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Freezer Pie

Well, you know how about three hours ago I said I had no idea what I was going to make next? I figured it out; I was really bored and then I remembered that we had some frozen fruit in the freezer. I had wanted to make a rhubarb pie with rhubarb from our garden, but since last time I made one nobody ate it, I decided not to. Instead, I made a blueberry peach pie. I didn’t really have a recipe for the filling, just some basic guidelines, but it turned out well. For the crust I made a shortbread cookie type crust and then crumbled some on top of the pie. The amount of filling I had was to much for the pie pan, so I topped the leftovers with an oatmeal sugar crumble mixture. The color of the filling is like an amathyst and looks pretty speckled with the crumble. I think I am done baking for today, but you never know!

~thechildcooks

Frozen Blueberry Peach Pie

Based loosly off a recipe from The Joy of Cooking

2 cups frozen blueberries

2 1/2 cups frozen peaches

2/3-1 cup sugar

3 1/2 tablspoons cornstarch

In a large saucepan, heat the fruit with the sugar until it begins to lightly bubble. Add liquid if neccessary to prevent from burning. Add the cornstach and stir in until it dissolves. Leave on low heat sirring occasionaly while you make the crust. 

Short Bread Crust

1 1/2 cups flour

1/3 cups sugar

Pinch of salt

8 tablespoons butter cut into 8 pieces and slightly softened

2 egg yolks

In a bowl, whisk together the flour sugar and salt. Cut in the butter until it resembles large crumbs. With the back of a spatula mix in 1 egg yolk until the crust holds together. Hold back 2 tablespoons of dough for the crumble. Pat into a 9 inch pie tin that has had the bottom greased and floured. Prick holes in the bottom of the crust and bake for18-20 minutes at 400F. Brush the second egg yolk on the bottom of the crust and bake for 3 minutes.

 Add the filling and crumble the remaining crust on the top. Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes longer or until the topping is cooked. Cool and enjoy!

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A Good Idea

Ok, so you know when you get an idea for changing a recipe or creating a new one. And it just sounds so very good in your head and as you make it things are just great. Well, that does not always happen, as most of us know, but today it did. Yesterday I made a simple apple cobbler because my mom bought too many apples at the store for baking and it was getting time to use them or loose them. Today I was thinking about how i could incorporate them into something like an apple pie but without the hassle of a crust(don’t get me wrong, I love making a good pie crust, but sometimes time and kitchen space does not allow for it). I was thinking about how a few weeks back I made these snickerdoodle blondies and then it hit me. Take the topping and cook it with apples and then sandwich that between the blondie layers. I was slightly apprehensive as I was looking at my creation as it was baking, but once it came out and I tasted it all doubts were gone. This is a really easy and yummy snack on the go and is similar to a blondie, but has a slightly snack cakeish look. The only problem that I really had was spreading the cookies in the pan because the dough was slightly sticky. I will probably be making some banana bread or sourdough sometime this week. See you then fellow bakers!

~thechildcooks

Apple Pie Blondies

Adapted from the Brown Eyed Baker’s Snickerdoodle Blondies

4 cups of baking apples, peeled and chopped

2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 cups packed brown sugar

1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

For the apples:

1. Mix granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of apple juice and apples in a saucepan.

2. Cook until soft over medium heat for about five minutes.

For the blondies:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan; set aside.

2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl; set aside.

3. Beat together the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, and then the vanilla. Beat, scraping the bowl, until thoroughly combined. On low speed, gradually add the flour mixture until just combined. Give the dough a final stir with a spatula or wooden spoon to make sure the flour is incorporated.

4. Spread half the dough evenly into the pan (I found an offset spatula was the best tool for the job, as it’s a thick batter). Top with apple mixture and cover evenly with remaining dough.

