Sunday, October 21, 2012

Berries Be Battled!


The berries were battled for months, upon months, but they were finally overcome!

I'm happy to say, after riffling through recipe after recipe, and thickener after thickener, their juices finally stayed where they were supposed to, and the consistency was key!



















Oh Blackberry, you were singing in the dead of night : ) 

Yum!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Pie 101


Todd, I mean...Toodles (his baking name), our Copper friend wanted to learn how to make pie. He grew up gathering all the fruit around their property, of which his mom turned into some amazing pies. 

So now, it was his turn, to learn to make the dough, and turn it into his very own pie! 



Smile Todd, it's a rolling pin, not a Billy Club...and don't forget about that girlie apron you're in ; )




That's better.




We met our match, our kindred spirit, as he's as meticulous and tweaky as we are ; )




He's a natural born baker...




He did the most amazing job!

This was his first pie, ever!

You're hired!

Two Girls a Guy and Another Guy Pie?

Two Girls a Guy Pie Plus Some Other Dude?

Two Girls and a Guy Pie Plus an O Toodles Too?

Two Girls a Guy and a Po Po Pie?

No, nobody wants any of that kind of pie ; )

I don't know...




O Toodles...

I couldn't be any more proud!!








We can never make just one!




He freaked my little OCD brain out by throwing the cut outs on in all sorts of random directions, but it all worked out, right?









"Hey, where'd those pies go? I could swear there were two of them here last night??"

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Off to the Farm




We had been looking for a farmer, in order to try and cut Whole Foods out for some of our fruit for our pies...as they are a little pricey. So we found one. We went up there for their 100 year anniversary.





We got some peaches.




I blanched some for the first time in my entire life.

I sliced my finger in the process, but I will spare you the gore.








Made a pie, of course.

That's the one pie I don't care for, but I hear it was good!

Baby Got Her Lattice

You may remember Todd Lynn, our constant. Well his favorite pie is Rhubarb. We were going to his house for dinner, so Dave and I made him one. 

really wanted to try this new lattice top I saw in one of my new recipe books, so I showed Dave and asked, "Do you think we can do this one?" Dave cracks me up, he said..."Whatever my baby wants, my baby gets. My baby wants that lattice, my baby gets that lattice!"




And that I did! We did it!








Todd's wife wanted to take a picture of the pie and me. I said, no way! So Todd, got in the picture...much better. 

You, me, and a pie...

Did you notice I found a place to wear my cowboy boots though ; )

My gosh, do I love these people, they had us over, and they are the best ever. They love and care for Avi in a way I barely ever see.

Melts my heart.

Todd, Elaine ~
I love you both to pieces.


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Our Tiniest Taste Tester





Amy's son Cooper!

As you can tell, he is really meticulous...
(I wonder where he gets that from?)

He scopes them all out first.

Hmmm...which one do I want to start with?




Hmmm... 




I think...




You guys did a good job!




Awww...thanks Coop ❤




Auntie Jen...enough already...sheesh!!

Isn't he the most adorable little guy?

I love you, my little Cooper!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Who is that Doggy in the Window


Pretty much every pie night, we pick everything up, or so we think, at the store that day. Amy and I always have to make at least one midnight run for something we forgot that night. 

As we were driving away one night, this was what we saw.

Oh my...











Those ears...




This was our most recent creation.

A crust made out of shredded coconut, chocolate ganache with chopped up macadamia nuts inside and atop : )










This one had almond extract inside and sliced almonds on top.




Friday, July 6, 2012

The Makings of the Patriotic Pies


The night before the 4th of July, Amy and I had our weekly pie night. We had to happily fulfill an order of two Apricot Pies for her awesome neighbor Ilene! Normally, we would have gone straight into Patriotic Pie, but we are trying to be responsible adults, which is really hard for us! We decided to wait until the next day and each make our own pies at our own houses.

That didn't stop us from busting out the new cherry pitter at 2:30 in the morning, and going to town on 10 cups of those babies : ) I swear we can have fun doing just about anything, because we were laughing hysterically. If you've ever used one of these you would understand why!









Do you happen to remember all those cute little aprons we bought? Well, we found that we both love the idea of an apron, but we can't stand wearing them! Funny, they cramp our style ; ) 

In no time, we both realized that the second we would go to bake, the aprons would be draped cutely all over the couches.

As it turns out, we never, ever, ever, wore one while we baking! Did I say ever? Because I meant ever! Never once!

So one night, we made the sad decision to go through them and try them all on, and just keep one. In trying to figure out which one, we were honest with ourselves, and knew in our heart of hearts we wouldn't even wear that one.

We thanked them for all of our cute pictures, and then said our final goodbyes. They went back, and will be appreciated by someone who will love them for what they were put on this earth to do.




 So, as the cherry pitting session was progressing...I looked down and this was what I saw. 

Mental note - if you're not going to wear an apron, at least opt for another color other than white, especially during berry season!

It was a mess, but we got it all done, and fast. If you are in the market for a pitter...my gosh, the one above is the way to go..it's a beast!




Beautifully pitted cherries...




Plus, oh my gosh - I later realized I forgot to de-stem my blueberries : /




Mixed with thickener and sugar, and then divided into flag-like quadrants.




I forgot we added extra for good measure...I pulled them out, and put them in a bowl. They were so pretty I had to add this picture!









Old Glory Patriotic Pie









Next up was the Patriotic Pizza Pie. This was was a huge hit. Oh my gosh it was outrageously good!!




It's hard to see the diamond in the rough. In retrospect, I should have plopped a blueberry atop : )


















If you'd like to make these, here are the recipes:

Old Glory Patriotic Pie


I changed this one a little, 

I added:
1/4 tsp. ground clove
1/4 tsp. almond 
The zest of 1 lemon

I also baked it at 375 vs. 400 until it the juices were thick and bubbling.

Patriotic Pizza Pie


Enjoy!

We sure did : )