Friday, November 25, 2011

Nancy's Fancy Pecan Pie

A lot of recipes out there have corn syrup in it, i think thats gross so mine doesn't. Also a lot of recipes don't include liquor or honey, so i fixed that too :)


pastry shell (homemade) 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 1/2 sticks of butter, dash of salt, + several tablespoons of ice water, rest in the fridge before you roll it out

Pie belly:
2 cups pecans (its that much when they are still whole)
3 small-medium eggs
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tblespoons honey
1/2 a shot of brandy
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1/2 a stick of butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon

preheat to 350

ok so use your favorite pastry dough and prebake the shell (15 minutes-ish)

take half the pecans a food process them so they are nice and chopped
set the other half aside

in a bowl mix eggs, sugar, and lightly melted butter (stir quick when the butter goes in so the eggs dont get fried) then mix in everything else, add the cream last

pour the mixture into the prebaked shell *

top with the remaining whole pecans (set them down carefully one by one so they cover the top in a spiral or concentric circles all pretty)

* when i make the pastry i make a little extra so that if the walls slump when i'm prebaking I can patch the missing spots with fresh dough before filling with the yummy stuff, I also put a little fresh pastry in the center of the top for style in the shape of a heart, leaves are also a good shape or a star or initials or whatever.

stick in a 350 oven for about 45 mins or til done, it kinda puffed up when it was done and the crust looked golden brown

Monday, November 21, 2011

Mom's Broccoli Casserole

2 heads broccoli
1 beaten egg
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 chopped onion
1 cup grated sharp cheddar
1/4 lb butter
1/2 pkg pepperage farm seasoned stuffing

Steam broccoli (til is almost cooked) drain well
mix egg with onion and soup and then mix them with brocoli
put in a caserole dish
put cheese on top
melt butter, mix with crumbs and place on top of casserole

bake for 45 mins at 350

Mom's Cranberry Chutney

2 tsp fresh ginger
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 minced garlic cloves
2 cups fresh cranberries
10 tablespoons of sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
coarse salt

Makes 1 cup

In a small pan heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over heat

Cook ginger and garlic til softened (about 3 minutes)

Add cranberries, sugar, orange juice, and cider vinegar

Cook over medium heat until most of the berries have burst and mixture has thickened, about 8 minutes

Season with coarse salt and pepper

Refrigerate covered up to 2 weeks

Mom's Pumpin Bread

1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
3 cups sugar
3/4 cup oil
4 eggs
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 cups cooked pumpkin
2/3 cup water
2 tsp baking soda
3 1/2 cups sifted flour
Optional: 1 cup chopped walnuts 

With just a bowl and spoon combine and blend nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar, oil, eggs, and salt

Stir in pumpkin and water

Add soda sifted with flour and stir until blended

Spread in two very well greased loaf pans

Bake at 350 degrees for one hour


i like to toast the slices with a little butter and tea :)

Mom's Cranberry Nut Bread

2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp double acting baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter(shortening)
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
1 egg, well beaten
1/2 cup nuts, chopped
1 cup fresh cranberries,  coarsely chopped

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt; cut in shortening, until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.

Combine orange juice and rind with egg

Pour all at once into dry ingredients, mixing just enough to dampen

Carefully fold in nuts and cranberries

Spoon into greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pan

Spread corners and sides slightly higher than center

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about one hour or until crust is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean

remove from pan

cool and store overnight for easy slicing