5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the surface springs back when gently pressed. Cool completely before cutting. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Crazy in the Kitchen

So far this weekend, I have been on a baking spree. Yesterday, I made homemade roti(Indian flatbread) and Rustic Pear-Apple Tarts. Today, I made Pretzel Bites and Brownies with Chocolate Frosting. As for tomorrow, I don’t know what I am going to make, but my sourdough is calling from the ‘fridge; I think that a Sunday Sourdough Pancake Dinner is in order. You may be thinking that all of the goodies that I made are completely random, but they all have reasons for why I made them. The roti is because on thursday, I went to a great Indian place and had bread there. After eating, we stopped and bought some curry and tandoori spices. Then, Friday night we had curry-seasoned turkey cutlets with roti and rice. later that night, I was mooching around the internet, looking at various food blogs and was inspired to go into the kitchen and bake. I saw a slightly too-squishy pear and remembered some granny smith apples in the cellar and a tart was born. Today, once again, I was looking at a multitude of food blogs(seems to be a reoccurring theme, huh?)and was inspired to bake. I wanted to do something with my sourdough, but was short on time, so I made a fast rising pretzel recipe instead. As for the brownies and frosting, my dad teaches a Sunday School class full of hungry children, nuff said. Last Saturday, I made an angel food cake for my grandmother’s birthday, I will add the recipe below. Feel free to add a comment as to what you have been baking lately, I alway could use an inspiration.

~thechildcooks

Roti(Indian Flatbread)

My Version

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

water

Melted butter, optional

Mix flour and just enough water to make a kneadable dough. Mix the water in slowly and stir with your hands as to feel when the dough is ready. Knead for 4-5 minutes or until all flour is absorbed. Let rest for 10 minutes to soften the dough. Knead a few times to further soften the dough. Portion the dough and roll into flat, thin circles. Fry on a ungreased skillet until cooked through. Flip once. Serve with a sauce or use as a tortilla-like wrap.

Soft Pretzels
 
Based of the CDKitchen Recipe
 
1 1/2 cup warm water
1 1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup bread flour
3 cups regular flour
2 cups Warm water
2 tablespoons baking soda
coarse salt, cinnamon sugar or other topping

Sprinkle yeast on lukewarm water in mixing bowl; stir to dissolve. Add sugar, salt and stir to dissolve; add flour and knead dough until smooth and elastic. Let rise at least 1/2 hour.

While dough is rising, prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cups warm water and 2 Tbsp baking soda. Be certain to stir often. After dough has risen, pinch off bits of dough and roll into a long rope(about 1/2 inch or less thick) and shape or cut into bites like I did. Dip pretzel in soda solution and place on greased baking sheet. Allow pretzels to rise again. Sprinkle with topping. Bake in 450 oven for about 10 minutes or until golden.

 
Rustic Pear-Apple Tart
 
Crust:
1 1/2 cups flour
 
1/3 cups vegetable oil
 
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
 
Pinch of salt
 
2-3 tablespoon of water
Mix flour, ginger and salt in large bowl. Add oil and stir. Gradually add water a bit at a time until the dough comes together. Gather into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes or while you prepare the filling.
 
Filling:
1 medium pear
 
2 small granny smith apples
 
A few dashes each(to your taste)cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves
 
1 tablespoon brown sugar
 
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
 
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
 
2 teaspoons apple juice
 
Preheat oven to 350F. Peel both the pear and apples. Cut into 1/4 inch pieces and add spices, sugars, extract and apple juice. Place fruit in fine mesh strainer over bowl to draw out some of the juices. Begin rolling out the dough into a large round as thin or thick as you like. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Once a small amount of juices have come out of the fruits, dump them in the middle of the dough circle and fold up the edges over them. Brush the crust with the fruit juice and bake for 20-30 minutes checking to make sure the crust is not too brown and that the fruit is soft. Remove from oven and cool.
 
Brownies(From Betty Crocker)
 
2 ounces of unsweetened chocolate
 
1/3 cup shortening
 
1 cup sugar
 
2 eggs
 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
 
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
 
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
 
1/2 teaspoon salt
 
1/4 cup mini-chocolate chips(I added this in place of 1/2 cup chopped nuts)
 
Preheat oven to 350F. Heat chocolate and shortening in 2-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until melted. Remove from heat. Mix in sugar, eggs and vanilla. Stir in remaining ingredients. Spread in greased 8x8x2 pan. Bake brownies until the sides begin to pull away from the pan edges, 30-35 minutes. Cool slightly and frost with chocolate frosting(do not use all of the recipe unless you enjoy a lot of chocolate).
 
