Sunday, 31 July 2016

Granny’s Vintage Cherry Pie



The combination of Cream Cheese crust with the sweetness
of the cherries is simply Yum!





Summer is halfway!
Oh how i love cherries! I can not get enough of them, so i decided to make a second cherry Pie this summer. And that all from scratch. This time i made a crust of Cream Cheese from THIS BOOK.
It had more flavor than the other one i made recently. Though i find them both delicious.

The difference of the 2 pies i made are in the crust >> The other one had more a more crumble crust and this one is more fuller and cheese cookie like taste.
Up to your taste you can make it with this cream cheese crust or from THIS CHERRY PIE i made.

Take some time to make the crust before, it needs chilling in the fridge. You can do that easily in the morning and in the afternoon you make the filling and bake the pie. Perfect to do so with a rainy day. Don’t make this pie when it’s hot outside, since the dough will become very sticky and hard to handle. I must say that this cream cheese pastry is the best one for me to work with so far. No cracks, no difficulties with rolling out. Just simple and smooth.

TIP : I use vegetable shortening to have it more crunchy and it leaves less water with baking.

Let’s get started!

Monday, 11 July 2016

Healthy Chocolate Ice cream with food processor



Nobody put’s this Baby in a Corner!
Tovolo and KitchenAid, a team made in heaven.





Oh how i love my Food Processor of KitchenAid! I bought it at Fonq.nl earlier this year and it’s a charm to work with and so easy in use + it’s super quite. Can you believe i make Ice cream with it? 
Yesterday i made a healthy mixture of avocado, banana and dates and mixed it all together.

I just saw a promotion at Fonq.nl where i bought mine.....if you like white CLICK HERE.
Quick delivery and good service!

How long did it take for making this ice cream? 5 minutes? Hell yes! :)

Normally i make this in my kitchen, but i decided to make some good photos of my machine, cause nobody put’s this baby in a corner!

I also want to say that i found the perfect ice cream tubs for re-use. They are easy, sturdy and have the perfect size for a one person ice cream quantity + i like the colors of the lids a lot.......you can have your own color at a party!
The big tube contains 1 quart of ice cream (around 1 liter) and the small ones are about 250 ml.
You can buy them HERE for EU citizens or find them on amazon.

I wish i made some more ice cream, so i could have filled the whole liter tube and all the small ones. Now i could fill the 4 small ones and half of the big one. 
And do you love chocolate chunks as well in your ice cream? I DO :)


INGREDIENTS :

1 cup dates (pitted)
2 ripe avocado (without pit of course)
1 to 2 bananas (according to taste)
5 tbsp of RAW Cacao powder
1 cup of coconut cream 
1 tbsp of cognac brandy
1 big squeeze of Coconut blossom nectar to sweeten up
About 4 tbsp of cacao nibs or chocolate drops
According to taste again :)

TIP : I you don’t like the banana taste, you can thicken this up by using mango or silken tofu in the same amount.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Sweet sugar free Cherry Pie



If there is anything i wanted to make since last cherry season,
than it’s this cherry pie!





Happy 4th of July!!!!

Time to celebrate with a sweet pie and be grateful for independence day. And with this i don’t mean the new independence day in the UK. I regret they are not part of the European Union anymore.
But who knows, they might come back to us again, when they see this cherry pie :)

I admit, last year i tried to make a cherry pie, but it failed. It was completely watery and i tried to figure out what i did wrong. However this time i knew exactly what to do cause i got some instructions from stone manor in Everberg.
I used Cornflour for binding and this time i mixed it with a liquid and warmed up the cherries in the pan. All the water got absorbed and my swimming pool cherries were dry this time! yay!

This is really not hard to make when you have enough time. Just give yourself a free afternoon for making this pie, it will be so worth it.




MAGICAL INGREDIENTS needed for the Flaky Crust :

Since you need a double batch of pie dough, follow the amounts below.

3 cups of all purpose flour (340 gr)
1/4 tsp of salt
220 gr vegetable shortening mixed with ice cold butter (i think i used 120 butter and 100 shortening)
* the more shortening, the more flaky your crust will be
So you can make this completely with shortening only, then use 190 gr.
7 to 8 tbsp of ice cold water


RECIPE :

Combine the flour and salt in a food processor with the dough knife and pulse a couple of times to combine..
Then add the shortening and butter in small pieces. Pulse a couple of times again. Until you get a crumble actually, then you know your butter is small enough to work further on.
Now add a little water at a time through the feed tube, while the machine is running on setting 1. The dough will become more heavier and give your machine time to put it all together. If necessary add more water, but be careful and be patience. After a minute or so, your dough will be ready. if it’s still too sticky, add a bit more flour. that’s the advantage of using a food processor, you can add ingredients any time. It may not stick and should be in 1 piece now. Your machine did it’s work well.
my hands stayed clean :)

Now, divide the dough in 2 and make flat disks. wrap in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge. So you have 2 disks in 2 wraps. Let cool for at least 1 hour.

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