Sunday, August 2, 2015

"Snowberry Crostata" from Skyrim

So here's a fun fact some of you guys might not know: I'm a HUGE nerd. I started out late, but I blossomed into a very proud geek. One of my favorite things to do is play a video game made by Bethesda. The Fallout series and The Elder Scroll series are my go to games. The recipe I'm giving you today is from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. In a game where you can do absolutely anything you want; cooking is one of those options. So naturally, I decided to try out some of their recipes IRL. 

Today I'm showing you how to make a "Snowberry Crostata". See those quotes? That's because in real life, snowberries are deadly and I want all of you to live. So I substituted them with bing cherries. 

For The Crust:

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated or superfine sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 pound (1 stick) very cold unsalted butter, diced
2 tablespoons ice water

Mix all your dry ingredients before you start cutting in your butter. I used my hands because I'm pretty quick but I'd recommend a dough cutter to keep from melting your butter. Then add your ice water, a tiny bit at a time. Your dough shouldn't be sticky. If it is, sprinkle some flour on it and mix it in. Let it chill in the fridge for an hour before you plop it out onto a floured surface. 

While your dough is chilling, pit your bing cherries by cutting them in half.you need about 1/2 a pound. You need them in half anyway so it's easy to put them like that. I didn't wear gloves and I was alllll stained up. I recommend gloves. Once they're all halved and pitted, mix them in with 2 tbsp corn starch and 1/2 cup sugar. 

Roll out your dough into a circle. Lay it on your baking dish of choice. I honestly used a pizza pan. It doesn't have to be perfect. This is a rustic dish. Arrange your cherries in the middle, dome side up, Fold the edges of your dough over the cherries, brush the dough with some beaten egg and sugar and bake that bad boy at 400 for about twenty minutes or until golden brown. 

Boom. "Snowberry Crostata" from Skyrim. Impress the nerd in your life today! Or at the very least, serve a great cherry dish to someone you love.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Strawberry Shortcake Bonbons

What You Need:

1 angel food cake, crumbled
1 can strawberry chocolate
1 package vanilla candy coating
1/4 cup pink sugar sprinkles

Directions:

Mix your strawberry frosting into your crumbled angel food cake. Roll a tablespoon of this mixture in your hands until you have a round ball. Place them on a nonstick baking tray. Stick a toothpick in each ball, all the way through. Freeze until solid. Liquify your candy coating according to the directions on the package. Dip each cake ball into the candy coating, then sprinkle with the pink sugar immediately. Allow to set completely before removing the toothpicks. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Leftover Shepherds Pie

Easter Dinner this year was extravagant, as usual. Roasted a huge shank ham, prepared some scrumptious mushroom free green bean casserole, baked sweet and russet potatoes not to mention the delicious buttered corn. It was great. 

But trying to come up with unique things to do with leftovers, now that's the tricky part. So I went with throwing everything together. I mixed diced up ham into my green bean casserole along with the corn and a can of mixed vegetables. I decided it looked a little dry so I added a can of tomato soup. Then I layered that into a baking dish. I topped that with shredded sharp cheddar. 

I mashed my sweet potatoes and russet potatoes together with salt, pepper, garlic and milk. I spooned them on top off the meat and veggie mixture. Then top with French fried onions and bake at 350 for half an hour.

Yum!