Pecan Pie Bites

Planning your holiday baking? (We are, too.)
Mash-up two holiday favorites – cookies and pecan pie for a fun holiday treat. These bite-sized versions of traditional Thanksgiving pecan pie are a great place to start!

 

40 min. prep time
36 cookies

Cookie

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
6 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Filling

1 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Heat oven to 350ºF. Spray 36 mini muffin pan cups with no-stick cooking spray; set aside.

Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, butter, egg yolk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add flour, baking powder and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed.

Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls; place each into prepared mini muffin pan cups, pressing dough onto bottom and up one-third sides of each cup, creating a shallow cup.

Combine all filling ingredients in bowl; spoon 1 teaspoon filling into each cookie.

Bake 13-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool 10 minutes in pan on cooling rack.

Remove cookies from pans by running small knife around edge of cookie. Place onto cooling rack; cool completely.

Matilda

Apple-Pumpkin-Pecan Pie

Apple-Pumpkin-Pecan Pie

This is the ultimate holiday pie for those who love apple, pumpkin and pecan pie equally. There’s no need to choose-our creation boasts a gooey pecan bottom, a sweet-and-tart apple edge and a creamy pumpkin center. Make it the day before and refrigerate overnight; serve at room temperature or chilled. Less

Apple-Pumpkin-Pecan Pie

 

Gone are the days when you have to decide whether you want a slice of apple, pumpkin or pecan pie. Instead of playing favorites, this crazy-good pie mash-up brings the best of each into one showstopping pie with a gooey pecan bottom, sweet-and-tart apple edge and creamy pumpkin center.  While you are in the swing of baking, be sure to add this delightful recipe to your recipe card.

Total Time:   3 hr 15 min
Prep:   10 min
Inactive:  1 hr
Cook:   2 hr 5 min

Yield:   8 servings

Level:   Intermediate

Ingredients:

Crust:
Nonstick cooking spray
1 prepared pie dough round
All-purpose flour for dusting
1 large egg white
Pecan Pie Filling:
1 1/3 cup pecan halves
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg
Fine salt
Apple Pie Filling:
3 Granny Smith apples
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
Pumpkin Pie Filling:
1 cup pure pumpkin puree
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Unsweetened whipped cream, for serving

Directions:

Special equipment: a 9 1/2-inch deep-dish pie pan; pie weights, uncooked rice or dried beans

For the crust: Position the oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat the bottom and sides of a 9 1/2-inch deep-dish pie pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Roll the pie dough out, if needed, into a 10-inch round on a lightly-floured surface (or between two pieces of floured parchment paper). If the dough gets too warm, refrigerate it to firm up. Ease the dough into the prepared pie pan. Fold the overhanging dough under itself and crimp the edges as desired. Chill for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, spread the pecans out on a baking sheet and bake until golden and toasted, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool and separate 1/3 cup; coarsely chop the 1/3 cup pecans for garnish and set aside.

Put the pie pan on a baking sheet and line the chilled pie crust with foil or a large coffee filter and fill with pie weights. Bake until the edges are just barely golden, 15 to 18 minutes. Remove the foil with weights, then brush the bottom and edges of the dough all over with the egg white and continue baking until the bottom of the crust is also just barely golden, 8 to 10 minutes more. Transfer to a rack and cool completely. (Par-bake your pie shell up to 1 day in advance.)

For the pecan pie filling: Scatter the remaining 1 cup pecans in the bottom of the cooled pie shell. Whisk the corn syrup, brown sugar, butter, egg and 1/4 teaspoon salt together in a medium bowl. Pour the egg mixture over the pecans. Bake until just set, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer the pie to a rack until cool to the touch.

For the apple pie filling: Meanwhile, peel, core and cut the apples into 1/4-inch slices. Toss with the granulated sugar and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, then add the apples and cook, gently stirring occasionally, until the apples are soft but still hold their shape, about 10 minutes. Stir in the flour and cool completely. (Spread the mixture out on a baking sheet in a thin layer to help cool faster).

