Well, if you had apples I hope you made my Apple Pie Filling?! If you made that, then you can make THIS! Fresh Warm Homemade Apple Pie - there is nothing more comforting! Its actually pretty each to roll out a homemade crust. Enjoy! Diane
Homemade Pie Crust
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch of sugar if you want a slightly sweet crust
2/3 cup cold butter (10 Tbs plus 2 tsp)
1 egg yolk
4 to 5 tablespoons cold water (more if too dry)
1 Quart Apple Pie Filling
1 Pint Apple Pie Filling
In a Cuisinart: Combine flour and salt, pulse for 2 seconds; cut butter up with a knife into small chunks and add to food processor. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Drop in egg yolk and enough water until flour is moistened, dough when pulsed should start to roll up into a ball on one side. Do not over mix; dough should be incorporated (not dry) and not sticky. Take dough out of food processor bowl and lay onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into ball. Flatten slightly and wrap each half of dough in plastic food wrap, you will need both halves to make this pie, place in refrigerator for one hour (you want butter in dough to chill again after being "worked" so that your pie crust is flakier when baked.)
For this double crust pie, roll out one half of dough on lightly floured surface into 12-inch circle. Fold into quarters (or roll onto rolling pin and carry over to pie plate) Place dough into 9-inch pie pan sprayed with non-stick spray; unfold dough, pressing firmly but, gently against bottom and sides. Do the same with the second ball of chilled dough (making the top.)
Once filled (apples can be slightly mounded into center as it will cook down in oven). Brush the bottom crusts edge lightly with water using a pastry brush - this aides in both crusts adhering to each other. Top filled pie with top crust. Trim both crusts together to 1/2 inch from edge of pan. Crimp both crusts under or flute edges to seal in filling. Remember to cut slits on top of top crust to let steam escape during cooking (I also place my pies on a baking sheet while baking to catch any drips.) Use any leftover dough (from trimming crusts) to re-roll and cut into shapes if you want to decorate the top of your pie (I did autumn leaves) Brush top crust with egg wash (whisk one egg in a cup or bowl) and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake Pie at 375 for 40 minutes (or until top is golden brown.)
Kitchen Tip: Use a pie sheild the last 20 mins of bake time if the edges are browning too quickly. Letting the pie cool before serving will help the filling firm up a bit...
Pie Crust Recipe & Photos by: Diane Baker for Canning and Cooking at Home
The best tasting Bean Dip and you can adjust the spice level to your liking. This is a great use for my canned Spiced Pinto Beans. Having shelf stable canned beans in your pantry opens up versatility in your cooking and recipes. Canned Pintos can be made into refried beans, bean dip or added to soups and stews. Canned Garbanzos can be made into hummus and the liquid used as a vegan thickener (aqua faba) or simply eaten with rice, soups and stews as well... Here's my version of Hommade Bean Dip.
Homemade Bean Dip
1 pint Canned Spiced Pinto Beans (if you don't use my recipe then you'll need to add the spices I use in my canned pintos to your bean dip.)
1 tsp Hot Sauce
Dash Ground Pepper
Place beans in a bowl and either mash beans with a fork or use an immersion blender to break down the beans. Add in the hot sauce and taste for any needed salt & pepper. For an extra kick add a tablespoon of finely diced jalapeno and spread crumbled cotijas cheese over the top of the dip before serving. Serve warm or room temperature with your choice of chips, crackers, bread,cheese slices, or veggies.
This easy one pan dish is perfect for busy nights. All the flavors work together and we like this served over either steamed rice or cooked penne pasta. Hope you enjoy this dish. Diane
Unstuffed Zucchini Boats
*an easy one pan meal
Place 1 tablespoon each of butter and olive oil into a large pan. Brown ground beef or turkey in a large pan along with the onion and bell pepper. Drain off any excess grease if needed. Add in garlic and other seasonings. Stir well to prevent garlic from scorching. Add in zucchini and stir. Cover pan with lid and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the zucchini is starting to cook through. Remove lid and add in spaghetti sauce. Cover and cook a final 5 minutes. Serve topped with grated or shaved parmesean cheese. I serve this over either cooked steamed rice or cooked penne pasta.
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake *Choose your topping
1 cup finely crushed Graham Crackers (about 14 square crackers)
3 Tablespoons Butter, melted
3 Tablespoons Sugar
Vanilla Bean Batter Ingredients:
4 packages (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Sour Cream
1 Tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste
Homemade Lemon Curd
Dulce de Leche (caramel)
Preheat oven to 325ºF.
Recipe Note: **Rodelle Vanilla Bean Paste is what I prefer and can be found on their website at www.rodellekitchen.com
Kitchen Tip: crack your 4 eggs into a cup first - then drop into batter one yolk at a time - this keeps any shells out of your batter and also doesn't spoil your batter if an egg is "bad"...
Ever wonder what you could do with some frozen lobster tails? You know - the ones that come up in "twofer" sales... Frozen means that gives me time to decide if I want to broil the tails and add to a pasta dish or lobster chowder...In the Summer the hands down way to go is to grill them.
The easiest way to grill lobster tails:
Grab some steel skewers (if you use wooden ones, they'll need soaked ahead of time in water so they don't burn on the grill.)
I thaw my tails by sealing them in a bag and submerging in cold water - changing out the water *to keep it cold until the tails are defrosted - you do not want to thaw your lobsters too far ahead of cook time - I aim for 30 minutes before we start our grill.
Take your thawed tail, using kitchen shears - cut down the top middle to the main tail section; open the shell a bit and the "meat" should pull up and out of the shell and rests on top of the shell. Using your skewers; thread the body lengthwise. Using the skewers will keep the tails from curling when grilled.
Grill over direct medium heat. Grill meat side down for 5-7 minutes. Flip over and finish grilling, this is the time where you'll brush your lobster with any herbed butter r plain butter sauce. You want the lobster to be white and not opaque. The internal temperature should read 135F.