Even if you’re amazing in the kitchen, pies take a lot of effort. Sometimes it’s fun, but honestly it’s also nice just to buy one. Pie of the month clubs fill this need. Besides that, most of us just have a few pie recipes that we are good at. The rest just turn out less […]
Growing up in the Southern United States, pecan pie was something of a staple. Everybody made it during the holidays, and I grew tired of it quickly! Overly sweet, the savory deliciousness of the pecans got lost in a sea of sugar. This recipe is much more balanced, and uses the milder maple syrup in place of the extra-strong corn syrup which is usually used with abandon.
I like to toast my pecans lightly before adding them in, but that is just a personal preference. I also call here to blend them until they are finely ground– I find this adds a lovely texture to the final pie where the custard sets on top and the ground pecans form a delicious layer in the bottom of the crust.
This delicious, delicate pie is a sweet homage to my favorite fall fruit, pears. If you can find a mix of pears that are seasonally available in your area, all the better! Otherwise, choose the best baking pears you can find and slice them very thinly!
If you’re worried about them being underripe, simply place them in a paper bag with another ripe fruit such as a banana or apple, and wait a couple days for them to ripen along! Your other alternative is to caramelize up to half of the pears called for in the recipe, and fold the raw ones in to the cooked. But if you want to take the simple route, follow the recipe as-is and you should have a lovely pear pie either way!
Who among us doesn’t love chocolate? As feel-good food goes, chocolate is certainly one of the most popular options. Plus, it tends to be something that we tend to crave far more often than we probably should. There’s actually a reason for this. Chocolate contains a bunch of compounds that help us to feel good and less stressed.
That’s probably why we tend to chocolate when we are particularly stressed or upset. Research is also starting to indicate that chocolate might be good for you, largely because of the natural compounds from plants that it contains. Those benefits do mostly apply to dark chocolate but it is still good news for anyone that likes a bit of chocolate now and again.
The apple crisp is an all-American classic that’s been satisfying taste buds since the dessert’s debut in the early 1900s. With a delicious streusel crust on top and yummy baked apples on bottom, who can resist? Thankfully, the standard recipe only needs a little bit of tweaking in order to accommodate a gluten-free diet. In addition to wheat-based flour, traditional apple crisp recipes call for oats, which can be a controversial ingredient for people with gluten sensitivity.