I used to always make my pie crusts with shortening and although it produced a flakey crust, I found they lacked the flavour that I was looking for so I decided to try another receipe. I found this pie crust receipe and it was great! The butter created more flavour than the shortening and the key was to keep everything constantly chilled and even freeze parts of the butter to help create a marble dough to produce a flakey crust.
We were celebrating my husband's Uncle's 60th birthday, and his birthday request was that I bring apple pie to the party. I found this receipe for mini apple pies and thought making a platter full of many mini pies would be more fun than just one lonley pie.
I followed the pie crust receipe exactly and was quite happy with the results. For the pie filling receipe, I used 1/2 granulated white sugar and 1/2 light brown sugar, omitted the nutmeg and added a little more cinnamon instead and tossed the apples in lemon juice before adding the rest of the ingredients to give them a little more tart flavor. The receipe links are posted above, enjoy!
My boyfriend says that the messier looking the dessert, the better it tastes. I don't know if I agree with his dessert thoery but I have to say that these messy looking treats are extremely delicious. They vary in between a soft fudge and a chewy chocolate bar. They have a great combination of peanut butter and butterscoth flavors coated in ooey gooey chocolate. I got the original idea from this recipe for a homemade Butterfinger recipe but I couldn't find any candy corn so I tweaked it a bit. See my version of the recipe below.
Homemade Chocolate Bar
2 Cups butterscotch chips
1 Tbsp butter
1 1/2 Cups peanut butter
1/2 Cup Skor toffee bits
1 1/2 Cup chocolate chips
1 Tbsp butter
1) Melt butterscotch chips and 1 Tbsp butter in the microwave until evenly melted and smooth, stirring every 15 seconds (do not over heat)
2) Stir in peanut butter and Skor toffee bits until evenly combined
3) Line an 8*8 baking dish with parchment paper and pour mixture in baking dish
4) Place mixture in the fridge until completely cool
5) Melt chocolate chips and 1 Tbsp butter in the microwave until evenly melted and smooth, stirring every 15 seconds (do not over heat)
6) Cut bars into pieces and dip them into melted (this is where it got messy but the bars definately taste better with chocolate on them)
It is the beginning of the Fall and the beginning of me to start my baking again. For this reciep, I used Williams-Sonoma Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Quick Bread Mix and turned them into muffins. The muffins were sweet and full of festive fall flavors. They were moist and had great pumpkin/spice flavor combo. A good quick mix for those in a rush!
We had a bake sale at work and I wanted to contribute something that wasn't overly sugary but was still full of great flavour. I found this recipe while I was on Pinterest and they turned out great. What is awesome about these No Bake Energy Balls is that they are so versitile that you can add or omit different ingredients depending on your preference. For my version that I made, I omitted the coconut and added more oatmeal instead and they still turned out great. Enjoy!