Saturday, May 22, 2010

Apple Pie 2.0

I make a lot of pies. However, fruit pies intimidate me. I hate a runny pie and that seems to be challenge with fruit pies.
The other day Rue posted a recipe for "the best apple pie ever". I figured I would give it a try and I have to say it is pretty good.
My first attempt at this pie proved to be a bit challenging. My crust wasn't co-operating and I forgot a couple of ingreds in the filling, but at that point I put it in the oven anyway. Despite the forgotten ingreds it was pretty good. I decided to try again and this time I made sure I followed the recipe exactly.
I sent with Joj to DND and the boys devoured it. You know they liked it when I woke up to an email from one of the wives asking for the recipe because her husband "won't shut up about it".
So if you too are on the lookout for a home run of an apple pie, look no further.

Best Ever Apple Pie (from Country Living w/ a couple of tweaks by me)
1 recipe for a double crust pie
6-8 granny smith apples peeled and sliced
3/4 C sugar
1/4 C dk brown sugar
2 T flour
1/4 t salt
1/2 t nutmeg
1 t cinnamon
2 T butter cubed
1/4 C whipping cream
1 T raw sugar

combine the apples, sugars, flour, salt and spices

pour into the crust, dot with butter and pour whipping cream over the top

top with second crust, brush with egg wash and sprinkle with raw sugar

cut vents and bake at 375 for about an hour

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Best Chocolate Buttercream

Tonight I made chocolate cake. I found a recipe I wanted to try, but then went a little Sandra Lee and used a box mix. I did however make the chocolate buttercream frosting that was listed with the cake recipe.

Oh my. It was delish.

I've made chocolate buttercreams before, but this one is a KEEPER. It whips up nice and light and it makes a ton. I frosted a Devils Food cake with it and it was definitely "got milk". So if you need a good chocolate buttercream, I highly recommend giving this a try.


Rich Chocolate Buttercream

2 oz baking chocolate
2 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
1 C butter
4 C powdered sugar
2 t vanilla
1/4 C coco
1/4 C milk

Melt chocolates and set aside.
Cream butter, coco, half of the sugar
Add melted chocolate, vanilla, milk, remaining sugar
mix until fluffy

makes 3 3/4 cups of frosting