Monday, April 25, 2011

How to make great chocolate chip cookies

One of my favorite cookies is Chocolate chip. They are relatively easy to make, especially if you have a mixer, but what if you don't? Well you could buy one or use this recipe for chewy delicious tastiness of a cookie. So let's get started shall we? Oh and I should mention I went ahead and doubled my recipe..because I love these.
So things you will need:
1 C. Butter (unsalted if you wish)
2 1/4 C. Flour
1 Tsp salt
1 Tsp. Baking soda
1/4 c. White sugar
1 1/4 c. Brown sugar (don't have brown sugar? mix molasses and white together 1 cup white sugar and 1 tbs of molasses)
1 Egg
1 egg yolk (the yellow part)
2 Tb of milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 C. of chocolates (I mix 1/2 c white chocolate 1 c  "Chocolate candies" and 1 c dark chocolate ...yes I , know more than two cups but who cares feel free to mix this up any way)
Now let's get started! Melt the butter in a large bowl. In a different bowl mix together "dry ingredients" aka flour, baking soda, and salt, leave them in the bowl until we need them. Alright now is your butter melted? It is! Yay, add both of the sugars to the bowl and mix together, it'll be a brownish color. This step is called "creaming" basically you want to mix until it is very well blended, this is easier if you have a mixer if not it'll take you about two minutes. Add the two eggs, milk and vanilla, mix until combined. Slowly add the flour mixture a little at a time (typically a third at a time) once combined add your chocolate chips or other combination.  These cookies are amazing and this week we have the lovely test subject Tiffanie enjoying them.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

How to make Blackberry pie

Blackberry's are back in season! Also on another note all of my friends apparently love blackberries! So yet again I am teaching you all how to create good pie. This recipe is simple and easy so here we go.
Things you will need:
Pie Plate
Pie Crust
4 - 5 c. fresh blackberries
1/2 C. Sugar
1 1/2 TBS of cornstarch or 3 TBS of flour
1 TBS of Lemon juice
1 TBS of butter
Mix everything EXCEPT butter together in a large bowl mix it all together and let it sit for a minute. Place your crust in a pie plate leave your edges alone add blackberry mixture to plate  and "dot" with butter. Then add another crust to the top. Crimp both of the edges together and then cut some slits in the top and do an egg wash or let it go. We have a new test subject this week test subject Doug. Who greatly loves blackberry pie and told me he loved it! So yum yum!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

How to make amazing pecan pie

I LOVE PECAN PIE! There now that that is covered I would also like to take this time to explain the fact that test subject Akeem wanted some sort of liquor in the next blog. So test subject Jon and I agreed that we should make pecan pie. But not just any pecan pie... whiskey pecan pie! So things you will need!
Pie plate
Pie crust (still store bought)
2 c. Pecans
5 Tbsp. Butter
3/4 c. light corn syrup
2 tbsp Whiskey (I am using a bottle of a Tennessee brand with a 7 on it...hmmm)
2 Tsp of  Vanilla
3 Eggs
Go ahead and pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and place your pie crust in the pie plate...crimp the edges..I hate making the crust edges moving on. Toast your pecans at 350 for 10 -15 minutes, typically twelve is the lucky careful and don't burn them. Grab a large bowl and melt your butter and once finished add all the ingredients into the bowl, mix and pour into crust. Place on another sheet pan..again unless you want to clean out the bottom of the oven...JUST PUT IT ON THE PAN!!! Now when it is done allow it to cool for at least two hours, then serve! Test subject Jon and I both agree that this is quite possibly the best tasting pecan pie we have ever had, even test subjects Grandma and Grandpa agreed!!


Test Subjects Grandpa and Grandma approve 

Monday, April 11, 2011

How to make the best Apple Pie!

It's that time again, no I am not talking about spring, or even baseball season, it's apple pie time....see it's that time of year when everything is in bloom everyone starts eating more fresh fruit, and since I figure we will be having picnics soon what's better than having a good apple pie recipe? This pie recipe has been in my family for years, it was my great grandmother's recipe, she and her family have been making it for years, see they use honey in the place of sugar because..well during the war time sugar was in high demand but they lived on a farm and probably had some bees or their friends did. So let's get started!
Things you will need:
6 Large apples *I use half granny smith half Gala you can use whatever you want*
9 inch pie pan/plate
2 Tablespoons of flour or quick cooking tapioca
1/2 c. of honey
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
2 Tablespoons of butter
Okay now let's start with preheating the oven! Preheat to 370 degrees, yes I know that is a weird temperature but guess what my great grandmother made it for 70 years that way, you wanna argue with her? I didn't think so! Moving on, please peel and slice all of the apples; *note: please make all of the apples close to the same size so they can all cook properly and all be done at the same time, no half cooked half mush! Not a good taste! Also you do not have to peel the apples if you do not want to.* So place all the apples in a large bowl add the honey, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg  and mix. Now put either a store bought pie crust or make your own in a pie plate...No I did not make my own, why, well my mom is the best person ever to make pie crusts and I hate making them. So add your pretty little apples in the pan and "dot" aka take your two tablespoons of butter and slice into smaller pieces and place on top of the apples. Now you can do any of the following items to the top of the pie, crumb topping, which is super simple, lattice, or just the other pie crust. Now I know what you are thinking, LATTICE! THAT'S HARD! However, fear not! Lattice is simple! Cut your pie crust into long thin strips, should make about nine, you will only need 7. So place four strips length ways. Now they are numbered 1-4, slightly lift up 1 and 3 so that there is enough space to place another strip, place it across the pie in the other direction. Put number 1 and 3 back in place. Pick up 2 and 4, put another strip in, replace 2 and 4. Last one, pull back 1 and 3 and add the last strip. Put pieces back down, now if this is still a little hard for you to understand please see the pictures below! Yay! Now you can do any of the following, milk or egg wash on top of the crust to make it brown up better of course it is optional. To do an egg wash which is what I did crack an egg dilute it with water and brush across the top, once finished sprinkle a little bit of sugar to make it pretty! Milk wash? Milk only brush and repeat. Now that you are finished place the pie plate on a sheet pan and place it in the oven at 370 degrees and cook for 45 -50 minutes. Or until apples are done. Now I know what you are thinking why put it on another pan? Well if you want drippings in the bottom of your oven then don't listen to me, but I don't wanna clean that up. Now we have several test subjects this week willing to give this pie a shot. We have test subject Jon, Marissa, Akeem, and Tristan all ready for a slice! *Test subjects nod in approval* yay!

Lattice time!