Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bring Back the Cocktail Hour

I am a huge fan of the TV show Mad Men.  I love the sets, clothes and general air of 60's sophistication.  Oh, and did I mention my love for Don Draper???  But I digress.  One of the things about the show that I find so amusing is the way they all sit around and drink cocktails all day and night.  I'm telling you what.  If I sat around drinking cocktails at my office like those characters do, well let's just say there wouldn't be much work done.

I do like the idea of a cocktail hour though.  I have read a number of articles in my cooking magazines about the resurrection of that tradition and that some of the old cocktails have been making a comeback.  We're talking real honest-to-God martinis, not appletinis or peachtinis, but gin, vermouth and a couple of nice green olives.  Another old classic is the Manhattan.  This is a drink that perhaps I've had a sip of, but have never understood its components.

Today I decided to shake one up and give it whirl.  I didn't have any sweet vermouth, but according to my Playboy recipe book of cocktails (where on earth did I ever get that book, I wondered today?) one can use dry vermouth and it's just called a dry Manhattan. Not being a fan of sweet drinks, I thought it would do just fine.   It tasted good as far as whiskey based drinks go.  Next time I make one though, I will make sure to get some sweet vermouth and ascertain the differences between the two.

Dry Manhattan

1/2 oz. dry vermouth
2 oz. blended whiskey
1 dash of bitters
1 marashino cherry for garnish

Mix all of the alcohol in a shaker with 6-8 ice cubes.  Shake 60 times.  Pour into an martini glass or cocktail glass. Garnish with the cherry and think of Don Draper!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Holiday Candy Making

No elaborate holiday candy making for me this year.  Here is a version of the no-fail chocolate fudge made with marshmallow creme and evaporated milk, also known as million dollar fudge. If memory serves me correctly, it was made famous by one of the first ladies but I'm too lazy right now to research the Internet to find out.

I added a couple more ingredients to make it a bit more faniciful and turned it into Rocky Road Fudge.  You know, if you have walnuts and mini-marshmallows in the cupboard, why not?  This is the last of the Christmas treats.  Only a week left until the big day and I must spend the next few days frantically writing out Christmas cards and wrapping presents.  Oh how I dread the wrapping presents.  Perhaps a trip to the Dollar Store for some cheap gift bags should be on my agenda this week.

To everyone, a safe and wonderful Christmas!

Rocky Road Fudge

1 12 oz. package semisweet chocolate chips
1 7 oz. jar marshmallow creme
1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
1 stick butter
4 cups sugar
2 cups coarsely cup nuts
2 cups minature marshmallows

Butter a 9 x 13 inch pan and set aside.  In a heavy 4 quart saucepan, combine milk, butter and sugar.  Place over medium heat and stir occasionally with a wooden spoon until mixutre comes to a boil.  Boil, stirring occasionally, for 6 minutes.

Take off heat and add chocolate chips and marshmallow creme.  Using a wooden spoon, beat until mixture is creamy.  Stir in the nuts and minature marshmallows.  Pour fudge into prepared pan. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours.  Cut into 1 inch squares.  Keeps well for several weeks in the refrigerator. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Enough With The Dried Cranberries

I realize as I post this entry that this is the third recipe in a month or so that I have used dried cranberries.  Well, I got such a deal on them and they have to be used up and they're so good!  Continuing with my holiday baking theme,  I chose to make white chocolate chip/dried cranberry cookies.  I used the original Nestle Toll House chocolate chip recipe but replaced the chocolate chips with white chocolate chips and cranberries.  "Yum" as my friend Patti always likes to say. 

I promise, this is the last recipe I will make with dried cranberries for a long time to come!

White Chocolate Chip/Dried Cranberry Cookies

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 sticks butter, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup white granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.  Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.  Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Gradually beat in flour mixture.  Stir chocolate and cranberries by hand.  Drop by rounded tablespoon onto baking sheets.