Pile the cooled apple mixture up and around the edge of the cooled pie (directly on top of the pecan filling) leaving about an 8-inch well in the center of the pie.

For the pumpkin pie filling: Whisk together the pumpkin, heavy cream, granulated sugar, egg and spice in a medium bowl. Pour the filling into the center of the pie (directly on top of the pecan filling) with the apples as a border.

Bake the pie until the pumpkin center is set with just a slight jiggle, 50 minutes to 1 hour. If the crust gets too brown, cover with foil or a pie crust shield. Let the pie cool completely on a rack.

Sprinkle the reserved 1/3 cup chopped pecans around the pie, snug up against the apple filling. Slice and serve with dollops of whipped cream.

Happy Baking, and remember only 8 days until Thanksgiving!
Matilda

Turn a Pirate Birthday Cake into a Treasure Hunt

We stashed chocolate coins into various places of the chocolate cake, being sure to stash a Grand Prize trove in the volcano. Let the kids pick where they’d like their slice to come from. The 8 ten-year-old boys at the birthday party loved this Pirate Birthday Cake!

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Secret cave with big stash of coins

 

Spin the Bottle Meets Polite Dinner Conversation

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We just invented a new party game that should keep dinner conversation flowing. We call it Repartray, and it’s exactly like the picture–a spinning tray with an arrow that points at dinner guests. Simply follow the order of the questions along the edge as you spin it around the table and watch the laughter, tension and fun erupt! “More Cake” can easily be shifted to “More Wine” or whatever suits your mood. “Dishes!” can be whatever miserable or silly task the guests settle on.

Break out Repartray at your next dinner party and I guarantee nobody at the table will have ever heard of it. We literally invented this a week ago! Let us know what you think.

Buy Repartray here!

Pick the winning cake slice!

Turn your delicious cake into a fun game with our Cake Roulette spinning cake platter. Let your guest (or child) know that if they pick the slice with the four leaf clover they win a prize. (What that prize is can be up to you–an extra slice, the cherry on top, or perhaps the privilege of doing the dishes.) Adds an extra element of fun to your cake eating!

Here is the World’s Best Baked Potato

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This is a Hassleback-style baked potato, although one might argue the real hassle goes into forcing your arteries to work afterwards. Run a skewer through the bottom so it stops your knife from going all the way through. Oh, and don’t forget to sprinkle some chopped green onions on there so it’s healthy. 😉

Thinking Outside the BOX: Turn your Family Recipes into Memorable Gifts

Treasured family recipes are priceless, which is why they can easily be transformed into special gifts with minimum expense and just a little time. Turn your handwritten recipes into beautiful cookbooks by using Matilda’s Fantastic Cookbook Software. http://store.cookbookpeople.com/matildas-fantastic-cookbook-software-cd-or-download/. It is ideal for grannies and guru’s. Even this granny can and has used it to make a family cookbook.

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• 27 cookbook templates included
• Add recipe & family photos
• Add a table of contents
• Easy to use for grannies & gurus
• Alphabetizes recipes for you
• Print as often as you want for FREE
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What a wonderful way to turn your treasured recipes into a Family Treasured Cookbook. What a great gift!  Christmas is only 53 days away!

Matilda

 

 

Thanksgiving Cheese Tray Turkey

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Salami, Crackers & Cheese

Some mild cheddar and colby jack cheeses, salami, and Flipside Pretzel crackers for the feathers. Two peppercorns for the eyes, half a pistachio shell for the beak, and toothpicks for the legs (basically whatever you can find in the pantry) and a folded fourth of a piece of salami for the waddle, and that’s how you make a cheese tray turkey.  This is an easy make ahead platter that all will be talking about.

Christmas Countdown!

