Monday, March 23, 2009

Bacon and Egg Pie

Mr Redneck is a bacon and egg pie fan and he has given this pie the thumbs up. The combination of potatoes, peas and bacon makes the filling light and moist.

This is my first time making a big pie from scratch and I found this recipe to be surprisingly simple to put together. To make things easy for myself, as I wanted to have the pie ready by lunch time, I made the pastry the day before and left it to chill in the fridge. The long hours relaxing in the fridge may have help to really relax the gluten as I didn't have to fight with it at all when rolling out. I didn't even break out in cold sweat !

Bacon and egg pie
Makes 1 double crust 20-23cm pie

Quick Flaky pastry
4 rashes bacon, lightly cooked and chopped
1 cup cooked peas
1 cup chopped cooked potatoes or kumara
5 large eggs

1. Follow the steps on making the flaky pastry here. Roll out on a floured board to make 2 thin rounds to fit a 23cm pie plate.

2. Ease one lot of pastry into a lightly greased pie plate.

Roll and ease pastry into pie plate

Friday, March 20, 2009

Quick Flaky Pastry

I don't make pastry very often. In fact I have a phobia when it comes to pastry. So when I saw the recipe I thought to myself, this looks do-able ... I should try it. Truth be told, if it was not for the tempting photo in the cookbook I would not have given the recipe a second glance.
The dough was a breeze to roll thin and did not break or shrink. Flaky pastry is a quick and easy alternative to puff pastry. The pie crust turned out light and flaky. We loved it.

A real confidence booster especially for a non pastry person like me. No sweat to make and is much cheaper than buying readymade pastry from the shop. Do note that this dough uses milk instead of water for binding.

Bacon & Egg Pie

Makes 1 thinly rolled double crust 20-23cm pie

185gm flour
1 tsp baking powder
125gm very cold butter, cubed or grated

85ml - 100ml milk
1 tsp vinegar (add to milk)

Monday, March 09, 2009

Espresso Coffee Ice Cream

If we had to pick our favourite ice cream, it will have to be vanilla bean or Espresso Coffee. You can't help but fall in love with the coffee and kahlua combination.

Definitely an adult dessert, not recommended for children.

Espresso Ice Cream
Makes about 1 Litre

375ml low fat milk (light blue top)
100g sugar
1-2 vanilla bean
2 eggs
250 ml cream
1 shot Espresso
pinch salt
3-4 Tbsp Kahlua coffee liqueur

25g Cadbury chocolate, chopped

Coffee n Kahlua Ice Cream

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