Sunday, July 31, 2011

Single Pie Crust

This recipe comes out of an old school book at Uncle Frank's house.  It makes great pie crust and is a really easy recipe. 

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 3 to 4 tbsp water


In a medium bowl stir together flour and salt.  Cut in shortening or lard until pieces are the size of small peas.  Sprinkle 1 tbsp of the water over part of the mixture.  gently toss with a fork.  Push to side of bowl.  Repeat till all is moistened.  Form dough into a ball.

On lightly floured surface flatten dough with hands.  Roll dough from centre to edge forming a circle about 12 inches in diameter.  Wrap pastry around rolling pin.  Unroll onto a 9 inch pie plate.  Ease pastry into pie plate being careful to avoid stretching pastry.   Trim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate.  Make a fluted rope shape or loped edge.  

For a baked pie shell crimp bottom and sides with tines of a fork.  Bake in 450 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Blueberry Crisp

My husband loves blueberries so much, I think it's safe to say it's his favourite fruit.  I made him this for dessert this week, and he was quite pleased with the results. 


Blueberry Mixture:
  • 5 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice


  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 6 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar


Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients for blueberry mixture and place in 8x8 inch square pan.

Next, combine flour, rolling oats, baking powder and salt.

In a separate bowl, combine butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add the flour to this mixture and combine with fingers until mixture is crumbly. 

Crumble over blueberry mixture and bake until topping is golden brown, and blueberries are bubbling, approximately 1 hour. 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hollandaise Sauce

 This is my Uncle Mark's recipe.  He recently came for a visit and we made this sauce together for his famous "Chicken Neptune".

  • 12 egg yolks
  • 1 lb melted butter
  • 1.5 tsp fresh lemon juice


Prepare egg yolks by separating from egg whites (straining through your fingers seems to be the quickest and easiest way).

Place egg yolks in blender and start the blender on a low setting.

Slowly pour melted butter into blender through hole in top of cover (while still blending at a low setting).

Add lemon juice and blend mixture until smooth.


Note:  You can refrigerate extra hollandaise sauce.  Place plastic wrap directly ontop of extra sauce to prevent from forming a skin.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Peanut Butter Cookies

Our niece was visiting and wanted to make peanut butter cookies.  These cookies remind me of the large cookies you would find in a glass jar on the counter in a traditional coffee shop. 


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dry-roasted, salted peanuts, for sprinkling (optional)


Combine butter, peanut butter and granulated sugar.  Mix together until light and fluffy.

Add the egg and vanilla, stirring to combine.

In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking soda.

Combine both mixtures until just mixed.

Roll into 2 tbsp balls on a parchment lined cookie sheet. 

Press down with fork both horizontally and vertically. 

Bake in oven preheated to 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes, until golden brown.

Cool on wire cookie rack.


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookies

These chocolate chip cookies are amazing.  They make a nice, soft cookie that you are sure to enjoy.


1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips


Pre-heat oven to 375.

Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.

Beat in vanilla and eggs.

Combine dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, and salt).

Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and stir until just combined.

Add chocolate chips.

Measure a tbsp of dough into a ball and place on an un-greased cookie sheet.

Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges of the cookie are golden.  Remove from baking sheet and cool.

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