Monday, October 27, 2008

Pecan-Topped Pumpkin Pie

It seems I have an obsession with pies lately. Maybe this will be my last pie post for a while..bare with me, but I had to try this pie. It looked so good in the cookbook! I sliced the pie while it was still a bit warm, topped it with cool whip and dug in. It didn't knock my socks off initially, but the second day it was so much better. I just have to learn to be patient and actually wait for certain dishes to chill before I can partake. The cookbook I took it from is Better Homes and Garden. This is a great addition to any cookbook collection. So, give it a gets better the next day! The pecan and brown sugar topping gives it a yummy crunch.

Pecan-Topped Pumpkin Pie

1 recipe for a deep dish pie crust, or use refrigerated pie crust
1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped pecans
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 15 oz. can pumpkin (about 1 3/4 cups)
1 1/2 cups half and half or light cream
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
3 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare pie crust and place in pie plate. In a small bowl, combine pecans and brown sugar. Spread 3/4 cup pecan mixture in the bottom of the pie crust lined pie plate; reserve remaining pecan mixture. For filling, combine pumpkin, half and half, sugar, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; mix well.

Place the pie plate on the oven rack (or a pizza pan). Carefully pour filling onto pecan mixture in pie plate. Bake about 50 minutes or just until set in center. Stir melted butter into remaining pecan mixture. Sprinkle pecan mixture over pie filling; bake for 10 minutes more or until topping is bubbly around edges. Cool on wire rack. Cover and chill within 2 hours.

Friday, October 17, 2008

German Chocolate Pecan Pie

It appears I've got pie on my mind again! This recipe is just sinfully rich..but ohhh so good! I took this recipe from this month's issue of Southern Lady, well just the filling part. My pictures aren't that great this'll just have to make your own to get a better look!

German Chocolate Pecan Pie

Use a crust for a 9 inch deep dish. You can use a store bought crust or use the recipe here.

1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
1/4 cup butter, melted
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups pecan halves
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Put crust in deep dish pie plate, trim edges, fold under and crimp. Bake for 8 minutes and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the sugar and corn syrups. Add melted butter, eggs, vanilla and salt. Whisk until well combined. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle chocolate chips on the bottom of crust, evenly. Then sprinkle coconut on top of chocolate chips. Pour pecan mixture on top of coconut. Bake for 1 hour or until center is set. Cover w/ foil last 10 minutes if needed to prevent excess browning. Cool completely before serving (this is the hardest part!).

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The importance of a back-up disc....

Our lap top CRASHED a couple days ago. We have another computer so I didn't have complete withdrawals ;-). It was still difficult. I am still grieving the loss of all my pictures and videos. My babies, my youngest's 1st dance recital, my oldest's first chapel skit at school. So many memories! We have a lot of work to do to rebuild favorites and such. Our lesson learned is that we really need to back-up our information often in case this happens again. I just loathe a virus! Hopefully a new recipe will be blogged soon..but if know I'm probably busy rebuilding the computer ;-).

Friday, October 10, 2008

Apple Pie

We have apple trees in our back yard. This year we had the most apples we've ever had. Each fall I make apple pies. I've had to freeze apples too because we've had so many. To me, the best part of an apple pie is the homemade flaky crust! I like to use Granny Smith apples, but any apple will work just might need to adjust the amount of sugar used.

So, are ya ready? Here it is...


Pie Crust
2 cups flour
1/2 Tbsp. sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 small egg, beaten
1/2 Tbsp. vinegar
5 Tbsp. cold water

In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar and salt. With a pastry blender (or two knives), cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix together egg, vinegar and water, then add to flour mixture. Mix until dough is moist enough to form a ball. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least 30 minutes. Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll one half into a 12 inch circle. Press dough into pie plate (I like to use deep dish). Crimp edges or use a fork to make a decorative border, then prick bottom with a fork. Put the plate in the freezer while preparing the pie filling. The other half of crust will be used on top.

Apple Pie Filling:

5 cups peeled, cored and sliced apples
4 Tbsp. flour
1 1/3 cup sugar (remember I use granny smith apples, you may want to decrease the amount of sugar if using a sweeter apple)
1 tsp. cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir gently. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Dab with butter and pour milk over filling. Roll top crust same as bottom and lift onto filled pie. Crimp edges again and cut an X in the center of pie w/ sharp knife..pull the edges at the center of the X back some to open the center of the pie a little. You can also make a woven lattice top with the top pie crust. Bake for 40-45 minutes.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Game Day Fun

This weekend my husband, my cousins and myself went to a Virginia Tech football game. We had a lot of fun tailgating and watching the kids play and of course eating..I didn't get any great shots of all the was kind of hard with it all crammed together in the back of a vehicle.

That was our day! One thing that I made that everyone seemed to love was the hot wings. This is how I did it... I bought a 4lb bag of frozen chicken wings. Thawed them almost completely, poured some olive oil on them, salt and pepper..grilled them until done, then tossed them in 1 cup of Frank's Red Hot Buffalo wing sauce. Thats it! Yumm!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Game Day Appetizer

Football season is in and we all like to snack while watching the big game. This cheese ball is so easy to make...with only 4 ingredients...and even tastes great!

Spicy Cheese Ball

8 oz. finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
8 oz. tub softened cream cheese
8 oz. tub softened chives and onion cream cheese
2 teaspoons ground red pepper (this is enough for us, but you may want to add another 1/2 tsp.)

Mix all into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for a few hours.