Believe it or not, I cheat! I am not always a 'from scratch'er. I did a lot of baking this weekend, and I did a lot of cheating this weekend too. I bought packets and changed them, adding and subtracting ingredients to make them taste homemade. On Friday Sophia and I made sugar cookies using a package. I had never tried this before, but Sophia grabbed the package off the shelf and looked up at me with those eyes, that only a daughter can give and said "Please Mommy, can we make these? I'll be a good helper" So Of Course I grabbed them. Instead of adding butter and an egg and dropping it on the baking pan, as directed I used two Packages, added two eggs, 1/2 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of sour cream, and a teaspoon of vanilla.Then I started mixing and adding flour (about a cup? I don't measure!) as needed to make it a nice roll-able dough. And baked at 350 for 6-8 min.
My other cheat was The Nanaimo Bars. Have you ever tried making these from scratch? Check out this recipe; it's hard, and expensive to buy all of the ingredients. I buy this Package and make it my own. I follow the instructions for making the lower base of the bar, the crumbly, coconut and walnut layer. I only use half of it. There's enough to have a 3/4" thick layer, and I'm not a huge fan of it. Then for the creamy custardy layer I add a cup of icing sugar and some milk to make more of it, and Finally I drizzle some icing in the chocolate layer. It's sinfully sweet, and so delicious.
Pies, Pies, Pies! Yeah, I cheated on those too. Am I capable of making pie crust? YES. Do I make a good Pie Crust? YES. Did I have the time, or energy to make Pie Crust? NO. So once again, Store bought it was. I used this. I bought two boxes, A total of 4 Pie crusts. and I made 3 pies out of it.
Blue-Berry Peach -1 1/2-2 cups of previously frozen blueberries and juice, 1 Large peache.
On the stove I simmered blueberries, 1/2 cup of sugar, a dash of cinnamon, 5Tbsp (approx) cornstarch, and a teaspoon of butter. Stirring constantly until it thickened.
In a pot of rapidly boiling water I added the peach for 1 minute then dunked it in ice water. Slit the peel with a knife, It just falls off when you do this. To save a step you could just peel them, I find it annoying so I blanch peaches when I'm going to be cooking it. Then I tossed the thinly cut peach slices with flour, and 1/4 cup of sugar. Next I poured the blueberries in the dish and arranged the peaches on top.
Bake 375 for 40min.
I can't wait to taste it!
Apple Pie - I used the apples from my tree in the back yard, they're a bitter baking apple so if you're using a sweet apple 1/2 the sugar!
Peel and slice 3 jumbo apples (Check out the picture below to truly understand how JUMBO my apples were, 3 of them made 1 1/2 pies!) or 5 small
toss with flour; 3/4C sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon and dash of nutmeg.
|My Monsterous apple; beside a Delicious|
Put a baking dish or aluminum foil underneath. I may have had a fire in my oven from the juices igniting ;-D
Apple Peach Crumble Pie - Prepare the apples and peaches the same as for the apple pie
take 3tbsp of butter or margarine, 1/4 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 tsp of cinnamon and mash with a fork, or pastry blender until it's in oat sized crumbles, sprinkle on top
Bake 375for 40-50min.