Classic Black-and-White Cookies

Classic Black-and-White Cookies

Classic Black-and-White Cookies

Cake or cookie?  Or both?

Black-and-White Cookies are one of my family’s favorites. Whether they’re bigger than your head or bite size, everyone ooh’s and ahh’s at the sight of icing dripping over the edges of the part cake/part cookie dessert. They weren’t hard to make, but they took time and were messy. So, put on an apron, clear the counter, and get ready for some serious Cookie Therapy.

These cookies were so delicious, everyone in my house said, “Just one more.”  This recipe yields a lot of cookies so I froze a bunch. Even defrosted, they were yummy. You know I love a party.  How fun would it be to make these using food coloring on the white icing to match a color scheme?

Happy baking, hon!

Measure ingredients.

Measure ingredients.

Use a paddle attachment to mix ingredients.

Use a paddle attachment to beat until light and fluffy.

 

 

 

 

 

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Drop batter onto cookie sheet.

Form tablespoon size dough balls.

Bake until

Bake until edges begin to brown.

 

 

 

 

 

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Spread white icing on 1/2 of cookies.

Spread white icing on half of each cookie.

Spread chocolate icing on other half of cookies.

Spread chocolate icing on the other half of each cookie.

 

 

 

 

 

Let icing set

Let icing set.

Classic Black-and-White Cookies

Ingredients:

2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter (I used margarine*), at room temperature

1 3/4 cups granulated sugar

4 large eggs, at room temperature

1 cup whole milk (I used almond milk*)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups cake flour

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoons baking powder

Icing Ingredients

4 cups confectioners’ sugar

1/3 cup boiling water

1ounce bittersweet chocolate, melted

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

2.  Place flours and baking powder in a bowl and mix well.

3.  Place butter (or margarine) and granulated sugar in a mixer fitted with a paddle and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well between additions. Add milk (or almond milk) and vanilla and beat well. With mixer running, gradually add dry flour ingredients to butter mixture, beat until completely mixed

4.  Form the dough into tablespoon-size balls and place about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.  Transfer to oven and bake until edges of the cookies just begin to brown, about 25 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack and repeat with remaining dough.

5.  Icing:  Place the confectioners’ sugar in a large mixing bowl and add water, 1 Tablespoon at a time, until the mixture is spreadable but still thick.  Transfer half the icing to another mixing bowl and stir in the melted chocolate. Set aside to cool.

6.  Spread half of one side of the cookies with the white icing and the other half with the chocolate icing. Set aside until the icing hardens.

Yield:  about 6 dozen cookies

Substituting margarine for butter and almond milk for milk made these cookies dairy-free.

Source:  Family Circle magazine

Toasty Tushy Melts the I.C.E.

Monotone.

Monotone.

Crystal Evergreen.

Crystal Evergreen.

Hubby showed me how to bake my buns, cook my caboose or, in other words, toast my tushy!

Lest you think this is an X-rated post, I assure you it’s G-rated. (sorry to disappoint) Hon, forget increased horse power or better mileage. I’ve figured out the most exciting innovation in the automobile industry.  I’m—umm–glowing about a modern way to bear the Arctic Zone.

If you think New Jersey isn’t an Arctic-Zone-kind-of-state, think again.  Just witness temps hovering below freezing and hunched shoulders requiring frequent trips to the chiropracter.  Crampons attached to boots would aid climbing my neighborhood’s steep, ice-covered driveways, fingers turn yellow due to loss of circulation–and that’s inside–and even my dog Lucy has decided that hibernation is preferable to doing her job (ie. barking like a maniac at mail and delivery trucks).  In fact, she won’t even venture outside to do her business UNLESS I ESCORT HER!

What does I.C.E. stand for and am I going anywhere with this?

(Insight into the mind of a “high energy” person:  as anyone who’s had a conversation with me can attest, points may seem random, but then they all connect in a perfectly logical way. Oh, and I even use parenthesis when I speak.)

I.C.E. is my newest title.  I’m an ICE CHOPPER EXTRAORDINAIRE!  You can find me outside several times a day, chopping ice as if it was the incarnation of all my frustrations (Yikes!) There’s a method to my madness.  (“You will crack under the weight of my power!”  Mwahaha!)

