Creamy Butterscotch Pie

How is everyone out there?

So sorry it has taken me a month to get back to my web page to post another recipe!

It has not been because I have not been cooking. I have about 10 new recipes to get together to post. Really good recipes too!!! You know, like the perfect Red Velvet Cake, Lemon Meringue Pie with a perfect Meringue that did not weep and last be not least, another soup recipe…haha…you know how I love soup and it is the perfect freezer left over I can take to eat for lunch at work. The soup I made was Tuscan Veggie Soup that had kale it in….yummmmy.

Anywho, I am sorry about not posting. I did think about you everyday and worry that you will forget about me!! ; ) Spring break got in the way, end of year activities at school, grand daughter activities and of course all this wedding planning for my Baby College Girl who is getting married in August.

Needless to say, I am back with my computer files full of yummy food pictures all for you. I even have some back yard chicken pictures and some random flower power pictures of flowers blooming in my yard. So, hang in there, I am never gone too long!!!

OK, lets get back to “The Best Butterscotch Pie.” This whole pie search started cause I made that fabulous Coconut Cream Pie a couple of months ago. WELLLLL Oldest Daughter does not like coconut and neither does Company….so I made a so-so butterscotch pie for them. It was good, but I was still not satisfied with it. Not because it did not get scarfed down in a couple of days, I just did not think the butterscotch flavor was as rich as I would have like it.

So….I did what crazy bakers do and found another recipe.

This is the ONE.

It has a rich butterscotch flavor, it cut like a dream and was not hard to make at long. It just took a little longer, but it was well worth it.

Oldest Daughter wants me to make another one.

After you make this recipe, you will want to make another.

This is what you will need:

For the filling you will need, butter, milk, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla (I used vanilla paste) salt, corn syrup, flour and corn starch. For the whipped topping you will need powdered sugar and whipping cream. (I think I forgot to put the brown sugar in the picture….my bad)

In a medium sauce pan put in the measured out the brown sugar and butter.

Add the water.

Add in the corn syrup.

Start cooking the syrup.

Cook the syrup until it reaches 245 to 250 on the candy thermometer or until it comes to a soft ball stage.

You will get this nice thick, caramel like syrup. Set the syrup aside to cool.

In a medium sauce pan, place the sugar, flour and the corn starch. Whisk together.

Add in the salt.

Add in the milk, and whisk together to remove all the lumps. Now, start cooking the custard until it bubbles and thickens.

In a bowl, place all the egg yolks and whisk until combines. Add a small amount of the hot custard to the eggs to temper them (bring up the temperature). When done add the eggs to the hot custard and whisking in as you pour the beaten eggs in and cook for two more minutes.

Add in the vanilla. (this in the one I made with clear vanilla, the second one I made I used vanilla paste)

Whisk the custard until bubbly, now pour in the cooled syrup you made earlier. Whisk all the syrup in until it is all combined.

Pour the pie filling into a pre-bake pie shell. This time I am using a graham cracker crust.

This recipe makes just enough filling for a small pre-made graham cracker crust. Place the pie in the refrigerator and chill for 4 hours.

For the topping, whip together the whipping cream and the powdered sugar. I used my little Wolf Gang Puck blender.

You can used a mixer too. This was just easier for me to make it in this.

Now, slice off a big piece of the pie! See, how nice it cuts into a slice?

Now, you can put a big dollop of whipped cream on top. If you like you can decorate the plate with a little powdered sugar.

Don’t forget your fork!!

Hope you give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!

Becky

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Recipe adapted from The Iowa State Fair Cookbook

Butterscotch Cream Pie

Ingredients:

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup water

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1/2 cup sugar

3 tablespoons all purpose flour

3 tablespoons corn starch

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 cup milk

3 egg yolks, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

9 inch pre-baked pie crust

1 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Directions:

For the filling:

In a heavy saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, water and corn syrup. Bring to boil. Reduce heat. Cook to firm hard ball stage or around 245 to 250 degrees on the candy thermometer. Cool.

