Recipes

This is just a virtual list of Recipes I use and have collected. Navigation has apperead on the right before this gets out of hand.


Pie Crust

Adapted from a recipie from Elizabeth Fullerton posted on Genius Kitchen and available at this external link.

Ingredients
2 cups flour (pretty much any)
1 teaspoon salt (standard or small granuiles)
23 cup butter, salted.
5 to 8 tablespoons cold water
Some cornstarch (to dust)

Firstly sift your flour into your mixing bowl along with your salt. Yes, we are using salt along with salted butter. Cut the butter in, I use a knife and fork because I am not upperclass enough to own or have the time to clean a pastry blender. Gradually add water teaspoon by teaspoon until a dough is formed. Do not overhandle! Roll out until you're satified with the thickness. I do mine on cornstarched wax paper o about a quarter inch. You may also wish to put starch on your rolling pin. If you don't have a rolling pin, like me, use a round drinking glass.

At this point you may need to adapt thing to your pie filling. I usually grease my pin tin with butter, then dock the crust. I bake the crust for 20-30 minutes blind at 375°F. I do not need to weigh it down or blind bake it upside down. It does not finish in that time. Then I add a mostly pre-cooked filling for another 20-30 minutes. Your results and recipie may vary.


Frozen Fruit Pie Filling

This comes from my head.

Ingredients
A good bit of sliced frozen fruit
Quite a bit of sugar (to taste)
Some optional cornstarch (for thickening).

Place frozen fruit on one layer of an oven-safe dish, pan or cake pan. Allow extra ice to enter pan. Coat top with sugar. Place the pan in the oven. Set the oven to 375°F and allow to preheat with the fruit and sugar already in the oven. Check once pre-heated. Taste for sweetness. Add more sugar if you need to. Liquid may be thin. More sugar may be added to help it thicken, however additional thickening will occour while cooling. Once the fruit is soft or forktender remove. More sugar may be added while warm. Allow to rest in the open air for at least 15 minutes before moving to frige to cool and thicken. Allow to sit in the fridge at least four hours. Freezer is not reccomended. Taste for sweetness before using. You may artifically thicken the sauce by seperating the fruit and cooking it in a pan on medium heat while adding corntarch.

As the filling is already cooked it may be added to a baked crust and warmed. I like to cook it for an additional 20-30 minutes (with the rest of my pie crust) on 375°F.


Basically Grown-Up Chicken Fingers

Adapted from Bonless Fried Chicken on RePlay Report.

Ingredients
5 Chicken breasts, halved (10 halves from four breasts)
3-4 Eggs (I used jumbo and had just barely enough, your milage may vary.)
2 cups all-purpuse flour, semi-packed
2 12 TBSP Baking powder (not a typo! I really used this much!)
13 TBSP Salt
1 TBSP Pepper (or to taste)
1 TBSP Garlic Powder (or to taste)
Quite a bit of Oil (Vegetable)

Be advised the above seasoning makes for pretty bland chicken, however you may want this if you are serving with a gravy or sauce. Natch, you may change the seasonings to whatever you want or have. Also always be stafe when using oil and don't leave things in the pan to update your website while cooking with it.

First trim and half your chicken breasts (or buy cutlets to start with). Then in a pan with tall edges add enough oil so that it will cover at least 1⁄3, but ideally 3⁄4 of your chicken. Do not put this on the heat yet. Next in a bowl beat your eggs until the yolk and white is combined. Let rest. Heat oil (already in pan) on medium.

In a medium sized mixing bowl (or cake pan because it has edges and it's what I have handy) put two cups flour not spooned into the dish. Add baking powder and seasonings. Give a good mix.

Take your prepared chicken and frist dredge in flour, then egg then back to flour. You fingers will get messy. You can try a spoon and wax paper but your hands will get dirty. There's no advoiding it. You should have some extra flour mixture, keep it handy as you may need it.

As soon as the oil spits back you may fry in it. Simply place the chicken in and let it cook. Depending on your thickness your time may vary, however 10 minutes on the first side then 5 minutes on the second seemed to work well for me. Drain and cool chicken on newspaper, paper towel or (as I did) paper towel on sections of an Amazon delivery box.

If you find your chicken absorbs the flour while waiting to cook you may add additional flour just before frying.