Bake in oven for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.  Let stand for 2 minutes on sheets and then place on wire racks to cool completely.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Better Butter Part Two

Remember when I made the compound butter of lemon zest and chives? I only used half of the cube on our salmon dinner so what to do with the other half, placed securely in the freezer for another time?What about a roast chicken basted in the golden goodness? I foraged around the freezer and found the little saran wrap package of butter and stuck it in the microwave for a few minutes to melt and then basted my bird every half hour until the chicken was perfectly browned and succulent. With the chicken I served the melange of potatoes I had picked up at the farmers market. Aren't those purple potatoes something to behold? They got cut and put in the roasting pan with the chicken so they could all happily cook together. Easy Peasy. It was a great Sunday dinner.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Rice Pudding and Poetry

"What is the matter with Mary Jane?
She's perfectly well and she hasn't a pain,
And it's lovely rice pudding for dinner again!
What is the matter with Mary Jane?"

My brothers and sisters and I grew up on the poems of A.A. Milne, the author of Winnie the Pooh and wonderful books of poems such as Now We Are Six and When We Were Very Young.  One of my favorites was called Rice Pudding, with the last stanza quoted above.  What was the matter with Mary Jane not absolutely loving rice pudding???

The pudding I made today was baked for three hours and the results were tremendous.  After mixing all the ingredients in a bowl, it was just a matter of going in every 20 minutes or so while it was baking and giving it a stir.  This ensured that the rice didn't all float to the top and a brown crust didn't form.  The recipe I used called for raisins but I opted for dried cranberries for a different twist. The pudding was creamy and sweet with just a hint of the nutmeg and cinnamon spices coming through.  Let me tell you Mary Jane, you don't know what your missing!

Baked Rice Pudding

1/3 cup long grain, uncooked rice
4 cups whole milk
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup dried raisins (or cranberries, or wouldn't dried cherries be good too??)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Butter a 1 1/2 quart baking dish.  Pour in all of the ingredients and mix well.  Place in oven for 3 hours, stirring with a fork for the first 2 1/2 hours every 20-30  minutes.  Leave alone during the last 30 minutes of cooking.  Let cool on a wire rack and serve warm or at room temperature.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Some Local Ink

How nice to get some publicity in one of our local newspapers here in Salem, Oregon, The Salem Monthly.  Written by a fellow community blogger, Salem Man talks about the use of the Internet for finding recipes and interviews myself and another local food blogger about our blogs and their content.  Check it out at this site.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and now onto Christmas!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Nutty Pie

This year for Thanksgiving, The Husband and I had the good fortune to go to my brother and sister-in-law's beautiful home to spend the day.  I was happy not to have to cook but of course offered to bring something.  My assignment which I was tickled to accept was a pecan pie.  It is one of my all time favorites and I particularly like making them, as there is no top crust to deal with.

The recipe I use is very straightforward.  Nothing too gourmet about it, though it does say in lieu of vanilla, 2 Tbsp. of bourban can be substituted.  I opted to go the vanilla route because I don't think a classic should be messed with.  I also used my new, all-time favorite pie crust recipe which has yet to fail me.  It is so malleable when rolling out and it makes a really nice, flaky crust when baked.

Pecan Pie

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup cold butter, cut into small cubes
1/4 cup cold lard, cut into small cubes
1 tsp salt
6 Tbsp. ice cold water

Mix the flour, sugar, and salt together until well combined.  Cut in the butter and lard with your fingers or a pastry cutter until it resembles coarse crumbs.  Add the ice water and form into a ball.  Put in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before rolling out.  Roll out and put in a 9 inch deep dish pie plate.  Put back in fridge while making filling.

Pecan Pie Filling
1 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup light brown sugar
4 Tbsp. (1/2 stick) melted butter
3 large eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract (or 2 Tbsp. bourbon)
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups pecan halves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set an oven rack in the lowest position in oven. 

