Pie Perfect!

 

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Well, I suppose it’s time for me to grab my laptop and share with all of you what I’ve been working on and thinking about in the last few days…

This week has been ruff , both at work and at home as well.

Long hours at work…then you go home to an empty flat , you have little else to do than, to take your keyboard some food and browse on Pinterest…

I don’t really understand why , but whenever I feel low or exhausted , Pinterest is the place I can find some shelter… I feel home there , it’s a home away from home, where everybody understands you and gives you some hope ,when everything seems to be lost…

In my previous post I wrote about Kale and it’s wonderful properties, now I wan’t to spread the joy of making pies…

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I know that nowadays baking cupcakes is more fashionable , but there is something about a pie, makes the whole house filled with love, all you need is a family to eat the magnificent creation…if you have it written the in the right way, ehh…which for a long time I didn’t.

I am hunting down a proper homemade pie-crust recipe for over a year now  , but  with no luck until now…

The problem was always the crust…Crumbs, pieces  , cracks, dry edges…  So I decided my pies are in a desperate need of a MAKEOVER!

Works on Women , will work on my Pie-crust as well!- I thought.

My looong search for the perfect homemade crust recipe ……(drumrolll)….been discovered !

Not long ago about 2 weeks  , I stumbled across a picture of a very fine looking Peanut Butter Cookie, on Pinterest…I clicked on the image, when I saw that it could take me to the original website it has been pinned from… Baking a Moment is the site’s name, it is written by a lady named Allie.

Next day I tried the recipe and it worked! Miracle on every level…inside and out success. I was so happy, that I instantly baked 2 additional pies, so my friends had something to work on over the weekend!

Now after I wrote all about it, let us see how this great recipe works in practice.

Simply Perfect Homemade Pie Crust

Yield: enough for (1) double crust or (2) single crust pies

Simply Perfect Homemade Pie Crust

How to Make the Most Perfect Homemade Pie Crust from Scratch. Tender, Flaky Layers and a Rich and Buttery Flavor. No Partially Hydrogenated Oils or Artificial Ingredients. A Step-by-Step Tutorial with Pictures.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold
  • approx. 1/3 cup ice water

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Add the olive oil, and stir until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  3. Cut the butter into thin slices and toss in the flour mixture to coat.
  4. Dribble ice water in, a tablespoon at a time, mixing just until the mixture can hold it’s shape.
  5. Gather the dough into a ball, and divide into two disks. Wrap the disks tightly, and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  6. Roll the dough out to ¼” thickness, and fold into thirds. Fold into thirds again and refrigerate for another hour, or freeze for later use.
  7. If frozen, thaw the dough in the refrigerator overnight. Unwrap the dough and roll to about two inches larger than the diameter of the pie plate.
  8. Slip the dough into the ungreased pie plate, and prick with a fork. Refrigerate while preparing the filling.
  9. Fill the pie shell with desired filling, and refrigerate for at least one hour before baking.
  10. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F, place the cold pie in the oven, and decrease the temperature to 350 degrees F.
  11. Baking time will vary according to pie filling. Crust should be a deep golden color, and flaky.

http://bakingamoment.com/simply-perfect-homemade-pie-crust/

Not too tricky and it will be worth the all the time and work you put into it.

As you can all see, I linked in the proper website ,so you  can have a look what else is in the oven at Allie’s…

The perfect shelf...
The perfect shelf…

Happy baking, till next time Everyone!

Hanna

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“The Queen of super foods” – Kale

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Her Majesty – The Kale

As I promised I’m back with a new  topic.

Now that all of our table manners are perfect and we know how to behave….

Let’s talk veg…

I’m probably not the one , who is not a big fan of any kind of green (veggies).

You must wonder what do I mean by that . It basically means I need some other ingredient , some sauce or dressing to go with it, if it’s a salad…

It’s not new , since I was a little girl,my Mom had a problem forcing me on it , but as I grew older, I realized, I can actually enjoy eating them, if they are “disguised” properly.

“Eating a variety of natural, unprocessed vegetables can do wonders for your health.”

I’ve  heard this so many times, but I just waved and said it’s only rabbit-food , I can’t eat that, until 1 month ago…

My relationship with veggies , changed. I found Kale.

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“Friendly”greens

I was having lunch with my friend not long before Christmas, I had an ordinary Sunday Roast , with the only green on my plate , Peas. Marie had a salad which looked good, but I told her I won’t be touching it… But she was insistent and I gave in… and I have to say it was maybe the best salad I’ve ever had… Kale, feta cheese, pomegranate and peach salad, with vinegar dressing.

My -my even thinking of it makes my stomach rumble…

Beautiful mix of flavors and colours
Beautiful mix of flavors and colors

Kale, also known as borecole, is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet. It belongs to the Brassica family that includes vegetables such as cabbage, collards, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.

Kale’s health benefits are the high concentration and excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K .

To find the freshest kale, look for firm, deeply colored leaves with hardy stems. Smaller leaves will be more tender and milder in flavor. Leaves range from dark green to purple to deep red in color.

Breakfast from/with Kale
Breakfast from/with Kale

Store kale, unwashed, in an air-tight zipped plastic bag for up to five days in the refrigerator.The good thing about it,  besides all I mentioned above, you can find Kale all year long, even during the dark and gloomy winter days we are having now.

To find more tips on how to prepare ,choose ,store and cook Kale , you can refer to the link below.

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/glossary/kale

To find recipes to make smoothies, salads and all kinds of goodness from my new favorite veg  ,you can use Google. I cannot even recommend just one simple page , because there are one too many of them , and all of those are quite good.

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Everyone of you can find something to load up on vitamins this winter.

Good luck!

Oh, and if anyone finds some desserts with Kale , please let me know! 😀

Hanna

New year – New blog

I was thinking long and hard about how to start my blog.
I realized that I don’t have to try too hard at the first time.

I would like to blog about food, food photography and everything what relates to it. Gastronomy , occasional ratings and personal views of restaurants , coffee houses and much more… as it comes.

Perfect dining
Perfect dining

To start I would like share a picture about the perfect table etiquette .

I hope all who reads this will find it informative.

I’ll be back with more…

Till next time…:)

Hanna