Saskatoon Berry Pie

This is a Canadian pie flavour if you ever saw one!

Our neighbours stopped by the other day with a bunch of fresh Saskatoon berries because they picked too many. What a great present!

I’ve never really worked with Saskatoon berries before, but Paul is a big fan of them. I have discovered that I love the flavour of them, but the texture throws me off a bit. So, I made a pie, ate a piece, and promptly cut Paul a bigger slice.

Since it’s fresh berry season, find some of these Saskatoon berries, and make this pie! I found the original recipe here, and didn’t change anything at all. I should have put a bit more cornstarch in the recipe, but like I said, this was the first time I have baked with Saskatoon berries, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Either way, the flavour is great, and Paul really enjoyed the pie. If it has the Paul seal of approval, it’s a winner!

Ingredients

1 9-inch pie

1 recipe Flaky Butter double pie crust
4 c. Saskatoon berries
1/3 c. water
2/3 c. sugar
3 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. butter
½ tsp. almond extract
1 egg
1 tbsp. water

Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a pie plate with the pie crust.

In a medium saucepan, add the Saskatoon berries and the 1/3 c. water. If you are using fresh berries, you may need a bit more water. Bring to a boil.

In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and cornstarch. Add to the berries, and stir until sugar is dissolved and the mixture is thickened.

Add the butter, lemon juice, and almond extract, and stir until butter is melted. Let cool.

Pour cooled filling into the pie plate, then cover with the top crust and crimp edges. Cut holes for ventilation.

Whisk together the egg and the water, then brush the egg wash over the pie.

Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes, or until top is golden brown.

Cool, slice and serve with vanilla ice cream.

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Frozen Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie

Happy Pi(e) Day!!

Yes, this post is a few days late, but I knew that I wanted to make something interesting for Pi(e) Day. I have so many great pie pins on my Pinterest board, I couldn’t decide. I originally thought about making lemon meringue pie, as I don’t have a recipe for that on the blog yet (trust me, one is coming!), but I handed the reins over to Paul, and asked him to pick a pie for me.

He listed off about twenty different pies that he said he would like, before coming upon this recipe. He immediately stopped, and told me that he saw the picture and read the title and immediately started salivating. Well, I guess it was fate to make this pie!

I found the original recipe here, and I wish I had used my really deep pie dish, because I used my regular glass pie dish and it was almost overflowing. I have a beautiful ceramic pie dish that is nice and deep, and it would have been perfect here.

Making this pie didn’t take long. It’s the waiting part that takes the longest, as it has to set up in the freezer for about 2 hours. I told Paul that, and I had started it a little late in the evening, so he asked me if he could cut into it when it was done. I woke up in the morning, and sure enough, a big slice was missing because Paul had cut into it during the night because he just couldn’t wait any longer.

This pie is rich and decadent, and best served with a glass of cold milk. Still, make it! It’s incredible. Hope your Pi(e) Day was as awesome as ours was!

Ingredients

For the crust:

1¼ c. chocolate cookie crumbs
½ c. pretzel crumbs
6 tbsp. butter, melted
2 tbsp. dark brown sugar

For the filling:

8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1¼ c. smooth peanut butter
¾ c. icing sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla
2 c. heavy cream

For the topping:

1½ c. chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet, but you can use a mix of semi-sweet and milk chocolate if prefered.)
½ c. heavy cream
1/3 c. chopped pretzels
½ c. peanut butter cups

To make the pie, preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a medium bowl, mix together all crust ingredients until well combined. Press into a deep dish 9-inch pie plate. Freeze for 10 minutes, then bake in the preheated oven for 8 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

To make the peanut butter filling, in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Add in the icing sugar and vanilla, and mix again.

In a separate mixing bowl, using either a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment or a hand mixer, whip the heavy cream until it reaches soft peaks. Using a spatula, fold in half of the whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture until well-incorporated. Fold in the rest of the whipped cream, taking care not to beat too much air out of the mixture.

Pour into cooled crust, and spread into an even layer. Keep in the refrigerator while you make the topping.

Combine the chocolate and cream in a microwave safe measuring cup. Heat at 30-second intervals, stir, and repeat. I only had to heat my mixture for 1 minute total. Whisk together until a smooth ganache forms. Let stand about 5-7 minutes (in the refrigerator if you want) to thicken up a bit. Spread or pour the ganache over the peanut butter filling, and sprinkle with peanut butter cups and pretzels.

Chill in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Remove from freezer about 10 minutes before serving, and slice with a knife ran under hot water. Enjoy!

Pecan Pie Bread Pudding

So, I made a ton of bread in my last post. There is only two of us in the house, so I don’t know what I was thinking when I made two loaves. Correction: two MASSIVE loaves. Brioche bread is heavenly, but wow, I came out of last week with a LOT of bread.

The nice thing that came out of the mass amount of bread I made is a chance to make bread pudding! We aren’t huge bread eaters (again, what was I thinking?!? Oh, right… Brioche.) I scoured the internet for recipes to make some really good bread pudding, and finally settled on this Pecan Pie Bread Pudding. It looked absolutely incredible, and I knew that I had to try it.