In large bowl, whisk eggs together.  Add corn syrup, sugar, butter, vanilla and salt and mix well.  Stir in pecans.  Pour this mixutre into the prepared curst and bake until the center is set and the crust is a golden brown, approximately 50-60 minutes.  Let cool to room temperature before serving.  This pie can be prepared and stored at room temperature, loosely covered with foil for up to 1 day.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

'Tis The Season To Start Baking

Last year I went absolutly crazy with the holiday baking with this great idea of making all the members of my large family baskets full of cookies. Every weekend I was in the kitchen stirring and mixing, baking and frosting, until I had a freezer full of goodies. A week before Christmas with snow on the ground I put together many baskets and got them all wrapped and ready for the trip up north to Seattle.

Oh how I envisioned the cheers of delight as I passed out these treats to my loved one. What I didn't count on however was that on Christmas Eve, we came to the realization that we weren't going anywhere. We could barely get out of our driveway due to all the snow and ice, never mind 250 miles on I-5 which was even worse still. All was not lost though. I shared my baskets with co-workers for weeks and I think they were appreciated.

This year I have curbed my baking enthusiam considerably. I am still going to go with some homemade treats for the family, but limit it to two selections; a cookie and some homemade candy, a recipe I haven't not selected yet. For the cookie though, it's going to be this delicious biscotti recipe that I have made in the past called Dried Cherry Biscotti but instead of cherries, I have used dried cranberries. I think they represent the holidays better and I have also doctored the recipe a bit by dipping them in some chocolate for a little more elegance. Let the baking begin! Dried Cherry Biscotti

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup dried cranberries
1 cup ground almonds
Melted chocolate of your choice for dipping (optional)

Lightly grease one cookie sheet. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Blend flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until dough is formed. Stir in almonds and cranberries.

Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead several times. Using the greased cookie sheet as a surface, divide the dough in half and form into two flat logs about 9 inches long by 3 inches wide. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned on top.

Let cool directly on baking sheet resting on a rack for 10 minutes.

Lower heat to 325 degrees. On a cutting board, cut the logs on the diagonal into 1/2 inch thick pieces. Put back in oven for 5 minutes. Turn over and bake 5 more minutes. Remove from cookie sheet and cool on a baking rack. When totally cooled, dip one end in melted chocolate and place on wax paper until chocolate solidifies. Store in an airtight container.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

An Autumnal Soup

Sometimes I surprise even myself at my improvisation in the kitchen. Today was an example. It's Fall and there is such an abundance of squash in the stores so I picked up a couple lovelies; a small butternut and a delicato. They are two of my favorites but when I cook squash, I must eat them alone as The Husband hates them.

My usual cooking method is to roast them in a high oven with a sprinkle of olive oil, salt and pepper and eat as is. Roasting really brings out the natural sweetness in vegetables. Today I roasted the butternut squash and was going to have some for dinner as is, but then I had an inspiration to make soup. Don't they look like three butternut squash clogs?With no recipe in hand and being too lazy to go search my cookbooks or the Internet, I started in. I sauteed an onion in olive oil, white wine, salt and pepper until they were golden brown. I then pureed the roasted squash, onions and 1/2 can of low sodium chicken broth in the processor. I put this smooth, golden orange mixture into a pan, threw in about 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp of cumin and 1/4 tsp of thyme along with 1/2 cup of cream and let it simmer away.The results were divine!! It was a creamy, smooth and delicious soup if I do say so myself. I'd better write this recipe down quickly so next time I want Butternut Squash Soup I'll know just where to look - Pie O My!

Cream of Roasted Butternut Squash and Sauteed Onion Soup

1 medium sized butternut squash, roasted, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 medium onion, sauteed until golden brown
1 can low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup cream or half and half
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste

Puree the roasted squash , 1/2 can of chicken broth and sauteed onions in food processor until very smooth. Put mixture into a saucepan and add the rest of the chicken broth, spices and cream. Heat through on medium heat. Adjust seasonings as needed. Serve with a topping of sauteed onions and enjoy.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Better Butter Part One

I have read in food magazines and seen chefs on TV make compound butters of various sorts and always thought it was a good idea but have never made any. Today I thought I would give it a try.

