Pumpkin pie

So I accidentally deleted an old post for pumpkin pie :/ so here I am ‘re blogging πŸ™‚

So last year was my first time selling pies for thanksgiving and I tried by making $8 pies. Turns out people couldn’t resist a homemade pie for $8. And I’m sure glad because I had a blast making them. It was exhausting and to be honest, I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t have enough space to store them! Thankfully it all worked out! Hopefully by the end of the year I will have a fridge just for my baked goods!

Pies ❀

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So first I made the pie shell. If you have never made a pie shell…well it’s simple yet complicated.
Only a few key ingredients, but overmix and you have a mediocre shell. So if your first one is too tough, too sticky, falling apart when you roll it etc., don’t worry! It happens. It’s never too late to re start a crust. (But if it’s just for home.. I just go with the flow and see how it comes out )

You live and you learn πŸ™‚

Pie crust: found on chow.com
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (1 stick), cut into small pieces
4 to 5 tablespoons ice water

1. Combine the flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl and stir briefly until the mixture is aerated. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it’s in pea-size pieces that are slightly yellow in color, about 4 to 5 minutes.

2. Drizzle in 4 tablespoons of the ice water and mix just until the dough comes together. (Add the last tablespoon of ice water if necessary, but don’t overwork the dough or it’ll become tough.)

3. Shape the dough into a flat disk, cover it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, then use it in the pie or tart recipe of your choice.

Pumpkin puree.. well this recipe came from my culinary textbook. And I’m currently in bed as it’s 2:25 am and I have class at 8! So… I will get the pumpkin puree updated as soon as I get a chance to get my book out and look!

Toffee ❀

So I have loved toffee since I was a tiny little one. My dad used to buy my mom a little cannister of toffee for Christmas and I would always beg for one! πŸ™‚ nonetheless, toffee has always been something that I enjoy.
This past Christmas, I decided to make some for gifts. To be honest I was a tiny bit nervous I would end up making it too hard 😳

Turns out.. I worried for nothing! It was delicious and perfect texture 😋

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So… Recipe time πŸ™‚
I used the taste of homes Recipe
Yields: 1 lb

Ingredients:
  1-1/2 tbsp. Plus 2 c. Butter, softened and divided
  2c. Sugar
  1/3 c. Water
  2 tbsp. Light Corn syrup
  1 package (11-12 oz) milk chocolate chips
   1 c. Chipped almonds

Directions:

1. Line bottom and sides of 15 in x 10 in pan in foil. Grease foil with 1-1/2 tap. Butter. Set aside.

2. In a large heavy saucepan, melt remaining butter. Add sugar, water, and corn syrup. Cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 290Β° (soft ball stage)
         *if you want a harder toffee you can cook a little longer but i like mine slightly softer than others πŸ™‚

3.pour into prepared pan. Cool for 4 minutes. Sprinkle with chocolate chips ; let stand for 3 minutes. Spread melted chocolate evenly over candy. * I melted my chocolate over the stovetop. Either way is acceptable.

Sprinkle with almonds; press down lightly. Cool until girl. Break into bite-size prices.

You can then begin to eat, prepare gift bags, or put in an air tight container

I hope you enjoy this super easy and delicious toffee!