In another sauce pan, combine sugar, flour, cornstarch and slat. Stir in milk until blended. Cook over medium hear until thickened and bubbly. Stir a small amount of the hot mixture into the eggs yolks then add them to the hot custard. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Stir in the vanilla. Stir in the cooled syrup into the custard. Blend well. Pour into a pre-baked pie crust. Chill for approximately 4 hours.

For topping:

Whip the whipping cream and powdered sugar to soft peaks. Spread on top of pie or dollop some on each piece of pie.

Enjoy!

Becky

 

Coconut Cream Pie

What is your favorite pie?

Pumpkin, Pecan, Apple, Peach……..?

If you asked me that question I think it would have to be Coconut Cream Pie.

I am just NUTS over CocoNUT Cream Pie.

While I was attending college, there was this truck stop down by the interstate that made the most fabulous pies. My college friends and I would get a car load of girls together and drive, whose ever car had gas in it, to the truck stop just to get a slice of pie. Their pies were homemade by some pie angel in the kitchen who knew just how to make a meringue stand up, sweet and perfect on top of all those glorious pies. The selection of pies would tempt you to try every one. I think during the four years I was at college I finally managed to try each one, at least once, or twice…or three or more times. : )

Over the years, I have made several different recipes of a Coconut Cream Pie. I am always looking for “THE ONE” recipe that taste like the pies me and my college friends, sampled, drooled and laughed over. I am not sure how we ate that much pie and still fit in our jeans. But, we did! Those were good times!

In a cookbook, I just happen to buy at a flea market, (one of my favorite places to buy cookbooks) I found a recipe for Coconut Cream Pie. It was pretty basic, had all the ingredients that you would have in your kitchen and the recipe was mentioned as being delicious in the forward of the cookbook. The cookbook was a fundraiser that moms at a church submitted as their favorite recipe. Who can pass up a recipe that said it was a delicious pie….and a coconut one at that.

NOT ME!

So………….I have made it 4 or 5 times now in the last couple of weeks.

Don’t fall in a faint….I did not eat that many pies. I made them for my family, friends and for super bowl.

My dad, who knows his pie, (he should as he is 96 and has eaten millions of pies, well close to a million hehe) said it was the best Coconut Cream Pie he has eaten.

Well, let’s just say , I am no longer looking for a Coconut Cream Pie recipe.

I have found “THE ONE” that taste like  the pies that I remember eating and loving so much!

I hope you love it as much!

Here is what you need.

You will need half and half or whole milk, corn starch, flour, sugar, salt, vanilla, (I used real vanilla paste) eggs, graham cracker crust or a regular pie crust pre-baked and of course coconut.

In a medium sauce pan add in the sugar.

Now, add in the flour.

Next the corn starch.

Now, the salt.

Whisk the dry ingredients together.

Now pour in the half and half.

Whisk until smooth. Now turn on the heat to medium and continue stirring until the filling gets thick.

Separate your eggs. Save  your egg whites for your meringue.

In a bowl put the egg yolks. Mix with a smooth to make smooth.

When the custard gets thick, add a couple of tablespoons of the custard to the eggs yolks and mix in. This is tempering the eggs which brings the temperature up so when you add the eggs they do not cook immediately into scrambled eggs in your custard.

After tempering your egg yolks, add them to the custard. Whisk the egg yolks in as you add them.

Continue cooking for 4 to 5 minutes or until the custard becomes very thick and bubbles. Be sure and still the whole time.

Take the custard off the heat and add in the coconut.

Now add in the vanilla. I used real vanilla paste, because I love the flavor and the specks of vanilla bean in the custard.

Pour the filling into a 9 inch graham cracker crust or a pre-baked regular crust.

Using the left over egg whites, make a meringue. I will post the one I made that did not weep later this week.

Bake the pie in a 325 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the meringue gets all toasty and pretty.

Now, all you have to do is wait for the pie to cool before you can cut you a big slice.

If you like pie, as much as I do, I hope  you give this pie a try!

Becky

Coconut Cream Pie

Adapted from Old Church Cookbook

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

3 tablespoons flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons cornstarch

2 cups half and half or whole milk

2 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/3 cup shredded coconut

Graham Cracker Crust or a Baked Pie Crust

Meringue or Cool Whip for the top of the pie.

