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Bready or Not Original: Lemon Frangipane with Shortcrust Pastry

Posted by on Apr 29, 2020 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, lemon, pie | 0 comments

To finish off Lemon Month, I present a Lemon Frangipane along with a bonus recipe for Shortcrust Pastry.

Bready or Not Original: Lemon Frangipane with Shortcrust Pastry

What is frangipane? It’s a sweet filling made from almonds. It can be used in cookies, pastries, or–in this case–a shortcrust pie crust.

Bready or Not Original: Lemon Frangipane with Shortcrust Pastry

The nutty flavor of frangipane isn’t upfront in this recipe. This one is really all about lemony freshness, which happens to complement frangipane nicely.

Bready or Not Original: Lemon Frangipane with Shortcrust Pastry

The shortcrust recipe is a good, basic pie crust recipe, one that is doable even for beginning bakers. The dough can be made days or weeks in advance.

Bready or Not Original: Lemon Frangipane with Shortcrust Pastry

I first encountered frangipane on the Great British Bake Off. Since I associated it with fancy bakes, I was a bit intimidated about trying it myself, but this recipe makes it straightforward.

Bready or Not Original: Lemon Frangipane with Shortcrust Pastry

The end result is a lemony fresh frangipane with a crisp, delicious homemade crust. A crust that, thanks to being blind-baked first, should not have a soggy bottom.

Bready or Not Original : Sweet Shortcrust Pastry

This recipe can be made ahead of time and stashed in the freezer for days or weeks, or wrapped up in the fridge for days until ready to be blind-baked. The amount of dough is adequate to fill a 9-inch pie plate (NOT deep dish) or small tart/quiche pan.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: European
Keyword: pie
Author: Beth Cato

Equipment

  • food scale
  • parchment paper
  • pie weights

Ingredients

  • 225 grams all-purpose flour
  • 4 Tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 150 grams cold butter cut into small cubes
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons cold water plus more as needed

Instructions

  • Mix flour and confectioners' sugar in a large bowl. Add pieces of butter and rub in with fingertips to break into smaller, flatter morsels. Make a well in the middle and add the beaten egg and one tablespoon of water. Use fingers to work in a bit before adding the second tablespoon.
  • Work dough until it begins to lump together! Drizzle in tiny increments of additional water, if needed, to make it cohesive. The dough should be able to come together in a ball, not gluey.
  • Wrap dough in plastic wrap and stash in fridge for at least 20 minutes--or for a few days, or freeze until ready to use.
  • When ready to blind-bake crust, preheat oven at 375-degrees (180 C, Gas 5). Lightly grease pie plate.
  • Lightly flour work surface. Use rolling pin to roll dough into proper size for your pan, at about 1/2 cm thickness. Gently set dough into dish and press into place. Make sure excessive amounts of dough don't stick out over the edge but do NOT trim exactly to edge yet.
  • Cover the pastry surface with parchment paper. Use dried beans or other pie weights to completely fill plate. If using a 9-inch pie plate, bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until crust takes on a light golden color; for a smaller plate, reduce time and monitor color.
  • Use parchment to lift out pie weights. Use a knife to trim excess dough from edge to form a nice, neat line. Follow filling recipe from here on and bake again as necessary.

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    Bready or Not Original: Lemon Frangipane with Shortcrust Pastry

    Frangipane is a European delight that uses ground almonds to make a delicious pastry filling--in this case, a tart that is also full of lemony goodness. This recipe works with a basic 9-inch pie/quiche plate.
    Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
    Cuisine: European
    Keyword: almond, lemon, pie
    Author: Beth Cato

    Equipment

    • 9-inch shallow pie/quiche plate

    Ingredients

    • 1 shortcrust pastry crust already partially baked
    • 2 Tablespoons lemon curd
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick, room temperature
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 2 eggs room temperature
    • 1 1/3 cup ground almonds sifted
    • 2 1/2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour or substitute with extra ground almonds
    • 1 lemon zested and juiced
    • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
    • 4 Tablespoons milk or half & half