How do you melt the frozen heart of an I.C.E.?  You toast tushies, of course!  (Another way to melt an icicle heart?  A trip to a tropical island.  But, I digress.)

Three tried and true I.C.E. Melting Methods:

1.  Laying on a dog’s haunches. Lucy’s furry fanny is so warm, I used it as a pillow and fell asleep. For about 45 minutes. (She didn’t seem to mind.)

2.  Heating pad for the posterier. And for a sore back due to chopping ice.

3.  And now…drum roll, please… what’s the best way to toast a tushy? First, start the engine and second,  turn on the Seat Warmer! Ahhh! That’s what I’ll be doing until Spring arrives. You know what I found out? If you heat your seat, the warmth spreads upwards and even reaches extremeties such as fingers, ears and eyelashes. (I know, I know. Eyelashes aren’t extremeties, but when eyes tear up from the cold, they sure feel that way.)

Do you live in an Arctic Zone?  How do you stay warm?  I’m (ice) fishing for more ideas!

Moon Surface on Earth. (Frozen NJ River.)

Moon Surface on Earth. (Frozen NJ River.)

Fluffy tail, warm fur!

Fluffy tail, warm fur!

Ice Study--Dog Bowl.

Ice Study–Dog Bowl.

Ice Study--Garden Hose.

Ice Study–Garden Hose.

 

 

 

 

"I'd rather stay inside."

“I’d rather stay inside.”

And Just Because...Tush-shaped toast.

And Just Because…tush-shaped toast.

Motto Mom In the Moment! (Snow Day Shenanigans–a Short Video)

Liquid Copper, Curly Girl and Me.

Liquid Copper, Curly Girl and Me.

“I have this theory that people make an implicit decision as to whether they’re going to stay young and curious and interesting and interested, or whether they’re just going to let themselves age.”*

Call me “Motto Mom.”  Maybe mottos would roll off my tongue even if I didn’t have triplets, but mottos have allowed me to live in the moment.  One of them is, “If you can’t beat them, join them.” If it’s a snow day, and there is NO WAY I’m going to get any work done, I allow myself to enjoy the found time.  Guess where you’ll find my kids, their friends and me?  Outside playing because 1) living on a hill makes us the “Sledding House,” 2) you’re never to old to play, and 3) there’s always hot chocolate and marshmallows afterward!

You know what else I’m good for, besides serving snacks and hot drinks?  Videoing the shenanigans.  Except when I decide to video the “sled train” head on!  Ahhh!

Enjoy the 1 minute video of being in the moment!

Click link to watch video:  Snow Day/Blizzard 2015 

 Related Videos:  

December Defined 

Snow Puppy

* Quote by Mitch Rothschild, Chief Executive of Vitals, a website that connects patients and doctors, from a 1/25/15 article in The New York Times.

**music on video, Paul Hardcastle-The Jazzmasters “See You in July”

Chunky Knit Scarves, Cowl Within a Cowl

Bon Voyage!

Bon Voyage!

Interlocking Infinity Scarf.  Stay warm in Florence.

Cowl Within a Cowl, Slip Stitch Honeycomb Pattern. Stay warm in Florence!

Another way to wear this scarf.

Another way to wear this scarf.  

Sample + Sale = Inspiration!

My knitting store displayed a Cowl Within a Cowl and I was itching to knit something with the rich garnet and grey yarn I’d found marked down. I thought my college-aged daughters would love these interlocking infinity scarves.

Above, “Liquid Copper” (aka Baby A of the triplets) and, below, “Curly Girl” (aka Baby C) model their scarves, knit with the same yarn but made up of different stitches. There’s nothing like a deadline to complete a project.  I finished Curly Girl’s scarf right before the new semester at Pratt Institute started. Liquid Copper is in Florence for this semester (lucky girl!). I finished her scarf a couple of days before she left.  Whew!

Happy knitting, hon!

Interlocking Infinity Scarf.  Stay warm in Brooklyn.

Cowl Within a Cowl, Seed Stitch Pattern.  Stay warm in Brooklyn!