 

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Can it really be here?  58 days.  It’s time to start thinking about those Christmas presents for Mom, Sister, or Friend.  What better gift to give than a beautiful recipe binder.  We have largest collection of high quality recipe binders available worldwide.  As well as page protectors and dividers to fill your binder.

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Or maybe a beautiful recipe box.  We have over 100 different styles to choose from.

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You might even want to add some recipe card protectors and dividers.  What a wonderful gift that would be.  I would love to see one under my Christmas tree!  I’m very fond of Roosters!

For more information on how to create a recipe binder that will stand the test of time and serve you well in the kitchen, please contact us.

Thanksgiving Dangers

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Thanksgiving should be a time of togetherness and good feelings. A time of sharing the many family recipes.  The last thing you want for your holiday is an emergency trip to the veterinary hospital. Unfortunately, there are a number of dangers sitting in your dining room that could be the cause of just such a scenario.

  • Keep your pets out of the kitchen.  Accidental counter-surfacing can result in sever poisoning to your pet.
  • Don’t let friends and family feed your pets.  Make sure your guests know the house rules.  Don’t fee your pets.  Politely inform all your guests to keep their food out of reach and to ask permission before feeding any treats.  Your pet may have food allergies they may not be aware of.
  • Dump the trash.  Somehow your dog will find a way to get into it, and leftover corn-on-the-cob, yummy string that goes around the turkey legs, turkey skin, bones, moldy food, and fatty grizzle all pose a threat to your pet.

The top 7 most dangerous Thanksgiving foods are:

  • Grapes and raisins
  • Xylitol
  • Fatty table scraps
  • Bones and turkey legs
  • Onions, leeks, chives and garlic
  • Unbaked yeast bread dough
  • Alcohol

 

 

Recipe Cards: An Overview

There is no simpler way to track a favorite recipe than the recipe card. A deceptively simple rectangle of paper, the modern recipe card is the ultimate low-tech tool for saving and sharing recipes for current and future generations. Thanks to the internet, there are also now a variety of free options for creating beautiful recipe cards that will do your recipes justice.

There are generally 3 sizes of recipe cards to consider. The 3×5” card is the standard card for most of the last 100 years. (Our own 3×5 recipe cards can be found here.) The old recipe card boxes they fit into were designed for America’s small kitchens. As kitchens expanded, so did the capacity of recipe boxes and binders to allow for the now standard 4×6” recipe card. (Our 4×6 recipe cards are here.) The vast majority of all current recipe cards are this size. In the past decade a few brands have expanded to 5×7” recipe cards. (Ours are here.) You may want to avoid these, however, because while they may fit your own binder they may not fit a friend’s binder you wish to share with.

Most recipe cards are designed with around a dozen horizontal lines going across them. Try to choose cards that also have lines on the back to provide you with more space. A good rule of thumb is to use the left side of the card to create an ingredients list column.  The right side should be used to make a second column that lists ingredients. In this way you simplify the preparation process.

Recipe cards come in all varieties of colors and designs. Traditionally, they have had fairly tacky simple line art, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Many modern recipe card designs have become their own art form, with ornate paintings, drawings and even photographs. Whichever you choose, try to find ones that allow for plenty of space for writing, with a simple interior that won’t make your writing hard to read after years of use. The artistry of the card should be most pronounced around the borders.

Before the numerous online recipe sharing sites sprang up, the recipe card was the traditional method of sharing favorite recipes with friends. These cards are seeing a popular resurgence, as the hand-written instruction carries a warmth and personalization that simply can’t be duplicated with a “submit” button.

If you are like many family cooks, you have a collection of hand-written cards handed down from previous generations. To ensure they survive to see the next generation, look into recipe card protectors. These plastic slips are very inexpensive, and for a few pennies you can save a priceless written heirloom.

Lastly, a quick Google for recipe card templates should yield a variety of printable recipe cards that will be typed in Word or Acrobat, or can be printed out and then written on by hand. But we’ve gone through that hassle for you and have put more than 300 free recipe cards in one place:

Recipe Cards