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Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Servings 6-8
Time

45 minutes preparation
60 minutes baking
Difficulty Medium

Apple Pie

Ingredients

Pie Crust

  • 8 oz (225g) plain Flour.
  • 4 oz(110g) Margarine.
  • 2 oz (55g) Lard.
  • Pinch of Salt.
  • 2 tablespoons cold and 3 tablespoons hot Water.

or 1 pkg Store-bought pie crust (cheating)

Pie Filling

  • 1 lb (500g) cooking Apples, sliced.
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice.
  • 1 oz salted butter.
  • 2 1/2 c sugar, and additional for sprinkling.
  • 1/4 c flour.
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cornstarch.
  • Cinnamon.
  • Nutmeg.

Pie Topping

  • 1 oz (28g) Milk.
  • Cinnamon.
  • Sugar.

Procedure

Pie Crust

  1. Rub all flour, margarine, lard, and salt ingredients together until fine breadcrumbs.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons water to make a soft but firm dough.
  3. Roll pastry on floured surface to the size you want your pie, make two crusts.
  4. Place one crust in pie pan.

Everything Else
Do not precook apples, as this will deprive the pie of a substantial amount of flavor and turns the apples into goop!

  1. Peel and slice apples into 1/8th-1/4th inch thick segments.
  2. Add lemon juice to apple segments.
  3. Mix apples by hand into 1/2 cup sugar and a few dashes of cinnamon.
  4. Transfer segments less aquired juices to pie pan. (This helps prevent the pie from boiling over in the oven).
  5. Mix rest of sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, and cornstarch in a seperate bowl.
  6. Pour over apples in pie pan.
  7. Dot with butter.
  8. Cover with the other crust of the pie.
  9. Firm down edges with fork or finger.
  10. Cut heart or diamond-shaped vents into top crust.
  11. Brush the pastry top with milk and sprinkle additional sugar and cinnamon over the top.
  12. Bake at 350°F (177°C) until golden brown (about 60 minutes).
  13. Serve warm with ice cream or custard.

Notes, tips and variations

  1. Use a variety of apples to get a wider pallate of flavors and textures.
  2. Use 2-3 Granny Smith apples, in combination with the other apples.
  3. Replace the lard with shortening for a vegan dessert.

Warnings

Filling will be very hot immediately after the pie is taken from the oven.

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

Servings 2-4
Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Easy

A simple, fairly easy chocolate cake recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil.
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate.
  • 1c sugar (or 1/2 cup).
  • 1 egg.
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • 3/4 cup water.
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate pieces (such as chocolate chips).
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts.
  • (Optional: 4 ounces cream cheese or sour cream).

Procedure

  1. Put the oil and chocolate in an 8in (20cm) square pan and set it in 350°F (175°C) oven just until the chocolate melts (Add sour cream or cream cheese if desired).
  2. Add remaining ingredients, except chocolate chips and nuts, to the pan.
  3. Beat with a fork until smooth and creamy (about 2 minutes).
  4. Scrape the sides of the pan, and spread the batter evenly in the pan.
  5. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts. Optionally, cut the chocolate chips and nuts into the batter to some extent.
  6. Bake 350°F (176.66°C if you’re feeling more precise than before) for 30 to 40 minutes, untill a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan; eat hot or cooled.

Fresh Mozzarella Bruschetta

Fresh Mozzarella Bruschetta

Servings 24 servings
Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Small, open-faced sandwiches, Bruschette make perfect appetizers. They are delicious and quick and easy to make.
Makes about 24 Bruschette.

Ingredients

  • 1 long loaf crusty bread.
  • 3 medium ripe roma tomatoes.
  • 3 large fresh mozzarella balls.
  • 24 fresh basil leaves.
  • Coarse salt.
  • Extra virgin olive oil.

Procedure

  1. Cut Bread into 1/2″ slices on the diagonal.
  2. Lightly toast bread in the oven on both sides.
  3. Cut tomatoes into 1/4 inch slices and place one on each slice of bread.
  4. Cut mozzarella balls into 1/4 inch slices and place on top of tomato.
  5. Chop basil into thin strips and sprinkle on top.
  6. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

Notes, tips, and variations

An optionial re-toasting with toppings on will make the mozzarella melty and even more delicious.
Authentic Italian Bruschetta begins with rubbing roasted garlic cloves on the toasted bread slices.