I had enough bread to double the recipe, so I did. It was enough to fill a 9×13 pan, but I’ve only included the original recipe, which is half of what I made. One thing I’ve learned about bread pudding is that it works the best with day old or stale bread. That way, the dry bread can soak up all that liquid and become gooey, delicious bread pudding.

Another nice thing is that bread pudding is so easy to make. It usually doesn’t take very long, and this one is so easy! There’s only two dishes to clean afterwards.

It was an absolute snap to make, and man did it smell good in the oven! Paul was so excited when I told him I was going to make Pecan Pie Bread Pudding, he was planning out exactly how he wanted to eat it (warm topped with vanilla ice cream).

Not going to lie, this recipe is simple, but sweet and rich. Like, stay away if you have a sugar problem sweet. There is tons of corn syrup, brown sugar and white sugar. For sweet lovers, this is your dream come true!

Still, go make this as an indulgent treat to use up that leftover bread you keep forgetting about!

Ingredients

Yield: 1 8×8 pan

8 c. bread pieces, in bite-sized pieces
3 eggs
1¼ c. light corn syrup
1/3 c. light brown sugar
¼ c. sugar
2 tbsp. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla or maple extract
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Spray the baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Place all of the bread pieces into the baking dish. Pour the melted butter over the bread.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, corn syrup, brown sugar, sugar, the extract, cinnamon and salt. Stir in the pecans and pour evenly over the bread pieces.

Use a spatula to make sure all of the bread is soaked with the egg mixture.

I also chopped up a bit of extra pecans and sprinkled them on top before placing in the oven.

Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

Rhubarb Pie

Warm weather means it’s rhubarb season! I didn’t actually have any fresh rhubarb on hand, but I did have a bunch of frozen rhubarb from last year. When I woke up this morning, I had the urge to bake something, and I asked Paul for his opinion.

Of course, his one-word answer: pie. He is a pie fiend. Loves it more than cake. There’s a reason I’ve made him birthday pies a few times (including this year!).

I was feeling pretty lazy today though as well, and didn’t want to go to the store for any ingredients, hence rhubarb pie!

This beautiful pie is a combination of two different recipes (this one and this one), and a little of my own twists. Rhubarb is such a unique flavour, and so tart, and I really liked the idea of highlighting the tartness.

This is such a good pie to welcome the warm months!

Ingredients

Yield: 1 9-inch pie

1 recipe Flaky Butter Pie Crust
5-6 c. chopped rhubarb (fresh or frozen and thawed)
2 c. sugar
½ c. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1½ tbsp. butter

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Roll out pie crust to cover a 9 inch pie plate. Trim edges. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Toss in the rhubarb until well-coated.

Transfer the rhubarb mixture into the prepared pie plate. Roll out the remaining crust to cover the top of the pie. Crimp edges in a decorative fashion, and cut a few slits across the top of the pie.

Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, then reduce oven heat to 350°F and bake for 40-45 minutes.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bavarian Cream Pie

April means Paul’s birthday!

Paul’s birthday means some kind of chocolate and peanut butter concoction.

This year, he asked for Bavarian Cream Pie, and more specifically a with a Peanut Butter Bavarian Cream and a Chocolate crust.

However, any recipe I found did not include peanut butter anywhere, and I looked, hard. I finally decided to use a recipe for plain Bavarian Cream pie, and then add my own spin, so I am considering this recipe an original, because I changed it (fairly) significantly.

The original recipe is from this website, and I included all of my changes in the recipe below. I’m going to keep this post short, and sweet, kind of like this pie!

Happy Birthday to my love, Paul!

Ingredients

Yield: 1 9 inch pie

For the crust:

1½ c. chocolate cookie crumbs
1/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. butter, melted

For the filling:

1 pkg. unflavoured gelatin
¼ c. cold water
3 eggs, yolks and whites separated
½ c. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
1 c. milk, scalded
1/3 c. creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. heavy cream

To make the crust, spray a 9 inch plate with non-stick spray. In a medium bowl, combine the chocolate cookie crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press evenly into the pie plate, around the bottom and up the sides. Set aside.

To make the filling, whip the heavy cream in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, until thick whipped cream. Transfer to a bowl, and place in the refrigerator to stay cold.

In a small bowl, add the cold water and sprinkle the gelatin over the water to soften. Set aside.

In a heat-proof bowl over a double boiler, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, salt, and the milk until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Mix the gelatin mixture and peanut butter into the egg yolk mixture, and whisk until smooth and well-combined. Remove from heat, and let cool until slightly thickened.

In the bowl of a mixer that is completely dry, clean, and grease-free, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks, but not completely dry.

Fold the whipped cream, vanilla and the whipped egg whites into the egg yolk mixture until smooth. Pour into the prepared crust.

Refrigerate until set.

If desired, garnish with peanut butter and chocolate chip ganache. (A 1:1 ratio of heavy cream and peanut butter or chocolate chips, heated together and whisked until smooth)