Chocolate Butter Frosting(Also from Betty Crocker)
 
1/3 cu softened butter
 
2 ounces melted, unsweetened chocolate(cool)
 
2 cups powdered sugar
 
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
 
2 tablespoons milk
 
Mix butter and chocolate. Stir in sugar. Beat in vanilla and milk until frosting is to spreading consistency.
 
Angel Food Cake(Pillsbury Healthy Baking Cookbook)
 
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
 
3/4 cup sugar
 
1 1/2 cups(approximately 12) egg whites, room temperature
 
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
 
1/4 teaspoon salt
 
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
 
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
 
3/4 cup sugar
 
Preheat oven to 375F. In small bowl combine flour and 3/4 cup sugar. In large bowl beat egg whites, cream of tartar, salt, vanilla and almond extract until mixture forms soft peaks. Gradually add 3/4 cup sugar and mix on high-speed until stiff peaks form. Spoon flour-sugar mixture 1/4 cup at a time over the egg whites; fold in gently just until blended. Pour batter into ungreased 10-inch tube pan. With knife, cut gently through batter to remove large air bubbles. Bake on lowest oven rack for 30 to 40 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and cracks are very dry. immediately invert cake onto funnel or soft drink bottle; let hang until completely cool. Remove from pan. 

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A Rather Long Post

Today, after school, I came home and made Banana-Strawberry Sourdough Bread. I knew that I had to do something with my sourdough starter and we had some spotted and lonely bananas sitting on the counter, so I decided to make the bread from this post. As I was mashing the bananas I saw a box of strawberries on the counter and added a couple. Another change I made was that I used two leftover egg whites in place of the egg(I’ll get to that recipe later)and substituting one cup of oats for a cup of the flour. Lastly, I added a dash of ginger, cloves, allspice and nutmeg to the mix. The bread is still in the oven, so I don’t know quite how it will taste yet, but it smells so good.

The egg whites that I mentioned earlier were leftover from a pineapple meringue pie that I made. I used the recipe off of the Tasty Kitchen Blog and entered it in a pie-baking contest. Sadly, I did not win anything,darn those professional pie bakers( just kidding). I had a good time though and got to test out the pie recipe before I entered it.  It was very good, the filling was not chunky or over pineapple-y.

The last thing that I have to post food wise is a linkback to my lentil soup recipe. It is Soup-a-Palooza and you should come join Soup-a-Palooza at TidyMom and Dine and Dish sponsored by Bush’s Beans, Hip Hostess, Pillsbury and Westminster Crackers.

Now on to the non-food portion of this post. As I did last week, this week I am posting five food related products from zazzle.com. Enjoy!

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~thechildcooks 

P.S. We just had the bread for dinner and it was really good.

Sourdough Banana-Strawberry Bread

1/3 cup oil

2 egg whites

1 1/2 cups mashed banana

A few mashed strawberries

1 cup sourdough starter(remember:feed you starter afterwords!)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Dash of cloves, ginger, nutmeg and allspice

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup oats

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan. In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk the oil and sugar. Add and mix in the egg then stir in the banana/strawberries, starter and vanilla. Ad the dry mix gradually, being careful not to overmix. Bake in oven for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the loaf comes out clean. Remove from pan onto a rack to cool immediately after coming out of the oven.

Lentil Soup by Me

Serves 8-10

The Stock

3 quarts of water

2 large carrots,chopped

2 stalks of celery,cubed

1/2   of a medium onion,chopped

4 cloves of garlic,chopped

Salt and Pepper

The Soup

1 1/2 cups of lentils

2 large potatoes, cubed

2 carrots,cut thin

1 cup chopped spinach

15 ounce can of diced tomatoes, drained

Put the 3 quarts of water into a 4 quart pot and heat on medium heat. In a saucepan, sweat the onions and garlic until soft, 3-4 minutes. Add to the water. In the same pan, sweat the carrots and celery until soft, 4-5 minutes and add to the pot. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and pepper to your taste. Cover and let cook over medium heat for 20 minutes. Strain to remove all small particles and then return to pot.

To the vegetable stock, add the lentils and let cook for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare remaining ingredients. After 10 minutes, add the cubed potatoes and let cook for another 10 minutes. Add the carrots and continue to cook for 10 minutes. After the last 10 minutes has ended, add the spinach and tomatoes. Let cook for another 5-10 minutes or until potatoes and lentils are cooked. Serve hot with bread and a light salad.

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