Shortcrust Pastry

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As a pie over cake lover, it doesn’t need to be fall to enjoy a homemade pie. However something about going into the apple orchard in mid September to hand pick the perfect apples for your next delicacy makes it that much more lovely about fall baking.

Many folks prefer to buy store made crust and for timing reasons I understand, no judging here. I am however disciplined in making everything from scratch, even the dough, so i’m always making sure there is plenty of time, even if that means making the pastry a day in advance! A shortcrust dough is typically used in tarts, quiches and pies. Pate Brisee is the French version of classic pie or tart pastry

What I love most about this style of crust is the flaky and buttery goodness you get off each bite. It is the same recipe you would use for a basic pie dough. The only two things that differ is the type of flour you use and the method of preparation. The key to keeping a flaky crust is making sure your dough and ingredients that go into the preparation stay cold! Give yourself a day and a half to make this recipe and you wont be disappointed! This is also a great dough for savory dishes as well. 

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Yield: 2 Single Crust Pies

Mise en Place:

  • 500 Grams Bread Flour
  • 410 Grams Butter, cubed
  • 6 Grams, Salt
  • 110 Grams, Ice Cold Water

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Method of Prep:

  • Place all ingredients into mixing bowl including paddle attachment. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  • On medium low setting begin to mix ingredients together until butter and flour are combined and resemble a course meal.
  • Slowly begin adding in ice cold water and continue to mix until a dough forms scraping the sides of the bowl in between.
  • Remove dough from bowl. Form into a large round disc and divide into 2 sections. Wrap each individual disc (not ball, keeping them flatter will allow to chill faster) and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours up to 1 day.
  • Remove one disc at a time and on a heavily floured surface, begin rolling out to a slightly thin dough. Once rolled out to desired thickness, place bottom layer in a greased pie dish and par bake in the oven on 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Remove crust from oven and allow to cool. Prepare desired filling and once crust has cooled, layer on top of pre-baked dough.

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  • Turn oven to 425 degrees.
  • Remove second crust from the refrigerator and roll out on floured surface to desired thickness (I prefer a thinner crust about 1″).
  • Place top crust on pie and cut to fit. Pinch sides shut.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 Minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and continue to bake until crust is golden brown, approximately 35-40 minutes.
  • Allow to cool completely before cutting and serving.
  • Enjoy!

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**Keep all ingredients (include dough) wrapped tightly and chilled until ready to use for a buttery, flaky crust!**

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Valentines Day Dessert Guide

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I smell sex and Candy, By Marcy Playground is playing right now as I type this, coincidence?? It’s funny because this is my ode to Valentines Day post….

Aside from my music playing in the background, The sweetest holiday (maybe the saddest for some), is this Friday. I’m pretty simple to please when it comes to Valentines day and this is why: I don’t really like box chocolates like I used to. Most are overpriced and have too much sugar and other artificial crap in them. I don’t care to dine out for dinner on Valentines day because even if I were able to get a reservation, the place would be too busy for me, lots of loud noise and slow service. Also, lets not forget I work in a kitchen and will be stuck working  on Friday anyways. While I do love flowers, I don’t really care to receive them because after about a week they begin to look sad as they slowly die and that makes me sad.

So if you’re going to do anything for me on Valentines day to win my heart and make me happy, make me something sweet from your kitchen. I love cookies and chocolate, hint, hint. I’ve put together a list of some of the desserts from my blog that are excellent to make for your sweetheart this weekend. If you want my advise for giving the best gift, make a card from scratch, write the nicest message to your love, and tie it to a box of one of these specially made home goods with love. Anything from scratch automatically wins my affection ❤

For The Love of Sweets!

Pies/Cakes:

I don’t know about you, but I am always down to get into some good pie and or cake even when it’s not my birthday!

Pie Dough: There is nothing wrong with baking a pie for the one you love. Use this recipe for your basic pie dough and fill it with your favorite flavors. Bake me away!

Grain Free Crust: If someone you love has a Gluten allergy or is 86ing gluten from their life, no worries, use this crust instead!

Spiced Carrot Cake: I absolutely LOVE carrot cake. I LOVE it so much this is the recipe being used for my wedding cake! If your looking to blow the mind of your sweetheart, bake this cake. Moist and very tasteful!

Angel Food Cake: A very heavenly treat! I love eating this cake with fresh cut strawberries, ice cream and or whipped cream! You’ll feel like your on cloud 9 after one bite!

Cookies:

Snickerdoodles: (GF/Refined Sugar Free/Vegan) These little guys are made from almond flour, but that’s okay because they are still pretty great!

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Thin Mints: If you missed your local girl scout this year, don’t worry, I got you covered! & seriously, who doesn’t LOVE thin mints!?!?

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Peanut Butter Blossoms: Peanut butter and chocolate, nuff said!

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Cocoa Cookies: This is my fiance’s personal favorite cookie.

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Macarons: This recipe is a bit harder to make, but once complete they are worth the struggle. These also make awesome ice cream sandwiches!

Chocolates:

Truffles: (Dairy Free/Vegan/GF) This is probably the easiest and fastest recipe on here. 2 of my favorite kinds!

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Almond Joys: (Gluten Free/Vegan) My favorite candy and this is my number 1 pick for Valentines day. Just like the candy except way way better for you!

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Misc. Desserts:

Coconut Rice Pudding: (Vegan/GF/Dairy Free/Refined Sugar Free) Another really good dish to make! Carmelized bananas really make this dish!

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Cannolis: No caption necessary!

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Happy Valentines day to all my followers out there!

Love, Amanda! xoxo

Basic Pie Dough

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Its a wonderful 25 degrees outside with a wind chill of 11. A light coating of snow is on the ground and the sky is grey. With that said, I think winter has finally arrived. This time of year is very popular in baking for the holidays and I can’t wait to share some baked goods and recipes for the gluttons out there reading this.

I’m keeping those post short and sweet. Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I have a ton of cooking and baking I still need to get done before I head off to work for the evening. If you’re planning to make a pie (perhaps a pumpkin or apple) I really recommend you make your own pie dough. If you’re in a hurry or really can’t find the time to do so and decide to get the pillsbury ready pie crusts then no worries. You know how I am with making everything from scratch. You can make this dough ahead of time and freeze it until future use. This only takes about an hour and half to make (most of the time goes into the dough resting in the fridge). You will be happy you took the extra time to make the dough yourself in the end.

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 10 Minutes

Mise en Place:

-2 1/2 Cups AP Flour

-1 teaspoon Salt

1 teaspoon Sugar

-16 Tablespoons Butter (2 Sticks), cut in chunks

-1/4-1/2 Cup Ice Water

Method of Prep:

-In the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, combine dry ingredients. Blend in the butter until flaky.

-Slowly add water until the dough forms. (You can switch to the dough hook attachment if you find that works easier.)

-Roll the dough into a ball and cover in plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before rolling to make it easier when rolling.

Enjoy!

**I usually par bake my crust before inserting pie filling. Just bake about 20 minutes or until lightly colored on 350 degrees. If you choose not to do so, just bake according to pie recipe instructions.