Berry Pie, its always in season!

I know its not the season for this pie… But we have to do what we want, because life is short!

If I had to pick my absolute favorite kind of cooking I would say baking a pie. And if I had to pick my favorite pie to make I’d say Mixed Berry Pie. There are tons of recipes out there that are a variation of this pie but this recipe is mine. Out of trial and reassessing this is what turns out the best in my opinion. I hope you enjoy making it as much as I do!!

  1. Place half of pastry on wax paper

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2. Press down to start flattening pastry

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3. Roll out pastry to about 12 inch circle

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4. Pull off top layer of wax paper

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5. Transfer pastry to empty pie pan

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6. Roll out top pastry and using a knife, or a rolling cutter, cut pastry into strips

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7. Fill lined dish with fruit filling and weave top pastry

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8. Seal top and bottom pastry by pressing down edges with thumb

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Spring Berry Pie

Filling;

1 cup quartered strawberries

1 cup raspberries

1 cup blue berries

1 cup blackberries

¼ cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

dash of cinnamon

dash of nutmeg

1 tablespoon lemon zest

Mix all together in a medium bowl and let sit for about 20 minutes.

Pie pastry:

2/3 cup pluse 2 tablespoons shortening

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

4 to 5 tablespoons cold water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out top and bottom pie pasties. Line pie pan with on pastry and fill with fruit filling. Lay top pastry over top the fruit. Seal top and bottom pastries along side of pie pan with thumb. Cut 4-8 vent in the top pastry.

Mix together all ingredients with your hands. Start with 4 tablespoons of cold water and if dry add 5th tablespoon. Split dough in half. To avoid the messy flour situation roll crust in between two pieces of wax paper to a 12-inch circle. (If paper slides wet the counter top just slightly)

Transfer pastry to pie pan and pour the filling into the pan. Roll out the second half of the pastry. Place pastry on top and fold top pastry under access bottom pastry. Seal fold with thumbs. Cut 4-8 vent in the top pastry. Cover top of pie with tin foil, and place in hot oven. Bake 30 min or until filling is boiling. Remove tin foil and bake an additional 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

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[Five things to remember during your college years]

I know its not Friday but I wanted to do a Five things Friday… so I am! Here are five things to remember during your college years!

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  1. Make sure to get your stuff done. You are paying for school!
  2. Let yourself have fun!
  3. Spend money on experiences instead of stuff!
  4. It’s okay to do things on your own. It’s actually good to learn about yourself!
  5. Eat Pie for dinner if that’s what sounds good!

I am a workaholic personality with common 19 year-old urges to binge watch all ten season of Friends! It will create a whirlwind in your mind. So when all else fails remember these five things and if they don’t work call your mom!

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Rich Chocolate [Brownies]

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The further into the semester I get the more I want to be in the kitchen. Making food is my escape, and I can’t say it’s good for my weight but its good for my inner peace!

 

Last night I had a yearning for an adventure in the kitchen so I decided to make brownies and not from the box! I remembered these amazing sounding brownie recipes from the second chance café novel I read last year. Unfortunately they called for more chocolate chips than I had so I had to try something else. I looked online and found a recipe for rich chocolate brownies with a coffee frosting what were made with cocoa powder!

 

The Frosting gave me a little bit of trouble. I think my water wasn’t hot enough and I might have taken too long adding the confectioners sugar so it wasn’t as smooth as I’d hopped. With a little heat the icing softened enough to spread and I made it work!

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They are most definitely rich but they turned out great!

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Home [Sweet Treat] Home:

I can’t believe it’s my fourth week of classes!! With all of the settling in I hadn’t even noticed how much time had passed and how little posting I had done. My apartment experience has been one for the books. We have dealt with forks hidden by couch cushions, a community of Cockroaches, and everything in between! With a little hope all problems will be fixed soon. Until then, I’m baking/cooking myself into a blind happiness. This week I made one of my favorite sweet treats from home… banana bread!

Quick Tip! This summer when I got my Betty Crocker cookbook her banana bread recipe said to add fresh blueberries! So good!!

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What’s your sweet treat from home??