I was given some beautiful freshly caught salmon fillets from a co-worker recently and The Husband said he would like it prepared with butter, dill and lemon. Well, not having any dill but having a huge pot full of chives growing in the backyard I thought I would do some substituting. My compound butter consisted of finely chopped chives and lemon zest and what a wonderful addition to the salmon it was. It was also very good on the fresh broccoli cut from the garden today.There are endless possibilities for compound butter when one considers all the herbs and spices that could be added. It is important to refrigerate or freeze the butter once it is combined and rolled in a cylinder or put in a dish so the flavors all meld and it is easy to put on your finished product. No recipe today, just use your imagination and make your own compound butter creation.

Monday, November 9, 2009

I Need Your Vote

Hello all my faithful food blog followers,

I have entered a contest sponsored by Bon Appetit magazine for the best holiday dessert from food bloggers across the country. It's a virtual bake off.

My entry is a recipe for Chocolate Mint sandwich cookies. I made them last year and they were divine. If you would, please go to the Bon Appetit website and vote for my recipe I would be ever so appreciative. If I win, I will get an all-expense-paid trip for two to New York City to have dinner with the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine. How fun would that be?

Thanks for your support!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Last Saturday Market

I attended the last Saturday Market of the season in Salem, Oregon on Halloween. It was so festive and fun, with lot's of kids dressed up in costume. One lady had in tow 5 kids who were dressed up perfectly as the entourage from The Wizard of Oz. They were so darned cute and I was just kicking myself for not having my camera with me, as many folks were stopping them and asking them to pose.

I did purchase some colorful potatoes in red, brown and purple as well as some beautiful kale. I just had to make some soup with the kale. It is a great green for soup as it stands up so well when reheated. With no recipe in mind, I went through the cupboards/freezer and took stock looking for other ingredients to make a nice Fall soup.I came up with a white bean, sausage and kale concoction that turned out just as I'd hoped. Hearty, warm and perfect with a slice of the no knead bread and a glass of sturdy red wine. I always say I hate the Fall but I may have to change my mind on that one. It's the perfect weather for soup making!White Bean, Sausage and Kale Soup

3 medium size sausages, cut in slices
1/2 diced yellow onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 carrot peeled and diced
1 celery stick, diced
1 1/2 cups white beans (I used Northern white beans), soaked overnight
6-8 leaves of kale, washed well and cut into bite sized pieces
1 quart chicken stock
3 cups water
1/2 tsp thyme
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste

Saute sausage pieces until just brown. Remove from pot. Add onions and saute until slightly browned. Add garlic, carrots, celery, thyme, bay leaf, chicken stock and water. Mix together. Add soaked beans and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, put on lid and cook until beans are softned. Add kale and sausage and simmer for another 20 minutes or so until kale is soft. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Pyrotechnics and Dessert

A favorite dessert at our house is a creme brulee but because of the richness and decadence of it, we save it for special occasions. I deem the Mother-In-Law coming for dinner befitting such a dessert so that's what I made one Sunday.

All went along nicely as I used a new recipe found in my favorite dessert cookbook, Baking - From My Home to Yours, by Dorie Greenspan. This custard recipe was so much easier to make than other creme brulee recipes I have tried and with the simplest of ingredients; cream, milk, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla. What simplifies this recipe from others was that there was no cooking them in a water bath.

