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Coffee Cheesecake Ice Cream Pie

May 16, 2011

Sorry for the delay in posting, friends. I was excited to share this recipe on Friday before I left to celebrate my best friend’s wedding in Minneapolis for the weekend. But blog host site issues kept me from posting before I left and the weekend was 100% computer-free.

Last week was unbelievably hot for Iowa in May. On more than one day, temperatures reached far into the 90’s, turning my thoughts to ice pops and ice cream pie. This ice cream pie in particular will be making an appearance many times this summer, I can already tell.

It’s unbelievably simple, rich, smooth and creamy. The perfect blend of sweet ice cream and tangy cheesecake frozen into a single no-bake pie. I could continue to wax on about this pie, but really, with a name like Coffee Cheesecake Ice Cream Pie, do I really need to?

Didn’t think so.

Coffee Cheesecake Ice Cream Pie

Ingredients
*1 pre-packaged graham cracker crust
*2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
*2/3 cup powdered sugar
*1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
*1/3 cup milk (I used 2%)
*1 pint coffee-flavored ice cream (I used Starbucks), softened
*1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted (optional)

Instructions
*With an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk and beat until creamy. Add in the ice cream and beat until smooth. Pour mixture into graham cracker crust and freeze in the freezer for at least 3 to 4 hours, or until completely firm and frozen.
*Before serving, drizzle with melted chocolate, if desired.

Happy Baking!

Madison  

No-Roll Pie Dough

May 11, 2011

Good morning and happy Wednesday, friends!

I want to introduce you to someone. Her name is Alice, and she is as sweet and real as they come. Her blog, Savory Sweet Life, is packed with family-friendly recipes and tempting goodies. But what really caught my eye a few months back was the pie dough recipe Alice shared.

Well, it wasn’t so much the recipe itself but the concept. A no-roll pie dough? Did such a thing really exist all these years? And was it possible that for all these years I could have been making pie shells without all the grief of rolling and fluting? It appears so.

Of course for a fancy, finished feel, rolling dough still has its place, but for everyday, this method has become my go-to.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been testing out pie dough recipes, looking for a favorite. When I opened up the June issue of Martha Stewart Living, I knew I had a winner. Her Pate Brisee, the French version of pie dough, was chock full of butter – a great sign of you’re looking for light, flaky crust. And when it came out of the oven it didn’t disappoint!

Pate Brisee
Adapted from Martha Stewart Living, June 2011

Ingredients
*2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
*1 teaspoon salt
*1 teaspoon sugar
*2 sticks butter, cold and cut into cubes
*1/4 to 1/3 cup ice cold water

Instructions
*In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, salt, and sugar. Add butter, and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal, 8 to 10 seconds.
*With machine running, add ice water in a slow, steady stream through feed tube. Pulse until dough holds together without being wet or sticky; be careful not to process more than 30 seconds. To test, squeeze a small amount together: If it is crumbly, add more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
*With your hands, press pie dough into a lightly-greased pie plate, working to be sure the dough is pressed into an even layer of thickness on the bottom and up the sides of the plate. Bake per recipe instructions.

Happy Baking!
Madison

Pie Bites

January 10, 2011

One of my earliest food memories is of baking pies with my mom. Thinking about it now, I’m not sure my mom made that many pies, but the times she did burn bright in my memory. Not of the actual pie, but of the scraps. My mom would brush the scraps of pie crust with cinnamon sugar and put them in the oven with the pie as a special treat for me to eat. Flaky, delicious finger-food. Perfect for little hands that couldn’t wait for a pie to bake and cool.

So last week, instead of baking a whole pie, I put together a batch of flaky pie crust and cut it out like cookies. And you know what I realized? It’s a whole lot more fun than a whole pie. A perfect sweet bite at the end of a meal, and great for people like me who like to mix it up. Smears of Nutella, fruit preserves, and yes, peanut butter, keep things interesting.

And this pie crust? To die for. Flaky, light and, most importantly, easy. For anyone who has struggled with flaky pie crust, I know your pain. My grandmother makes the world’s best pies, and my mom knows it. So growing up, her standards for the pie crusts I made were very high. In fact, it wasn’t until this year that I felt I was getting closer to pie crust perfection. With this crust, you, too, can get there.

So here’s to pie and desserts to get you thought the week!