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven at 375-degrees (190C, Gas 5).
    • Warm the lemon curd in the microwave for only 5-10 seconds, long enough to make it looser and more spreadable. Brush all over the bottom of the crust.
    • In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add almond flour, flour, and lemon zest. Follow up with a tablespoon of lemon juice and the milk. Mix until just cohesive.
    • Pour filling into crust. Bake for 25 minutes, or until it passes the toothpick test in center. If parts of the filling uplift in crazy ways, worry not--it should even out as it cools.
    • Cool pan for an hour at room temperature for an hour to set. Cut into it then, or chill in fridge to enjoy later. Keep stored in fridge with foil covering.

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      Bready or Not Classic: Oatmeal Cream Pies

      Posted by on Apr 13, 2020 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, cookies, pie | 0 comments

      I prepared two classic recipes to repost while I was on vacation this summer. That isn’t happening now. Therefore, I’m sharing them earlier with the hope that my fellow #stressbakers can enjoy them. Eat well and stay safe out there!

      Today I present something seriously delicious: Oatmeal Cream Pies, aka Sandwich Cookies.

      Bready or Not: Oatmeal Cream Pies

      These things are about the size of a sandwich, too, and about as filling because of the chewy oatmeal cookies. You have two tablespoons worth of dough with a teaspoon of marshmallow cream between them. So yeah.

      Bready or Not: Oatmeal Cream Pies

      I don’t think I’d make smaller cookies, though, for sheer reasons of space and time. The recipe makes over four dozen cookies, which makes for over two dozen sandwich cookies. This is a recipe to make for a lot of hungry adults or kids!

      Bready or Not: Oatmeal Cream Pies

      If you love commercial-made cream pies like the ones from Little Debbie, these homemade ones will blow your mind. They have that same taste and texture, but with some extra chewy freshness.

      Bready or Not: Oatmeal Cream Pies

      I highly advise that you use tablespoon and teaspoon scoops for this recipe, too. It helps a lot if the cookies are of uniform size and that the amount of filling is equally distributed.

      Bready or Not: Oatmeal Cream Pies

      Modified from Taste of Home.

      Bready or Not: Oatmeal Cream Pies

      Bready or Not: Oatmeal Cream Pies

      These taste like Little Debbie's Oatmeal Pies, but incredibly fresh. The cookies are chewy, and the filling is perfectly sweet--like a fluffier Oreo filling. These are time-consuming to make simply because of the sheer number of cookies. Modified from Taste of Home Feb/March 2001 issue.
      Course: Dessert, Snack
      Cuisine: American
      Keyword: cookies, oats, sandwich cookies
      Servings: 30 cream pies
      Author: Beth Cato

      Ingredients

      Cookies:

      • 1 1/2 cups shortening
      • 2 2/3 cups brown sugar packed
      • 4 large eggs
      • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
      • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
      • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
      • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
      • 1 teaspoon salt
      • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
      • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

      Filling:

      • 3/4 cup shortening
      • 3 cups confectioners' sugar sifted
      • 7 oz marshmallow creme 1 jar
      • 1 - 3 Tablespoons milk or half & half

      Instructions

      • Preheat the oven at 350-degrees. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and brown sugar until they are light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract.
      • In another bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg; gradually add this dry mix to the creamed mix. Stir in oats. If you're using a stand mixer, you'll probably need to stir the last of the oats in by hand. This is a lot of dough!
      • Use a tablespoon scoop to dole out the dough onto a cookie sheet, keeping two inches between each spoonful. These will spread.
      • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes; they brown very fast, so keep an eye on them at the end. Remove them when they are turning golden brown. Let sit on cookie sheet for 10 minutes before transitioning them to a rack to cool.
      • To make the filling, start by sifting the confectioners' sugar into a large bowl. Add the shortening and marshmallow crème. Add a tablespoon of milk and gradually add more as needed to get it to spreadable consistency. Use a heaping teaspoon to dollop filling onto the base of a cookie. Spread it with a knife, top with another cookie, and press together to get cream to the edges.
      • End result: about 30 large sandwich cookies.
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      Bready or Not Original: Iron-Skillet Apple Pie with Ginger Liqueur

      Posted by on Aug 21, 2019 in alcohol, apples, Blog, boozy, Bready or Not, pie | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: Iron-Skillet Apple Pie with Ginger Liqueur

      A trusty cast iron skillet bakes up a beautiful apple pie in this delicious recipe.

