March 2014 Archives

14 Days of Pi(e): Boston Cream Pi

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Happy Pi(e) Day!!
The day we've been waiting for is finally here! I hope that you have a day full of desserts, pastries, and geometry waiting for you. If you are looking for a fun Pi Day activity, you might try reading this Wired article titled Calculating Pi for Pie Day. If you are looking for a delicious activity for Pi(e) Day, how about indulging in some Boston Cream Pi (yes, technically a cake, I know)? Boston cream is one of my absolute favorite cakes or pies. The photo here is of the one I made using this recipe, but I'm sharing the Betty Crocker recipe from the Kirschner Collection -- I've also used this recipe with great success. What pi(e)s did you all make today?

Boston Cream Pi

Boston Cream Pie
From Betty Crocker's Pie and Pastry Cookbook (1972)

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups cake flour or 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup shortening
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cream Filling (recipe below)
Chocolate Glaze (recipe below)

Heat oven to 350°. Grease and flour round layer pan, 9 x 1 1/2 inches. Measure all ingredients except Cream Filling and Chocolate Glaze into large mixer bowl. Blend 30 seconds on low speed, scraping bowl constantly. Beat 3 minutes on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool. Split cake to make 2 thin layers. Fill layers with Cream Filling; spread Chocolate Glaze over top. Serve in wedges. Refrigerate remaining cake

Cream Filling

Ingredients
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups milk
2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla

In saucepan stir together sugar, cornstarch and salt thoroughly. Add milk gradually to egg yolks; stir egg mixture slowly into dry ingredients. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Press plastic wrap onto surface of filling. cool thoroughly.

Chocolate Glaze

Melt 3 tablespoons butter or margarine and 2 squares (1 ounce each) unsweetened chocolate or 2 envelopes (1 ounce each) premelted unsweetened chocolate. Blend in 1 cup confectioners' sugar and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in about 2 tablespoons hot water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until glaze has spreading consistency and is smooth.

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14 Days of Pi(e): Fresh Peach Pie

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Tomorrow is the big day! If you're scrambling for ideas, trivia, etc. for your pi(e) party, www.piday.org has some good information (and pi sightings!) I only have two pies left to share with you, but you can be sure that every day is Pi(e) Day in my heart. Today's recipe is for a classic peach pie and comes from Occident/King Midas Flour, formerly of Minneapolis. I know this little book is full of good recipes because the cover is warped and I had to scrape some dried flour off of it -- the signs of a well-loved cookbook.

Occident King Midas Pie and Dessert Recipes

Fresh Peach Pie
From Occident/King Midas Pie & Dessert Recipes (1968) Peavey Flour Mills

Ingredients
1 recipe 8-inch Two Crust Pastry (recipe below)
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons corn starch
2 tablespoons water
1 cup crushed fresh peaches
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 cups sliced fresh peaches

Prepare pastry. Press 2 cups of mixture evenly and firmly into 9-inch pie pan. Combine sugars and corn starch. Stir in water, crushed peaches, salt and nutmeg. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick. Stir in lemon juice and sliced peaches. Turn into pie shell. Sprinkle with remaining crust mixture. Bake at 450°F for 10 minutes, then at 375° for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown.

Occident King Midas Flour
"Mix and Press" Two Crust Pastry

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 tablespoons cold water

Place all ingredients in large mixing bowl.
Beat at low speed until particles are fine. (Be sure there are no large particles of butter or shortening. Use a rubber spatula frequently to push mixture into beaters.)

14 Days of Pi(e): Larrigan Pie

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For today's pie, I dug up something a little different. "Larrigan" literally translates to "moccasin," but larrigan pie is not made from shoes, it's made from vinegar, cornstarch, sugar and water and was eaten by lumberjacks. Ann Burkhardt included this recipe from the Forest History Center in her book A Cook's Tour of Minnesota along with some other recipes and food history relating to the woodsmen of northern Minnesota.

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PAUL_BUNYAN_POSTCARD CC BY-NC-SA Paul Walsh via Flickr

Larrigan Pie
From A Cook's Tour of Minnesota (2004) by Ann Burkhardt

Ingredients
1 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1 unbaked 8-inch pie shell

Preheat oven to 350°F. Stir together the sugar and cornstarch. Add the water, vinegar, and lemon extract; mix well. Pour vinegar mixture into pie shell. Bake for 45 minutes or until mixture sets and crust is brown.

Today I'm sharing a beautiful recipe from a beautiful cookbook. It's sweet, has whiskey in it, and is made of vegetables. Yum.