Pie Bites
(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients
*1 1/4 cups flour
*8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed
*1/4 tsp. kosher salt
*1/4 cup ice water
*1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
*2 Tbsp. sugar
*1 tsp. ground cinnamon
*1/2 cup Nutella or Fruit Preserves

Instructions
*Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat. (I recently got a Silpat for Christmas and can’t say enough good things about it!)
*In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, butter and salt. Pulse 5 to 10 times, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Be careful not to pulse too many times. The butter should still be slightly clumpy.
*Combine the water and egg yolk. Add in the water and egg yolk mixture and pulse until dough starts to come together. Press the dough into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for an hour.
*Roll dough into 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut into circles with a cookie cutter of the top of a drinking glass. Transfer to baking sheet. Combine the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over circles.
*Bake for 16 to 20 minutes, until edges are just slightly browned. Remove from oven and cool slightly. While circles are still warm, spread with Nutella.

Happy Baking!

Madison

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

November 28, 2010

After this past weekend, are you in need of something to lighten you up?

Would you rather just be eating pumpkin pie?

Yeah, I’m with you on that one. I don’t care how many times I’ve had it, I love pumpkin pie and I wish it stuck around longer than just two months.

What keeps my cravings at bay these days? Pumpkin Pie Smoothies.

If you follow any health blogs, you’ve probably seen a recipe or two similar to this sometime in the last couple of months, for good reason.

Though it may sound a little strange, it tastes totally delicious and is completely healthy and safe for every day consumption. One of these smoothies has less than 300 calories per serving, over 1,000 mg of potassium, 388% vitamin A, 40% vitamin B6, and over 25% vitamin C. Of course, this depends on the type of protein powder you use, but it’s a nutrient powerhouse no matter what type of protein you choose.

Give it a try. You won’t be sorry.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
(Printable Recipe)
Ingredients

*1 medium banana
*1/2 cup milk
*1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
*2 tsp. Stevia, Splenda, or honey
*1/2 cup canned pumpkin
*5-7 ice cubes
*1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

Instructions
*Place all the above ingredients in a blender and blend or process until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Happy Cooking

Madison

Holiday Fruit Pie

November 18, 2010

The emotional connection I have with this pie is a little bit ridiculous. Perhaps it’s borderline obsessive.

It was part of the November 2009 “Easy Holiday Baking” feature in Better Homes and Gardens – the first project I worked on while I was an intern at the magazine. And while I wasn’t the creator of the recipe, I did see it through from conceptualization to testing to photography and finally, I wrote the copy to accompany this amazing dessert.

Last December, Joey and I had plans to go on our first real date. And then a snowstorm hit and our plans to go somewhere were squashed. Instead, we ate a dinner I made at home, and for dessert I made this pie. I like to think it was what sealed the deal on our relationship.

I’m pretty sure this pie has magic powers. It’s made with both fresh and dried cranberries, and some golden raisins thrown in for good measure. It pops in your mouth with bright, tangy flavor
that’s just tart enough to keep it interesting. And because it’s tangy and tart, it doesn’t leave you with that sickeningly sweet feeling. Meaning you can eat two slices. Or three.

Holiday Fruit Pie
Straight from Better Homes and Gardens magazine | November, 2009 
(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients
*1 Recipe Butter Pastry, recipe below
*1 (12-oz.) bag  fresh cranberries or frozen cranberries
*2 to 3 tsp.  finely shredded orange peel
*1 cup  orange juice
*1/2 cup  golden raisins
*1/2 cup  dried cranberries
*1 cup  sugar
*1/4 cup  all-purpose flour
*1 egg, lightly beaten
*2 to 3 tsp.  sugar

Instructions
* Prepare Butter Pastry.
*In saucepan combine cranberries, orange peel, orange juice, raisins, and dried cranberries; bring to boiling over medium heat. Cook, uncovered, 3 minutes. In bowl combine sugar and flour; add to saucepan. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly; cook 1 minute more. Remove from heat.
*Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On floured surface, roll one dough portion to 12-inch circle. Wrap pastry around the rolling pin. Unroll into 9-inch pie plate. Pour in filling. Trim bottom pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge.
*On floured surface, roll remaining dough to 13-inch circle; cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips. Weave strips over fruit filling in lattice pattern. Press strips into bottom pastry rim. Seal and crimp edge, if desired. Brush with egg and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar.
*Cover edge with foil. Bake 25 minutes. Remove foil. Bake 20 minutes more or until top is nicely browned and filling is bubbly. Let stand at least 1 hour. Makes 8 servings.

*Butter Pastry: In a large mixing bowl combine 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt. Using fork, cut in 1/3 cup chilled shortening and 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter cut into 1/2-inch pieces until crumbly. Using fork, stir in 8 to 9 tablespoons ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough just starts for form. Knead 2 or 3 times in bowl. Divide in half. Form halves into 2 discs. Wrap with plastic wrap; chill at least 30 minutes.

Happy Baking!

Madison

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