Raisin Pie, Again

July 9, 2014

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I have not posted in quite some time, not because I have not been baking but because I was without my laptop!  Man, that was rough!  It is amazing how much I rely on this thing.  Anyways, all back up and running and excited to post what I have made.

We have been experiencing some ridiculously hot weather of late, 35ºC+ and I do not have air conditioning, makes for a hot house when baking.  Luckily it cooled down for a few days and I was able to make a few treats.

I asked my Poppa what he would like and he requested his favourite (and mine), raisin pie.  As mentioned in the initial Raisin Pie post, the recipe is secret, but I tried something new with the crust so I posted again.

Now that I am good at making crust I don’t mind making pies at all, in fact it is kind of fun, it is a whole new world for me.

As nice as it looks I strongly dislike doing a lattice top on my pie.  Cutting all the strips the same, weaving and lining up…blah.  In an attempt to make it look nice and still have the ventilation needed I used a cookie cutter and just placed the dough randomly on top.  I made it close to Canada day so I went with the Maple Leaf.

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I also made a few tarts.  I wanted some of the pie, but hate giving away a pie with a few pieces out of it, just looks tacky, haha.  This seemed like a good solution.

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I love how it still bubbles right out of the oven

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Looks pretty good

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Tarts came out pretty good as well

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Filling was perfect

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Oh my goodness these were delicious!  The crust was bang on, tender and flaky.

Looking forward to the fresh fruit season, the pie possibilities are endless!!!


Butter Tart Tour – Cravings Bakery and Market

July 9, 2014

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Stop # 17 on the Butter Tart Tour brought me to Cravings Bakery and Market, in Peterborough.  Cravings recently relocated to the north end of town.  I had been to their first location downtown, which was more of a bakery/cafe.  Their new location appears to be more of a local market with local produce, meets and dairies.  It was a nice little store but I was disappointed to see that the tarts were all ready prepackaged in groups of 2 or 6.

Sorry about the picture,
Mom had a bite in the car before I got the picture, haha

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The Tart

First Impressions - looks delicious, crust had a nice colour

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The Verdict

- crust was tough and a little undercooked
- not very sweet
- not much filling
- filling tasted very corn syrupy
- 4/10

I was not a fan of these tarts.  Not to say others wouldn’t like them, just not what I look for in a butter tart.


Ontario’s Butter Tart Festivial

June 16, 2014

No surprise here, Doo Doo’s wins the Ontario Butter Tart Festival in Midland this past weekend!!!

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Previous post about how good Doo Doo’s Tarts are…

Butter Tart Tour

Maple Bacon Butter Tarts

Kawartha Northumberland Butter Tart Taste Off

Maple Bacon Butter Tarts…Again!

Congratulations Doo Doo’s!!!!

I think this will be adding this Tart Festival to my Bucket List!


S’mores Cups

June 12, 2014

 

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These little fells are delicious!

I will confess, to most people disbelief, I have never had a s’more.  Perhaps because I want nothing to do with camping and that is where they would usually be made.

I was introduced to these last weekend at the Relay for Life, a 12 hour, over night walk for cancer.  Everyone usually brings something to share to keep us awake and energized.  This year we had a new member on our team and she brought these!  Having never had a s’more, I have nothing to compare them to but they were quite delicious!  They almost reminded me of the Chocolate Marshmallow Squares of my Nana’s, that Dad always requests.  When I asked about the recipe She said she got it on Pinterest.  So that is where I headed and found this recipe.

S’more Cups

Adapted from Texas Cottage

1 cup graham crackers crumbs
1/4 cup powdered sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
4 bars (1.55 oz each) milk chocolate candy, divided
12 large marshmallows

*I halved the recipe and it made 9

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Combine graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, and butter in a small bowl.
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3. Place 1 tablespoon of crumb mixture in each cup of a mini muffin pan.
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4. Firmly press crumbs to form shallow cups.  I used a teaspoon to push and make the cup
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  5. Bake 4-5 minutes or until edges are bubbling.They seem to spread quite a bit and have a pool of butter.  I scooped out as much butter as I could and reshaped
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6. Break two of the candy bars into rectangles. ** I did not have any so I used chocolate chips
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7. Cut marshmallows in half crosswise using scissors.
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8. Place one marshmallow half, cut-side down, into each cup.
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9. Return to oven 1-2 minutes or until marshmallows are slightly softened. Remove pans from oven to cooling rack; cool 15 minutes.
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10. Carefully remove cups from pan. Cool completely. I set them on paper towel because they were ridiculously greasy, it soaked up a lot of the excess.  Next time I will use less butter
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Break remaining candy bars (or chocolate chips) and place in small microwavable bowl. Microwave on high 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring every 20 seconds. Dip the top of each marshmallow in melted chocolate. Turn top-side up and let stand 40 to 60 minutes or until set. Makes 24 cups.
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These were delicious and very easy to make.  Will definitely be making these again.
***sorry about the all jumbled together look of this post.  I can’t seem to get the spacing to work.

Butter Tart Tour – The Dutch Oven

June 11, 2014

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Stop #16 on the Butter Tart Tour is The Dutch Oven in Cobourg.  We had tried to go here before but it was a long weekend and they were closed.

The Tart

First Impressions – I cringe when I see the individual foil tart shell

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The Verdict

- crust looked and tasted like pre-made kind of chewy
- filling was like thick date jam
- one bite was enough
- 1/10

*not to say others wouldn’t like them, just not what I look for in a Butter Tart


Butter Tart Tour – Pastry Peddler

June 11, 2014

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Stop #15 on the Butter Tart Tour was at The Pastry Peddler in Millbrook.  I was first introduced to the Pastry Peddler when they started coming to the Peterborough Farmers Market a few years ago.  Since then they have opened their shop in Millbrook, today was my first time there.

The Tart

First Impressions -  good size, crust looked good

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ACK! there was nuts in it!!!  Instantly turned off. I didn’t ask for one with nuts, nor was I informed that there was nuts!

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After picking the nuts out! Nut much left

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The Verdict

- crust was quite nice, good flavour and flakey
- filling could have been good if there was more of it, just coated the crust, fill it up with that runny centre and I’m in!
- nuts were a turn off
- would not have another
- 5/10

 

 


25th Anniversary Cake

June 10, 2014

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I was asked to make a replica of a wedding cake for a 25th Wedding Anniversary.  The cake was very 90′s it was 4 tiers, glass pillars and all!  They didn’t want to make it exact just a small 2 tier made to look like the “second layer” of the original cake.  Turned out almost exact.  They were happy :)


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