Cowl Within a Cowl, Honeycomb Pattern (as worn by Liquid Copper)

Finished Measurements

22 inches in length by 12 inches wide

Yarn

2 skeins of 100% Superwash Merino wool, approximately 200 yards each

Needles

1 US size 8 (5 mm) 26″ circular needle

Gauge

5 sts = 1 inch (10 cm) in honeycomb pattern

Notions

–stitch markers to mark beginning of round (I used stitch markers to keep track of overall sts)

–1 yarn needle for weaving in ends

Slip Stitch Honeycomb Pattern:

Note:  When working rounds 2 and 4, slip as if to purl and keep yarn in front.

Round 1:  Knit.

Round 2:  *Purl 1, Slip 1 wyif” repeat across round.

Round 3:  Knit.

Round 4:  *Slip 1 wyif, Purl 1* repeat across round.

Directions:

Cast on 110 stitches.  Being careful not to twist, place marker and join for working in the round.  Knit 4 rounds.

Repeat the 4 rounds of Slip Stitch Honeycomb Pattern until work measures approximately 11,” making sure you have enough yarn for the following:  Knit 3 rounds and bind off loosely.

Second Cowl:

Cast on 110 stitches as for first cowl, looping needle through first cowl.  Join, being careful not to twist stitches. Follow pattern for first cowl.

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Cowl Within a Cowl, Seed Stitch Pattern (as worn by Curly Girl)

Same yarn, needle and notions as above.

Finished Measurements

24 inches in length by 8 1/2 inches wide, gauge is not important

First Cowl Directions

Cast on 101 stitches and join, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Row 1:  *K 1, P1* Repeat from * — * to end of round.

Row 2:  *P1, K1*, Repeat from * — * to end of round.

These 2 rows form the pattern.  Continue until desired length.  Bind off loosely in patterm.

Second Cowl:

Cast on 101 stitches as for first cowl, looping needle through first cowl.  Join, being careful not to twist the stitches.  Follow pattern for first cowl.

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Sources:

Slip Stitch Honeycomb Pattern on Ravelry by Antonia Shankland

Yarn Shop–The Stitching Bee–Shout out to the yarn shop in Chatham, New Jersey 

Lucy

Curly Girl and Lucy.

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Hmm, maybe Lucy needs a scarf, too?  She looks good in red!

Sweet Cheeks Baby Blanket

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Sweet Cheeks!

Sweet Cheeks!

What a pretty baby girl.

What a pretty baby girl.

Knit with love.

Knit with love.

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Cheeks, indeed!

Sweet Cheeks, indeed!

Baby Blanket.

Baby Blanket.

Hon, have you ever heard me say I was born in the wrong century? If this was the 19th century (hmm, my house was built in 1882), then my interest in knitting and needlepoint (and a little sewing) wouldn’t seem so old-fashioned. When one of my college daughters needlepoints at school, her friends call her “Bubbe.”  But, if I think about the–ahem–common thread that ties these interests together, it’s really quite modern.  I love to create something out of nothing.  Which relates to my passion for writing.  See? It all ties together!

A new baby + restless hands + scrumptiously soft yarn = a baby blanket where every stitch radiates love.

Baby Blanket

Finished Size:  36″ x 45″ (91.5 cm x 114.5cm)

Materials:

Medium Weight Yarn 36 ounces, 2,100 yards (1,020 grams, 1.920 meters)

29″ (73.5 cm) Circular knitting needle, size 10 1/2 (6.5 mm) or size needed for gauge

Afghan is worked holding two strands of yarn together.

Gauge:

In pattern, 15 sts and 21 rows = 4 1/2″ (11.5 cm)

Pattern:

Cast on 113 sts.

Row 1-5:  Knit across.

Row 6:  (Right side): K7,P3, (K3, P3) across to last 7 sts, K7.

Row 7:  K4, P3, (K3, P3) across to last 4 sts, K4.

Row 8:  K7, P3 (K3, P3) across to last 7 sts, K7.

Row 9 and 10:  K4, P3, (K3, P3) across to last 4 sts, K4.

Row 11:  K7, P3, (K3, P3) across to last 7 sts, K7.

Row 12:  K4, P3, (K3, P3) across to last 4 sts, K4.

Rows 13 and 14:  K7, P3, (K3, P3) across to last 7 sts, K7.

Repeat Rows 7-14 for pattern until blanket measures approximately 44″ (112 cm) from cast on edge, ending by working Row 9 or Row 13.

Last 5 Rows:  Knit across.

Bind off all sts in knit.