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sweet potato CC BY-NC-SA postbear eater of worlds via flickr

Sweet Potato Pie with a Gingerbread Crust and Bourbon Whipped Cream
From Roots (2012) by Diane Morgan

Gingerbread Crust
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 cups gingersnap crumbs

Filling
1 3/4 lb dark orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (2 large or 3 medium)
2 T. unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into small cubes
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 T. bourbon whiskey
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp. kosher or fine sea salt

Bourbon Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 T. confectioners' sugar
1 tsp. bourbon whiskey

Position one rack in the center and a second in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 350°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment.

To make the crust, butter a 9-inch deep-dish glass pie plate with 1 tbsp of the melted butter. In a medium bowl, combine the gingersnap crumbs and the remaining butter and toss and stir until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Press the crumb mixture evenly in the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate, stopping within about 1/2 in of the rim . Bake the crust on the lower third of the oven until crisp at the edges and lightly colored, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool completely on a rack.

To make the filling, pierce each sweet potato several times with a fork and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until the potatoes are very tender when pierced with a fork, 1 to 1 1/2 hours, depending on the size of the potatoes. Remove from the oven, cut each potato in half lengthwise and let cool for 10 minutes.

Scoop the flesh from the sweet potato halves into a large bowl, discarding the skins. Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes with the butter. Add the brown sugar and continue to mash. (The potatoes should be warm enough to melt the butter and dissolve most of the brown sugar.) Using a wooden spoon, stir in the eggs. Add the coconut milk, cream, bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and stir until the mixture is smooth and light. (Alternatively, beat the ingredients with a handheld mixer or a stand mixer.)

Gently pour the filling into the cooled crust. Place the pie in the center of the oven and bake until the sides are slightly puffed, about 45 minutes. The center of the filling will still be a bit soft and will even jiggle a little when you shake the pie plate gently. Turn off the oven, set the oven door ajar, and leave the pie in the oven, undisturbed, for another 10 minutes. Transfer the pie to a wire rack and cool completely.

To make the whipped cream, in a medium bowl, combine the cream, confectioners' sugar and bourbon. Using a whisk or handheld mixer, whip the cream until medium peaks form. Use immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.

Cut the pie into wedges with a warm, wet knife, wiping the knife clean after every cut. Top with the whipped cream and serve.

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14 Days of Pi(e): Bacon and Onion Pie

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Today, Modern Farmer -- one of our favorite periodicals here at Magrath Library -- is kicking off Pig Week. And what better way to celebrate the convergence of Pi(e) Day with Pig Week, than with bacon pie?

Bacon Heart
Bacon Heart CC BY-NC-SA Jim via Flickr

Bacon and Onion Pie
From Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking (2012) by Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart

Ingredients
1 9-inch savory piecrust
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled, drippings reserved
1 medium onion
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
2 cups grated Gruyère, Cheddar, or soft goat cheese
1 cup milk, preferably Flavored Milk (recipe below)

Prebake the piecrust in a 9-inch pie pan and set aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Reheat 2 tablespoons bacon droppings in a large skillet; add onion and sauté until soft. Lightly beat the egg and egg yolk together; add milk, crumbeld bacon, onions, and cheese; stir together. Ladle mixture into a partially prebaked piecrust, move to a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center of the pie comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Flavored Milk

Ingredients
1-2 cups milk
1 slice onion
1 slice celery
1 slice carrot
1 slice fennel bulb
Peppercorns as desired
Thyme, parsley stalk, as desired

Heat milk in a saucepan or a glass measuring cup in the microwave with any of or all of the ingredients until warm and nearly at a simmer. Remove from heat and sit 1/2 hour at room temperature or more in the fridge. Strain before using.

Bonus: Don't forget to check out the HamCam!

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14 Days of Pi(e): Rhubarb Strawberry Dessert Pie

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This pie has four delicious layers (not including the crust): rhubarb, cream cheese, strawberry, and meringue. But really, it had me at "cream cheese layer." The recipe is printed in Crisco's Amercian Pie Celebration (part of the Favorite Brand Name Recipes series) and was created by Tobi Lynne of Minot, North Dakota.

rhubarb strawberry dessert pie

Rhubarb Strawberry Dessert Pie
From American Pie Celebration (1991)

Crust
10-inch single pie crust

Rhubarb Filling
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 cups red rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup whipping cream

Cream Cheese Layer
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 tablepoons confectioners sugar
4 ounces frozen nondairy whipped topping, thawed

Strawberry Filling
1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced (2 cups)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
4 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

Meringue
4 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup granulated sugar

For crust, prepare and bake.