      Bready or Not Original: Iron-Skillet Apple Pie with Ginger Liqueur

      This pie is also special because it includes a drizzle of ginger liqueur. I posted a recipe a few weeks ago on how to make a cheap, sublime version at home in under a week.

      Bready or Not Original: Iron-Skillet Apple Pie with Ginger Liqueur

      The ginger liqueur does add some lovely nuance to this pie, too–the complexity and freshness come across in a different way than, say, using some lemon juice on the sliced apples as I sometimes do to prevent them from browning.

      Bready or Not Original: Iron-Skillet Apple Pie with Ginger Liqueur

      The whole process of this recipe is pretty neat, too. The biggest dose of sweetness is actually at the bottom of the pie, as butter and brown sugar are baked into the bottom crust!

      Bready or Not Original: Iron-Skillet Apple Pie with Ginger Liqueur

      I had to make this recipe three times to finally figure out the right balance of ingredients and how best to bake it. The second try was the most disastrous, as I ended up with the dreaded soggy bottom.

      soggy bottom

      Do be sure to follow the advice to use a rimmed cookie sheet in the oven. It’ll catch the overflow from the skillet and save you from suffering a soggy bottom.

      Bready or Not Original: Iron-Skillet Apple Pie with Ginger Liqueur

       

      Click here for my Homemade Ginger Liqueur Recipe

       

      Bready or Not Original: Iron-Skillet Apple Pie with Ginger Liqueur

      Use a large iron skillet to bake up a delicious apple pie! Ginger liqueur adds complex flavor and elevates this beyond the average pie.
      Course: Dessert
      Keyword: alcohol, apple, pie
      Author: Beth Cato

      Ingredients

      Skillet base:

      • 1/4 cup unsalted butter half cube
      • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed

      Pie:

      • 2 prepared rounds of piecrust dough bought or made
      • 1/4 cup white sugar
      • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
      • 2 teaspoons flour
      • 5 Granny Smith and/or Honeycrisp apples peeled, cored, and sliced
      • 1/4 cup ginger liqueur

      For top:

      • 1 egg slightly beaten with 1 teaspoon water, for egg wash

      Instructions

      • Preheat oven at 350-degrees with a large rimmed cookie sheet in the oven. [THIS IS IMPORTANT. The skillet will likely overflow as it bakes and the hot cookie sheet will also reduce the likelihood of a soggy pie bottom.] Add butter to skillet and place in oven until butter is melted. Remove skillet; stir in brown sugar, then return to oven until sugar starts bubbling, about 10 to 15 more minutes.
      • In the meantime, in a small bowl combine the white sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Set aside.
      • Roll out one of the pie crusts, if not already done. Carefully lay crust inside hot skillet so that bottom and sides are covered. Pour apple slices inside. Drizzle liqueur over the apples, followed by the dry ingredients.
      • Roll out second pie crust. Lay atop the mounded pie. Wary of the hot pan, tuck the crusts together as much as possible. Cut several slits in the top of the pie.
      • Brush egg wash over the top crust. Set pie on top of hot cookie sheet in oven.
      • Bake until pie is golden brown and apples are tender when jabbed with a fork, about 45 to 50 minutes.
      • Let cool at least 30 minutes before cutting. Store covered with foil, at room temperature or in fridge.
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      Bready or Not: Maple Nut Pie Bars

      Posted by on May 29, 2019 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, cookies, maple, pie | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Maple Nut Pie Bars

      Bready or Not returns to the theme of maple goodness with these delicious Maple Nut Pie Bars.

      Bready or Not: Maple Nut Pie Bars

      These are like pecan pie, but BETTER because they are portable and easily shared. And really, I love the variety of nuts.