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Sources:

Knitting Book–Leisure Arts “Our Best Baby Afghans, Book 2″

Pattern by Carole Prior

Yarn Shop–The Stitching Bee–Shout out to the yarn shop in Chatham, New Jersey

Happy knitting, Hon!

Cake-In-A-Cone

Cake Ice Cream Cone

Cake-In-A-Cone with Icing and Extras.  Yum!

Do you need a cool, kid-friendly dessert?

Cake-In-A-Cones were a hit with the middle schoolers at my daughter’s New Year’s Eve party. You know how much I love a theme, but this pre-decorated or decorate-your-own dessert would be fun at any party.

Happy Sweet Tooth, hon!

Combining ingredients of cake mix.

Combine ingredients to make cake batter.

Line muffin tin cups with foil so cones will stand.

Line muffin tin cups with foil so cones will stand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cake-In-a-Cones right out of the oven.

Cake-In-A-Cones right out of the oven.

Cake-In-a-Cone ready for icing and extras!

Ready for icing and extras!

Cake-In-A-Cone

Ingredients:

1 box of cake mix

eggs, however many the cake mix calls for

vegetable oil, same as the eggs, check the box

24 flat-bottomed ice cream cones

regular sized muffin tins

Icing and Extras, such as sprinkles, mini-marshmallows, M & M’s, cinnamon candies, etc.

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2.  Prepare muffin tins by lining each cup with aluminum foil.  This will help the cones to stand.

3.  Combine cake batter as directed on cake box.

4.  Stand cones in muffin tins.  Fill each cone about 3/4.

5.  Bake for about half the time noted on the box, then check to see if cake is done.  If not, keep in oven and bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.

6.  Cool before decorating.

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe

Teen Daughter at exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.

Exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.

Prada's Flame wedge sandals, 2012

Prada’s Flame wedge sandals, 2012

Do you live near New York? Do you love metaphors in material? Are you a fashionista? A shoe-aholic?

If so, I highly recommend the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibit “Killer Heels:  The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe.” Interestingly, curator Lisa Small didn’t arrange the shoes chronologically but, rather, in categories. In doing so, visitors learn historical contexts for modern inspiration. (exhibit runs until February 15)

As a writer, I didn’t just see shoes; I saw characters. One grimaced as she rubbed her bound feet. One strutted down the runway in her silver, architectural heels. One cantered alongside Mr. Tumnus in Narnia. And me? I stomped atop Horse Shoes, hand-on-hips, then swished my black velvet cape rimmed in red as I turned my back on the Demons and galloped into the forest where the fairies and elves awaited my return.

(Please excuse the poor photo quality. Shoes were behind glass in dark rooms.)

Jean Paul Gaultier (French) Nude Tattoo Boots, 2012, leather, plastic, metal

Jean Paul Gaultier (French), Nude Tattoo Boots, 2012, leather, plastic, metal

Manchu Woman's Shoe (Chinese), Qing Dynasty 19th century, cotton, embroidered satin-weave silk

Manchu Woman’s Shoe (Chinese), Qing Dynasty 19th century, cotton, embroidered satin-weave silk

Prada (Italian) Fuoco Silk and Lizard Platform, 2013

Prada (Italian), Fuoco Silk and Lizard Platform, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winde Rienstra (Dutch), Shutter Heel, 2013, Laser cut PerSpex (Plexiglas), screws, elastic, wooden beads

Winde Rienstra (Dutch), Shutter Heel, 2013, Laser cut PerSpex (Plexiglas), screws, elastic, wooden beads

Shoise, Matilda Maroti and Petra Hogstrom (Swedish) 2013, "Mother of Pearl:

Shoise, Matilda Maroti and Petra Hogstrom (Swedish) 2013, “Mother of Pearl:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zaha Hadid X United (Iraqi) "Nova", 2013, chromed vinyl rubber, kid napa leather, fiberglass

Zaha Hadid X United (Iraqi), Nova, 2013, chromed vinyl rubber, kid napa leather, fiberglass

Christian Louboutin (French) 2011-2012, "Deja Vu", patent leather, suede, ornamental eyes

Christian Louboutin (French), Deja Vu, 2011-12, patent leather, suede, ornamental eyes

George Sakier (American), 1930's-1940's,  "Glass"

George Sakier (American), 1930’s-1940’s, Glass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana boots (Italian)

