May 15, 2013

Skillet Peach Pie with a Cobbler topping

One of the things Michael and Grace have been bugging me to make is peach pie, but personally I have been a hankering for peach cobbler. So I thought why not combine the two recipe concepts, and while I am at it, why not bake the pie in a skillet which is a trend I have been seeing in all of the foodie magazines.

I began by making a simple crust using the old faithful single pie crust recipe from my Better Homes and Gardens "New Cookbook" circa 1988.

For the crust...
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup shortening
4 T. ice cold water

Mix flour and salt in large bowl. Add the shortening and blend it with a pastry blender until the mixture looks like it's formed into small peas. (This will mean that your shortening is evenly distributed through the flour.) Add the water to the flour mixture, form ball, and then roll it out on wax paper covered with flour. Make sure you handle the dough as little as possible, this will ensure a flaky crust. (Thank you for this tip Ms. Mannis, my junior high school Home Economics teacher!)

Roll out your dough and flip into a 8 inch skillet. I did prepare the skillet by spraying cooking spray to cover it.

(Or if you prefer, you could use a frozen pie crust)

Next is to make the filling...
For the pie filling I used about 3 1/2 lbs. of peeled and sliced fresh peaches. They were tossed with 1 tsp of vanilla and 1/2 tsp. of nutmeg along with 1/2 cup of both sugar and flour and a T of lemon juice.

Pour the peaches and their juices into the prepared crust.

For the topping...
I blended with a pastry blender: 1 cup of all-purpose flour with 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 tsp. of both cinnamon and nutmeg and a 1/4 cup butter. I then dropped the topping over the peaches to cover.

The pie was baked in an oven preheated to 425 degrees F for about 50 minutes or until the topping was golden and the peaches were bubbling through the top.

Remove from oven and allow pie to cool slightly before cutting. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping!

And enjoy!!!

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May 14, 2013

Eggs Benedict Casserole

I made this yummy casserole for my Mother's Day brunch on Sunday and needless to say it was a huge hit. My mom loves eggs Benedict, but there was no way I was going be able to make it for all  8 brunch guests. So instead I used a recipe from January's issue of Woman's Day magazine for a casserole version...super easy to make and super tasty!


olive oil for sauteing
6 English muffins, cut in half and quater each half
1 large leek white and light green part only cut into 1/4 inch thick half moons
12 oz Canadian bacon chopped
6 large eggs
2 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp. chopped chives
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
pinch of cayenne pepper

For the Hollandaise I used a packet of Knorr's dry Hollandaise sauce and followed the package directions.

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Coat a 9 X 13 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Place the English muffins in a large jelly roll pan and bake in the oven for 15 to 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

In the meantime, heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat and add the leek, cook for about 4 minutes. Stir occasionally. Increase the heat and add the chopped bacon and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Remove the toasted muffins from the oven and place in the prepared pan. Reduce oven to 350 degrees and spoon the leek mixture over top of the muffins. 

Next in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, dry mustard, chives, heavy cream, cayenne, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour the egg mixture over top of the leek and bacon. Bake in over for 40 - 45 minutes until golden brown.

Serve with prepared Hollandaise sauce and enjoy!


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