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Candy and Caramel Apple Pie. So sorry. I wanted to, I did. But I didn’t have a torch. So I thought about using the broiler method, and was going to do it Monday for dessert. Alas, during my baking for the cafe I used all of the heavy cream and had none to make said creme brulee. Nor was there time for a rewind. On a side note, Operation Baking GALS ship week is upon us and we have been SWAMPED! Okay, I won’t leave you without a food post. Candy Apple PieFrom MiMi Hodge, winner of Good Morning America’s “Pie of Emeril’s Eye” Contest, 2000 1. S’more pie. A year ago, I made s’mores from scratch and brought them to the Memorial Day barbecue on my friend Jocelyn’s roof, celebrating the thousands of other hottie uniformed types that had sailed in for Fleet Week.

[I just spelled that "Weak. " It's all so telling, innit?] We assembled them from Nancy Silverton’s graham crackers from the La Brea Bakery cookbook, as featured on 101 Cookbooks, [which were, incidentally the most accurately-flavored homemade graham crackers I've baked, much closer that the ones I'd attempted a couple years ago from Retro Desserts] and Thomas Keller’s marshmallows, as featured on Cooking for Engineers, and packed them up with skewers for toasting and giant bars of Hershey’s milk chocolate (exactly what we used in summer camp).

Second only to the men in uniform, they were the hit of the party. And then I never told you about them, because I forgot to take pictures of the finished product. Really! I never meant to go this long. I was dead wrong on each concern. Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts with maple glaze. I didn’t know Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts existed before I thought them up and went running to my kitchen. Turns out they do exist… and they existed all over my kitchen counter before they stopped existing because I ate them all.

Ok. Not true. I didn’t eat them aalllll. Kinda cool, right!? Just so we’re clear, what we’re dealing with here is two squares (ok.. yea.. rectangles) of buttery dough, stuffed with spiced pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie used to be on the list of things that I hated… along with the first day of school, boys, eggplant and spiders. It would seem that pumpkin pie has grown on me. … I’ve also developed a fondness for boys. But the first day of school, eggplant and spiders call all just suck an egg.

Is that an expression? I found this little gentleman on my front porch while I was baking up these pop tarts. Want. I busted out the ruler for this recipe, but I still ended up with slightly wonky tarts. Luckily butter and flour still taste good, even when they’re crooked. makes 9 tarts. Banana Cream Pie with Salty Bourbon Caramel. Peanut Crust Preheat oven to 350°. Pulse peanuts in a food processor until coarsely ground. Transfer 1/4 cup ground nuts to a small bowl; cover and set aside for garnish. Pulse remaining peanuts until peanut butter forms, about 2 minutes.

Whisk flour, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat both sugars, peanut butter, and butter until well combined and mixture resembles wet sand, 2–3 minutes. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl, until well blended, about 3 minutes (mixture will be clumpy). Vanilla Pastry Cream Bring milk and cream to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Assembly Using an electric mixer or whisk, beat 1/2 cup cream and powdered sugar until medium-stiff peaks form.

Stir sugar, 1 tablespoon bourbon, corn syrup, and 1 tablespoon water in a medium deep saucepan over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Spread 1/4 cup vanilla pastry cream evenly over bottom of peanut crust. Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie… Oh My! There’s nothing like a good chocolate chip cookie… unless of course, if it’s super-sized and more than an inch thick. So when I found this recipe from my aunt’s Nestle Classic Recipes Cookbook a while back, I knew it was a must-make. Serve it warm, with ice cream, with syrup… and with caution… because you’ll definitely want another slice.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell*2 large eggs1/2 cup all-purpose flour1/2 cup granulated sugar1/2 cup packed brown sugar3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate morsels1 cup chopped pecansServe with ice cream (optional) Preheat oven 325 degrees F.Beat eggs in large mixer bowl on high until foamy. Recipe from Nestle Classic Recipes, 2003* If using frozen pie shell, use deep dish style and thaw completely. Black Bottom Banoffee Pie with a Pretzel Crust…from Fields of Cake.

