Cooking With Heidi T

October 1, 2010

Caramel Apple Pie

Filed under: Dessert — Tags: , , — heidijt @ 11:56 am

I am not a pie fan in general.  I usually go for the crumb topped pies or maybe a piece of pumpkin, but I don’t really reach for the pie as my favorite dessert.

As I have said before, I am not a fan of making pastry dough.  So I cheated and used the Pillsbury Pie Crust for this recipe!

When we had gone apple picking last weekend, B had been very clear that he wanted to make apple pie with his apples, so last night, we made it happen!

Pie Crust (you need 2 9 inch pie crusts)

4 large apples, peeled and sliced (Granny Smith are perfect, but use what you have!)

1 stick of butter

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1/2 cup of sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

Preheat Oven to 425 degrees.

Arrange sliced apples in bottom pie crust, heaping slightly.

In saucepan, melt butter.  Add sugars, vanilla and spices and a 1/4 of water and cook for 5 minutes until thick and caramel colored.  Pour it over the apples and cover with other pie crust.  Crimp the edges of the pie crust and trim off excess!  Cut vents in the top crust.

Cook for 15 minutes at 425 and then an additional 40 minutes at 350.

Remove from oven and let cool.  Serve with apple pie and real whipped cream!

Easy Quiche!

Filed under: Quiche — Tags: , , , — heidijt @ 11:40 am

Confession – I love quiche!!

Another Confession – I hate making pastry dough.

Solution – Buy frozen pie crusts!

Bacon Tomato Quiche

1 9 inch frozen pie crust

6 slices bacon

1 small onion, chopped

2 large tomatoes, diced (or a small can of diced tomatoes, drained)

1 cup heavy cream

3 eggs

1 cup of shredded swiss cheese (you can use cheddar or any cheese you like)

2 tbsp parmesan cheese

salt & pepper to taste

Pre-heat oven to 350.  Prick pie crust with fork.  Bake unfilled pie crust for 10 minutes.

Cook bacon in frying pan, remove bacon from pan when cooked.  Chop bacon. Add onion to pan and cook in bacon fat until soft.  Remove onions from pan and let cool a bit

In a bowl, mix together cream, eggs, tomatoes, cheeses and salt & pepper.  Add onions and bacon.

Add mixture to pie crust and put on cookie sheet.  Bake for 45 minutes or until cooked through.  Let cool for 15 minutes!  Serve and enjoy!

Last Night’s Dinner

Filed under: Soup — Tags: — heidijt @ 11:31 am

It was a nasty rainy day here, so we decided to make a comfort food night for dinner.

Nothing says comfort food to me like French Onion Soup!  And it is seriously so easy!

1/2 stick of butter

3 Large Vidalia Onions, chopped

1 bay leaf

1 1/2 tsp of dried thyme (or fresh – whatever you have on hand)

salt and pepper to taste

40 ounces of beef broth (1 qt plus a cup)

1 baguette, cut into 1 inch rounds and toasted

Swiss Cheese (either shredded or sliced)

Melt the butter in soup pot and add onions.  Saute for approximately 10 minutes until soft and starting to brown.

Add bay leaf, thyme, salt and pepper.

Add 1/2 cup of red wine and cook for a minute.  Add beef broth.  Cook for 20-25 minutes until soft and tender.

Pour into soup crocks, top with a piece of baguette toast, cover with cheese and stick in the oven or broiler for a couple of minutes to melt the cheese over the top!

We served it with our favorite quiche (bacon tomato cheese) and everyone was happy!

September 27, 2010

Welcome To My Blog!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — heidijt @ 8:45 pm

I have many friends who are always asking me for my recipes for the food I cook!  Some recipes I make myself and some are ones I find on the internet!  This is a place where I can post my recipes and blog about life!

I am a mom to two awesome kids – My daughter A is 7 1/2 years old and my son B is 5.  I am married to C for 12 years!

Drenched Apple Cake

Filed under: Dessert — Tags: , , , — heidijt @ 5:23 pm

Yesterday, we did what every family with small children does in the NorthEast every September – We went apple picking.  What this means with small children is that the parents lift 50 lb children higher than our heads to pick questionably ripe fruit off of apple trees and then pay the farm for the privilege!

Our 5 year old wanted enough apples to make an apple pie.  He decided 16 was the magic number.  Our 7 year old just picked apples until she couldn’t lift the bag anymore.  We also picked extra apples so that the kids would have something to eat in case the apples they picked were a little unripe!

We brought them home and left them on the kitchen counter.  I woke up this morning realizing that I needed a plan to use these or our little friends the fruit flies would be visiting our abode!

Luckily, one of the posts in my Google Reader was this one from Bakerella – http://www.bakerella.com/easy-apple-cake/ so I set out to make this today!  Instead of a 13 x 9 cake, I decided to make 2 8 x 8’s and double the recipe so I ended up with 4 cakes. They still took the entire 45 minutes to bake.  For the topping, although I used two full recipes of the cake, I only used 1.5 recipes of the topping and had plenty of topping.  The cake is totally drenched.

As soon as they were finished, I wrapped two up and delivered one to my neighbor and one to the bus driver when she dropped the kids off.  It was so good that it needed to leave my house immediately.  The kids each got a piece with a glass of milk as an afternoon snack and they LOVED it!  I would definitely make it again and it is a great cake to gift!

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