For rhubarb filling, melt butter in medium saucepan. Add rhubarb and 1 cup granulated sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, on low heat until rhubarb is tender. Combine remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 3 tablespoons cornstarch and salt. Stir in egg yolks and whipping cream. Add to rhubarb mixture. Cook and stir until thick. Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until cold. Spoon into cooled baked pie crust.

For cream cheese layer, combine cream cheese and confectioners sugar in small bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until blended. Beat in whipped topping. Spread evenly over rhubarb.

For strawberry filling, combine strawberries, 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 4 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch in small saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick. Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until cold. Spread evenly over cream cheese layer.

For meringue, heat oven to 350°F. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed of electric mixer until soft peaks form. Beat in 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until sugar is dissolved and stiff peaks form. Spread over strawberry filling, covering completely and sealing to edge of pie crust.

Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes or until brown. Cool to room temperature before serving.

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14 Days of Pi(e): Pizza!

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It's Saturday and one of my favorite weekend activities is making pizza. If you like to make your own pizza, I highly recommend reading chapters 12-14 of Ken Forkish's Flour Water Salt Yeast: the Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza. I couldn't begin to do justice to Forkish's techniques for crust making, which take up whole chapters in the book, here on the blog, but I can share with you some of the mouth-watering topping combinations therein. Enjoy your weekend!

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Margherita pizza toppings
Smooth Red Sauce (see book for recipe)
Fresh whole-milk mozzarella cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Whole basil leaves
Extra-virgin olive oil
Fine-flake sea salt
Chile flakes

Golden beet and duck breast "prosciutto" pizza toppings
Golden beets
Fresh whole-milk mozzarella cheese
Grated provolone cheese
Fresh rosemary
Ground black pepper
Thinly sliced salt-cured duck breast or prosciutto-style ham

Sweet potato and pear pizza toppings
Sweet potato cut into 1/6-inch slices
Extra-virgin olive oil
Fine-flake sea salt
Pear cut into 1/4-inch slices
Shaved Pecorino Romano cheese
Chopped cilantro
Grated fresh ginger
Oil-packed red chile peppers, chopped
Ground black pepper

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14 Days of Pi(e): Grasshopper Pie

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I picked this pie when I was craving a Shamrock Shake. I think you could get away with calling it a shamrock pie during the month of March and nobody would be disappointed.

Grasshopper Pie

Grasshopper Pie
From Better Homes and Gardens All-Time Favorite Pies (1978)

Ingredients
1 Chocolate wafer crust
6 1/2 cups tiny marshmallows
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup green cremè de menthe
2 tablespoons white crème de cacao
2 cups whipping cream
Unsweetened whipped cream
Chocolate curls

In large saucepan, combine marshmallows and milk. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, till marshmallows are melted. Remove from heat. Cool mixture, stirring every 5 minutes. Combine crème de menthe and crème de cacao; stir into marshmallow mixture. Whip 2 cups whipping cream till soft peaks form. Fold marshmallow mixture into the whipped cream; turn into chilled wafer crust. Freeze several hours or overnight till firm. Before serving, garnish pie with additional unsweetened whipped cream and chocolate curls.

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14 Days of Pi(e): Knishes

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Is a knish a pie? Maybe not exactly, but it has filling and dough and is delicious, so I'm judging it close enough for Pi(e) Day. They would be great for a Pi(e) Day potluck (ahem, coworkers!) -- like little individual hand pies. The recipe I'm sharing is from Sara Kasdan's Love and Knishes which is a real gem of a Jewish cookbook, complete with witty banter and solid recipes.

Fresh knishes!
Fresh Knishes CC BY-ND Dianne Yee, Flickr

Knishes
From Love and Knishes: And Irrepressible Guide to Jewish Cooking (1956) by Sara Kasdan

Ingredients
5 cups unsifted flour
1/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
3/4 cup salad oil
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup lukewarm water

Sift together dry ingredients. Make a well in the center and add oil, eggs, and water. Mix thoroughly. Dust a bowl with flour; invert for a moment to remove excess flour. Place dough in the floured bowl and cover with a tea towel. Let stand for 15 minutes. Knead well on a lightly floured white cloth stretched over the kitchen table. Divide the dough into four parts. Work with one part, keeping the remainder in the covered bowl. Fill one part of the dough before rolling out the next; the sheets of dough will become too dry if allowed to stand. Assembly-line techniques are for the factory, not the kitchen.
Roll and stretch dough into a round sheet about 20 inches in diameter. Brush the sheet with salad oil or melted butter. Starting 1 1/2 inches from the edge neares you, place a line of filling* 1 1/2 inches wide and 1 inch thick across the width of the sheet of dough. Lift the flap nearest you to cover the filling, then roll the filled dough twice. Cut this part away from the remainder of the sheet of dough. Repeat the process until all the dough has been used. Brush the tops of the filled rolls with oil or melted butter. Slice at 1 1/2-inch intervals. Upend each slice, cut side down, on a liberally oiled baking tin. Press down on each slice with the palm of the hand so that it is flattened and rounded. Bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned (about 1 hour). Some cooks prefer to turn the knishes when they are brown on the bottom. Serve piping hot as a soup accompaniment. Makes about 60.

