Friday, May 13, 2011

Good Old Fashioned Apple Pie ♥

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cups white sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp of squeezed lemon
2/3 cup of butter
6 apples - peeled, cored and cut into thin wedges
Pie Crust Recipe

1. Peel and core the apples. Slice into 1/2-inch thick wedges. Toss all of the apples with 1/4 cup of the sugar, place in a colander set over a large bowl and allow to drain for 1 1/2 hours.
2. Transfer the drained liquid to a small saucepan, place over medium heat and reduce to 2 tablespoons. Set aside to cool.
3.Toss the apples with the remaining sugar, flour, lemon juice, salt.
4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
5.Place the apples into the unbaked pie shell in concentric circles starting around the edges, working towards the center and forming a slight mound in the center of the pie.
6. Pour over any liquid that remains in the bowl.
7. Roll out the second pie dough as the first.
8. Place this dough over the apples and press together the edges of the dough around the rim of the pie. 9. Brush the top crust with the reduced juice everywhere except around the edge of pie and trim any excess dough.
10. Place the pie on a half sheet pan and bake on the floor of the oven for 30 minutes.
11. Transfer to the lower rack of the oven and continue to bake another 20 minutes or until the apples are cooked through (but not mushy).
12. Remove to a rack and cool a minimum of 4 hours or until almost room temperature.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Easy Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Easiest recipe you'll find and it only requires TWO ingredients!! Strawberries & Chocolate!
Baker's Dipping Chocolate to be exact, they come in a 7 oz microwave-safe container with classic flavors as Dark, Milk, and White Chocolate. Sometimes you can find it in a store brand and chocolate is chocolate so why not save a dollar, it's college! Dorm approved! No mess, no fuss, just delicious!

Baker's Dipping Chocolate (or any brand)
1 pint of strawberries (varies, depend on how much chocolate you use)

1. Wash strawberries, and be sure to dry them off completely! Otherwise the chocolate won't stick to the strawberries :(
2. Microwave dipping chocolate as directed on package.
3. Dip strawberries, place on a plate for 1-2 minute for it to harden (plastic wrap does make the clean-up easier).
4. Serve and enjoy!

If you have leftovers, which I never do, let remaining chocolate cool then cover with the lid and refrigerate up to 2 weeks.