Thursday, August 30, 2012

Peaches n' Cream Pop

Are you sad summer's coming to an end? Make some peaches n' cream pops to savor the end of summer!

Peaches n' Cream Pops
Makes 3 pops

1 peach, pit removed
2 tbsp cream
1 tbsp milk
1 tbsp honey

Slice peach. Blend all ingredients in a food processor. Pour into Popsicle container and set in freezer until frozen.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and Lessons Learned

This is my first time making strawberry rhubarb pie! They say this is an old time-y pie, but I don't remember ever eating one. Perhaps I have once or twice, but they didn't stick in my memory.

But many people have told me it's their favorite pie. Since my in-laws had rhubarb growing in their suburban garden, I figure this is a good opportunity to try baking one myself.

I adapted the recipe from Epicurious, with only 2 cups of cut rhubarb and milk instead of egg for glazing. I also had about a quarter of the pie dough left in the end.

The strawberry was from the market.

The pie was delicious but I had some issues with the crust. I learn best by doing. So here are my lessons learned.

(1) Cut butter in the flour first, then add vegetable shortening. If you're not using a food processor and are manually cutting in the butter and vegetable shortening, the different consistencies tend to leave the butter in large chunks.

(2) Leave only one inch or less overhang on the bottom crust. Otherwise the crust will sag in the oven. But build the edge up taller than the pie pan so it doesn't shrink too much.

(3) Make larger crimps when working with a crust made with vegetable shortening. Because the crust will expand and smaller decorations tend to lose shape.

(4) Cool pie completely before covering. Otherwise the condensation will make the crust soggy.

(5) Strawberry rhubarb pies are so yummy! Make more!! Whatever issues I had with the crust didn't matter, because in the end, the pie was delicious and we got to share it with our friends at the church picnic.

And eat more pie everyone! Until next time~

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Watermelon Popsicle

I can't believe it's the middle of August already. Before the summer slips by me, I want to make something summer-y. These recipes for grownup pops came at just the right time. I made the watermelon pops using honey and vanilla yogurt.

Watermelon Pops
Adapted from NPR

Watermelon Layer
8 oz watermelon (about 15 1 in. cubes)
2 tbsp vanilla yogurt
1 1/2 tbsp honey
1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
18 semisweet chocolate chips

Lemon Layer
3 tbsp milk
3 tbsp water
1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp honey
yellow food coloring

First strain the blended watermelon. Whisk in vanilla yogurt, honey and lemon juice. Set aside. Stir together ingredients for the lemon layer and add enough yellow food coloring to achieve desired color.

Heat up a small frying pan. Take it off the stove. Use chopsticks or tweezers to pick up one chocolate chip at a time and set it on the frying pan for 1-2 seconds to melt the bottom. Stick it on the inside of the popsicle container carefully. If melted chocolate gets on the sides of container wipe it off. Stick about 3-4 chocolate chips in each container.

Pour in the watermelon layer until about an inch from the top. Set in the freezer until the top layer has a thin layer of ice, about two hours. Pour in the lemon layer and insert the popsicle stick. Freeze until solid.

I find they are much easier to remove if they are set in a bowl of water for a couple of minutes before serving. Enjoy on a hot summer day!