Directions:

In a medium sauce pan, whisk together the sugar, flour, salt and cornstarch. Add in the half and half and whisk until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until the custard is very thick. In a separate bowl beat the egg yolks. Add a  couple of tablespoons of the cook custard to the egg yolk  and stir. This will temper the egg yolks and bring the temperature up before you add the yolks to the hot custard. Quickly add the tempered yolks to the custard and whisk in. Continue to cook the custard until bubbles and the custard is very thick. Remove from heat and add in the vanilla and coconut. Stir in. Pour the custard into a graham cracker crust or a cooled pie crust and top with a meringue or cool whip.

Does this make you want a piece? It makes me want to go back into the kitchen and make some now.

Yes,  I am a little NUTS over CocoNUT Cream Pie!

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Chocolate Pie

I love chocolate pie!

Every year around Easter, my whole family heads out, and we all meet at a church in a neighboring town and go to their annual fish fry. Besides having the best fried fish (and it is all you can eat) the little ladies of the church make all kinds of pies, (my favorite part…besides the fish).

Usually, we get about 8 different slices of various pies and pass them around and we all take a little bite. This way we get to try all the pies  and then decide which pie we want to eat a whole slice of. We are so bad!  Our strategy has worked well for a number of years until last year.  Last year we were all running late and by the time we got there, all the delicious cream pies where gobbled up already.

WHAT?

I even asked the servers if they were hiding some pies in kitchen. Nope, all they had left was what was out already.

We had to make do with a piece of cake….boo! There was not even a small scrap of  cobbler.

Anywho, I have been craving a nice creamy homemade piece of chocolate cream pie, for almost 6 months. So, this past Thanksgiving, Baby College Girl helped me make 3 chocolate pies. One for me, Two for me, Three for me….. Ok. Ok, I did share, but we make enough pies that there was one pie left that Company and I was able to eat a piece (or two) after Thanksgiving.

This pie is so easy to make and taste so delicious, it is so dangerous, that you will be tempted to make it all the time!

Here is what you will need to make it.

Bittersweet chocolate, butter, 4 eggs (I used my back yard chicken eggs whoohoo) vanilla, sugar, cornstarch, salt and half and half. (or you can use whole milk)

First thing that College Girl did was chop up the chocolate.

I got out a sauce pan and measured in the sugar.

Then I added the corn starch and salt.

I whisked the dry ingredients together.

College girl measured the milk and poured it in cause she told me I was not measuring correctly…ha!

Add in the egg yolks. I suggest you take a fork and beat the egg yolks up first before adding them in to make it easier to combine completely.

Cook the filling over medium heat, stirring constantly until the filling started to boil. When it starts to boil and thicken up take it off the heat.

Add in the chopped chocolate into the hot the filling.

Add in the butter.

Pour in the vanilla.

Whisk the filling until the chocolate melts completely and turns a rich chocolate color.

Perfect!

Pour the pudding into whatever crust you like. I used a graham cracker crust. I made two batches of filling and it made enough for 3 pies.

Chill at least 4 hours or overnight. I am amazed at how great this pie slices up.

Chocolate Pie

Adapted from Pioneer Woman

Ingredients for the filling:

1 1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 cups half and half or whole milk (all I had was skim or half and half so I went with the half and half)

4 egg yolks

6 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped. I used part Gharardelle and Bakers Secret and it worked out fine.

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 tablespoons butter

Additional:

Some kind of pie crust for a 9 inch pie.  I used a graham cracker crust, but homemade crust or a oreo crust would work great.

Whipped Cream. I like plain ole Cool Whip…not that I don’t like real whipped cream. ; )

Directions:

Chop up the chocolate into small slivers. This makes the chocolate melt easier and faster.

In a sauce pan, combiner the sugar, cornstarch and the salt. Whisk together.

Whisk in the half and half (or milk if you are using whole milk) and egg yolks. Make sure that you whisk the yolks into the mixture completely. You do not want to see little pieces of yolk. HINT: you can use a blender and blend the milk and the yolks together first, then add.