Dolce & Gabbana boots (Italian)

Sputniko! (Japanese/British) 2012, "Healing Fukushima"

Sputniko! (Japanese/British), 2012, Healing Fukushima

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shoes for Women's Bound Feet (Chinese) 19th century Qing Dynasty, embroidered satin, wood, paper

Shoes for Women’s Bound Feet (Chinese) 19th century Qing Dynasty, embroidered satin, wood, paper

Christian Louboutin (French) 2011-2012, "Puck", goatskin, leather

Christian Louboutin (French), 2011-12, Puck, goatskin, leather

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masayakushino (Japanese) 2013, "Stairway to Heaven", goatskin, baby lamb, crow feather

Masayakushino (Japanese), 2013, Stairway to Heaven, goatskin, baby lamb, crow feather

Iris Schiefertein (German) 2006, "Horse Shoes 3", horse fur, horse hoof, wood, zipper

Iris Schieferstein (German), 2006, Horse Shoes 3, horse fur, horse hoof, wood, zipper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Horse Shoes 3"

“Horse Shoes 3″

 

 

Day Trippers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hon, have you seen the exhibit? What did you think? Which shoe on display here is your favorite? 

New Year’s Fun on December 31

Mocktails or, as Hubby called them, FAUZ-in drinks.

Mocktails or, as Hubby called them, FAUZ-in drinks.

Happy New Year!

Wishing you and your families a healthy and happy 2015! We celebrated with our youngest daughter and her friends. We served the same menu as last year, with a one addition:  Cake Ice Cream Cones. Yum!

Cake Ice Cream Cones Decorating Station.

Cake Ice Cream Cones Decorating Station.

Lots of toppings.

Lots of toppings.

Party Crackers.

Party Crackers.

There were also Make-Your-Own-Sundaes and Non-Alcoholic ChampagneParty Crackers, a Scavenger Hunt, games, blowers and party hats. Then the girls had a sleepover, or as Hubby calls it, an “OVER” since there wasn’t much sleeping involved!

Middle School Rocks!

Middle School Rocks!

Fun with Friends!

Fun with Friends!

Cheers!

Cheers!

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Thanks, hon, for all of your Blog Support in 2014!

Character Driven Gingerbread Cookies

Sassy, classy, tasty gingerbread ladies!

Sassy, Classy, Tasty Gingerbread Ladies!

I’m right in the thick of it! The Holidays, of course.

Time seems to fly more quickly between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. With four kids coming and going, I am constantly grocery shopping, cooking, baking and doing laundry.

Since I’m sure you don’t want to see pics of laundry (Hubby’s nicknamed me the “Laundry Wench”) or my Dining-Room/Dorm-Room-Depot, I’ll be posting recipes. I’m raising my virtual glass of sherry (Julia Child-style) in a toast to being the Kitchen Queen, Domestic Goddess, or whatever euphemism you can think of for someone who dons an apron for hours and falls asleep with her head on the kitchen table.

Just because I don’t have time to write doesn’t mean the words stop forming in my head. I “write” while I drive, sleep, run, cook and bake. Gingerbread men and women bring out a desire to create dialogue!

Hence, they are…

CHARACTER DRIVEN COOKIES! (clever, don’t you think?) 

Dough's made and ready to roll!

Dough’s made and ready to roll!

Cookies by the dozens.

Cookies by the dozens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creators of Characters.

Creators of Characters

Decorating takes concentration.

Decorating takes concentration.

 

 

 

 

 

Cookie Crowd.

Cookie Crowd.

"Snowman Stylin'!"

“How do you like my ‘Snowman Stylin’?”

"Oh no, not the gumdrops!"

“Anything but the gumdrop buttons!” said the Gingerbread Man from Shrek.

Little Boy, Gingerbread Man, Hipster and Snowman

Little Boy, Gingerbread Man, Hipster and Snowman.

Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients:

3 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon ground ginger

1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

6 Tablespoons unsalted butter

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 large egg

1/2 cup molasses

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional)

To decorate the cookies, use your imagination.  We used Royal Icing (recipe below), Mini M&M’s, Cinnamon Imperials, Sparkling Sugar and French Dragées. We used toothpicks and paintbrushes as decorating tools.