*Knish Fillings
(for 30 knishes)

Cheese

Ingredients
3 to 5 large onions, chopped
1/4 pound butter 2 1/2 pounds dry cottage cheese
3 eggs
3 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Sauté onions in butter until golden. Blend together all ingredients

Potato

Ingredients
3 onions, chopped
1/2 cup schmaltz or 1/4 pound butter
2 cups mashed potatoes
1 egg
salt and pepper, to taste

Sauté onions in schmaltz or butter until golden. Blend together all ingredients.

Meat

Ingredients
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon schmaltz
1 cup cooked beef
1 cup boiled lung
1 cup cooked kasha, cooked rice, or mashed potatoes
1 egg
salt and pepper to taste

Sauté onion in schmaltz until golden. Grind beef and lung together. Combine all ingredients.

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14 Days of Pi(e): Margarita Pie

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Last month I took a short, but wonderful, trip to Mexico for a friend's wedding. I've been dreaming of margaritas and beaches ever since, which is how this margarita pie found its way into the Pi(e) Day lineup. Enjoy it and think warm thoughts!

Margarita at Fred's
Margarita at Fred's CC BY Ralph Daily

Margarita Pie
From De Grazia and Mexican Cookery (1982) by Rita Davenport

Ingredients
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
5 tablespoons tequila
5 tablespoons triple sec
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 1/2 cups whipping cream, beaten until stiff
graham cracker crust for 9- or 10-inch pie

Blend together condensed milk, tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Fold in whipped cream. Pour into graham cracker crust and freeze for four hours or until firm. Serve garnished with whipped cream and a slice of lime.

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14 Days of Pi(e): Herb Pie

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It's Tuesday, it's the fourth Day of Pi(e), and I'm back to savory pies. Today I'm bringing you a recipe from a cookbook that has received rave reviews and entered our collection recently when it won a 2013 James Beard award. This is an herb pie packed with swiss chard, cheese, and eggs in a flaky filo crust, and, as the name implies, with lots of herbs to remind us of Spring.

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Herb Pie
From Jerusalem: a cookbook (2012) By Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for brushing the pastry
1 large onion, diced
1 lb Swiss chard, stems and leaves finely shredded but kept separate
3-4 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1 3/4 oz. green onion, chopped
1 3/4 oz arugula
1 oz flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 oz fresh mint, chopped
2/3 oz dill, chopped
4 oz anari or ricotta cheese, crumbled
3 1/2 oz aged cheddar cheese, grated
2 oz feta cheese, crumbled
grated zest of 1 lemon
2 large free-range eggs
1/3 tsp salt
1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
9 oz filo pastry

Preheat the oven to 400F/200C. Pour the olive oil into a deep frying-pan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 8 minutes without browning. Add the chard stems and the celery and continue cooking for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the chard leaves, increase the heat to medium-high and stir as you cook for 4 minutes, until the leaves wilt. Add the scallion/green onion, arugula and herbs and cook for 2 minutes more. Remove from the heat and transfer to a colander to cool.
Once the mixture is cool, squeeze out as much water as you can and transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the three cheeses, lemon zest, eggs, salt, pepper and sugar and mix well.
Lay out a sheet of filo pastry and brush it with some olive oil. Cover with another sheet and continue in the same manner until you have 5 layers of filo brushed with oil, all covering an area large enough to line the sides and bottom of a 8 1/2-inch pie dish, plus extra to hang over the rim. Line the pie dish with the pastry, fill with the herb mix and fold the excess pastry over the edge of the filling, trimming the pastry as necessary to create a 3/4 inch border.
Make another set of 5 layers of filo brushed with oil and place them over the pie. Scrunch the pastry a little to create a wavy, uneven top and trim the edges so it just covers the pie. Brush generously with olive oil and bake for 40 minutes, or until the filo turns a nice golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve warm or at room temperature.

