End of Summer Fruit Stand Pie Party!


You’re pie party is just a few steps away! The perfect end of summer party for everyone!~Amy


End of Summer Fruit Stand Pie Party!

Party menu:

Homemade Pie Preserves:
Fresh Peach and Lemon Verbena*
Fresh Strawberry, Raspberry, and Rhubarb*
Fresh Blackberry, Blueberry, and Basil*
Bourbon Vanilla Custard*

Fresh Fruit:
Sliced Peaches, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries

Sugared Pastry Toppers, recipe follows

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Butter Crumble, recipe follows

Brown Sugar Whipped Cream*

Sugared Puff Pastry Toppers:
Heat oven to 400 degrees
I package purchased puff pastry
Egg + 1 tbsp water beaten
Crystal sugar

Cut each sheet into 9 Squares. Place on parchment lined sheet, brush with egg wash, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until golden brown 12-14 minutes. Cool.

Sugared Pie Crust Toppers:
Heat oven to 400 degrees
I recipe pie dough, homemade or purchased
2-3 tbsp milk or cream
Crystal sugar

Cut into desired shapes. Place on parchment lined sheet, brush with milk or cream and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until golden brown 12-14 minutes. Cool.

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Butter Crumble:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 brown sugar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
3/4 cup oatmeal
3/4 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a medium sized bowl stir together flour, sugars, salt and oatmeal. Cut butter into flour mixture until the mixture is crumbly and the butter is pea sized. Spread evenly onto parchment. Bake until golden brown. Or refrigerate until ready to use.

Entertaining Station:

Belham Living Winfield Potting Table
$180, http://www.hayneedle.com

Coral Coast Halstead Outdoor Wood Potting Bench
$250, hayneedle.com

*Recipes and can be found on my blog at http://www.greattastebuds.wordpress.com

Fresh Strawberry, Raspberry, Rhubarb, and Fresh Blackberry, Blueberry, Basil Pie Fillings!


My first love in the world of sweets was pie! Make your own delicious fresh fruit fillings! Perfect for a pie party, tarts, turnovers, pastries or just on a spoon! ~Amy

Fresh Strawberry, Raspberry, Rhubarb, and
Fresh Blackberry, Blueberry, Basil Pie Fillings!

Fresh Strawberry, Raspberry, and Rhubarb Pie Filling:

3 cups sliced strawberries
2 cups raspberries
1 cup sliced rhubarb
1 tbsp lemon juice
Zest of 1 orange

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Dash of salt

In a large bowl toss fruit with lemon juice and zest. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and salt.

Pour over fruit and stir until well blended.

Cooked method:
Pour into medium sized saucepan and cook over medium heat until bubbly and thickened, and fruit is tender. Pour into a sterilized 1 quart jar, clean rim, seal with lid and water process.

Freezer method:
Pour mixed contents into a one gallon freezer bag. And place flat to freeze.
When ready to use defrost and place into prepared crust. Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour or until crust is lightly brown and filling is bubbly.

Makes 1 Quart

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Fresh Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry and Basil Pie Filling:

6 cups berries
1 tbsp lemon juice
Zest of 1 lime
2 leaves purple basil, or regular basil snipped

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Dash of salt

In a large bowl toss berries with lemon juice, snipped leaves, and zest. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and salt.

Pour over fruit and stir until well blended.

Cooked method:
Pour into medium sized saucepan and cook over medium heat until bubbly and thickened. Pour into a sterilized 1 quart jar, clean rim, seal with lid and water process.

Freezer method:
Pour mixed contents into a one gallon freezer bag. And place flat to freeze.
When ready to use defrost and place into prepared crust. Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour or until crust is lightly brown and filling is bubbly.

Makes 1 Quart

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Fresh Peach and Lemon Verbena Pie filling!


A taste of summer year round?! With an abundance of fresh fruit, why not turn them into homemade pie fillings! Perfect pies in matter of minutes! ~Amy

Fresh Peach and Lemon Verbena Pie Filling:

6 cups fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 lemon verbena leaves, snipped or zest of 1 lemon
Dash of salt

In a large bowl toss peaches with lemon juice and snipped leaves or zest. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and salt.

Pour over fruit and stir until well blended.

Cooked method:
Pour into medium sized saucepan and cook over medium heat until bubbly and thickened. Pour into a sterilized 1 quart jar, clean rim, seal with lid and water process.