Directions:

1.  In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and cloves.

2.  In a large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar and egg on medium speed.

3.  Add molasses, vanilla, and lemon zest and continue mixing until well blended.

4.  Gradually stir in dry ingredients until blended and smooth.

5.  Divide dough in two, wrap each half in plastic wrap, and store in refrigerator for a couple of hours.*  Let dough come to room temperature before rolling cookies.

6.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease or line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

7.  On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to about 1/4 inch thick.  Thicker cookies = softer cookies; thinner cookies = crispier cookies.

8.  Cut out cookies with desired cookie cutters. Bake cookies for 7-10 minutes.

9.  Once baked, allow cookies to cool before decorating.

Yield:  24 five inch tall cookies.

Source:  Food.com, “The Most Wonderful Gingerbread Cookies” by gingerkitten D

*Dough can be stored in refrigerator for up to 4 days. It can also be frozen for later use.

additional flour to your cookies.

Royal Icing 

Ingredients:

3 3/4 cups confectioner’s sugar

3 Tablespoons meringue powder (also know as dried egg whites)

6 Tablespoons warm water

Directions:

Beat 4 to 5 minutes by hand. Stir in optional flavors and desired tints. Royal icing is white, so if you stir in vanilla flavoring, it will turn the icing yellowish. If icing gets too thick, add tiny bits of warm water until you get the consistency you want.

Yield: About 3 cups icing.

Happy baking, hon! 

Gluten Free Pie Crust (Recipe and Video)

Gluten Free Baking cookbook by Michael McCamley.

Gluten Free Baking cookbook by Michael McCamley.

Inspiration Photo.

Inspiration Photo.

One of my daughters is gluten free, but she loves pie and quiche. I’ve found a great recipe for pastry dough. It’s tasty. Really!

The odd thing about baking gluten free desserts is that the ingredients smell completely different than baked goods made with flour. Before baking, the gluten free pastry dough doesn’t have the same sweet, buttery scent of regular dough but, once baked, the crust is flaky and delicious.

This recipe for Gluten Free Pastry Dough can be used for pie, quiche or other baked goods.  I included the ingredients and directions for Apple Pie.

 Happy baking, hon.  And Happy Holidays!

My Gluten Free Apple Pie.

My Gluten Free Apple Pie.

Click HERE to watch–Ta Dah!–my second, and short, How To Video.

Gluten Free Pastry Dough

3 2/3 cups gluten-free flour, plus extra for dusting

1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 stick butter, plus extra for greasing (I used Crisco vegetable shortening.)

1/2 cup milk (I used almond milk)

Apple Pie Filling

6 cups apple slices (I use a combination of Granny Smith and other varieties)

3/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

approximately 1 Tablespoon flour

dash salt

1 egg, beaten (used to brush on top of crust before baking)

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degress F.

2.  Combine apples, sugar, lemon juice, salt and spices.  This mixture will give off a lot of liquid so use a slotted spoon when spooning into pie crust, allowing you to spoon the apple mixture without the excess liquid.

3.  To make the pastry dough, combine the flour, xanthan gum, and confectioner’s sugar in a large bowl. Rub in the butter (or vegetable shortening) with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs. Add the egg and milk (or almond milk) and combine to make the dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

4.  On a gluten free floured surface, divide the dough in two and roll each piece out to form a large circle*–one to line the pie plate and one to go on top of the pie. Line the pie plate with one of the pasty circles and add the apple filling.

5.  Add the second pastry circle as a lid and, using a fork, crimp the edges of the pasty all the way around. Pierce the pie in the middle a couple of times to let out steam during baking.

6.  Brush the top of the pie with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until golden.

Serves 8

*I rolled out the dough by a)pressing dough ball down to flatten it, b)sandwiching dough between two pieces of wax paper, then c)rolling the rolling pin on top of the wax paper.  (Demo can be seen in the video.) If the dough sticks to the wax paper, you can spray the wax paper with non-stick spray.

**You can make this pie ahead and freeze it.  Let pie cool completely before wrapping in saran wrap and aluminum foil.  A couple of days before serving, defrost at room temperature.

Serving options:

Serve warm–after removing from oven, let cool about 20 minutes.

Serve room temperature–cool completely.

Rewarm defrosted pie– warm in a preheated 250- 275 degrees F oven, uncovered, until desired temperature.