Monday, August 28, 2017

Chocolate Pie


This delicious chocolate pie is so easy to make and tastes delicious.  I used a pre-made pie crust that really saves time and makes this very convenient.  This can also be made with a graham cracker crust or you can make your own crust too.  I found this recipe here at the Pioneer Woman.  Just in case you don't want to make a pie this is also a great recipe for making chocolate pudding.


I used a pre-made pie crust for this recipe in a 9 inch pie plate


Combine sugar, corn starch, salt in a medium size sauce pan.


Slowly pour in the milk and egg yolks.  Whisk together.


Whisk over medium heat until mixture starts to bubble and becomes very thick like pudding. This may take several minutes.  Just be sure to whisk it constantly once it starts to thicken and be sure to wait until it becomes very thick like pudding before you remove it from the heat.


I used Ghirardelli bitter sweet chocolate chips.  You can also use a chocolate bars and finely chop up into small pieces.


Remove from heat and combine chocolate, vanilla and butter.  Stir until melted.


Pour into cooled pie crust and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.
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Ingredients:

  • 1 whole Pie Crust, Baked And Cooled (or Can Use Oreo Or Graham Cracker Crust)
  • 1-1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 cups Whole Milk
  • 4 whole Egg Yolks
  • 6-1/2 ounces, weight Bittersweet Chocolate, Chopped Finely
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • Whipped Cream, For Serving
Directions:  

Combine the sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan. Stir or whisk together. 

Pour in milk and egg yolks, and whisk together.

Stir over medium heat until the mixture just barely comes to a boil and becomes thick, about 6-8 minutes (maybe less, maybe more; just watch it!) The second it starts to bubble and thicken (note: It should be thick like pudding!) remove it from the heat. Add the chocolate, vanilla, and butter, and stir until everything is beautifully combined. 

Pour the pudding into the pie crust (if there is extra, spoon it into small dishes) and place in the fridge to chill for 4 hours uncovered.

Cut into slices and serve with whipped cream!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Apple Pie Taquitos


I love these Apple Pie Taquitos!  They taste a lot like apple pie but so much quicker and easier to make! They are slightly crispy on the outside and all the flavors of a delicious apple pie. They only require a few ingredients too.


Here is all that is needed to make this recipe:  Apple pie filling, flour tortillas, melted butter, cinnamon sugar.


Place a couple tablespoons of apple pie filling on a tortilla.  Fold up tortilla. 


Brush the outside with melted butter.


Roll the tortilla in cinnamon-sugar mixture. 


Place the taquitos into a 9x13 baking dish.  ( In this photo I reduced the recipe to make just 4 and used a smaller baking dish)  Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees until starting to turn golden brown. Serve while still warm.  Drizzle with caramel sauce, if desired.


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Ingredients:
20 ounce can apple pie filling
12 flour tortillas
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Brush a 9x13 baking dish with some of the melted butter.
  2. In a shallow bowl mix together the sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Empty the can of pie filling onto a cutting board and chop the apples into smaller pieces with a knife.
  4. Lay a tortilla flat and top with a couple tablespoons of the apple pie filling. Tightly roll up the tortilla. Brush the taquito with butter the roll it through the sugar/cinnamon mixture. Place the taquito in the prepared baking dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas and apple pie filling. You should have enough filling for the 12 tortillas.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the taquitos start to turn golden brown.







Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Banana Cream Pie with Vanilla Wafer Crust


This banana cream  pie is delicious paired with a vanilla wafer crust.  Topped with a little cool whip is a decadent dessert that everyone will love!


Crush vanilla wafers or use a food processor to make 2 cups of crumbs.  Melt 8 tablespoons of butter and combine with vanilla wafer crumbs.


Press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch pie plate.  Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.


Combine flour, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan. Gradually stir in milk and mix well.


   Cook over medium heat until mixture is thickened and bubbly.  Cook and stir for 2 minutes longer.  Make sure the consistency is very thick, Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount into egg yolks; return all to saucepan.   Bring to a gentle boil.  Cook for 2 minutes; remove from heat.  Add butter and vanilla; cool slightly.

    
 Slice the bananas into pastry shell; pour filling over top. 

 
Cool on wire rack for 1 hour. 


Before serving, garnish with whipped cream and bananas, if desired,
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Ingredients:

3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 medium bananas

crust:
2 cups vanilla wafers, crushed
8 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions:

1. Crush vanilla wafers until crumbs.  Combine vanilla wafer crumbs and melted butter in a medium bowl.  Press into the bottoms and up the sides of a 9 inch pie plate.  Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.
2.  In  a saucepan, combine sugar, flour and salt; stir in milk and mix well.  Cook over medium heat until mixture is thickened and bubbly.  Cook and stir for 2 minutes longer.  Make sure the consistency is very thick.  Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount into egg yolks; return all to saucepan.   Bring to a gentle boil.  Cook for 2 minutes; remove from heat.  Add butter and vanilla; cool slightly.
3.  Slice the bananas into pastry shell; pour filling over top.  Cool on wire rack for 1 hour.  Store in the refrigerator.  Before serving, garnish with whipped cream and bananas, if desired,

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Belgian Waffles




I  am going to be honest and admit that I had never tried a Belgian waffle until I stayed at a hotel that served them for breakfast and I was hooked.  I never knew what I have been missing all these years.  I used to have a  super old waffle maker that just made regular waffles and that I hadn't actually used in years.   I knew I had to get serious about getting a real Belgian waffle maker of my own


 After looking at and reading the reviews of several different brands and models I decided on this one here that I found on Amazon.  It was reasonably priced and I had a lot of positive reviews. I have had it for over a year now and have used it many times and it has worked great!  I have tried many different recipes and this is the best one for waffles that come out light and fluffy and slightly crispy on the outside. Just perfect!



First mix together all the dry ingredients.


In a separate bowl, combine the egg yolks, milk and oil. 

And in another bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form (not pictured)



Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix until just combined.  Gently fold in the egg whites.


Pour the cup of waffle batter into the preheated waffle maker.  And cook according to your machines directions.


I love this little measuring cup that came with the waffle maker.  It has a little handle that allows it to hook inside the bowl and it works like a charm to keep your counter from getting all messy.


Look how nice and fluffy these get!  When I ordered my waffle make I also ordered this handy dandy little waffle spatula.  This little waffle spatula works great for removing the waffles from the iron without burning your fingers.



Remove the waffle when cooked and top with your favorite toppings.  This recipe makes enough for 6 waffles.



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Makes 6 waffles

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs, separated
1/2 cup oil
2 cups milk

Directions:
In a large bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients.
Separate the eggs.
In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff.
In a separate bowl, combine the egg yolks, milk, and oil and stir slightly.
Add to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
Gently fold in the egg whites.
Cook according to your waffle irons instructions.