      Bready or Not: Maple Nut Pie Bars

      That ‘easily shared’ bit is important, as this recipe bakes up an entire 13×9-inch dish of goodness. That’s quite a bounty to keep to oneself.

      Bready or Not: Maple Nut Pie Bars

      Each bar is exquisite, too: a shortbread base covered with sweetened mixed nuts. The variety of tastes and textures is perfection.

      Bready or Not: Maple Nut Pie Bars

      Store these in the fridge when all is done, and note that you can also freeze them for later. Make the goodness last even longer!

      Bready or Not: Maple Nut Pie Bars

      Modified from Brownies & Bars Magazine.

       

      Bready or Not: Maple Nut Pie Bars

      These Maple Nut Pie Bars are similar to pecan pie, but in handy bar form. They consist of a shortbread crust topped with crunchy, sweet nuts. Perfect for the holidays and year-round.
      Course: Dessert, Snack
      Keyword: bars, maple, pie
      Author: Beth Cato

      Ingredients

      • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
      • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
      • 1/4 teaspoon salt
      • 2/3 cup unsalted butter room temperature
      • 3 eggs room temperature
      • 1 1/4 cups mixed nuts chopped
      • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
      • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
      • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted
      • 1/2 teaspoon maple flavor or substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

      Instructions

      • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a 13x9 pan with foil and grease with nonstick spray or butter. Set aside.
      • In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, powdered sugar, and salt. Use a pastry blender or a knife and fork to cut in the butter until it resembles small crumbs. Evenly press into the bottom of the pan. Bake for about 20 minutes, until light brown.
      • As that bakes, make the filling. In a medium bowl, lightly stir the eggs. Add the mixed nuts, brown sugar, maple syrup, melted butter, and maple flavoring. Spread over the hot crust.
      • Bake for another 18 to 20 minutes, until top is golden and set. Cool in pan for several hours. Lift contents onto a cutting board using the foil and slice into bars.
      • Store with waxed paper between layers in a sealed container in fridge. Bars can also be frozen for later enjoyment.
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      Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

      Posted by on Oct 31, 2018 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, cookies, pie, pumpkin | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

      Happy Halloween! Today I bring you a major treat, no tricks. These Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars will boggle your mind in the best kind of way.

      Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

      That’s because these bars really do, in fact, taste like a combination of Snickerdoodles and Pumpkin Pie. Crazy, right?

      Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

      And since those two things are delicious, that means these bars are REALLY REALLY GOOD. Not just the flavors, but the combination of textures.

      Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

      That’s because these are soft and dense, easy to eat in hand or with a fork. The ones in the middle might end up a little gooier, though. Not necessarily a bad thing.

      Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

      The list of ingredients looks long but it actually comes together pretty fast. The ingredients are so alike, I didn’t even bother washing the bowl and beater, which saved a lot of time and effort.

      Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

      This makes a full 13×9 pan, so this is perfect for a potluck or family gathering. They might get softer after the two day point, but they will still be tasty.

      Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

       

      Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

      This recipe magically melds Snickerdoodle Cookies and Pumpkin Pie in a convenient, delicious bar. Make this treat to feed a hungry crowd!
      Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
      Keyword: bars, pie, pumpkin, snickerdoodle
      Author: Beth Cato

      Ingredients

      Cookie Layer

      • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks, room temperature
      • 2 cups brown sugar packed
      • 2 eggs room temperature
      • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
      • 3 cups all-purpose flour
      • 1 teaspoon baking powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

      Pumpkin Pie Layer

      • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick, room temperature
      • 1 cup white sugar
      • 2 eggs room temperature
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice heaping
      • 1 cup all-purpose flour
      • 15 ounce pumpkin puree

      Topping

      • 2 Tablespoons white sugar
      • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