When dinner was completed and it was time for the piece de la resistance, I asked The Husband to get the torch so we could brulee the cremes. Unfortunately I do not own a nice hand held kitchen torch so he went to the garage and brought in the BIG propane torch. We brought the creme brulees into the dining room where the torch was ceremoniously lit. It immediately flared up into a shooting flame of approximately 2-3 feet feet while The Husband, holding said torch in his hand, bravely blew away at it trying to put out this inferno in the middle of the dining room. Disaster was barely averted as the flames subsided and went out. With shaky hands, my brave man lit up that flaming beast again (out on the driveway this time) and was able to get a manageable flame and finish up the job of caramelizing the tops of our desserts. After composing ourselves, we proceeded to enjoy the creme brulees even though the dining room had a distinct smell of singed arm hair!

Creme Brulee

1 1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
3 egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
About 6 Tbsp sugar or sifted light brown sugar for topping

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 200 deg F. Put 6 baking dishes (I used small custard cups) on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bring the cream and the milk just to a boil.

In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla together until well blended but not airy. Still whisking, drizzle in about 1/4 of the hot liquid to temper the yolks so they won't curdle. Whisking, slowly pour in the remainder of the hot liquid. Give the bowl a rap on the counter to de-bubble the content. Strain it into the baking dishes.Bake the custards for 50-60 minutes or until the centers are set-tap the sides of the dish, and the custards should hold firm. Lift the dishes onto a cooling rack and let the custards cool until they reach room temperature.

Cover each dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, preferably longer. When ready to serve, sprinkle 1 Tbsp of sugar on one dish at a time evenly, then brown the sugar, cooking it until it bubbles and colors. Wait until the bubbles subside before serving.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Another Box of Freebies

As a member of Foodbuzz, I received a $30 coupon to shop on-line at Asian Look what I purchased! A sushi making kit complete with a beautiful cookbook with lot's of great photos. All of this for only a shipping fee. I have made sushi before, but it's been awhile. In the near future I will put all of these wonderful ingredients to good use and make a few things to post.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Better Late Than Never

I have always labeled myself a late bloomer. My mother tells me I was very slow to start walking, I was slow starting to date and I got married at a statistically old marrying age, took a long time to buy a house, and waited forever to finally make a "man money" salary in my career.

It has all worked out very well though. I walk fairly well, albeit a stumble here and there, I adore The Husband and the house, and my career has been going very well. Where am I going with this you wonder? Well, I am way, way behind the times in trying to make the famous No-Knead Bread that has been all the rage for 4-5 years now. Today was the day to get on that bandwagon and give it a try thanks to my brother-in-law Steve, who recently asked me if I had ever tried to make a loaf.

I went on the Internet to search for the original recipe by Jim Lahey from Sullivan Street Bakery which was published in the New York Times a few years ago. That article really started this whole no knead bread fad. After reading through many food blogs and articles on the subject, I opted to go for the Cook's Illustrated version which is a little more complex, but received a lot of great reviews. I have never failed when using a Cook's Illustrated recipe. I won't be printing the recipe today but you can find it on their website above.

In all of the recipes I read, the one requirement which is a must, is a heavy duty dutch oven with a lid that can take up to 500 degree heat. I am not lucky enough to have an enameled cast iron Le Cruset pan, but I read from many people that the knob on those lids don't endure under that kind of heat anyway. I did have just the thing buried somewhere in my basement though; my old Lodge cast iron dutch oven and lid. I heaved it upstairs (it must weigh 20 lbs!), washed off the dust and I was ready to go. Putting this dough together was a breeze. Throw the flour, yeast and salt together in a large bowl and give it a few whisks. Add the water, beer and vinegar to the dry mixture and stir together into a shaggy dough with a spatula. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put aside in a warm place (70 deg) for up to 18 hours. Once risen, the dough is kneaded 10-15 times and then formed into a round loaf and left to rise for 2 more hours. It is then placed in the dutch oven which has been heated in a 500 degree oven for 30 minutes and left to bake at 425 degrees for approximately 50 minutes to an hourMay I say that this bread was extraordinary. When I took it out of the oven, I just could hardly believe that I had produced such a masterpiece. And the flavor was delicious. Because of the addition of beer (I used a wheat Hefeweisen), it had a delicious almost sourdough taste to it and the texture was perfect. The crust had a crackly-crunch and the middle was nice and soft. It was delicious with some butter and I can't wait to try it as toast in the morning. I may have to start baking this every weekend, it was that easy!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Cornish Pasties

I seem to be on a British cooking kick lately. I just love to cook things knowing I am keeping up the tradition of recipes that were made my grandmother, great grandmothers, and beyond. I am lucky to have the luxury of modern conveniences such as an electric oven, big powerful mixers and food processors. I can't imagine what it must have been like to have to do everything by hand and then try to cook with a wood burning oven.

