Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Valentine's Cherry Pie for 2!

  My husbands favorite pie is cherry. He absolutely loves it. So whenever I want to make him something special, I make cherry pie! During the summer months when fresh cherries are plentiful, I love using them in everything. However during the winter months, he loves the canned cherries. So that is what I use.

Down Home Cherry Pie

Pie Dough for Lattice-Top Pie
(adapted from: The New Best Recipe)
3 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoons Sugar
7 tablespoons chilled Shortening, cut into 1/4" pieces
10 tablespoons cold, unsalted Butter
10 tablespoons Ice Water
Add flour, salt, and sugar in to 
your food processor.
Add shortening and process until the 
mix has the texture of coarse sand.

Add butter pieces and cut in until it resembles 
coarse crumbs. Butter pieces should be 
no larger than peas. 
 Empty dough into a bowl.
Sprinkle the dough with 5 tablespoons of ice water.
Mix the water into the dough with a spatula. 
We are looking for the dough to come together.
Add more ice water, a tablespoon at a time until you get it
to come together. 
 Divide the dough into two pieces and flatten into disks.
Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least one hour,
or up to two days.
When the dough is chilled, you will need sugar and cherries.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
After the dough has been chilled, flour a surface. 
I use large sheets of parchment paper or my cutting board.
Roll one of the dough packs out to 1/4 " circle.
Place the dough on to the top of the skillet.
Fit the dough into the skillet, and using your knife,
trim around the top of the pan.
Fill with cherries.
Set aside.
Make a floured surface.
Roll out your second piece of dough to 1/4" thick.
Cut a straight line with a pizza cutter.
Mark a line 1/2" in from the edge. This means that 
your lattice top strips will be 1/2" wide.
Cut along the 1/2" mark with the pizza cutter.
Continue to make strips.
You should end up with strips that look like this.
Cut these in half.
Start fitting the strips over the cherries.
Press the ends of the strips into the dough of the shell.
Cove the pie like this.
Weave other pieces, going the opposite way,
until your pie looks like this.
Remember to gently press the edges of each
strip into the bottom dough.
Sprinkle the top of the lattice work with sugar.
Bake pie for about 50 minutes.

Remove and cool on rack.
Serve warm,  ala mode with vanilla bean ice cream.

Happy Valentine's Day for 2!!

I am getting behind with my 14 Days of Valentine's posts, but I will try to be caught up by Wednesday evening.(cross my fingers).!!

See you tomorrow!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Happy Super Bowl Day!

It's Super Bowl Sunday!
 I hope everyone has a day full of good times, good food and good friends!
Here are some last minute chocolate footballs I made for the game!
I made them with chocolate and white candy melts.
I used this candy mold of footballs.
You can see the detail on this one a little better.
I used the white candy melts, in a decorating bag
to mark the laces on the ball and the side stripes.
Then I simply melted the chocolate candy melts 
and poured it in the mold. I put the mold in the freezer for
about 5 minutes, and they were done. After about three minutes
of sitting outside the freezer, they popped right out!
I wanted to put sticks on them to make lollipops, but they
just didn't look how I wanted them to. Maybe next time!
Have a super Super Bowl!!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

A Classic Valentine Meal!

Isn't this the sweetest? This scene from Lady and The Tramp
came to mind immediately when I discovered that this
months theme for the Very Good Recipes
challenge is BE MY VALENTINE!  
This month I am one of the judges for this fun challenge, 
so stop by Very Good Recipes.com,
find out all the details, and all about the prize! 
Yes! There is a prize! You're gonna love it!
There are 2 things you need to know.
Your recipe must include something red,
and you have until February 27th to enter!

1 pound Ground Beef
1/2 cup Parmesan Bread Crumbs
1/4 cup Milk
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
1 small Onion, chopped
1 Egg
Bridgeford Bread Loaf
Garlic Powder
1 can San Marzano Crushed Tomatoes
3 tablespoons Olive Oil
8 fresh Garlic Cloves, minced
Salt and Pepper
Angel Hair Pasta

Heart Rolls
Thaw a loaf of Bridgeford Bread.
Roll it out on a floured surface,
cut out heart shapes with a cookie cutter, and let them rise.
Bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes.
When they are done,
brush a mix of garlic powder and butter on top of them.

Pour your olive oil in a saucepan, and add the garlic.
Cook until the garlic turns light brown.
Add the can of tomatoes.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Let simmer.

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
Form the meat into small meatballs with your hands.
Put a little bit of oil in a pan and start frying the meatballs.
Brown the outside, all around.
As your meatballs brown, take them out of the 
frying pan and put them in a pot. They will
cook the rest of the way in the sauce.
Cook your pasta in a pot of boiling water
for about 4 minutes. Drain.
Put your plate together.
Top with your favorite cheese!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Luv U! Marshmallows!

Our Valentine post today is homemade marshmallows! Homemade marshmallows that are heart shaped, pink, cherry flavored, and have sprinkles! The total Valentine package!

2 teaspoon Butter
3 envelopes unflavored Gelatin
1 cup Cold Water, divided
2 cups Sugar
1 cup Light Corn Syrup
1/8 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Cherry Flavoring
Pink Coloring

Line a 13" X 9" pan with foil, and grease with butter.
In a large metal bowl,sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup water
and set aside. Make sure the bowl is one you can 
use a mixer with.
In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar,corn syrup, 
salt, and remaining water. Bring the water to a boil.
Cook until a candy thermometer reaches 240 degrees.
Remove from heat and carefully add to the gelatin.
Beat on high until mix is thick and doubles in volume.
This should take about 15 minutes.
Add your vanilla.
Add your coloring.
Spread into prepared pan.
Spread as evenly as possible.
Cover with plastic and let it sit at room temp for 
6 hours or overnight.
Sprinkle a piece of parchment paper with confectioners 
sugar. Take the marshmallow out and out it on top
of the sugar. Lightly sprinkle the top of the 
marshmallow with sugar.
Using a small heart shaped cookie cutter, that is coated
with pan spray, start cutting out hearts,
and then roll the sides in sprinkles.
Place on a rack to dry a little.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Thanks for joining me today!
Stop by tomorrow for a classic Valentine's Day meal!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Super Bowl Party Mix!

Today our Super Bowl post is crisp, chocolaty, salty, and matches
the Patriots and the Giants uniforms!
It's also simple, quick to put together, and everyone loves it!

Super Bowl Party Mix!

Here's what I used :
1 cup Peanuts
1 cup Football Shaped Pretzels
1/2 cup Munchables Buttery Thins
Red MandM's
1 package York Pieces
You could buy a package of red M and M's, but I 
had 2 bags of mixed ones, so I just
picked the red ones out of the bags!
I used all the red ones and they measured 1 cup.
I mixed them in a bowl with York pieces.
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
Cheer for your favorite team and have fun!!

See you tomorrow!!

14 Days of Valentines and Club Baked!

 14 Days of Valentines! 
 Today starts "14 Days of Valentines" at The Freshman Cook! Every day, up to and including Valentine's Day, we will be posting a special Valentine's Day meal, treat, or whatever! It just so happens that on       Day 1, it's also time for another Club Baked and today we baked up some delicious cookies, called Speculaas! They are wonderful, spiced cookies that are usually cut into a rectangle or oblong shape. But I thought they would be pretty as hearts!
I really liked these cookies. It was an easy recipe, and the spice flavors were intense, and so good!
As we bake our way through the Baked Explorations book, written by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, I think this is one of the better recipes.
For this posting, Club Baked co-hosted with Baked Sunday Mornings.
Go by their site to get the recipe!

Thanks for joining me today!
Stop by later for Super Bowl Mix!