 3/4 cup cold butter
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9″x13″ and line with parchment paper, butter parchment paper. For the crumb topping, mix together brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in using a pastry cutter or mix in using a mixer 6 tablespoons cubed butter until crumbly. Set aside. For the cake, add 3/4 cup cold butter to mixing bowl and beat until smooth and creamy. Slowly add sugar while beating at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time beating well between each addition. Scrape sides of bowl between each egg. Then add vanilla and mix well. Batter should look light and fluffy. Add baking soda, baking powder and sea salt. Beat on medium-high speed until well combined. Scrape sides of bowl. Stir in flour 1 cup at a time alternating with 1/2 cup sour cream mixing on low speed until just combined being careful not to over mix. Continue until all of flour and sour cream is added. Hand stir in blueberries until evenly distributed. Spread half of the cake batter into the bottom of prepared pan and spread to the edge. Swirl cinnamon crumb topping with a knife into cake batter. Spread 1/3 of of the Brown Sugar Cinnamon Crumb over the batter and cover with remaining blueberry cake batter. Press brown sugar crumb topping between fingers to form crumbs and distribute evenly over the top of the cake. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean. Allow cake to cool before serving.