Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mixed Berry Pie

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This recipe is the best because it's super easy, somewhat sweet, somewhat tart, and you can use any type of berries you want. Don't like a certain kind of berry? Double up on something else. You can really use whatever you want as long as you keep the same measurements. It's colorful and festive and would be a beautiful addition to your Memorial Day cookout. Enjoy!
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • Dash salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup halved fresh strawberries
  • 3/4 cup fresh blackberries
  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts 
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 

For filling, in a large saucepan, whisk sugar, cornstarch, salt and water until sugar dissolved and mixture is smooth; add blueberries. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 4-5 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

Gently fold raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and lemon juice into blueberry mixture. 

Line a 9-inch pie plate with one of the pie crusts. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate. Using a slotted spoon, add filling; dot with butter.

Cut remaining dough into 1/2-inch-wide strips. Arrange over filling in a lattice pattern. Trim and seal strips to edge of bottom pastry; flute edge. Bake 10 minutes.

Reduce oven setting to 350 degrees F; bake 45-50 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. (I recommend covering the outer edge crust with aluminum foil or a crust shield 10 minutes into baking or once it starts to brown.) Cool on a wire rack.

Source: Adapted from Taste of Home

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Lemon Poppy-Seed Muffins

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My mom's Poppy-Seed Bread is one of my absolute favorite indulgences ever, so sprucing up a similar recipe with a splash of lemon juice brightens up the flavors for a perfect summer treat. Pair these with some coffee or tea and pull up a chair outside for an ideal start to your morning. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling on top
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 tbsp. poppy seeds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with baking cups. 

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a separate bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, zest, lemon juice and milk. Whisk in butter. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients, until just combined. Stir poppy seeds into batter.

Divide batter evenly between muffin cups, adding a scant 1/4 cup to each. Sprinkle with sugar, if desired. Bake until tops spring back when lightly touched, about 20 minutes. Cool 5 minutes in pan, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Best Zucchini Bread

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We had an abundance of zucchini growing in our garden last year, so imagine my excitement when I found a zucchini bread recipe that we all absolutely loved! Zucchini adds extra vitamins to your bread without your kids even knowing and it also helps make it extra moist. This is a fun breakfast treat the whole family will love. Enjoy!

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Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 3 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.

Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini and nuts until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.

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