November 29, 2009

It's All About The Crust

For me- pie is all about the crust! I used to be nervous about making crust, and it never turned out quite right, not light enough, not flaky enough. Well this weekend I discovered the magic ingredient, and I'll never buy a frozen, pre-made again.


I'd had my fill of pie on Thanksgiving- Josh and I buy our pumpkin pie from our favorite bakery, Lovely in Wicker Park in Chicago, IL; instead I made these "Toaster tarts" from Karen Soloman's book Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It. They are really just homemade pop tarts, but man, are they about a million times better.


The dough for the crusts is rolled out thin, and pinched shut around a little filling, I used some cherry preserves I had in the fridge. The tarts are baked just until they are mostly done, then finished off in the oven or toaster right before you eat them.


They are sort just little pies that could fit in your pocket, they're light on the filling but they're a great recipe to showcase an outstanding crust.

About that crust; I'd been looking for an excuse to make some lard for a while, and this baking challenge gave me just such an opportunity. You can read all about the lard making process here, and it is a process, about 2 days worth of work, but let me tell you that it is worth every minute.

November 27, 2009

Chocolate Pecan Pie - The Lady Baker

Is everyone full yet? I hope not... I am sure there are lots of leftovers for you to polish off... If you do not think you can handle looking at recipes for pie you should STOP READING NOW.... if you think you can power through it check out my post at the Lovely Lady Baker for Chocolate Pecan Pie.

Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving!

November 3, 2009

November Recipes

Hi cOven members. This month Elisa chose some recipes that will work well for the holiday season. Here is what she said....

"November = Thanksgiving = Pies. I didn't want to add a lot of work to a month that is already chockfull of baking and cooking so I chose three pies in hopes that the group could multi-task and contribute to the cOven and their Thanksgiving meal!

I'm from Texas so I couldn't resist the traditional pies we Texans love, pumpkin and pecan...but these recipes have a few extra ingredients that will hopefully make them special. I threw in an apple pie recipe (also with a twist) in case there are those that don't care for either pumpkin or pecan. Feel free to use the crust recipes below our your own."

The links are google documents so you will be able to save or copy them more easily than from the blog. Happy Baking!

Apple Cheddar Cheese Pie

Pumpkin Pie with Rum and Cream

Chocolate Pecan Pie

NPR's Vodka Pie Crust

Alton Brown's Pie Crust

Try and post sometime between the 25th and the 30th. And as always if you want to link to the Lovely Lady Baker you are welcome to.

November 2, 2009

TMM: Spicy Molasses Cookies

For this month's EBcO recipe I made Spicy Molasses Cookies. I have to admit, I was pretty disappointed at first; I'm not really a cupcake person and I hate the smell of molasses so I figured I had to pick the lesser of two evils in picking a recipe to make this month. I decided on the cookies because I was really, really not into the cupcakes.

I love a pleasant surprise...