Cornish pasties were traditionally made for Cornish miners to take with them down into the mines. They were made with a sturdy crust filled with meat and veggies, everything in a nice, tidy package that the men could stick in their pockets and have for lunch. I made mine with a lard/butter crust which is what I found on an English website on the subject. I imagine that suet or bacon fat could also be used or a combination of vegetable shortening and butter. A cardiologist's nightmare. My crust was so easy to handle. It rolled out like a charm and was ever so flaky. A crust success!!

Also, apparently carrots are a no-no in a traditional Cornish pasty. Turnips are the veggie de rigueur. Well, I had no turnips so carrots made their way into my recipe. I think parsnips or perhaps even a little butternut squash cut into small little cubes would be delicious. There was leftover filling which when sauteed, made a great hash for breakfast.

Cornish Pasties
(Makes 7 pasties)
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup cold lard, cut into small cubes
1/4 cup cold butter, cut into small cubes
3/4 cup ice water

Mix dry ingredients into a bowl. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add ice water a little at a time, tossing with a fork to make a pastry-like dough. Add a bit more water if it seems dry. Dough should hold together when squeezed lightly. Gather into two balls, press firmly, then wrap with plastic wrap and chill while preparing the pasty filling. I made mine the night before so it was well chilled when I was ready to make the pasties.

1 lb. bottom round steak cut into small, bite sized pieces
2 Yukon gold potatoes, cut into a small dice
1 carrot, cut into a small dice
1/2 cup diced onion
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dried thyme
3-4 shakes Worcestershire sauceMix all of the filling ingredients together well and let sit for 15 minutes.Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it's approximately 1/4 inch thick. Cut into 6 inch circles. Place circles of dough onto a parchment covered baking sheet. Put approximately 1/3 cup of filling in the middle of the circle. With water, wet 1/2 of the circle's edge with water. Fold the other half of the circle over the filling and press tightly around the edge and then turn the edge over itself to completely seal so no filling leaks out while baking. Brush each pasty with an egg wash (1 beaten egg with a little water or cream), make a 1 inch slit in the top of each pastie to let steam escape while cooking.Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes then turn down oven to 325 degrees and bake for another 35 to 40 minutes until golden brown.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Almost Pie-O-My

What to do with a half a bag of frozen peaches and frozen blueberries in the freezer, I quandaried? A pie would be nice but my irrational fear of fighting to get a bottom and top crust together into a harmonious dessert got the best of me. What I opted for was a free form fruit galette. Almost a pie but so much easier!

I'm very happy with how this impromptu cooking session turned out, as I truly was clueless when I walked into the kitchen to make a dessert. I utilized my go-to pie crust recipe of Martha Stewart's which is pate brissee. I have blogged this recipe in the past. I did cut the recipe in half as I only needed a single crust. The fruit filling consisted of, as I mentioned above, about four cups of frozen sliced peaches with about a cup of frozen blueberries. Into the fruit I added in 2 Tbsp of cinnamon sugar and 2 Tbsp of corn starch to thicken the juices.I made the pastry in the food processor, rolled it out, slapped it onto a parchment lined cookie sheet, mound the fruit in the center and folded the crust up around the fruit. I brushed a little cream around the crust edges and sprinkled on some sugar and baked the galette for 45 minutes in a 400 degree oven. A sliver of this rustic, almost-pie and a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream was a perfectly delicious dessert.