Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Lattice Apple Pie

Flaky Pie Crust

(makes two 9" pie crusts-- either 1 double crust/lattice pie or 2 single crust pies)

3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) chilled butter (cut into 1/2 inch cubes)
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 tbsp salt
3/4 cup ice cold water

1. Mix together the dry ingredients. Using either a food processor or a pastry cutter, cut butter and shortening into the dry ingredients. 

2. Once it resembles crumbles, slowly add the ice cold water. It may not take all of the water. Once it is sticking together, it's done! 

3. Form it into two discs, flattened out until they're about 1" thick. Wrap each one in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 2 hours. 

Apple Pie

10 apples (about 4 lbs), peeled, cored, and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
3 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 egg, beaten with 1 tbsp milk
2 tsp granulated sugar

1. In a large pot over medium-low heat, stir together apples, sugars, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and cornstarch. Cook, covered, for 20 minutes.

2. After about 20 minutes, take the top off, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook for 7-8 more minutes. Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice, and let it cool for 30 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. 

4. While the apples are cooling, roll out one of your pie crust dough discs on a lightly floured surface. Roll it out until it's about 13" in diameter. Using the rolling pin, transfer the dough to your pie pan. Trim the edges, leaving at least 3/4" overhang around the entire edge.

5. Roll out your other pie crust dough disc until it's about 12" in diameter. Cut it into 3/4" strips with a pizza cutter. 

6. Pour your apple filling into the bottom pie crust. Dot with cold butter. Start with the middle strips to make the lattice. I used this tutorial to make my lattice. Press the outside overhang onto the edge. 

7. Beat the egg and milk. Brush it atop the dough on top. Sprinkle with sugar. 

8. Bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit for about 35-40 minutes, or until golden on top. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

November is a great month. The holiday season is magical, and November is the real beginning of that season. 

I was craving cookies the other day. I didn't have any vegetable oil, so I texted my visiting teacher. She didn't have any veggie oil either, so I had to wait a few days to make the delicious cookies I wanted. Torture. Absolute torture. 

I wanted triple chocolate chip cookies. White chocolate, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate. 

I tweaked this recipe from Lil Luna

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yields: 3 dozen cookies

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cornstarch 
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1. Cream butter, oil, and sugars for 3-5 minutes.

2. Add eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla. Mix together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients slowly. Add the chocolate chips. 

4. Bake at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 7-8 minutes. I usually bake mine on a silpat or parchment paper.