Over medium heat, continue stirring until the mixture comes to a boil. Once it started boiling the mixture will thicken up. You want it to thicken until it looks like pudding. Take the filling off of the heat and add in the chopped chocolate, vanilla and butter. Stir everything together until the chocolate melts and fully combined.

Pour putting into a pie crust. (I used a graham cracker crust). Smooth the top. You might have extra…I sure did. Just put the extra into little cups to share….or to hid in the fridge till later : ).

Chill the pie for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Serve plain or with a big dollop of whipped topping.

Enjoy!

Becky

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Have you ever heard of a plant called Rhubarb?

I know that I had never heard of it until I went to college and my foods teacher had us make rhubarb spread for biscuits.

I feel in love with rhubarb that day!

If you want to plant some rhubarb in your garden, now is the time to think about planting some. I tried planting some last spring. I think some varmit dug up my two crowns, that I paid $8.00 a piece for, and had them for dessert. You can read about me planting my rhubarb here. Anywho, I think I think I will be planting several crowns over at Company’s house this spring because he has more room. I hope my results will be better than last year!

Well anyway, my good friend Minerva, who I miss and have hardly seen over the last few months, gave me this terrific cookbook called, “Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook.” It is written by Cheryl and Griffith Day.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this cookbook. Of course it has my favorite food group (desserts) as the main attraction and the recipe looks divine. Last year, in my hopes of starting my own rhubarb plot (farm), I made this rhubarb crisp recipe from this cookbook. I think it lasted all off 10 minutes. It is made with strawberries and rhubarb and is topped with a crunchy, sugary topping.

Looking at my pictures of this mouth watering dessert, is tempting me to make some right now at 10:30 at night.

It would be done just in time for a midnight snack.

I need an intervention, immediately! ; )

If you are ready for warm weather, flowers on the trees and a sweet dessert in your kitchen, try a little Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp.

Here is what you will need:

I know it looks like a lot of ingredients, but you should have most of the ingredients in your kitchen cupboard. One thing you might not have is the turbinado sugar. I bought mine at a Amish store, but I have seen it at Hyvee also. It is a course  sugar that still have some maple flavor left in it.

         

Take your softened butter and with a pastry cutter, cut in the flour. (the recipe says to cut the butter in cubes, sometimes I forget to follow the recipes.)

         

Add in the brown sugar and the oats.

         

Add in the corn meal, salt and the cinnamon

           

Lastly add in the oil. Now, get crackin with the pastry cutter and mix all the ingredients together. Set aside.

         

Now it is time to peel and cube the rhubarb. Next, wash and stem the strawberries.

         

Add the rhubarb to the strawberries. Next, add in the turbinado sugar. (see how coarse it is and the light color of the maple flavor still in the sugar)

         

Add  in the corn starch and flour. Mix until all the flour is covered.

         

Dump , (is that a funny word to use when cooking?) the filling into a buttered deep dish pie plate. Spread the filling evenly on the bottom.

Take the topping and press or crumble it on top of the filling. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

 

Here is the recipe:

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Adapted from The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook

Ingredients For The Topping:

1 cup flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

3/4 cups old fashioned rolled oats

2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 salt

1/2 cup butter (cut into 1/2 inch cubes)

1 tablespoon oil

Ingredients For The Filling:

2 cups strawberries

4 cups 1 inch pieces peeled rhubarb (I just took a vegetable peeler and went over the backs of mine)

1 1/4 cup turbinado sugar (found at most groceries stores)

3 tablespoons flour

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Directions:

Butter a 9 inch deep dish pie plate and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. You will put the pie plate on top of the baking sheet to catch any bubbling juices that might bubble out of the pie plate.

To make the topping: In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, rolled oats, cornmeal, cinnamon, salt, butter and oil with a fork until completely blended. Set aside.

To make the filling: In another medium bowl, combine the strawberries and rhubarb with the turbinado sugar, flour and cornstarch, stirring to coat the fruit.

Pour the fruit mixture into the prepared pie plate. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the fruit mixture.

Place the pie plate on the baking dish.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven. The crust will start to get golden brown and crispy.

Now, all you have to do is wait for it cool off before you can eat (all of) it!

I will have to say it again, “I love rhubarb.”

Enjoy,

Becky

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