lunes, 16 de febrero de 2009

Apple Pie

OMG....this apple pie is absolutely amazing! You can eat it chilled, or maybe warm, o even add it some vanilla icecream, why not??
175 grs. butter, at room tº
2 1/2 cups AP flour
3/4 cup sugar+3Tbsp
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp lemon or orange zest
1 egg
4 apples
1 tsp cinnamon powder
Rum if wanted

1. Preheat oven at 375º (180ºC), and grease a ronund baking pan, set aside.
2. Put all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, mix and add the butter with the tip of your fingers, then add the egg and knead. Then roll it forming a circle and put the dough into the round baking pan, making sure to leave enough dough for covering the pie.
3. Meanwhile peel the apples and make very thin slices, put them in a saucepan with hot butter, and add the cinnamon, sugar and some rum if you want to, cook them until they are very soft.
4. Pour the apples into the baking pan and cover the pie with the remaining dough.
5. Finally bake the apple pie for about 30 to 35 mins...or until golden =)


Cookie House

Last year I decided to make a cookie house, it´s not a gingerbread house, because I don´t like ginger that much, but an orange house is just perfect, this is a very cheap, tasty and easy I hope you like it!
1 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar4 cups flour, or necessary to make it firm
6 eggs
orange zest (from at least 3 big oranges)
orange juice if necessary
1. Preheat oven at 375º (180ºC), and cover the baking sheet with butter paper.
2. Cream butter, sugar and orange zest. Then add eggs one by one, beating well after each addition.
3. Add sifted flour, and beat well until everything is incorporated, the dough must be firm so you can roll it and cut it...if necessary you can add more flour. If you want to you can add orange juice, to intensify the orange taste.
4. Knead the dough a little bit, then roll it and cut it, the dough must be at least 2 inches, or 0,5 centimeters. And finally bake for 10 to 15 mins, or until golden.

* Remember to cut the windows and the door before baking!

To arm this house I only used glaze, I put in a bowl about a cup of icing sugar, and added warm water until it was very very thick, like almost about to dry....put it in a pastry bag and literally guled the entire house! It dried in seconds!

For the snow I made meringe, I used 3 egg whites, 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup beat the egg whites until soft picks are formed, and then add the syrup when it comes to a boiling point, and beated the meringue until it was cool and shiny.

The decoration is up to you...I used some marshmallows, candy canes, some mints....etc.
Hope you enjoy it!