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14 Days of Pi(e): Chocolate Chess Pie

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On the third day of pie, I'm bringing you chocolate. The introduction to this recipe says "rich, decadent, and romantic are just a few of the adjectives to describe this pie." Sounds like just the thing for a Monday.

Chocolate Chess Pie
Chocolate Chess Pie CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Cbertel, Flickr

Chocolate Chess Pie
From Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking (2012) by Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart

Ingredients
1 piecrust, prebaked
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup heavy cream, divided
4 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, melted
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Set the prebaked piecrust aside to cool
When ready to bake the pie, preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Beat the sugar and the eggs together until light. Beat in the butter, 1/4 cup cream, and chocolate.
Move the prebaked piecrust to a rimmed baking sheet. Pour the mixture into the crust. Bake until set, 30 to 35 minutes. Cover the edges of the prebaked crust with aluminum foil as needed to prevent over-browning. Remove from the oven and cool the pie in the pan on a wire rack until room temperature; then chill.
Whip the remaining cream with the confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Just before serving, top the pie with the whipped cream.

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14 Days of Pi(e): Steak and Kidney Pie

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On the second day of pie, I'm bringing you something hearty and savory to go with all the super cold weather we've been having.

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Here Comes Everybody [Steak and Kidney Pie]
From The Country Cooking of Ireland (2009) by Colman Andrews
(Originally published in An Irish Farmhouse Cookbook by Mary Kinsella)

Ingredients
1/2 lb lamb's kidneys with membranes removed, cut into 1-in cubes
2 Tbsp butter
2 lb beef round, cut into 1-in cubes
1/2 lb carrots, trimmed and sliced
2 small onions, sliced
1/4 cup white flour, plus more for dusting
1/4 cup beef or lamb stock
1 Tbsp tomato paste
Bouquet garni (2 sprigs parsley, 2 sprigs thyme, and 1 bay leaf, wrapped and tied in cheesecloth)
salt and pepper
1/2 lb puff pastry, homemade or store-bought
1 egg yolk, beaten
3 or 4 sprigs parsley, trimmed and minced

Bring a small pan of water to a simmer over medium-high heat (do not boil), then turn off the heat, add the kidneys, and cover, allowing the kidneys to steep for about 15 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water.
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the kidneys and beef and cook for about 8 minutes, stirring frequently and browning on all sides.
Remove the meat mixture from the pan with a slotted spoon and put the carrots and onions into the pan, adding a little more butter if necessary. Cook for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring frequently, then stir in the flour and cook for 1 or 2 minutes more.
Add the stock to the pan slowly, stirring as you do, then return the meat to the pan and stir in the tomato paste. Add the bouquet garni and season to taste with salt and pepper; then cover the pan and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
Transfer the mixture to a casserole, removing and discarding the bouquet garni.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
On a board dusted with flour, roll out the pastry in the same shape as the casserole and about 1 in bigger than the dish. Cover the casserole with pastry, pressing the edges down gently on the edge of the casserole to seal. Brush the pastry with beaten egg, then bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Garnish with parsley before serving.

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14 Days of Pi(e): Mile High Lemon Pie

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Pie for Pi Day, 2011


It's March, and that means Pi(e) Day is coming! What is Pi(e) Day, you ask? March 14 (3/14) is the magical day when we celebrate pi, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, 3.14159265359... And since pi comes equipped with a delicious homophone, we celebrate by baking and eating pies. Who is we? Well, I'll be celebrating with my colleagues here in the library, and I hope that lots of others find folks near and dear to celebrate with as well. To help us all get ready, I'll be posting a pie recipe from the Kirschner collection every day until Pi(e) day. Are you baking pies too? Send me your recipes and photos, and I'll print a roundup when it's all over.
To start us off, I've got a classic Betty Crocker recipe for Mile High Lemon Pie. If this one isn't your bag, keep checking back. I've got a diverse lineup of pies coming up -- high- and lowbrow, sweet and savory.

Mile High Lemon Pie
Mile High Lemon Pie
From Betty Crocker's Pie and Pastry Cookbook (1972)

Ingredients
9-inch Baked Pie Shell
8 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 cup sugar
1 envelope (1 tablespoon) unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup sugar

Bake pie shell. In saucepan blend egg yolks, 1 cup sugar, the gelatin, water, lemon peel, juice and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, just until mixture boils. Place pan in bowl of ice and water or chill in refrigerator, stirring occasionally, until mixture mounds when dropped from a spoon.
Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy. Beat in 1 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time; continue beating until still and glossy. Do not underbeat. Fold in lemon mixture; pile into pie shell. Chill several hours until set.

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