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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Almond Layer Pie

Sorry for such the long delay! Things have been crazy around here getting ready for the holidays. Thank you for everyone who has asked about the blog. Although I started it to help me keep track of the recipes I've tried and any modifications that I did or need to do next time. I'm so happy others are enjoying my baking adventures!

I normally do not try anything before the 1930's. The recipes have strange directions if they have directions at all and I am not that adventurous.This seemed doable and just odd enough to catch my eye. The book is A Calendar of Dinners with 615 Recipes written by Marion Harris Neil and published in 1925 by Proctor & Gamble.

The joy of Crisco!
Has anyone heard of a layer pie? I haven't.
 Easy simple ingredients. Just had to buy the ground almonds. I am not sure why I had a lemon...
 The pastry came together easily but I still have problems rolling out the crust.
The first lemon almond cream layer.
 And the second layer!
 Naturally my pie will not be the prettiest but lets see how it tastes after baked in a moderate oven (375F).
 Turned out rather nice. And look at those lovely layers! I thought that the center layer of pastry would just melt into the filling but it didn't.

This was a delicious easy pie. It is unique and kind of fancy looking! You do not need to add any toppings, just let the layers shine. The filling turned thick with almost a custard-like consistency and more lemony that I had anticipated.

My Rating: Yum! Good for the next dinner party.

Friends and Family Rating: "Delicious."

Friday, October 19, 2018

Lemon Snaps

My coworkers have been asking for chocolate so I made lemon. Ha ha! Yes, I am like that. This is from the Christmas cookie pamphlet.
Luckily I had a lemon I needed to use.
 So excited for lemons!
This was a very thin, liquidy dough. It has to be refriderated and rolled out in small batches. Very small batches.
I had a set of adorable little cookie cutters, acorns, leaves, pumpkins, and apples.
This was only one-third of the batch.
This appears to be a quick easy cookie recipe but it is not! The dough was very difficult to work with. I only cut about two-thirds of the dough before it got too annoying to do. Part of it was my fault since I was working with small cookie cutters but once the dough started to warm up the tiniest bit it became unworkable. They had a light texture and lemon flavor. They were not bad but I was hoping for something more.

My Rating: Not worth the effort.

Friends and Family Rating: "Delicious. Nice and light." "Can I steal the bag?"

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Caramel Cinnamon Muffins

I am not a fan of pumpkin pie so the entire grocery aisle for pumpkin flavored everything annoys me. There are so many other wonderful fall flavors! As I wrote before, concord grapes signal the start of fall for me but there is also cinnamon apple, cranberries, maple syrup, and pecans! This recipe sounded great for a cool autumn day. It is from a 1952 pamphlet by the Culinary Arts Institute, 250 Breads, Biscuits, and Rolls.
This pamphlet is filled with helpful hints and how-to's complete with pictures!
Looks super easy with no fancy ingredients.
I used butter flavored shortening because that is what I had.
 I am so excited! Brown sugar and butter!!
 The batter seemed a little dry while mixing. I hope it is supposed to.
 They turned out beautiful!
 The bottoms were covered in delicious crunchy caramel!
These were very interesting for as simple as the ingredients were. I found the muffin tops a bit bland but when you get a bite of the caramel with it, amazing! The cinnamon flavor was very light. I would probably add more next time. I think these may be even better as mini-muffins so you can get the cinnamon and the caramel all in one bite.

My Rating: Not too bad. I want to try it again with tweaks.

Friends and Family Rating: "So Good!" "I love the cinnamon!"