Folks…you are in for one heck of a treat today. My friend Carrie (a true friend, I love her!) Of Fields of Cake has made the most amazing Banoffee Pie for you. Ah-Maze-Ing. Of course, I am still away at Culinary Bootcamp, and despite the first day feeling out of sorts, Tuesday was incredible, I felt in my element, and I even forgot I was wearing my silly hat until having my picture taken in it. Baking was my task today, as was making toffee, and I felt good about it. my Chef instructor was even pleased with my work – yay! Well, I won’t keep you away from this pie any longer. That would be just plain mean. Enjoy it, and a huge thanks to Carrie for her incredible recipe! I am a woman of excess. A few summers back I was introduced to Banoffee Pie. I like it to but I could see SO many possibilities just screaming out to me, taunting me with their sweet goodness, telling me I NEEDED to fiddle with the recipe, with the components, to make it MINE! But THIS time, he wasn’t eating the pie!!

By my ip. Pumpkin Chai Tarts from The Stephanie Inn. Last week i was one of the privileged few bloggers invited to Oregon to tour egg farms as a part of the Good Egg Project. It was such an amazing time – and completely involves a separate post all its own, so stay tuned for that! I loved meeting my fellow bloggers…we were all moms who love food and love blogging, and doing our best for our families.

I feel so blessed to have been a part of the group. After our events were over and many of us had returned home, I rented a car and drove myself to the coast, as my flight was a red-eye and I had LOTS of time to kill. What child of the 80’s didn’t love The Goonies? Upon my arrival in Cannon Beach, I literally found myself gasping. Located on a fantastic stretch of beach, with an amazing view of Haystack Rock, the Stephanie is hands down one of the best Inns I have ever checked in to.

I was very fortunate that the Executive Chef, Aaron Bedard and the Sous/Pastry Chef, Libby Cure, took the time to meet with me. Pumpkin Chai Tarts Serves 8. Blackberry and coconut macaroon tart. For the last few weeks, I’ve been going nuts as it feels like every single person I know that has a food blog, has read a food blog, is a fan of food blogs or eats food itself has been gushing over Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks new book, Super Natural Everyday.

But not me! Because although I pre-ordered mine in early March, it didn’t arrive for what felt like an eternity. Every morning, me and my tiny partner in crime would take the elevator (always his favorite part of the day) down to the basement, where unclaimed packages often linger by the Super’s apartment and came back empty handed. Then we would sigh, get to work load up Twitter on my laptop and read that another two friends were gushing over a book I was being cruelly deprived of and shake our tiny fists at the Amazon Gods and cry, “Why must you make us wait?!” Neither of us are very good at waiting, you see. And it was absolutely worth the wait. Blackberry and Coconut Macaroon Tart Adapted from Super Natural Everyday. Cranberry pecan frangipane tart. I am the first to admit that I do not create nearly enough of my *own* recipes. Oh, I tweak, I adapt. I skip some things and add others.

But I don’t often enough decide that I want something enough to go out and find my own way to get there, which is a shame because when I do, it is never nearly the disaster I expect it to be. And when I do, it makes me so happy, so Deb (as I was the only person in this room) let this be a lesson to you: do this more often, okay? Case in point, vowing to give the fresh whole cranberry more of a spotlight this year, I had been trying to figure out what kind of tart could be made with it for weeks, (Yes, besides that one .) but kept coming back to the idea of burying them in some sort of custard or filling to offset how tart they’d be. And this, this is anything but. Miso Carrot Sauce With Ginger, Hoisin and Honey Pork Riblets 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans 1 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar 1 large egg 1 large egg white. Whole lemon tart. Everyone has a favorite lemon tart, don’t they? I think of them as one those pastries that people obsess over to the point that crafting a great one is practically considered a higher calling.

And I’d joke about this (okay, well, just a little) but if you’ve ever had a good, nay, great one, you totally get it. An awesome one will blow your mind. Some are filled with only a simple lemon curd, others with a creamier lemon filling, some are studded with fresh raspberries or have bits of candied lemon peel inside and the rare one even has a chunk of a fresh lemon segment within. I have never met one I didn’t like. But I do have a favorite, and it is so ridiculously simple that when I made it last week I actually kicked myself for waiting so long since the last time I gave it a spin. Where are my priorities? This is such a great one to have in your files because it doesn’t demand a lot of your grocery list: just one whole lemon. One year ago: Matzo Ball Soup Pour into prepared tart shell.