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Pumpkin Pie–Thanksgiving isn’t the same without one!

You can tell by my title that I am a big fan of Pumpkin Pie.  I love my Pumpkin Pie smothered in real whipped cream.Mauri-1  The kind you spray from a can.  You get the picture.  Well, the Butcher also loves Pumpkin Pie; However, he eats it without whipped cream.  This used to be a real “bone” of contention between us.  I soon realized I was not going to win him over to my way of thinking so I stopped trying.  This recipe for Pumpkin Pie is simple.  It is still delicious and you have time to enjoy your Holiday.
Pumpkin Pie

3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon (available at your local meat market)
1 teaspoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice (available at your local butcher shop)
2 large eggs beaten
15 oz. of pure pumpkin (I use Libby’s)
1 can (12 oz.) of Evaporated Milk

1 uncooked 9″ pie crust (I use Pillsbury) in a 10″ pie pan (available at your local meat market)photo (13)

You can easily double this recipe, and make 2 pies.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Whisk ingredients together. Pour the Pumpkin Pie mixture into the prepared pie crust. I put foil on the crust to keep it from getting overly brown during cooking. This can be a little tricky. You want to cover the crust; However, you want to keep the foil out of the Pumpkin Pie Mixture. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and cook for an additional 40 to 50 minutes. Pie is done when a knife stuck in the middle of the pie comes out clean. You do not want to over-cook a pumpkin pie. Cool for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate.photo (52)

One of my customers told me about her family tradition of having the Thanksgiving pies on Wednesday night. They call it “Thanksgiving Eve” Pie and Card party. I think it makes perfect sense. You never truly enjoy the pie on Thanksgiving because of all the other food. Tonight, the Butcher and I will celebrate “Thanksgiving Eve,Eve” Pie night. Does anyone want to join us for pie and a game of euchre?

May you and your family have a truly Blessed Thanksgiving. Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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German Apple Cake

The apples are absolutely delicious right now.  My favorite orchards are Rittman Orchards  and Bauman Orchards.  You can even pick your own apples.  I haven’t been able to talk the Butcher into this yet but I’m still hoping.  I had some apples and I decided to make this cake.  It is a definite winner!  The cream cheese frosting is the “icing on the cake”.

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Lemon Meringue Pie

This is my sister Fredda’s Birthday week.  She is my older sister.  You can’t pick your family, but there is no way I could have picked a better sister.  Anyone that knows her will concur with that statement.  She gives so much of herself all the time.  You know the saying if you get lemons, make lemonade?  Well, she knows how to do that very well.  It is only fitting that I honor her by sharing a recipe for her favorite pie–which is what else, but Lemon Meringue.

Lemon Meringue Pie

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  1. To Make Lemon Filling: In a medium saucepan, whisk together 1 cup sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in water, lemon juice and lemon zest. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a boil. Stir in butter. Place egg yolks in a small bowl and gradually whisk in 1/2 cup of hot sugar mixture. Whisk egg yolk mixture back into remaining sugar mixture. Bring to a boil and continue to cook while stirring constantly until thick. Remove from heat. Pour filling into baked pastry shell.
  2. Note:  You can use the cooked lemon meringue pudding instead of making the filling from scratch.  Follow package directions.  Add the lemon zest and stir in the egg yolks as noted above if you are making the filling from scratch.
  3. To Make Meringue: In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites until foamy. Add sugar gradually, and continue to whip until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue over pie, sealing the edges at the crust.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until meringue is golden brown.
That’s all for this week, until next time...From our Butcher Block to your table.  Now, off to celebrate my sister’s Birthday!
Thank you Allrecipes.com for this delicious recipe!
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Christmas Fudge

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  The snow outside really makes it feel like Christmas is right around the corner.  My “Claim to Fame” at Christmas is my Chex Party Mix and my fudge.  Many people are intimidated about making fudge.
Mauri-1Today I am sharing a recipe for “no fail” fudge. One batch will make 2 1/2 pounds. I recommend doubling the recipe.  It is always special to share with friends and family.  The reason I like this recipe is that you time the fudge–no candy thermometers to fool with. It will take a while for the fudge to come to a rolling boil. Don’t start timing until it is at the rolling boil stage. When it is set your timer for 5 minutes. Another tip–have your chips and marshmallow cream ready to go before you start the process with the butter, sugar and evaporated milk.

No Fail Fudge
3 cups sugar
3/4 cup butterimage
2/3 cup evaporated milk (5 1/3 oz.)
12 oz. Bag of chocolate chips (white chocolate chips or peanut butter chips can also be used)
7 oz. marshmallow cream
1 teaspoon vanilla

13″ X 9″ glass pan greased with butter

Combine sugar, butter, and milk in a heavy 2 1/2 quart saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil over medium heat stirring constantly. Boil for 5 minutes. Stir and remove from heat. Stir in chips, (if using white chocolate chips, melt in microwave in 30 second increments until chips are melted and can be stirred–add to the butter/sugar/milk mixture), marshmallow cream and vanilla. Stir vigorously until well blended. Pour into a greased (use butter) 13″ X 9″ pan.

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Allow to cool completely. After cooled, cut into 1″ squares.

 

Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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