Freezer method:
Pour mixed contents into a one gallon freezer bag. And place flat to freeze.
When ready to use defrost and place into prepared crust. Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour or until crust is lightly brown and filling is bubbly.

Makes 1 Quart

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Nectarine, Mango, and Guava Galettes


Nothing says summer like having fresh fruit around the house…and sometimes it’s an over abundant amount! So I just took some tropical preserves, some puffed pastry and put my extra nectarines to good use! A quick, and easy, but impressive dessert that is bound to please the family, friends or whoever might stop by on a summer evening!

Nectarine, Mango, and Guava Galettes

Heat oven to 400 degrees

Line a large baking sheet with parchment.

Cut 1 sheet of thawed puff pastry into 6 even squares. Set aside.

Whisk together:
2 tbs sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp lime juice

Whisk in:
1/3 cup Wallis Mango Guava Preserves
Set aside.

Cut:
1 1/2 nectarines into thin slices.

Beat together:
1 egg + 1 tbsp water

Coarse sugar, optional

Spread a small amount, about 1 tsp of the sugar mixture on the bottom of each square. Lay sliced nectarines over the sugar mixture. Brush edges with egg wash and fold up sides twisting corners together and pressing ends to parchment.

Brush top of dough with wash and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 400 degrees until golden brown and bubbling. About 20 minutes.

Makes 6 servings

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Homemade Churro Spiced Marshmallows


Bring something new to the campfire and spice up your s’mores with these churro flavored marshmallows! Delicious! ~Amy

Churro Spiced Marshmallows

3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup cold water, divided in half
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1/4 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup sugar
1-2 tsp ground cinnamon

In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon and sugar.
Spray a 9×13 pan with non cooking spray. Coat pan with sugar mixture.
Set aside.
Save remaining sugar mixture.

Using a stand mixer, place gelatin in mixing bowl, add water and let sit.

In a large sauce pan, place remaining half cup of water, corn syrup, sugar and salt. Stir and cook over medium high heat until mixture comes to a soft boil stage, 240 degrees, testing with either a candy thermometer or using cold water method.

Turn mixer on low, and slowly pour syrup down the sides of the bowl. When all the syrup has been added, turn mixer onto high and beat 12-15 minutes and bowl is lukewarm to the touch. Pour into prepared pan, smoothing top with a lightly sprayed metal spatula. Dust top with some of the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Leave uncovered overnight. When set, dust board with remaining powdered sugar mixture. Loosen edges of pan with knife. Tun over onto prepared board and cut into desired shapes with a warm knife. Coat sides of marshmallows with cinnamon and sugar. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe by Amy & Madeline Richardson

Red, White and Blue-Berry Upside Down Shortcake!


Celebrate America!! Fresh raspberries and sweet blueberries on top of a sweet vanilla cake, Stars and Stripes Forever! ~Amy

Red, White and Blue-Berry Upside Down Shortcake!

Recipe:

2 cups fresh blueberries
1/3 cup sugar
Zest of 1 lemon

3/4 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp coarse salt

Fresh Raspberries
Sweetened Whipped Cream

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Generously butter 8 cake pan. Evenly spread blueberries into the bottom of the tin. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup sugar, sprinkle evenly with lemon zest. Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together melted butter and sugar. Whisk in eggs and vanilla until smooth and creamy.
Add baking powder, salt and flour and whisk until smooth.
Pour over the top of fruit and spread evenly to the edges with either a spatula or slightly wet finger tips.
Sprinkle generously with coarse sugar and bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for about 10 minutes in pan. Turn onto serving plate. When ready to serve:
Top with whipped cream and fresh raspberries

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Cowboy Cookies!


Are you cowboy enough for these cookies?! Bigger than sky country and chock full of chocolate, these cookies will satisfy buckaroos of all ages! ~Amy

Cowboy Cookies!

14 tbsp butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tbsp vanilla

1 tsp coarse salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 1/4 cups flour

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup milk chocolate discs, Guitard or Callebaut
1/2-3/4 cup white chocolate discs, Guitard, or Callebaut

Heat oven to 350

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.

Beat butter and sugar together for 3-5 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, and best until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and salt and beat on high.
Add soda and flour slowly, and mix on low until just mixed.
Add chocolate, and either mix in, or stir in by hand.

Using a 4oz scoop, place about 2 inches apart and bake 12-15 minutes.

Recipe by Amy and Madeline Richardson