      Instructions

      • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a 13x9 pan with foil and apply nonstick spray or butter.
      • To make the cookie layer, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Once they are smooth, add the eggs and vanilla. Next, mix in the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, and cream of tartar. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan.
      • Next up is the pumpkin pie layer. No need to wash the bowl. Cream together the butter and sugar followed by the eggs and vanilla. Add the baking powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and flour. Once they are just mixed, fold in the pumpkin puree. Spread the everything over the cookie layer.
      • Spoon together the topping and add it evenly over the top of the dough.
      • Bake for 38 to 41 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (though it may still be softer when cut). Cool at room temperature at least an hour, then chill in fridge for several hours. Use the foil to lift the contents onto a cutting board to slice up.
      • Keep stored chilled in a sealed container between waxed paper layers. Best consumed within 2 days; bars get mushier after that, but are still tasty.
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      Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

      Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, pie | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

      Welcome to MACADAMIA NUT MONTH! Why is this Macadamia Nut Month? Because next month on the 23rd, the final book in my Blood of Earth trilogy comes out! Hawaii is a major setting in Roar of Sky, and I did a research trip to Oahu and the Big Island last year. That included a stay at a lovely bed & breakfast on a macadamia nut farm near Kona. I’ve loved macadamia nuts my entire life, but there’s nothing like cracking through those double layers of shell to eat a macadamia nut fresh off the tree.

      If you love macadamia nuts as well, get ready to bliss out. This month you’ll get recipes for:
      White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie (today)
      White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
      Lemony Macadamia Nut Bars
      Mini Fruit Cake Loaves to make now for the holidays (macadamia nuts optional)

      Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

      Macadamia Nut Pie. This pie is unquestionably decadent, but it is so very worth it.

      I looked at about five recipes to formulate my own original take on this recipe. I confess, I was pretty nervous about this experiment.

      Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

      After all, I didn’t want to waste these delicious nuts, even if I did buy two big bags at a good price from the Kona Costco during my novel research trip. Not like I can fly back there to stockpile nuts again soon (alas).

      Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

      For years now, I’ve loved white chocolate macadamia nut cookies–hence I am featuring that recipe again next week. To me, that pairing of chocolate and nuts is sheer perfection. I just wasn’t sure how it would translate to pie.

      The results genuinely surprised me.

      Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

      That’s because the white chocolate melded with the corn syrup and brown sugar during the baking process, creating a kind of smooth caramel sauce.

      Caramel and macadamia nuts is an awfully good pairing, too. But a very sweet one. This pie necessitated the purchase of a tub of vanilla ice cream.

      Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

      I then served the pie to my husband with ice cream on the side, and I spooned caramel from the pie plate over both. Oh yeah.

      You won’t need big slices of this pie. It’s just too rich. The good news is, it keeps well in the fridge for up to a week.

      Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

      Come back next week for one of my favorite cookie recipes, and please preorder Roar of Sky!

      Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

      This incredible pie is loaded with macadamia nuts and goodness. The white chocolate melds with the other ingredients to create a kind of caramel sauce. Be warned: this pie is RICH. Cut small slices. Pair it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and use the extra sauce from the pie plate as a topping! Pie keeps well covered in the fridge for at least a week.
      Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
      Cuisine: Hawaiian
      Keyword: chocolate, macadamia nuts, pie
      Author: Beth Cato

      Ingredients

      • 1 deep dish pie crust 9-inch unbaked, homemade or store-bought

      Filling:

      • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips
      • 2 cups macadamia nuts raw, coarsely chopped
      • 4 eggs room temperature
      • 1 cup light corn syrup
      • 1/3 cup brown sugar packed
      • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
      • 1/4 teaspoon salt

      Instructions

      • Preheat oven to 400-degrees. Place a cookie sheet in the oven to heat up as well; this will help prevent a soggy bottom on the crust.
      • Place white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts in the unbaked pie crust, and place it in the fridge to chill.
      • In a mixing bowl, lightly whisk the eggs, then add the corn syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt. Pour the filling over the white chocolate and macadamia nuts. Cover the pie crust edges with foil.
      • Bake for 15 minutes at 400-degrees. Remove the foil.
      • Reduce the oven temperature to 350-degrees and bake for another 25 to 30 minutes, until the top is lightly brown and the filling is set. Cool to room temperature before cutting.
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