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Chocolate Pecan Pie, Banana Cream Pie

Made two pies for the hard working folks at the office. A chocolate pecan pie and a banana cream pie. Both new recipes but my colleagues are usually up for eating pretty much anything as long as you call it a cake.

Pie Crust (for one pie)

  • 155g flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 115g butter
  • 60ml cold water

Mix flour, salt and butter well. Add the water a little by little. Wrap up and put in the fridge for 3-4 hours.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

  • 350ml pecans
  • 200g dark chocolate (chopped)
  • 4 eggs (beaten)
  • 120ml sugar
  • 120ml dark sugar
  • 120ml glucose syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt

Spread the pecans and chopped chocolate on the pie shell.

Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl and pour on top of the pie.

Bake for 50 minutes at 190C.

Banana Cream Pie

  • 150g sugar
  • 40g flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 475ml milk
  • 3 egg yolks (beaten)
  • 30g butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 bananas (sliced)

Pre-bake the pie shell.

Put flour, sugar and salt into a saucepan and gradually add the milk while slowly bringing the whole thing to a boil. Let it boil gently for 2 minutes.

Remove it from the heat. In a bowl mix some of the hot cream with the egg yokes. Pour the egg yoke mix back into the saucepan and stir vigorously for 2 minutes.

Add the butter and vanilla extract and stir until the butter has melted.

Put the sliced bananas onto the pie shell and pour the cream on top.

Bake at 175C for 30 minutes.

  • 155 g all-purpose flour
  • 2 g salt
  • 115 g butter, chilled and diced
  • 60 ml ice water

Vacation part 2 of 4: Pumpkin Carving

As gas become tradition the kids carved lanterns out of pumpkins – or rather the kids instructed the parents in how to carve their pumpkins. Great fun as usual and this year we had invited my sister and her son to join as well.

The pumpkin seeds were later oven roasted with some olive oil and salt.

Vacation part 1 of 4: Pumpkin Pie

Part 1 in a series. It has been a great week of vacation. So great in fact that I haven’t had time to blog any of it. Therefore this small series of blog entries.

I made pumkpin pie for the first time, and it actually came out quite good if I say so myself. There was some leftover filling so I added some plain flour and turned them into muffins (also quite delicious).

Recipe is from pickyourown.org.

Filling:
250g sugar
1.5 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
4 large eggs
0.7l pumpkin glop (1 pumpkin was enough for me)
0.5l evaporated milk

Cut the punkpin into large pieces and steam in a double steamer until soft (takes about 30-45 minutes). Scrape the cooked pumpkin off the skin using a spoon and blend the pumpkin until smooth.

Mix all ingredients in a bowl using a hand mixer.

Pour into a pie pan lined with pie crust and bake at 210C for 15 minutes and then at 175C for 45-60 minutes (until the filling no longer sticks to a fork).
Pie crust:
200g flour
2 tablespoons sugar
55g butter
2.5dl water

Mix all ingredients together. Mix in the water slowly until the dough has a sticky consistency. Put in refrigerator to make it easier to roll out.

Chocolate and Baileys Fudge

397g (1 can) condensed milk

400g dark chocolate

1dl Baileys

Melt chocolate while heating the condensed milk. Add melted chocolate and Baileys to the condensed milk. Pour into a pan lined with baking paper and set to cool.

The result is great in the flavor department but the consistency is a bit too sticky.

Homemade

The wife has been busy this weekend and has been converting our harvest of berries into jam (strawberry and strawberry/rhubarb) and juice (blackcurrant and redcurrant). To finish things of she decided to make homemade “√ɬ¶bleskiver” for us as well.

One minute bread and Southern Delight

Very uncharacteristically for me I have been trying out some new recipes.

Last week I made Southern Blueberry Delight for the guys and gals at the office – and I think it turned out quite well, although the next time I won’t add quite as many blueberries.

The recipe

113g butter

343g sugar

2.3dl milk

150g flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 bag of frozen berries (about 200g)

Preheat oven to 175C. Mix about half of the sugar with the frozen berries. Melt the butter. Mix melted butter with flour, sugar, milk, and baking powder. Pour into a large ramekin (probably not the correct term but it has the right shape at least). Pour the berries on top and bake for an hour and a half.

Then this morning I threw together a one minute bread, and although I probably spent almost five minutes getting all the ingredient out and into the bowl it was really easy. Just add everything together and mix with a spoon. When I came home all I had to do was preheat the oven, pour the dough onto a cookie sheet, sprinkle some salt on top, and pop it in the oven for a little over 30 minutes.

The bread come out quite nice (the kids loved it) even if it was a bit flat. I will probably try adding a bit more flour the next time and perhaps throw on some spices before baking.

All in all it is a nice and simple bread that goes really great with some pasta.

The recipe

500g plain flour

4.7dl water

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon dry yeast

Mix water and dry yeast. Add flour and salt. Stir with a spoon and set aside to raise for 8 to 12 hours.

Heat oven to 205C. Pour out the dough and bake for 30 minutes.