Tuesday, November 9, 2010

some pie pictures

OK...here are some pictures of the delicious pie...the pictures don't do it justice though...not at all

this is the homemade brown sugar....I love brown sugar...it's my favorite cooking ingredient

mixing in the brown sugar

Finn testing the beaters....quality control you know!!!

these were pre-baked....still delicious but probably not all that safe to gobble up

she was pretty happy to help....love the new Dora apron...

imagine a giant
chocolatey goodness
on a flaky

it was yummy

Finn "helped" this time and thoroughly enjoyed the taste testing portion (as you can see)


there is this cookie contest that I want to win
the grand prize is a kitchen aid mixer

I could never afford one of those...I mean, I work in social services/education and Cori is in law enforcement...we are lucky we can afford the ingredients to make the cookies with


I am not a patient cookie chef
not at all

like once all that mixing is done, I don't want to futz around with all the dropping them on the sheet and then checking them every 5 mins

basically, I am a lazy cook

so I am thinking of making chocolate chip pie cookies *like teeny versions of the pie
filled brownie bites
(you know...caramel, peanut butter, maybe coconut-cream cheese goodness) and then drizzle some chocolate ganache (how do you spell that?) on top with a nut or something like that

do you think those would count as cookies?

Friday, November 5, 2010

Haven't posted desserts in awhile

I haven't posted desserts in awhile.
I have been making them but not really writing about them.

I suck

but the pie recipe Sara sent me for Tollhouse pie was about heaven

holy smokes

This recipe is from the Eat, Drink, and Be Chinaberry cookbook, which may or may not still be available from www.chinaberry.com.  It is a collection of recipes collected from their readers.

2 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter, melted and cooled to room temperature (NOTE: I use 2 Tablespoons less than 1 cup; it makes the pie less greasy)
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (NOTE: I use 1 1/2 to 2 cups of chocolate chips because I don't include nuts in my pies)
1 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts work well)

In large bowl, beat eggs until foamy.  Beat in flour and sugars until well blended.  Add melted butter and blend.  Stir in chips and nuts.  Pour into unbaked 9-inch pie shell (I usually just use a Pillsbury one, but you could make your own if you have that sort of motivation).  Bake 1 hour at 325 degrees F.  Serve warm with ice cream.

Thank you Sara Robbinson-Coolidge.  I made two and they were gone before I could lick the beaters....ok, not really but you get the drift.

I made my own dark brown sugar (3oz of molasses to 1 pound sugar....blend in a food processor until combined) cheaper and tastier than store bought.  And I made two pies (since I make my own and each bag is good for 1 double crust pie) and I most likely used more chocolate chips than I ought to have.

At any rate....

I had to cook the pies for about 1 hour and 35 mins or so.  The top was nice and crusty but the inside was gooey...I cooked it until a toothpick came out wet but not full of dough.


I need some cookie ideas...cookies aren't my thing but I want to win a contest.  And I have to make cookies....ready for taste testing all my former students in college????